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Does the Apple Watch Reflect Jony Ive’s Love of Past and Future?

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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The Apple Watch has been displayed to the world and the jury is out on its genius.

But one thing that some pundits seem sure of, this is a product of Tim Cook’s tenure.

Or rather, is it Jony Ive’s baby? Based on a past encounter with the lauded designer, DnA thinks it might be.

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted March 9, 2015 by | 1 Comment

Your week in design events from DnA.

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Leslie Shapiro Joyal: Minimalism Meets Reality TV on Ellen’s Design Challenge

Posted March 4, 2015 by | Comments Off
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An L.A.-based minimalist furniture designer delves into the chaotic, hyperbolic world of reality television.

Drones, News, Public Space »

What We Learned From Flying a Drone in Leimert Park

Posted March 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment
INKD (ck) ultimately found the drone. He said it was an telepathic experience. He just knew it was nearby.

It was a sunny February day in Los Angeles. The sky was perfectly blue, unmuddled by smog. We were in Leimert Park in South Los Angeles to see a new “People Street.” And we brought our drone.
The People Street program is a partnership initiative between LADOT and local community organizations to transform small stretches of underused streets into pedestrian-friendly plazas or parklets. Leimert Park’s plaza …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted March 2, 2015 by | Comments Off

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Interior Designer Natasha Baradaran Adds Luster to the Homes of the Global Elite

Posted February 25, 2015 by | Comments Off

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Natasha Baradaran is an interior designer and furniture maker who launched her own firm back in 2000. On this week’s DnA, we spoke with Baradaran in the context of a discussion about so-called “zombie urbanism,” namely, the urban impact of the growing trend for investors to park money in — but rarely occupy — residential real estate in global cities.
She spoke of a …

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What’s The Impact of Global Investment in LA Residential Property?

Posted February 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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On this DnA we talked about what happens to the life of global cities — like London, New York and LA — when investors park money, but rarely occupy, high-end residential property. 
We’d been thinking for a while about this phenomenon — nicknamed “zombie urbanism” by some city watchers; or, in London, “buy-to-forget.”
But it was crystallized by the publication of Towers Of Secrecy, a fascinating series in the …

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In Defense of Lady Gaga’s Red Gloves and Other Bold Oscar Style

Posted February 23, 2015 by | Comments Off
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Aside from debating over which actors and filmmakers are worthy of Oscars each year, the public also appoints itself as fashion police of the red carpet. Best and worst dressed lists have become a fixture of awards show coverage.
But Simon Doonan, creative ambassador at large for Barneys New York and author of The Asylum, thinks they are missing the point: self-expression.
“When I look at …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted February 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment

Your week in design events from DnA.

DnA at the Movies, Production Design »

Production Designer Dennis Gassner Creates a Dark and Enchanting Forest for ‘Into The Woods’

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 2 Comments

Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall, is the film adaptation of the 1987 Steven Sondheim musical of the same name. Even though the film intertwines the stories of many classic fairy tales including Cinderella, Jack and the Bean Stalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood, few characters get a fairy tale ending.
Longtime production designer Dennis Gassner, who is nominated for an Oscar for his work …

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