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Troy Hanson curates WestEdge Design Fair

Posted October 20, 2015 by | Comments Off
A folding table and walnut chair from Carl Hansen.

If you love interior design – like a carefully-crafted table, lamp or sculpture, or the sleek surfaces of new kitchen counters – then chances are you’re already planning to visit the WestEdge Design Fair, running Oct. 22-25 at Santa Monica’s Barker Hanger.

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5 Design Things to Do This Week

Posted October 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Osiris chandelier by Matthew Fairbank Design, an exhibitor at WestEdge Design Fair

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Is Recycling Rubbish? John Tierney, Adam Minter, Wes Thompson Sort Through the Issues

Posted October 14, 2015 by | 2 Comments
Pile of paper trash

Is recycling rubbish?
Americans are deeply committed to recycling — according to the EPA, in 2013, we generated about 254 million tons of trash and recycled and composted about 87 million tons. That’s a roughly one-third recycling rate, or 1.51 pounds out of the 4.4 pounds each of us generates per day.
But is all this effort worth it? John Tierney, science writer for The New York Times, wrote …

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The designer behind “American Horror Story: Hotel” and its creepy setting

Posted October 14, 2015 by | Comments Off

As the Halloween-industrial complex ramps up and our attentions turn to costume parties and trick-or-treating, Hollywood is cranking out a barrage of TV shows like Bates Motel, iZombie and Scream Queens, and movies like Goosebumps and Crimson Peak. It’s all very spooky and fun, but the show that delivers the biggest chills is American Horror Story. The fifth season premiered last week on FX. Each season of the creepy horror drama is set in a …

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5 Design Things to Do This Week

Posted October 11, 2015 by | Comments Off
A rendering of Shanshui City, as imagined by MAD Architects

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Wendy Gilmartin Loves LA’s Ugly Buildings

Posted October 8, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Wendy Gilmartin; photo, Frances Anderton

“There are eight million stories in the naked city,” as they say, and many find themselves written into our buildings, which are the mute expressions of their makers, their time and the forces of economics and politics. Sometimes those forces produce buildings generally accepted to be “beautiful.” Mostly, the results are fairly banal, or downright “ugly.”
Wendy Gilmartin is an architect and writer who studies, tours and finds the charm in the ugly, …

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Boyle Heights, the land of freeways

Posted October 6, 2015 by | Comments Off
Xavi Moreno in East LA Interchange © 2015 Chris Chew, Bluewater Media

If you drive around the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, you’re bound to pass under or next to a freeway interchange.
It’s where the 5, 10, 60 and 101 freeways all intersect. An estimated 2.4 million vehicles pass through every day. And yet few L.A. residents know the story of what the neighborhood was like before it was sliced up by roads, and …

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5 Design Things to Do This Week

Posted October 5, 2015 by | 5 Comments

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Patrick Marston Brings “Abbot’s Dream” to Google

Posted September 30, 2015 by | 1 Comment

Twenty years ago advertising mogul Jay Chiat came up with a radical notion for the workplace.
“He consigned the concept of private space to the scrap heap of office history — desks, filing cabinets, family photos, and all,” wrote Fast Company. “Instead, workers were given cell-phones, PowerBooks, and the freedom to be creative whenever and wherever the spirit moved them.”
“In place of a traditional office, Chiat …

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5 Things To Do This Week

Posted September 28, 2015 by | Comments Off
Arne maynard

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