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Philippe Vergne’s Path to MOCA Paved by Maria Seferian and Team

Posted March 7, 2014 by | Comments Off
Alma Ruiz, Maria Seferian

Philippe Vergne will take up the post of director at MOCA This coming Monday, amidst high hopes for the museum’s restart. And Vergne starts his new job with MOCA in far better financial shape than in a long while, thanks to a campaign helmed by Maria Seferian and team. DnA spoke with Seferian about her experience as interim director, just before she hands off the reins to the new chief.

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Mao Jackets a Platform for Architectural “Investigation” at USC

Posted March 7, 2014 by | 1 Comment
Mao jacket of erasers

Move over Fashion Week. This afternoon USC School of Architecture will display 14 Mao Jackets, designed and created by the 5th year undergraduate students of Lee Olvera. The jackets are handmade with materials ranging from thumbtacks assembled with building caulk to hand-woven magnetic audio cassette tape to 12,244 pencil-top erasers sewn together-by hand (bottom left).
Olvera, an architect and professor at the school, conceived the Mao Jacket project …

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LA Designer: Patrick Tighe and John Mutlow Create “Architecture That Doesn’t Discriminate” in West Hollywood

Posted March 5, 2014 by | 4 Comments
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Courtyard at La Brea is a new 32-unit housing complex on La Brea just north of Santa Monica whose developers invested in quality design even as they struggled to gather the funding for affordable housing.

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Does Entrepreneur Barbie Need a Redesign?

Posted March 4, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Last month Mattel released Entrepreneur Barbie. And who can argue with sending a message of economic self-empowerment to young girls, especially as employment prospects seem ever more precarious?

But some are arguing this Barbie doesn’t quite fit the woman entrepreneur mold.

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted March 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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This Week on DnA: Design In — and At — the Movies; with Simon Doonan, Geoff McFetridge, Alissa Walker, Kyle Bergman

Posted February 25, 2014 by | 6 Comments
her map

The Oscars are upon us but Simon Doonan says don’t expect any fashion surprises on the red carpet.
Many Angeleno viewers of the movie Her were taken not just by the story but by. . . the subway map. Alissa Walker talks to its creator, Geoff McFetridge.
The Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) founder Kyle Bergman talks about the human stories behind the creation of objects and buildings,

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Simon Doonan Says: You’ll Only See “Stunningly Conventional” Gowns at This Year’s Oscars

Posted February 25, 2014 by | 2 Comments
Gowns at Oscars 2013

At the Oscars this Sunday you can expect the usual breathless media coverage of the red carpet arrivals. But Simon Doonan says we shouldn’t expect any fashion surprises like Bjork showing up in a swan dress or Cher in a diaphanous Bob Mackie outfit because these days actresses only wear “stunningly conventional” gowns.

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LA Designer: Geoff McFetridge, Creator of “Her” Subway and Computer Interfaces, Talks with Alissa Walker

Posted February 25, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Many Angeleno viewers of the movie Her were taken not just by the story but by. . . the subway map. This representation of an idealized subway system for the Southland was created by noted graphic artist and illustrator Geoff McFetridge, who also designed the interfaces on the computers and handhelds used by Theo Twombly in the movie.

Alissa Walker recently caught up with Geoff at his studio in Atwater Village.

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Architecture and Design Film Festival Comes to Los Angeles

Posted February 25, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Architecture and design generally play a supporting role at the movies, providing backdrop, characterization and mood for the story and characters.
Sometimes however, they taking a starring role, in films where the story is the design and architecture, and the passion, hope and tears that go into creating objects and buildings. 30 such films will be featured in the Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF), running March 12-16 …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted February 24, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Here’s what DnA recommends you check out this week in Los Angeles.

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