Drought, Events »

Turf Mullets and 9 Surprises from “Swimming in Succulents” at Palm Springs; Thank You Designers

Posted February 18, 2015 by | Comments Off

This weekend DnA went on the road to Palm Springs, to join desert style enthusiasts at Modernism Week. We set up at MW’s “Camp” in front of KCRW’s “living room” filled with objects by LA designers (see below).
While there we hosted a discussion, entitled Swimming With Succulents, about desert backyards in an age of drought. 
What could have been a rather dry topic proved quite juicy …

Public Space »

That Honeycomb, From Inside: Eli Broad’s Museum is His “Dream Come True”

Posted February 16, 2015 by | Comments Off
Interior and window wall, photo by Ted Habte

In a Valentine to the city, the Broad opened its doors this past Sunday to almost 3,000 paying guests, giving them a preview of the museum that is expected to open later this year.
People flocked to experience the much-touted, column-free, third floor space and its main feature designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro: the honeycomb “veil.”
Not all visitors were wowed — DnA heard from people who said …

Five Design Things »

5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted February 13, 2015 by | Comments Off
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Your week in design events from DnA.

Design, Events, Exhibits »

“Crafting the Cocktail:” Handmade Objects for Modern Libations/Brandyn Tepper Talks

Posted February 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Pamina Traylor, Honeycomb Decanter and Glass Set, blown glass (Photo- Christopher Olin)

Ever think of drinking a Martini out of wood instead of glass? Or champagne out of a ceramic cylinder? Those are some of the variants by artist-craftspeople on the accouterments of cocktail culture you’ll find at “Crafting the Cocktail: Handmade Objects and Implements for Classic and Modern Libations,” an exhibition currently on display at the Craft in America Center. Christopher Olin went for a visit, and returned both shaken and …

DnA at the Movies, Production Design »

Nathan Crowley Constructs a Beautifully Grim Future in Space for Interstellar

Posted February 11, 2015 by | 1 Comment

DnA spoke with Nathan Crowley, the Oscar-nominated production designer about how he created the look of Interstellar.

L.A. Designer »

Jon Jerde, Design Czar for the 1984 Olympics Who Remade Retail Destinations, Dies at 75

Posted February 9, 2015 by | 2 Comments
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Jon Jerde, an architect who had a profound impact on the cityscape of Los Angeles and beyond, through his reinvention of the shopping center as an “experiential” and entertainment destination, has died after a long illness.
About Jerde’s contribution, the architect Craig Hodgetts once wrote: 
“Jon Jerde is one of that breed of innovative architects whose contagious vision redefines not only an era, but so shapes the …

Five Design Things »

5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted February 9, 2015 by | Comments Off

Your week in design events from DnA.

DnA at the Movies, Production Design »

Oscar-Nominated Maria Djurkovic Designs ‘The Imitation Game’ in Stunning Detail

Posted February 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment

Maria Djurkovic discusses how she created the look of ‘The Imitation Game.’

Design »

House Music, Gehry Style, by Composer Andrew Norman for L.A. Chamber Orchestra

Posted February 4, 2015 by | Comments Off

Frank Gehry’s iconic Santa Monica House has inspired a piece of music by composer Andrew Norman, to be performed this week by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Sarah Spitz gives this preview.

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