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Zumthor and Mayne Trade Places: Good or Bad For LA and the Alps?

Posted March 26, 2015 by | 3 Comments

This week Angelenos got a look at the latest iteration of Swiss architect Peter Zumthor’s design for LACMA.
Meanwhile, in a tiny village in Switzerland called Vals, residents are taking in renderings of a new hotel designed by leading LA architect Thom Mayne. He is proposing a towering addition to Therme Vals, a hotel and spa complex whose spa building was designed by Peter Zumthor and is widely considered …

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Thomas Lavin Lights Up The Showroom Business

Posted March 25, 2015 by | Comments Off
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Westweek, the annual springtime showcase of interior design hosted by the showrooms of the PDC’s “Blue Whale” (the Cesar Pelli-designed building marks its fortieth birthday this year) kicks off today.
And one of its most genial hosts will be the always dandyfied Thomas Lavin, welcoming visitors since ten years to his large showroom, now displaying nearly 100 furniture, lighting and fabric lines, including the …

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Schindler Church Up For Sale: Can It Be Resurrected, Again?

Posted March 24, 2015 by | Comments Off
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One year ago, DnA reported on the happy news that the Schindler Church on Compton Avenue at 49th in South Los Angeles, the only church designed by the Modernist pioneer R.M. Schindler, had been spruced up and opened for service by Faith-Build International (FBI). It was long dilapidated and inaccessible.
Schindler buffs and church members gathered within the softly lit, interlocking wooden structure on a sunny …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted March 23, 2015 by | Comments Off

Your week in design events from DnA.

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Gail Kennard Makes the Case for Saving Parker Center

Posted March 19, 2015 by | 3 Comments
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Gail Kennard is the daughter of the late Robert Kennard, an African-American architect who practiced in Los Angeles from 1957 until his death in 1995, and she is now president of the Kennard Design Group.

Kennard is also a member of the Cultural Heritage Commission and has joined with her fellow commissioners in supporting efforts to stop the demolition of the 1955 Parker Center LAPD headquarters, designed by Welton Becket.


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Architecture and Dancers Lighten Up in Heidi Duckler’s “Space Opera”

Posted March 17, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre has spent 30 years staging contemporary dance performances in intriguing spaces, from Laundromats and gas stations to corporate offices and, now, the offices of Thom Mayne’s Morphosis.

But while the choreography played with the locations, none confronted the makers of the space as directly as “Space Opera.”

The result is a piece, says Bennett Stein, that has some fun with architects at the same time as it elevates the space.

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted March 16, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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Rose La Grua Makes Beige Sparkle on Los Angeles Fashion Week Runway

Posted March 11, 2015 by | Comments Off
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Notwithstanding the influx of fashion world glitterati for the Tom Ford runway show staged in L.A. on Oscars weekend, noone will claim that Los Angeles Fashion Week is on a par with those of the world’s fashion capitals.
But for young local designers like Rose La Grua, the disparate series of runway shows, presentations and parties of Fashion/Week/LA offer the chance to showcase work in a less competitive environment …

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Frei Otto Dies, Wins Pritzker, As His Ideas Become New Again

Posted March 10, 2015 by | Comments Off
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Frei Otto, the German architect of gorgeous lightweight tent-like structures, has been awarded the Pritzker Prize, just two weeks after his death at 89.

But his influence lives on, most notably in the design for a new Googleplex by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick.

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

Posted March 10, 2015 by | Comments Off
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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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