February 20, 2014 |
HENDERSON, Nev. - Sometimes it's not what's on the walls but what's in them that makes a home stand out. That was the case this month at the unveiling of the 2014 New American Home outside Las Vegas, an annual demonstration of the latest in residential design and construction. The showcase house is somewhat subdued-looking outside with a color scheme drawing from the desert landscape. But the residence shines in ways that aren't visible, such as the spray-foam insulation hidden in the walls that helps make it the most energy-efficient demonstration home constructed in the 31 years the National Assn.
February 16, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The fashion pack weathered two major snowstorms, journeyed to Brooklyn via water taxi, got stuck in elevators, and slipped and fell on a chocolate-drenched runway. Wait, isn't New York Fashion Week supposed to be glamorous? Meteorological mishaps and logistical gripes aside, it was, and the shows that ended last week boasted a Dolby Theatre's worth of celebrities to prove it - including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon and Diane Kruger at Boss Womenswear, and Jared Leto at Jeremy Scott.
HOME & GARDEN
February 15, 2014 |
When Samad Firdosy bought the two-bedroom, one-bath home in La Crescenta in 2005, it was a fairly conventional single-story ranch house - with one difference. The house was nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and bordered in back by a 6-acre watershed owned by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. But it failed to take advantage of its rustic landscape and mountain views. Firdosy says he purchased the house intending to add more space but just couldn't visualize how. So the Jet Propulsion Lab materials engineer called a friend - Ali Jeevanjee of LOC Architects in downtown L.A. - to design an addition for him. Jeevanjee had grown up with him and done a renovation for Firdosy's parents.
February 7, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- The man behind the design of the snowboard of Russian Alexey Sobolev said the inspiration came from old EC horror comic books, not the feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot. Clarity came from artist Brian Romero, who emerged on Instagram to say just that, citing the greatest hits of the genre, Tales of the Crypt, Vault of Horror and Weird Science, among others. " But the viewer always brings their own baggage to the table," wrote Romero, who is the art director of the Los Angeles-based Baker Boys Distribution. Sobolev competed in slopestyle qualifying on Thursday morning at the Olympics and there were questions from Russian media about the snowboard, which featured a design of a knife-wielding woman wearing a ski mask.
HOME & GARDEN
February 7, 2014 |
Tuscan, provincial and country-rustic looks are fading in popularity in kitchens and baths, and contemporary designs with clean lines, minimal ornamentation and easy maintenance are rapidly taking their place, according to a style report released this week by the National Kitchen & Bath Assn. The industry group surveyed its members about trends in kitchen and bath design. Other findings include: • Gray color schemes are expected to increase sharply in kitchens and baths in 2014.
February 6, 2014 |
Los Angeles-based designer Tadashi Shoji went in a bold, new direction with his fall 2014 collection, which was less about his popular sexy body-conscious shapes and more about romantic surface details. He showed his collection during New York Fashion Week on Thursday at Lincoln Center. The inspiration: Moorish palaces, luxuriant textiles and ornate architectural details. The look: Romantic and sophisticated. Covered up, because covering up the arms is something many women look for in a dress, he said backstage.