May 4, 2012 |
Shepard Fairey has made his mark on an unexpected spot -- Drew Barrymore's Pinot Grigio. The street artist and actress teamed up to create a label for her eponymous variety that was released last month. The label features Barrymore's family crest and was designed by Fairey's Los Angeles-based creative firm Studio Number One, which counts Disney, Google and Comedy Central among its clientele. The $20 bottle of wine distributed by Wilson Daniels is made from grapes grown in Italy's northeast area of Triveneto.
February 6, 2014 |
Pablo Bronstein's installation at REDCAT is a comically oversize living room. But unlike many architecturally inspired works, it isn't empty. A single performer, clad in a loose white blouse and black tights, maneuvers throughout the space from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. He or she methodically transforms the furniture - which is full of unexpected openings and dual uses - and performs a balletic dance. It's a startling, and quite beautiful, intervention that draws intriguing parallels between bodily movement and furniture design.
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
When it comes to color, the subject of Kelly Wearstler's third coffee-table book, the Los Angeles-based designer writes: "I do not think there are any rules." That philosophy also applies to her literary efforts. Wearstler gained fame for creating high-voltage interiors filled with color, texture and pattern, but as an author, she plays the die-hard minimalist. "Hue" offers only an introductory Q & A with Wearstler that explores her philosophy of color and cites some of the architects, designers and artists who have inspired her. Photo captions don't exist, and credits and resources are found only in an index at the end of the book.
HOME & GARDEN
August 20, 2010
Regarding "Incredible Lightness," the July 31 cover article on a Venice house brightened by skylights, glass walls and glass flooring: Several big problems come to mind with all those creative openings. They undoubtedly give the house an eerie look and feel at night and let in too much light for sleeping. All that sunshine fades the furniture and furnishings. The heating and air conditioning bill must be astronomical. Enjoy your clever design. Stephany Yablow North Hollywood Architect Dennis Gibbens responds: Actually, the amount of glass and skylights means that I don't have to have supplemental lighting during the daytime.
June 1, 2003
Re: Lisa Bloomfield's letter on Steven Ehrlich's design of the Art Center at Orange Coast College (May 25): I have designed or participated in the design of about 300 projects in my career, primarily in Southern California. My projects insist on being functionally relevant because if they are not, I get creamed. I do restaurants. I do the kitchens and I do the interiors of many of them. Restaurants are organic whole deals. Guys like Ehrlich apparently don't have to answer to anybody but their aesthetic critics.
HOME & GARDEN
February 13, 2010
When Los Angeles designer Shawn Littrell ( www.shawnlittrell.com) read about an invasive bark beetle epidemic devastating our local forests, he was inspired to repurpose the insect-ravaged timber. Littrell's MvCvT tables (an acronym for Man vs. Climate Change vs. Trees) are made from wood slated for destruction by the U.S. Forest Service. The split-plank tables are 16 1/2 inches tall and 12 1/2 inches in diameter and are unfinished, so they generate a natural patina. Cost: $800 each. Look for the limited-edition pieces -- signed and numbered -- at Samuel Freeman Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; (310)
August 27, 2012 |
For those who take decorating their outdoor rooms as seriously as their interiors, Niche has long been a resource for big-ticket European designs. The store, which represents the work of Milan-based Italian designers Patricia Urquiola, Paola Lenti and Rodolpho Dordoni, recently moved to an indoor-outdoor space at 8770 Beverly Blvd. Now Niche owner and designer Robina Benson is discounting all the merchandise at her former location with savings by 25% to 60% in a sale that starts Monday morning.