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)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1996
Student engineers at Cal State Northridge are putting their design abilities to the test in the Future Car Challenge, a two-year contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Council for Automotive Research and the Big Three auto makers--General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. Students at a dozen universities throughout North America are trying to design a car acceptable to consumers that gets three times the gas mileage of current cars.
August 23, 2012 |
Sick of looking at that bulky Brita water filter pitcher? And of making way for it in the fridge? Here's a much more stylish, slimmer version designed by Erik Magnussen . Call it Danish minimalist. It holds 48.5 ounces and is compatible with filters from several companies, including the Brita Maxtra Filter. Available in smoke (as pictured), azur (cobalt) and aqua (turquoise) from the online shop steltonusa.com for $50. ALSO: The Early Bird gets the chilaquiles Coming to the Taste: the Beer Chicks In the nick of time: a lime meringue tart from David Lebovitz twitter.com/sirenevirbila
January 6, 2011 |
There is much to admire in the design, to be released Thursday, for the $130-million museum Eli Broad plans to build on Bunker Hill downtown, including a dramatic honeycombed cast-concrete skin, a glass-enclosed lobby with an undulating ceiling and a column-free top-floor exhibition space covering nearly an acre. The unveiling of the design will also bring with it some encouraging news about the relationship between the building and the public realm. Broad is expected to announce Thursday that he is nearing an agreement with the Community Redevelopment Agency, developer Related Cos. and city officials to build a new public plaza wrapping the southern and western sides of the museum and to widen the sidewalks on both sides of Grand between 2nd and 4th streets.