October 5, 1986
While the design of interiors of buildings built for senior citizens and the handicapped is of concern to most designers, the conditions described by G. Worthington (Sept. 14) are more a result of current building codes. These dictate specific sizes, such as area of windows, security screening, fire-rated doors, which usually are heavy and have closers, and miscellaneous heights and widths of fixed furnishings. Kitchen cabinet depths are dictated by appliance depths, and over-counter wall cabinets are required to be a specific height above the counters.
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 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.
February 21, 2013 |
Shopclass, the latest home decor store on York Boulevard in Highland Park, opened this month with floor-to-ceiling stacks of vintage Dutch Modernism, furniture reupholstered with an eclectic touch, thrift store art and enough oddities to please flea market junkies. The emporium is the vision of interior designer Sally Breer, vintage dealer and Texas transplant Jeff Garbs and furniture importer Ellen LeCompte of Amsterdam Modern . The partners considered downtown L.A. and Echo Park, Breer said, but ultimately chose Highland Park for its “community vibe.” Workshops on rewiring lamps, making your own headboard and other DIY endeavors will be part of the draw - a strategy that has worked well for the Pop-Hop bookstore, Platform design boutique and other businesses on the ever-evolving stretch of York between Aldama Street and Avenue 50. (If you missed it, check out our home-centric look at York Boulevard published a year ago.)
April 19, 2013 |
Show houses are meant to provide inspiration and to reflect the latest trends, and the Pasadena Showcase House of Design opens Sunday with plenty of both. This year 28 designers transformed a 1941 Arcadia estate originally designed by Roland E. Coate Sr., adding color and texture that exude warmth while staying true to the home's Monterey Colonial style. In a long second-floor hallway, purple damask fabric applied to the wall in lieu of wallpaper adds an unexpected softness. Grass cloth and burlap appear on other walls, often used as backing for bookshelves.
July 30, 2011 |
Standing atop a patch of churned-up dirt on a recent morning, James Corner was surrounded by mismatched palm trees, chipped sidewalks and sagging chain link: a typical slice of Southern California landscape caught unawares, hardly ready for its close-up. He and I had just walked onto the site of a new pair of connected parks in Santa Monica that his New York-based landscape architecture and urban-design firm, James Corner Field Operations, is creating. Three towering ficus trees, sitting in giant temporary planter boxes and waiting to be relocated, added some scale, but otherwise the area was bare.
February 18, 2010 |
It's no secret that Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic, the producers of the upcoming 82nd Academy Awards, are trying to keep this year's show moving along at a speedy pace after a series of telecasts that often seemed never-ending. That effort is even being reflected in the design of the Oscars set, which was unveiled by production designer David Rockwell on Wednesday morning outside Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. Rockwell has configured a set for the March 7 show that has multiple presentation areas whose pieces will be able to quickly transform.
June 26, 2013 |
“Warm” and “delicate” are not adjectives commonly associated with concrete, but new lighting and tables from the Los Angeles design studio Wrk-shp ask you to reconsider. Ryan Upton and Airi Isoda, the designers behind Wrk-shp, recently launched their Cylinder Series, a three-piece collection that uses concrete on a more intimate scale. “People think it will be really heavy, but at this scale, concrete is quite light,” said Isoda, who had used cast concrete in her jewelry line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2009 |
Richard Whitcomb, a mechanical engineer who changed the way we fly today with three design innovations that made airplanes fly farther and faster using less fuel, has died. He was 88. Whitcomb died of pneumonia Tuesday in Newport News, Va. His contributions, for which he won the most prestigious prize in aviation, focused on a plane's efficiency cutting through air at speeds approaching the sound barrier, or the "transonic region." As airplanes approach the speed of sound, they encounter a significant increase in drag, or force that resists the plane's movement through the air. Whitcomb made improvements to wings and how they attach to the fuselage to lessen the amount of drag on an airplane.
HOME & GARDEN
January 23, 2010
When landscape designer Dan Pearson gave a talk in Seattle a few years ago, he wasn't interested in touring local gardens while in town. Instead, he asked his hosts to arrange a visit to Mt. St. Helens. "The whole power of nature was never more clearly seen," he recently recalled, speaking by telephone from Dan Pearson Studio in London. In creating landscapes, residential or public, the designer said he wants to understand the natural context of places -- an approach outlined in his new book, "Spirit: Garden Inspiration," and in a lecture scheduled for Tuesday at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, a benefit for the Garden Conservancy.