HOME & GARDEN
December 21, 2013 |
The apartment building at 2602 Broadway in Santa Monica doesn't scream "affordable housing. " Rather, its proportions and details are more like that of the neighboring 1960s buildings, and that's because 2602 Broadway takes a cue from those iconic structures, architect Kevin Daly said. "What we've done is take the typical L.A. dingbat, which I would characterize as a four-sided doughnut of a building, and break it apart and move toward the extreme edge of the property," Daly said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 |
The London Underground logo is instantly recognizable. So are the entrances to the New York City subway. But in Los Angeles? "It's all over the map," said Martha Welborne, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's executive director for countywide planning. "People rarely know what a station will look like. " The system's 80 train stops play host to more than one thousand design variations, from architectural differences to a range of trash cans and paint colors.
December 19, 2013 |
Based on a 19th century autobiography, "12 Years a Slave" is the true story of a free black man, Solomon Northup, abducted and sold into slavery in the emotionally vicious yet visually beautiful world of the antebellum South. Director Steve McQueen wanted the film to be "very real," says longtime costume designer Patricia Norris, and yet little documentation of slave clothing exists. With her five decades of experience, Norris created the look for Solomon (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Patsey (newcomer Lupita Nyong'o)
December 19, 2013 |
If you're doing any last-minute holiday shopping on Melrose this weekend, be sure to stop into Decades and check out the extraordinary wearable paper-art creations of Swedish designer Bea Szenfeld . With intricately folded and cut shapes, they are a treat for the eyes, especially the starry-looking "Snow Twins" cocoon coat for two, and the fantastic, fur-free "Lion Stola. " Cameron Silver, fashion tastemaker, author and co-owner of the Decades vintage boutique, discovered Szenfeld's work earlier this year while he was on his book tour in Stockholm.
December 18, 2013 |
The Angels have agreed to terms with Raul Ibanez on a one-year contract to be their designated hitter. The contract would guarantee Ibanez $2.75 million, with incentive bonuses that could make the deal worth $5 million. Ibanez would earn all the bonuses if he remains in the lineup all season. The signing would leave the Angels with one major item on their off-season shopping list: a veteran starting pitcher. The team appears to have about $13 million to $15 million under the luxury-tax limit - incentive payments count toward a luxury-tax bill - which should allow them to be competitive in bidding for Matt Garza and Masahiro Tanaka, assuming Tanaka becomes available.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 |
Earlier this year, two young men stood on a bluff overlooking the unusual camp that homeless man Charles Ray Walker built in Boyle Heights and surveyed the bamboo-pricked hill, seeing how they could revive the swath of land into the green wonderland it had once been. Below them, hundreds - maybe thousands - of toys, signs and assorted oddities dotted the land, noticeably dustier than they were before Walker died last year. "We want to do this in his honor, to get this place like a community garden," said Randall Foster, 27, a conceptual artist who met Walker.
December 12, 2013 |
There's a bright shot of star power in David O. Russell's period film "American Hustle," and it's not just from its celebrated cast. Veteran designer Michael Wilkinson's late-1970s costumes have something of a starring role of their own. Loosely based on the real-life Abscam FBI sting, "Hustle" lives in a gritty yet sophisticated East Coast world where the con artist characters have plenty of different looks for different occasions. The sartorial tone had to be "just right," says Wilkinson.
December 11, 2013 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Angels would be pleased to sign Matt Garza and Raul Ibanez and call it a winter. Garza would join Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson atop the starting rotation, followed by youngsters Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs . Ibanez would replace the departed Mark Trumbo at designated hitter. By Wednesday, the day after they traded Trumbo, the Angels had discussed the parameters of a deal with Ibanez. The Angels are uncertain whether they can afford Garza.
December 11, 2013 |
Just in time for Christmas, online marketplace Threadless and 20th Century Fox have rolled out a collection of artist/fan-designed T-shirts depicting the denizens of Springfield. "The Simpsons" X Threadless line consists of 29 T-shirt designs (winnowed from 832 submitted from 64 countries) and we're told it marks the first time fan artists have designed a collection of officially licensed merchandise for the long-running show. Of those, 28 artists will enjoy the kind of bragging rights that come with having people want your Wiggum and buy your Bart (as well as 10% in royalties)
December 8, 2013 |
A New York developer may be the first home builder to integrate wellness into its products. But if a major real estate education and research group has its way, healthful living will soon be incorporated in many of the places we live and work. The Urban Land Institute is embarking on a two-year effort to educate its members and the development community at large on how they can build healthful communities and workplaces where people can thrive. "We are looking at city building through the lens of health and wellness as a way to measure sustainability and long-term prosperity," said Lynn Thurber, chairman of the Washington nonprofit.