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Footwear maestro Christian Louboutin touched down in Beverly Hills recently for a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his business and the new, limited-edition capsule collection of shoes and bags he is launching to mark the occasion. A busy day of shaking hands and signing the famous Louboutin red soles culminated in a dinner at LACMA's Ray's & Stark Bar, where art was in motion as guests strutted past a canvas-covered wall being "tagged" by street artist Gallo Love.
May 2, 2009 | David A. Keeps
"Architectonic," a showcase of designs by furniture maker Michael Wilson and ceramist Yassi Mazandi, opened this week at JF Chen in Los Angeles. Both artists coax improbable, intricate shapes and surfaces out of their materials. Wilson's laminated wood constructions include two sculptural tables -- one that looks like a tarantula and another that resembles a splash of water with shark fins rising from the top.
March 6, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Angie Myung's and Ted Vadakan's dreams of having careers in the arts hit them right in the wallet. In a good way. The Los Angeles couple own Poketo, a company they started in 2004 to put emerging artists' designs on inexpensive wallets. They call it an "affordable art" company, and there's money in that, even for the small operation they run out of a downtown loft with just one full-time and three part-time employees. Poketo had more than $500,000 in sales last year, Vadakan said.
November 1, 2012 | By David Ng
Lebbeus Woods, the conceptual architect whose work had a wide-ranging influence on the science-fiction genre, died this week in New York at 72. Woods, who taught at Cooper Union, was noted for his experimental designs that evoked futuristic worlds and cityscapes. Woods' designs were rarely built, but they became influential to movie makers and other artists. His drawings and designs were widely exhibited, including a recent show at New York's Friedman Benda gallery. In 1988, he helped to found the Research Institute for Experimental Architecture, a group dedicated to promoting the practice of experimental architecture.
January 1, 2011 | By Emily Young, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Alix Soubiran could live quite happily without a stick of furniture. "A chair can be wonderful, but walls are what you see all the time," she says. "To me, walls that create a story or a mood are the starting point. " As a muralist, Soubiran is accustomed to using walls as a blank canvas. But she recently began experimenting with decorating techniques, creating a line of high-end wallpapers called Princes & Crows. Inspired by her memories of her native France, those designs have helped to transform a ramshackle 1923 duplex in Los Feliz into the charming home she shares with husband Joe Mauceri, a film and TV director and writer, and their 61/2-month-old daughter, Monica Moonshine.
The NBBJ Sports & Entertainment architecture firm already has designed stadiums in Seattle and Cincinnati. Now, it has won the contract for a sports project only 10 blocks from its downtown Los Angeles headquarters--the proposed 20,000-seat sports arena at Figueroa and 11th streets. "We want to create a new icon for downtown Los Angeles," Dan Meis, NBBJ's design principal, said Friday, shortly after the arena developers announced that the architecture firm had landed the contract.
March 13, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
I may not be a fashionista, but I wear clothes as often as the next person — I'm wearing some right now as a matter of fact. And stung into curiosity by that withering monologue about the cerulean blue sweater in "The Devil Wears Prada," I am interested in how certain styles wind up dominating major commercial outlets like Macy's, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue. What I am not interested in is another reality program in which a carefully selected group of poignantly back-storied and teary-eyed "up 'n comers" attempt to leapfrog the traditional rigors of their craft to win a competition guaranteeing them a contract.
March 10, 2013 | By L.J. Williamson
Despite the chicken-in-every-pot hype over consumer-level 3-D printers, the technology still has a long way to go to be usable, or useful, for the average Joe. Designing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional computer screen is no simple task, especially for those unskilled in computer-assisted design or software. And for most people, there's no compelling reason to make a unique object from scratch when mass-produced equivalents are cheaper and simpler. But for some artists, 3-D printing has been a revelation.
November 5, 2011 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
Home is where not only the heart is these days — but also the elderly parents, the boomerang kids and the aging-in-place Boomer homeowners. To accommodate the new generations-stacked-upon-generations lifestyle spawned by one of the most severe economic downturns in decades, builder Lennar Corp. on Saturday will unveil a house with something few others on the block can boast about: another house. The company has built two San Bernardino County models of its so-called NextGen designs for its master-planned Rosena Ranch community.
January 7, 2009 | Elizabeth Snead, Elizabeth Snead writes the Dish Rag blog for
Penelope Cruz has two contender films this season. Does that mean more red carpet gowns? Her adept portrayal of Javier Bardem's psychotically sexy ex in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" has already earned her a supporting actress Golden Globe nomination. And there's a smattering of buzz that her surprisingly layered turn as a student who becomes the erotic obsession of an infamous womanizer professor-literary critic (Ben Kingsley) in "Elegy" may also earn her an Oscar nod.
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