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August 14, 1992 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Susan Vaughn writes regularly about architecture for The Times
Modern architects are faced with a challenging dilemma. They must search for alter natives to the dull glass box architecture that populates America's commercial landscape, yet keep their designs economical, simple and attractive. Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, one of the world's 10 largest architectural firms, solved this problem on Alameda Street in Burbank in 1985, when it created the 21-story Burbank Centre. The building is elegantly straightforward.
July 4, 2010 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
— While the recently concluded Milan menswear shows were nearly universal in going for the light — the easy, breezy fabrics, the white and sun-bleached khaki colorways, and the notion of traveling unencumbered — there was no such unifying theme to come out of the runways in Paris. But there were some noteworthy trends that rippled through last month's disparate collections of menswear that will probably be seen on the streets when these designer collections hit retail nine months from now. Among them: Blue man group Blue, traditionally a popular color in menswear (because it sells well)
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
"Does it trouble you, Mikhail Timofeyevich, that your creation has killed so many people around the world?" The kind-eyed old gentleman had heard the question before. Clearly, he has even put it to himself at times, in those long winters hidden away in the Russian heartland. "All I can say," he replied, "is that terrorists would have found something else to kill people with, even if there weren't my Kalashnikovs." Forget Clinton. Forget Yeltsin. Forget Marx and Mohammed.
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