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December 4, 2002 | Jessica Strand
HERE in balmy L.A., where the temperature can reach 85 in November, fireplaces are blazing in trendy dining rooms all over town. Certainly it's not a matter of physical warmth. Of course not. It's about creating cozy, intimate space. And what does that better than a crackling fire? Think of Bastide, Falcon, Menemsha, Koi, Bliss, the Spanish Kitchen, Lucques and the Lodge. They have nothing in common but their fireplaces, which help transform a typical restaurant space into a room with a mood.
February 26, 2003 | Nicolai Ouroussoff, Times Staff Writer
South-Central Los Angeles has never been considered a hot spot for flashy architecture. A decade after the L.A. riots, few of the businesses that fled the area have returned. The city's promise that it would work to encourage development has largely been an empty one. And when businesses do invest in new construction there, they are not apt to spend the extra money and time needed to create meaningful design. So the L.A. Design Center can be seen as an architectural abnormality.
May 7, 2011 | Lisa Boone
When Melissa Cobb set out to build a new kitchen, she wanted the Silver Lake house — built in 1939 and traditional in style — to feel updated in a subtly modern way. "It's always so interesting to blend modern and traditional," said Cobb, a producer at DreamWorks whose credits include "Kung Fu Panda" and its sequel, due out this month. With the help of architect Alice Kimm of Los Angeles-based John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, Cobb does have her new airy kitchen, outdoor patio and adjacent bathroom-laundry room that feel modern yet don't clash with the rest of the house.
From the earliest stages of the design process, architects for a new Los Angeles Police Department headquarters downtown have been torn between two very different goals: giving the building a meaningful civic presence and keeping it safe from potential attack. Architects Paul Danna and Jose Palacios have been determined all along to make a case that the LAPD -- dramatically enlarged and haltingly reformed by its outgoing chief, William J. Bratton -- belongs literally and symbolically in the heart of the civic center.
March 29, 2007 | Morris Newman, Special to The Times
BOB BEITCHER says he and his wife, Carol, want their newly built home in Santa Monica to be a showcase of sustainable practices "without being granola-y, if you know what I mean." Their house off San Vicente Boulevard has been carefully designed by architect Warren Wagner to optimize solar energy and the use of recycled and renewable materials. Yet the modernist dwelling seems more about the panache of architectural possibilities than the virtuousness of green design.
February 28, 2009 | Paul Young
One would be hard-pressed to find anything traditional about Matt and Erin King's new house in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Santa Monica, just north of Venice Beach. Its dynamic design stands out so much from its suburban neighbors that local kids have dubbed it the "James Bond house." But more significant than the home's modern looks is the way it greets the street.
December 12, 2004 | Susan Freudenheim
A bit breathless and windblown, design writer and radio host Frances Anderton flies through the flashy new Science Center School in Exposition Park, exclaiming, "It's so great to see this place with the children in it!" She had been to the Morphosis-designed elementary school several times, including for an evening event in November to receive a Service to the Community Award from the Los Angeles branch of the American Institute of Architects.
June 25, 2005 | Hugh Hart, Special to The Times
Plunked down in the middle of a South Los Angeles furniture manufacturing district rimmed by graffiti, industrial warehouses and railroad tracks, 139 artists from eight master of fine arts programs go public today after years of preparation in the academic cocoon. Their works -- paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, mixed-media installations -- make up the second annual "Supersonic" show, this year at the L.A. Design Center.
September 25, 2005 | David Lasker, David Lasker is a Toronto-based journalist and associate editor of Canadian Interiors.
Environmentally correct, sustainable bamboo is emerging as a "green" alternative in flooring, tableware and even fashion design. In the world of fashion in particular, Los Angeles is at bamboo's leading edge. Artist-couturier Linda Loudermilk featured images of tree branches at her Paris runway show two years ago, signifying the launch of her precedent-setting luxury eco line, including an array of bamboo-fiber apparel.
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