July 27, 1986 |
When the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood made its debut in 1976, there was little thought that it would ever grow beyond its original concept--that of a home furnishings and contract furnishings industry mart. Nor was it anticipated that some day the vibrant blue structure might be joined, side by side, by two equally bold entities--one a brilliant green, another a rich burgundy.
October 4, 1987
A free-standing, 6,000-square-foot gallery to be built as part of the Pacific Design Center's expansion will be named in honor of Murray Feldman, president and executive director of the the center who died July 26. When Feldman began working on the Design Center in 1972, most firms, from marketing to architects and interior designers, were spread out along Beverly and Robertson boulevards in West Hollywood. Feldman's goal was to build one large complex where all those firms could do business.
May 11, 1995 |
The Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood's wholesale home furnishings mart, is broadening its horizons. Beginning this fall, 300,000 square feet on four floors of the center's green building will be made into wholesale fashion showrooms. Andrew Wolf, president of the Pacific Design Center, said Wednesday that 80 fashion companies have signed letters of intent that will be converted into leases. Who are his intended?
October 21, 1999 |
West Hollywood's landmark Pacific Design Center has new owners--a group headed by Charles S. Cohen of New York and a real estate investment fund managed by Cheslock Bakker & Associates, based in Stamford, Conn. The new owners plan to retain the 16-acre PDC's original Cesar Pelli-designed "Blue Whale" structure at Melrose Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard as a home furnishings mart catering to the trade, but they will convert the adjacent Center Green building into traditional office space.
February 27, 1994 |
The proposed Pacific Trade Center cleared another hurdle when a Los Angeles City Council committee joined the Planning Commission in recommending approval of construction plans for the 25-story hotel, office and commercial project. The center, planned for the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Western Avenue where a supermarket now stands, still needs the approval of the full council, which will consider the matter March 9.
September 2, 1996 |
The Asia Pacific Media Center will present a revival of Wu Yigong's "My Memories of Old Beijing" (1983) on Saturday at USC's Norris Theater at 1 p.m., followed by Dariush Mehrjui's "Pari" (1995), a stunningly effective transposition of J.D. Salinger's "Franny and Zooey" to contemporary Iran that was screened recently at UCLA. Sunday brings two splendid films in their premieres: U-Wei bin HaajiSaari's "The Arsonist" (1994) at 4:30 p.m.
October 12, 1990 |
Curt Crandall has bounced around the University of the Pacific's depth chart for 2 1/2 years, but he has been No. 1 on the Tigers' medical charts throughout his college football career. Crandall, who will start at center when Pacific plays Cal State Fullerton in Santa Ana Stadium Saturday, has been under the knife more than a linen napkin. Since the spring of 1988, the former Estancia High School and Orange Coast College lineman has had surgery seven times to repair a variety of ailments.
March 18, 2010 |
In an L.A. landscape where billboards and signage are becoming increasingly contentious issues, the images from a 1972 architectural study of the Las Vegas Strip could make important commentary on the way Angelenos view their city. When "Learning From Las Vegas" was originally released, it turned the architecture community on its head. The study by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour was a revolutionary look at urban sprawl that, among other things, proposed a theory of communication in architecture -- that the billboards and signs that dominated the Vegas landscape organized and gave meaning to it. The seminal work is getting a second look in an exhibition called "Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown," opening Sunday at the Museum of Contemporary Art Pacific Design Center.
September 23, 2009 |
Design Loves Art. Say what? For some L.A. art dealers, the contemporary art program opening Thursday at the Pacific Design Center is rent-free space in a different part of town. For those who have lost galleries to the recession, it's a chance to go public again. For artists, it's an opportunity to do something big or be seen by a new audience at the enormous Melrose Avenue building known as the Blue Whale. And for the PDC -- which started the whole thing as part of its new fine arts mission -- the six-month project is an attempt to forge connections between art and design while filling empty spaces intended for the interior design trade.
March 13, 1986
Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood will celebrate its 10th anniversary at its traditional Westweek, a conference and showcase for the design and home furnishings industries scheduled Wednesday through Friday. About 22,000 architects, designers, dealers and executives from around the world are expected to attend, officials said. Westweek will include panel discussions and a show of German furniture designs assembled by Design Center Stuttgart.