November 18, 1999 |
Manhattan Realtor Charles Cohen fell in love with the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood at first sight. It was two years ago, and he had come to the WestWeek design festival at the center as part of his ongoing education to learn how design centers operate. "It looked so spectacular--I am a great admirer of architecture. I saw this giant blue and green Lego set, and it knocked me out!" he recalled by phone from his New York office. "I knew I wanted it."
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.
March 5, 1998 |
Picking out a new sofa or, sigh, shopping for a carpet is an exhausting exercise, one that can make you alarmingly hungry. Now that the restaurant in the Pacific Design Center is open again (fusion at pdc closed almost two years ago), you can repair to Chris Michaels Restaurant for breakfast, lunch--or happy hour. Owner-chef Chris Maher already ran Chris Michaels Cafe in the design center, and has moved his Fairfax Avenue catering business there, too.
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October 3, 1997 |
A tiny metal-plating shop that became a Los Angeles landmark for operating in the shadow of the giant Pacific Design Center has closed after 27 years. Hugo Castaneda surrendered the keys to the 900-square-foot West Hollywood cottage that housed his Hugo's Plating Co. on Thursday. He was evicted by two sisters who own the small parcel, which is surrounded on three sides by the design center.
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.
April 4, 1996 |
Even dogs deserve a cushy vacation hideaway, figured interior designer Jarrett Hedborg. So why not imagine a canine cottage of bamboo and straw beneath the palm trees of a lovely Hawaiian beach? That's exactly what Hedborg did--and built. As a result, his pooch-sized Hawaiian hut is among the most elaborate and humorous contributions to the "Cool Dogs / Hot Digs" exhibit of designer doghouses at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.
February 22, 1996 |
One of the phrases shoppers hunting for decorating bargains really dread is "to the trade only." This means we can't buy it on our own, that we need a decorator to do it for us, which will, in most instances, raise the price considerably. This also means that furnishings in the Pacific Design Center are out of bounds. But there's a way around this obstacle and it's called L.A. Design Concepts.
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?
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April 1, 1995
"The apple doesn't fall from the tree," the saying goes. When a child has a parent who has served time in jail or prison, that truism can point to an unfortunate end. Children of incarcerated parents are at higher risk than their peers of ending up behind bars. The Pacific Oaks Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents in Pasadena was founded five years ago to work with families of offenders to reduce recidivism and prevent second-generation crime.