May 21, 2008 |
Architect Cesar Pelli and his firm have landed a $105-million contract to design the Transbay Transit Center, a $1.2-billion bus and rail terminal in downtown San Francisco. In the 81-year-old Pelli's concept, trains arrive underground, buses carrying commuters to and from the East Bay board and debark four stories above street level to avoid clogging local traffic, and the glassed-in structure, being touted by the public authority that's building it as the "Grand Central of the West," is capped by a 5.4-acre rooftop park.
March 23, 2008
St. Patty's Day came early for the cast of "The Riches," which celebrated Season 2 of the FX show with an Irish-themed bash last Sunday. 8. Minnie Driver turned her attentions to costar Eddie Izzard before heading into the Pacific Design Center, where FX execs and costars delighted in their chemistry on screen too.
March 16, 2008 |
It's a cloudless day in L.A., and Nicolas Ghesquiere is showing me around his greenhouse. It's actually the new Balenciaga store in the pool blue shadow of the Pacific Design Center, but it could well be some otherworldly garden. Here, in this spectacular tinted glass space on Melrose Avenue, the color-daubed dresses and tops from his spring collection hang like hothouse flowers. "When you drive by at night, it looks like the whole store is blue and moving," Ghesquiere says, gazing out at the cacti in front of the Space Age meets California Organic building, which he designed with French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster.
HOME & GARDEN
March 29, 2007 |
WHAT'S new on the home front? This week, two decidedly different events -- Westweek and CA Boom -- roll out the latest looks in furniture. Sponsored by the Pacific Design Center, the three-day Westweek opened Wednesday and features a flurry of product introductions aimed squarely at L.A.'s big-budget professional decorators.
HOME & GARDEN
February 15, 2007 |
EVERYONE knows wallpaper is back. But with all the new options, choosing the right one can seem overwhelming. Wallpaper adds texture, pattern and scale, says designer Jay Jeffers, founder and principal of Jeffers Design Group in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Whether graphic hand-blocked designs or textured grass cloth, wallpaper can set the tone for any room, be it in an urban loft or country cottage.
HOME & GARDEN
July 27, 2006 |
FOR the late David Wilkins, below, sculpture and architecture were always intertwined. He created figurative war memorials as well as dynamic abstract constructions, including the bronze gates at the Steele Laboratory at Caltech and his best known work, "Gateway," an illuminated minimalist arch at 300 N. Lake Ave. in Pasadena. Wilkins is celebrated in a modest retrospective, above, at Mor York Gallery in Highland Park.