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January 4, 1994 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What do designer dog food dishes, fetal monitoring systems and Teddy Ruxpin have in common? A tiny industrial design firm based in Canoga Park, RKS Design. Founded in 1980 by former Xerox Corp. designer Ravi Sawhney, 37, RKS has worked for such big corporations as Rubbermaid Inc. and Sega of America, as well as entrepreneurs in fields ranging from health care to virtual-reality arcade games. With just $1.
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January 4, 1994 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What do designer dog food dishes, fetal monitoring systems and Teddy Ruxpin have in common? A tiny industrial design firm based in Canoga Park, RKS Design. Founded in 1980 by former Xerox Corp. designer Ravi Sawhney, 37, RKS has worked for such big corporations as Rubbermaid Inc. and Sega of America, as well as entrepreneurs in fields ranging from health care to virtual-reality arcade games. With just $1.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2000 | SCOTT STEEPLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For many people, it's no longer a question of whether work will follow them home--it's how to adapt the home as a place to work. Enter Lapstation, a portable work environment designed for the "nomadic computing lifestyle," according to its maker, Maxim Weitzman, chief executive and co-founder of Intrigo Inc. of Thousand Oaks. The 29-year-old Weitzman developed the collapsible plastic work space while fulfilling an internship as a Larry Wolfen Entrepreneurial Fellow in the MBA program at UCLA.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An alumni parade has settled into the CSUN Art Dome, where the group show called "Outlooks" brings back to the academic roost several artists who have found greater opportunities. And not all of them have chosen the fine-art world as their focus. The show manages to be both a look at the trajectories of some former students, and, by extension, a broad survey of career options for the artistically minded.
NEWS
November 8, 2001 | CHRISTINE FREY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don Richardson's tiny new cell phone turned out to be more cumbersome than convenient. About the size of a candy bar, the phone fit neatly in his pocket, but Richardson always hit too many buttons at once and the mouthpiece ended up in the middle of his cheek. Frustrated, the 6-foot, 7-inch postmaster from Los Angeles finally ditched the dinky device in favor of a model with bigger buttons and a mouthpiece that actually reached his mouth. "I'm big," he said. "Everything I buy is big."
HOME & GARDEN
June 23, 2005 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
Some designers dream about building a better mousetrap. David Wiseman just wanted to create a cooler clothes hook. Casting a simple profile of a deer with flocked ears or antlers as a place to hang one's hat, the 23-year-old Pasadena native cleverly updated those cartoon-cute plaster wall sculptures of the suburban 1950s.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Good looks helped RKS Guitars make the cover of BusinessWeek this summer, when the Oxnard company's futuristic, lime-green guitar was showcased in the magazine's annual design issue. Whether the guitar will ever make the cover of Rolling Stone -- or at least find a niche in the fast-growing electric guitar market -- is another story. Nearly all of rock's famed six-string slingers play models made by Fender Musical Instruments Corp.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2007 | Nancy Rivera Brooks, Times Staff Writer
Television shows and movies may be Southern California's most famous products, but the region churns out massive amounts of extruded, fabricated, formed, poured, sewn, smelted and stamped goods every day. Some are futuristic, such as the "bionic eye" crafted by Second Sight Medical Products Inc. Others are basic, including the cardboard boxes turned out by Empire Container Corp. and the wooden or steel ones by ABC Caskets.
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