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October 19, 1989
Architects for Shelter will present a benefit architectural tour of Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The group is a coalition of architects in the area. Proceeds will go to the Ocean Park Community Center, which provides a network of shelters and other services for runaway youth, battered women, the homeless and others.
Tonight at 7, the Getty Conservation Institute will present a discussion titled "Fallingwater: Preserving a 20th Century Icon" with Lynda S. Waggoner, executive director of Frank Lloyd Wright's cantilevered house in Bear Run, Pa., and structural engineer Robert Silman, president of Robert Silman Associates, the firm selected to conserve its sagging frame. The talk will take place at the Getty Center. Free; reservations are required at (310) 440-7300;
July 11, 2002
* "Mathematica," an exhibition designed by Charles and Ray Eames that celebrates the convergence of design and science, opens Friday at California Science Center in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, and runs through Sept. 8. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free; parking is $6. For more information, call (323) 724-3623.
July 8, 1999 | SUSAN CARPENTER
With home design fast becoming the next frontier in fashion, it follows that decorating one's home is now the newest form of self-expression. Enter Totem (, a cutting-edge furniture store and virtual catalog based in New York City. Founded on the belief that "our existence, physical and even spiritual, can be enhanced by the objects in our lives," David Shearer opened Totem in 1997, inspired by a conversation he had had with design legend Ray Eames in the mid-'80s.
May 2, 2009 | David A. Keeps
CB2, the offspring of Crate & Barrel, opened its first Southern California store Thursday in the Sunset Boulevard space formerly occupied by a Virgin Megastore. "Considering that Los Angeles was the home of Case Study houses and Charles and Ray Eames, we knew we had to come here to be a legitimate modern home furnishings store," said CB2 director Marta-Maria Calle.
November 28, 1991 | AARON BETSKY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES. Aaron Betsky teaches and writes about architecture
Two boxes face a meadow. They are made of industrial material, including a black-painted metal structural grid and panels of glass, stucco, metal and various compounds. There are no turrets, no sweeping roofs, no bay windows, no picture windows. There is just a simple set of spaces contained by a logical structure and placed almost nonchalantly at the edge of an unwatered meadow. The Eames House is quite possibly the most beautiful house in Los Angeles.
July 18, 1991 | AARON BETSKY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES. Aaron Betsky teaches and writes about architecture
Most of Los Angeles is "first growth," that is the buildings you see are the first structures built on their sites. As the city gets denser, those buildings are being hollowed out, their original uses replaced by functions that are often more refined, but also more ephemeral. The anonymous shells of West Los Angeles are becoming enlivened by a continually changing, highly designed interior world.
November 25, 2011
DIGITAL "The Films of Charles and Ray Eames. " $79.99, available at the Museum of Modern Art online gift shop, . NONDIGITAL "California Houses of Gordon Drake. " $39.95, available at William Stout Publishers, . SPLURGE Grasshopper floor lamp, $875 at Design Within Reach, (800) 944-2233 or . BARGAIN Arts & Architecture prints, $19.95 each, . Thanks to Pacific Standard Time and in particular to the ongoing LACMA exhibition "Living in a Modern Way: California Design 1930-1965," L.A.'s Midcentury design pioneers are back in the spotlight.
February 11, 2001
MID-CENTURY MANIA REIGNS--AND ITS EXUBERANT, INVENTIVE FURNISHINGS SEEM PERFECT FOR THE desert. After all, noted architects Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Craig Ellwood created one of the most important concentrations of Modernist architecture in the world in Palm Springs. Furnishings of the era (1946-1960), often created by architects turned designers, were based on new technologies and materials developed during the war--Fiberglas, cast-aluminum, acrylics and Formica.
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