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November 2, 1996
The Social and Public Art Resource Center is sponsoring the first of a series of studio workshops Saturday on designing a Korean-style garden in Ardmore Park. The garden will surround a cultural monument: a large sculpture of four folding screens, which will be built as part of the "Cultural Explainers: Portals, Bridges and Gateways," a project of the arts organization.
March 9, 2003
Although I liked many of the designs in the Special Home Design Issue (Feb. 9), some of the designers' choices of materials seemed to contradict their implied reverence for nature. For designer Shannon Shapiro to say that she is "not taking from the environment" by using resin and steel in place of animal horns is absolute ignorance. The manufacturing of steel certainly takes from the environment. Furthermore, designer Lindsay Dakota should try finding beauty in sustainable materials.
February 11, 2001 | BARBARA THORNBURG
THE ALLURE OF TIMEWORN objects, coupled with a simple, practical approach to living, epitomizes the perennially popular shabby chic style. The Europeans have been perfecting the look for centuries. Think of an English Cotswolds country cottage filled with furnishings handed down from generation to generation: threadbare silk pillows, faded velvet curtains, a table set with a mix of china and silver, a child's rocking horse with thinning mane and well-worn leather saddle.
February 11, 2001 | BARBARA THORNBURG
THE MOUNTAIN HOME, AS SEEN ON THE PAGES OF ARCHITECTURE and design magazines, is all about texture, warmth and keeping out the cold. Traditional materials such as stone, wood, leather and natural fabrics keep us feeling cozy. Navajo or kilim rugs offer a color platform on which to build, while a soft shearling carpet can be an inviting place to lie before the fire.
February 9, 2003
Erik Steffensen "The light wall poses a nice irony - an austere modernist vernacular made soft and sensuous by candlelight." inspirations: Artist Agnes Martin for "her exquisite subtlety and the way she creates a deep space out of flatness." Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion and New York's Seagram Building for "the three-dimensionality of the big flat slabs and planes. I love when the back-ground becomes the thing itself and the object dissolves into the background."
December 16, 2004 | David A. Keeps, Special to The Times
Scouting locations that would become the setting for ABC's "Desperate Housewives," production designer Thomas A. Walsh at first turned to "those Spielberg-like communities" -- Stevenson Ranch and Simi Valley -- but they were all "a little too real or a little too beige." In his quest to replicate an idyllic "Eisenhower-era perfectness," Walsh suggested buying all the houses on a block in a new development.
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