January 31, 2014 |
It's hard not to spot an import brand car on American roads. That wasn't always the case, Volkswagen reminds us as it commemorated the shipment of the first Beetle to New York City 65 years ago. Back in January 1949, Volkswagen delivered a VW “Type 1,” or Beetle, to Ben Pon Sr., a Dutch businessman and the world's first official Volkswagen importer. “It made inroads very tentatively selling only two that first year and then seemed to burst like wildfire,” said Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum.
November 20, 2013 |
Whenever the Los Angeles Auto Show comes to town, there are a wide range of autos that make it to the showroom floor. Some are stunning. Some are innovative. Some are flat-out bizarre. To many that are here getting a preview of the show, the blue monstrosity dubbed the Youabian Puma can be filed under the bizarre category. LIVE: The latest photos, facts from LA Auto Show The Hummer-size convertible with sweeping curves and monster truck tires is right by the entrance.
November 17, 2013 |
For decades, hydrogen fuel cell cars have been the automotive technology of tomorrow: the big idea, for someday far in the future. No longer. At auto shows in Los Angeles and Tokyo this week, Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Hyundai Motor Co. will introduce hydrogen-powered cars. Hyundai's will reach U.S. showrooms next year, while the other models will begin selling a year later. It amounts to "a coming out party for hydrogen," said John Krafcik, chief executive of Hyundai Motor America.
September 25, 2013 |
When comedian, writer and producer Dan Levy learned he would be a new father, he solicited parenting advice from an unsung group of experts: actual kids. In April, Levy collaborated with Jensen Karp, a producer and former rapper, to create "Baby Talk" - a monthly comedy show based around three to four comedians asking children between the ages of 5 and 10 questions like "What should I name my son?" (one child suggesting the name Ritzy Skittles) and "What should I do if my kid wakes up in the middle of the night and says he had a nightmare?"
June 10, 2013 |
Home offices might be a trend, but interior designers Nicholas Hertneck and Lawrence Lazzaro grew tired of running a business from their personal residence. In early June, the decorating duo moved their business, a division of the Beverly Hills firm Piper Hertneck Design, to the second floor of a Brentwood Village storefront. On the lower floor, they created Nicholas Lawrence, a retail space with herringbone hickory floors and Venetian and plastered walls. The Vermont soapstone sales counter, Lazzaro said, "was designed to look like it was salvaged from an Art Deco movie theater.
February 6, 2013 |
Downtown L.A.'s Staples Center may be home to the Grammys, but it's a relatively nondescript industrial complex in Burbank that's attracting some of the awards show's most notable nominees this week. Fender Musical Instruments' new artist showroom has become a hub for well-known musicians of all stripes. And with the Grammy Awards scheduled to air Sunday, business is brisk. Just as dress designers clamor to get their gowns on Oscar contenders, makers of musical equipment such as Fender are doing their best to get their newest products in the hands of Grammy-nominated pop stars.