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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."
February 16, 2006 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
WANT to make your friends green with envy? Look to the ecologically sensitive design of the Mio Collection, a stylish line from the Philadelphia collective Mio Culture. Led by Colombian brothers Isaac and Jaime Salm, the 3-year-old firm has already won accolades for its 3-D wallpaper tiles made from recycled paper.
February 14, 2008 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
AT the soon-to-open Royal/T showroom for contemporary Japanese art and design in Culver City, a cafe will be staffed by waitresses in uniforms inspired by manga cartoons. The next time British lighting phenomenon Tom Dixon visits Los Angeles, he will be feted at an artist reception inside a special store-within-a-store at Twentieth dedicated to his work.
September 28, 2006 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
WHEN Darryl Wilson says he knows "what makes a house work," he isn't just talking about floor plans and furniture placement. For years the 49-year-old designer has defrayed the cost of renovating his residences by getting them paying gigs as locations for magazine fashion spreads and print ads. "The houses that work are the ones with tons of glass and natural light, a simple white box with midcentury furniture," he says.
July 28, 2005 | Janet Eastman, Times Staff Writer
It's less than a week before the opening of CA Boom II, the contemporary architecture and home furnishings show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and across town, architect Glen Irani is hustling to prepare a house for tourgoers' arrival. Plum-leaf-colored plaster needs to go up on the exterior walls. Workers have to finish the 85-foot-long pool. Still to be installed: a single translucent panel that will open a long hallway onto the garden, like a shoji screen.
January 4, 2007 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
AS piles of sawdust collect on top of a sheet of plywood in a basement workshop, Brendan Sowersby and Will Rollins of the downtown L.A. design firm 100xbetter watch an enormous Shop Sabre 4896 cut and engrave the pieces of their DB chair. The Bauhaus-influenced seat used to take a full day to make by hand. Now their $40,000 machine can cut two chairs in an hour. "We can be at the computer designing something else or have lunch while our robot works," says Sowersby, 36.
January 5, 2006 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
In the eighth-floor library of the Pacific Electric Lofts, the 100-year-old landmark in downtown L.A. built by Henry Huntington, a group of 21st century California visionaries has gathered for a session of show and tell. Jacek Ostoya, an architect from Berkeley, examines Elizabeth Paige Smith's hollow acrylic Parsons table filled with yellow powdered pigment that clings and clumps to the interior surfaces. "It's fantastic," Ostoya says.
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