EP. 143 Behind the Design: The Art of Storytelling Pt. 2

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I love the holidays! More time to spend with family and friends, tinker a bit in the studio and engage in the guilty pleasure of binge watching a lengthy list of TV shows and movies. You might feel the same, and while it is rare for me to binge watch, the holidays are the perfect time to do it. You are probably wondering why I’m telling you this. Well, it’s because after so many years working with set decorators, I can’t watch anything anymore without wondering who decorated the set? Which prop house did they get THAT sofa from or how would that lamp look in my living room. With that said, I thought this would be a great time to share a conversation from the WestEdge Design Fair this past November featuring set decorators and SDSA members Jason Howard, Jan Pascale, and Ann Shea, Ken Sharp VP of Modern Props, and Beverly Hadley Director of the Art Department at Universal Studios. The conversation was directed by Emmy Magazine’s Juan Morales. This part one of Behind The Design, The Art of Storytelling: a Set Decorator’s collaboration. If you enjoy Convo By Design, and I hope you do, please, go to iTunes and off to the left, click subscribe. We would also appreciate it if you clicked on “ratings and reviews” and left a positive review for the show. It helps us rise in the rankings and get more exposure. It is greatly appreciated.

 

 

Aaron B. Duke has captured the imagination for the architecture and design community through his use of super luxe materials, elegant lines and superior styling. Aaron talks about Millennials, how they are changing the interior design industry and what they want.

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Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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EP. 143 Behind the Design: The Art of Storytelling Pt. 1

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One of the things I enjoy most about this time of year and the holidays is the amount of time I have without feeling guilty that I’m not working. Time to spend with family and friends, tinker a bit in the studio and engage in the guilty pleasure of binge watching a lengthy list of TV shows and movies. You might feel the same, and while it is rare for me to binge watch, the holidays are the perfect time to do it. You are probably wondering why I’m telling you this. Well, it’s because after so many years working with set decorators, I can’t watch anything anymore without wondering who decorated the set? Which prop house did they get THAT sofa from or how would that lamp look in my living room. With that said, I thought this would be a great time to share a conversation from the WestEdge Design Fair this past November featuring set decorators and SDSA members Jason Howard, Jan Pascale, and Ann Shea, Ken Sharp VP of Modern Props, and Beverly Hadley Director of the Art Department at Universal Studios. The conversation was directed by Emmy Magazine’s Juan Morales. This part one of Behind The Design, The Art of Storytelling: a Set Decorator’s collaboration. If you enjoy Convo By Design, and I hope you do, please, go to iTunes and off to the left, click subscribe. We would also appreciate it if you clicked on “ratings and reviews” and left a positive review for the show. It helps us rise in the rankings and get more exposure. It is greatly appreciated.

 

 

Beth Wooke is an accomplished set decorator with credits on numerous projects that include; This Is Us, Splitting Up Together and The Thundermans. Beth is also an avid traveler, growing up in a military family helped seed that desire. Hear Beth explain how travel and cultural experience influences her design choices on set. Beth is one of the many remarkably talented professionals that make up the Set Decorators Society of America. Recording took place at the WestEdge Design Fair in the California Beach Follies tent designed by Kelley Jackson Interior Design and built by the Warner Bros Prop Department.

Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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Episode 142 Interior Designer Cesar Giraldo and Set Decorator Beth Wooke

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In this episode, we pair two creatives with some common threads; Vision, passion, talent and gratitude. These are two remarkable individuals with crazy skills. I wanted you to hear from interior designer Cesar Giraldo and set decorator Beth Wooke. I wanted to juxtapose these two creatives against each other for a few reasons. Both are incredibly passionate, very successful in their respective disciplines and both come from a cooperative place with regard to their work, and getting it right for their client. They are appreciative of every opportunity to put their talents to work and it comes through in the way they discuss their career. At the same time, the manner in which they approach the work is very different because they are serving different masters. A set is designed for a script and a residential project is designed for an individual, couple or family. These require a completely different way of thinking, collaborating and at the same time, they both must capture the essence of the individuals for whom the space is created. This is interior designer Cesar Giraldo and set decorator, Beth Wooke. 

 

 

Aaron B. Duke is an LA based designer with a design style that is capturing the attention of the A & D community due to his attention to detail, balanced use of materials, color and innovative ideas. Meet Duke and hear more about his approach to lifestyle and design. Duke was recently named to the Modern Luxury Interiors slate of 2017 Faces of Design. Deservedly so.

Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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Episode 140 Artist Hunt Slonem, Interior Designer Cheryl Kaye and Publisher Chris Gialanella

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Convo By Design, presented by Snyder Diamond has an interesting offering for you this week. I attended the Modern Luxury Interiors 2017 Faces of Design event held at the Roche Bobois showroom in Costa Mesa, California. We are honored to be included in the 2017 group of California design influencers and I will be bringing you conversations from this remarkable event over the next few weeks. Roche Bobois is a part of the SoCo Collection, an oasis of design, fashion and food in Orange County. We had a chance to record from the event, catch up with old friends and make some new ones. This episode features interior designer Cheryl Kaye, Modern Luxury Group Publisher, Chris Gialanella and artist Hunt Slonem. Slonem, known for his new-expressionist work is also a collector of rescued birds and rescued properties. Kaye, as a designer uses shape, texture and color in a way that is reminiscent of Slonem’s use of oil paint. She is fearless which makes for a great conversation. Gialanella manages a number of titles here is Southern California. Chris is what most would call a “people person”. He is one of those rare individuals that connects the dots and works partnerships in an artful way. Three superior creatives, artist Hunt Slonem, interior designer Cheryl Kaye and publisher Chris Gialanella. 

 

 

Designer Lori Dennis created a sleek, stylish and sophisticated space with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean in what can be described as a remarkable bachelor pad. It was created for a client that allowed Lori to do what she does best, capture the essence of space and deliever on her client's true desires. Convo By Design speaks with ground breaking designers and offers micro case studies from superior projects like this Venice Beach gem that Lori likes to call, Bond at the Beach.

Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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Episode 140: KCRW's Frances Anderton and Architect Michael Maltzan

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This week we have a really interesting conversation that was recorded live. This year, two Convo By Design staples were merged. The West Hollywood Design District's, DIEM program curated by Frances Anderson and Mallory Roberts Morgan was live from WestEdge Design Fair for a full day of talks and panels. This is the first of those conversations.  KCRW’s Frances Anderson sat with architect Michael Maltzan about the current state of architecture and design in Los Angeles. Los Angeles has, over the past two decades become a major player on the world stage  with regard to architecture and design. Los Angeles, once thought of as a second city when it came to all things arts related, aside from motion pictures, of course, is second to none. And that growth has not come without growing pains. Strained tensions from an abundance of building projects, traffic, congestion, loss of historic properties that have made way for new development. Frances and Michael have an open conversation about the growth and how to move forward in a way that works. Enjoy this conversation between KCRW’s Frances Anderson and architect, Michael Maltzan. 

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Convo By Design presented by Snyder Diamond was once again featured prominently at the WestEdge Design Fair. Designer Kelley Jackson, in partnership with the Warner Bros. Prop Department and upholstery shop created a whimsical and special place for the CXD Green Room Project. Kelley created a California Beach Follies cabana where the CXD interviews were recorded live. Here is how the space came together.

Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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Episode 139: The Lagaspi Courts Design House

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This week, we are going to explore a unique design house project in Santa Monica, California. Lagaspi Courts Design created a fantastic project house and it was produced by GC Collaborative. Here is what is interesting about this project, it was created as a design house that is also on the market. I suppose you could call this a spec home, but it really is so much more than that. This house was designed from the top down in a residential neighborhood in Santa Monica, with amazing views and a regional airport nearby. Often times, a design house project will be easy because the project producers only worry about creating a beautiful space for show. This house was created in the city of Santa Monica which is know for having some tough restrictions. It was produced close to a regional airport flight path and it was created with some elevation challenges. At the same time, it wasn’t just created for art’s sake, this home has to find a buyer. With all of these challenges, we have a remarkably close team consisting of developer Michael Farag, designer Edel Legaspi, architect, Christopher Courts and project producer, Ginna Christensen. This is a deep dive into a challenging project with a stunningly beautiful result. You can read more about it here: http://designontap.snyderdiamond.com/design-on-tap/2017/9/29/best-in-show-house-legaspi-courts and If you like this conversation, please go to iTunes and give the show a good rating, it helps with the show rankings which gets us more exposure.


Architect Takashi Yanai is a gifted creative with a remarkable to squeeze every last drop of beauty from a view. His skill at placing well crafted residential designs on the land and adjusting them just so is amazing to see. So, here is a micro case study recorded live from the WestEdge Design Fair in the California Garden Follies tent designed by Kelley Jackson and crafted by the Warner Bros. Property Department. Here is a little more about Takashi Yanai, FAIA is a partner at Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects and has been the Residential Studio Director since 2004 where he leads the firm’s efforts in the design and execution of award-winning single family residences. Takashi's projects have been published extensively in the national and international press. Takashi brings a keen sensitivity and interest in site and context coupled with a strong appreciation for the craft of building and materiality born of his dual Californian and Japanese heritage. His houses are a lasting and profound articulation of the relationship between man and nature that underscores architecture's power to enhance our environments. Prior to practicing architecture, Takashi was an editor at GA Houses in Tokyo where he had the privilege of engaging with the world's finest residential architects. Takashi is very active in the AIA Committee on Design, and is currently on the Board of Directors for the A+D Museum, Los Angeles. He is currently a visiting lecturer at the USC School of Architecture, and lectures throughout the world. Alongside architecture, Takashi has a strong interest in photography and social media. His professional activities, travels and personal interests are well-documented and widely follow his Instagram account @t_yanai.

Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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Episode 138: Designer Lori Dennis

 
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Lori Dennis is a fabulous designer. This is her second career, did you know that? She started in finance and later decided to pursue her passion for interior design. Since then, she has built a global design brand. She is a speaker, author, HGTV star and develops product lines based on her award winning brand. Lori is a tour de force and while nothing is going to stop her, it is important to see where she came from. We met at her home office, surrounded by amazing architecture, thought provoking art, and chickens. Real chickens. Lori and I cover a lot of ground. Following is a conversation with designer and design business master, Lori Dennis.


Lori Dennis is a fabulous designer. This is her second career, did you know that? She started in finance and later decided to pursue her passion for interior design. Since then, she has built a global design brand. She is a speaker, author, HGTV star and develops product lines based on her award winning brand. Lori is embarking on another aspect of design and architecture, perfecting the design build process through modern technology.

Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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Episode 137: What Makes an Extraordinary Project

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Renovation and residential construction is exciting. You are designing your dream home, your sanctuary. But that process can also be one of the most stressful experiences of you life. If someone who knew the process inside and out, knew every tip, trick and hack came to you and said, “Listen, give me an hour and I am going to tell you the conditions necessary for an extraordinary build.” would you be interested? If the answer is “yes” then keep listening. Following is a conversation moderated by yours truly from the WestEdge Design Fair. This features Laurie Haefele, James Magni, Bart Mendel, Mike Grosswendt and Brian Biglin. You have every side of this challenge represented, design, architecture, construction and project management all in one place at one time with over 100 years of combined experience giving you exactly what you need.

As mentioned, this conversation was held at the WestEdge Design Fair where Convo By Design presented by Snyder Diamond offered a California Garden Folly designed by Kelley Jackson of Kelley Jackson Interior Design and built by the Warner Bros Property Department and custom work by their upholstery and fabric shops. If you are not aware of the services Warner Bros. offers the design trade, you are in for a treat. If you can think of it, they can make it. Check them out at w b drapery dot com. And keep checking back here as we present conversations recorded from the California Garden Folly at WestEdge.


Lori Dennis is a fabulous designer. This is her second career, did you know that? She started in finance and later decided to pursue her passion for interior design. Since then, she has built a global design brand. She is a speaker, author, HGTV star and develops product lines based on her award winning brand. Lori is a tour de force and while nothing is going to stop her, it is important to see where she came from.

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Episode 136: Three Stars of Set Decor

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If I could add another career right now, it would be that of a set decorator. I have spent the last couple of years working with Set Decorator Society of America members and they are an amazing group. Many also work as interior designers but make no mistake, these two disciplines are very different. Following are three amazing set decorators who, combined have worked on some amazing projects. You know their work, titles include; Cheers, The Abyss, Gone In 60 Seconds, Basic Instinct, Seinfeld, Threes Company, Married With Children, Judy Moody and The Not Bummer Summer, this is just a few, a sample. Laura Richarz, Don Diers and Melinda Ritz are giants in the biz. Andrew Linde, a Convo By Design segment producer caught up with them. Enjoy. 


CAROLYN "Cal" LOUCKS is a Set Decorator, known for her work on major Hollywood feature films. Her background and her passion for international travel, has armed her with a keen sense of observation and attention to the details of the worlds she creates. For over 25 years, Carolyn has decorated dozens of films including, "Don't Say a Word" starring Micheal Douglas, "Shall We Dance" starring Jennifer Lopez, Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci, "The Sentinel" starring Michael Douglas and Keifer Sutherland, "Max Payne" starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.Carolyn has decorated tentpole films since 2008, such as "The Incredible Hulk" starring Ed Norton, "RED" starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malcovich and Mary Louise Parker, "Total Recall" starring Colin Farell, Jessica Biel & "Robocop" starring Joel Kinnaman, Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman. Carolyn set decorated the "Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice", starring Henry Cavell, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jessie Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons, directed by Zack Snyder, production designed by Patrick Tatopoulos.

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Episode 135: Reimagining the Classics Part 2

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Fall has come and I for one, am thrilled. Fall in Southern California means the weather cools. Yes, it cools elsewhere in Fall but here, it takes the edge off of summer and the tourists have mostly gone home which leaves the beaches empty, a great time for a second, cooler summer. It also means WestEdge is coming.This will be our 5th year as a media partner and our fourth year hosting live conversations. This year, we have some special things to share so I hope you can make it out October 19th through the 22nd at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar.

As we prepared for the show this year, we found a conversation from last year that you haven’t heard before on Convo By Design. This conversation is moderated by Veronica Miller of Modenus and features Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry of Pulp Design Studios, as well as Lori Gilder and Rebecca Reynolds of Kitchen Design Network. I enjoyed this conversation a great deal and I’m happy to share it with you. This is Reimagining the Classics for Modern Living. This is all about influences and influencers of the past and creating on success, breathing new life into classic work.

This is part two of Reimagining the Classics for Modern Living. If you like what you hear, And, I hope you do, please, go to iTunes and off to the left, click subscribe. We would also appreciate it if you clicked on “ratings and reviews” and left a positive review for the show. It helps us rise in the rankings and get more exposure. It is greatly appreciated. 


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Episode 134: Reimagining The Classics Part 1

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Fall has come and I for one, am thrilled. Fall in Southern California means the weather cools. Yes, it cools elsewhere in Fall but here, it takes the edge off of summer and the tourists have mostly gone home which leaves the beaches empty, a great time for a second, cooler summer. It also means WestEdge is coming.This will be our 5th year as a media partner and our fourth year hosting live conversations. This year, we have some special things to share so I hope you can make it out October 19th through the 22nd at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar. As we prepared for the show this year, we found a conversation from last year that you haven’t heard before on Convo By Design. This conversation is moderated by Veronica Miller of Modenus and features Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry of Pulp Design Studios, as well as Lori Gilder and Rebecca Reynolds of Kitchen Design Network. I enjoyed this conversation a great deal and I’m happy to share it with you. This is Reimagining the Classics for Modern Living. This is all about influences and influencers of the past and creating on success, breathing new life into classic work. This is Part 1 of Reimagining the Classics for Modern Living. If you like what you hear, And, I hope you do, please, go to iTunes and off to the left, click subscribe. We would also appreciate it if you clicked on “ratings and reviews” and left a positive review for the show. It helps us rise in the rankings and get more exposure. It is greatly appreciated. 


It’s Fall and you know what that means… WestEdge is coming. This will be our 5th year as a media partner and our fourth year hosting live conversations. This year, we have some special things to share so I hope you can make it out October 19th through the 22nd at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar. I sat down with Megan Reilly and Troy Hanson, co-founders of WestEdge about the show this year and what you can expect to find. As usual, Troy and Megan have an experience planned for you. Prepare for disruption courtesy of the West Hollywood Design District, Frances Anderson and Mallory Roberts Morgan. The #DIEM symposium will be a full day featuring panels about design and disruption. Cannot wait!

Music for Convo By Design is provided by:

Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
www.electricsolmusic.com @electricsolmusic

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Episode 133: Megan Reilly & Troy Hanson - WestEdge Design Fair

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It’s Fall and you know what that means… WestEdge is coming. This will be our 5th year as a media partner and our fourth year hosting live conversations. This year, we have some special things to share so I hope you can make it out October 19th through the 22nd at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar. I sat down with Megan Reilly and Troy Hanson, co-founders of WestEdge about the show this year and what you can expect to find. As usual, Troy and Megan have an experience planned for you. Here is Troy Hanson and Megan Reilly from the WestEdge Design Fair.

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It’s Fall and you know what that means… WestEdge is coming. This will be our 5th year as a media partner and our fourth year hosting live conversations. This year, we have some special things to share so I hope you can make it out October 19th through the 22nd at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar. I sat down with Megan Reilly and Troy Hanson, co-founders of WestEdge about the show this year and what you can expect to find. As usual, Troy and Megan have an experience planned for you. This year, we are talking about street art and travel!

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Episode 132: Laurie Haefele - Beautifully Bronzed

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I have a strong respect for creatives. I am fascinated by multidisciplinary creatives. Laurie Haefele has been a previous guest on the podcast and she is back, but this time in a very different way. Call this episode a case study. We went to see Laurie at a recently completed project in Culver City, California. I named this project “Beautifully Bronzed” the moment I walked in and if you check out any of the videos or images on Instagram or Pinterest, you’ll see why. The finishes are all brass against against a dark blue color in the cabinetry. Just an editors note here, before you email me and tell me that brass and bronze are different, I am aware of that. There was a little creative license taken in the naming. But it does beg the question about use of brass versus bronze. Since both are made of primarily copper, they share a number of characteristics but because brass has zinc, and bronze does not, you get a slightly yellower color from brass, which in this case, paired with a dark blue cabinet against a white counter and backsplash made for a really rich look and provided a pop. It was really a wonderful use of color and materials. You won’t be able to tell that from the podcast, but you will from the videos on our YouTube channel so please make sure to pop over there and find some additional inspiration. Laurie thought of everything here and I’m happy that we could bring you a walking tour. Please enjoy this conversation with kitchen designer and architect, Laurie Haefele. And, if you do, please, go to iTunes and off to the left, click subscribe. We would also appreciate it if you clicked on “ratings and reviews” and left a positive review for the show. It helps us rise in the rankings and get more exposure. It is greatly appreciated.

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Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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Episode 131: Nic Neumann - Sky-Frame

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This episode features Nic Neumann, Coo of Sky-Frame, a Swiss company that manufactures frameless doors and windows. They say they provide “a view, not a window.” Their work is elegant, Swiss engineered and Swiss made. Their product is sleek and detailed and that is why I thought you would like to hear a bit more about it. It is always fun speaking with designers and architects about projects, collaboration and one of the challenges that continually comes up is sourcing new product. One frustration in the business is that manufacturers don’t spend enough time marketing their product to those that could be using it. Effective marketing has always been a challenge in the shelter space. There are not a lot of suitable outlets, some are not cost-effective and others just don't fit for a number of reasons. Meet Nic Neumann, Chief Operating Officer and manager of US Operations. Nic and I discuss the business, some remarkable facts about Sky-Frame’s Swiss headquarters and how they work with architects and designers to make sure the product is ordered, manufactured and delivered with precision. Please enjoy this conversation with Sky-Frame COO, Nic Neumann. And, if you do, please, go to iTunes and off to the left, click subscribe. We would also appreciate it if you clicked on “ratings and reviews” and left a positive review for the show. It helps us rise in the rankings and get more exposure. Thank you.


Sky-Frame is a Swiss company that manufactures frameless doors and windows. They say they provide “a view, not a window.” Their work is elegant, Swiss engineered and Swiss made. Their product is sleek and detailed and that is why I thought you would like to hear a bit more about it. Meet Nic Neumann, Chief Operating Officer and manager of US Operations for Sky-Frame. Nic and I discuss the business, some remarkable facts about Sky-Frame’s Swiss headquarters and how they work with architects and designers to bring the outside in.

Please enjoy this conversation with Sky-Frame COO, Nic Neumann. And, if you do, please, go to iTunes for the full conversation and off to the left, click subscribe. We would also appreciate it if you clicked on “ratings and reviews” and left a positive review for the show. It helps us rise in the rankings and get more exposure. It is greatly appreciated.

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Sky-Frame Images: D. Lakeside Villa Lakeside Villa_High Res_5514.jpg The Netherlands Architect: Loek Stijnen, Lab 32 Architecten Photographer: René de Wit F. Haus Pöhö33 WSJ 06/28/17 - http://www.mansionglobal.com/articles...Haus Pöhö33_High Res_5701.jpg Austria Architect*: Zoran Bodrozic http://www.azb.co.at  Photographer*: Robert Niederl Photography 

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Episode 130: Designer Mark Weaver

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I met Mark Weaver at the Vondom showroom in the Pacific Design Center on an absolutely stunning Southern California afternoon. We spoke for quite some time and following is that conversation. Mark Weaver is a highly accomplished designer, he teaches design at UCLA and he is one of those individuals that not only knows his craft, but articulates it well so others can learn from his experience. Mark and I cover a lot of ground that ranges from high end luxury design, teaching design, working with different types of clients and approach to the business. We discuss two of his most recent projects, The Sanger Project and Villa Della Costa. These spectacular homes are works of art creatively utilizing architecture and design juxtaposed with simply amazing landscape. These projects appear as if they were simply painted onto that landscape which is always a sign of architectural and design mastery. Please enjoy this conversation with designer, Mark Weaver. And if you do, please, go to iTunes and off to the left, click subscribe. We would also appreciate it if you clicked on “ratings and reviews” and left a positive review for the show. It helps us rise in the rankings and get more exposure. It is greatly appreciated.


I had a chance meet Mark Weaver at the Vondom showroom in the Pacific Design Center on an absolutely stunning Southern California afternoon. We spoke for quite some time and following is that conversation. Mark Weaver is a highly accomplished designer, he teaches design at UCLA and he is one of those individuals that not only knows his craft, but articulates it well so others can learn from his experience. Mark and I cover a lot of ground that ranges from high end luxury design, teaching design, working with different types of clients and approach to the business. We discuss his most recent project, Villa Della Costa. This spectacular home is a are work of art creatively utilizing architecture and design juxtaposed with simply amazing landscape. This project appear as if they were simply painted onto that landscape which is always a sign of architectural and design mastery. Please enjoy this conversation with designer, Mark Weaver. And if you do, please, go to iTunes and off to the left, click subscribe. We would also appreciate it if you clicked on “ratings and reviews” and left a positive review for the show. Music provided by Electric Sol Artist: Electric Sol Song: Your Love Makes Me High www.electricsolmusic.com #design #pretty #bestoftheday #style #interiors #architecture #architecturelovers #finedesign #home #interiordesign #cook #chef #wine #convobydesign #contemprarydesign

Music for Convo By Design is provided by:
Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
www.electricsolmusic.com

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Episode 129: Designer David Dalton

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David Dalton is an extraordinary interior designer. Dalton began his firm, David Dalton inc in 1987 and since then has been transforming interiors into unique works of art. He studied set design and film at UCLA and Art Center College of Design. Dalton specializes in commercial as well as residential projects. Following is a composite from two separate conversations Dalton and I shared. I appreciate his work and I hope you do as well. As you listen to this, if you happen to have access to social media, check out his instagram, david underscore dalton underscore inc and view his work. David’s work is elegant but it’s also livable. He is equally at ease with vibrant color as black and white. In part one, we talk about art, design, travel and collaboration. Dalton shares his ideas regarding residential and commercial design. We talk about design houses and product partners. Part two of this episode Dalton and I discuss indoor outdoor living, always a great topic of conversation here in Southern California. Music provided by Electric Sol Artist: Electric Sol Song: Your Love Makes Me High www.electricsolmusic.com.


Geronimo Balloons is powered by the creative innovation that Jihan Zencirli brings to her craft. Zencirli built a business around creating remarkable balloon sculptures that are worthy of a galley show. Listen to Jihan speak about the challenges that all creatives must face… running a business and being a creative.

Music for Convo By Design is provided by:
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
www.electricsolmusic.com

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Episode 128: Designer Kyle Schuneman

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Kyle Schuneman has a keen eye for style and has developed a significant following through his book publication, bedding collection, furniture collection and social media influence. Kyle first published an apartment design book geared toward big city, small space living. This was in 2012 before the current big city boom. Kyle has a focus on designing for the space, not budget. His work has been featured in Esquire, Dwell, Cosmopolitan, Sunset, L’Uomo Vogue and Angeleno Interiors. He also works in prop styling which is an area that I think more and more designers will be utilizing in the very near future. Convo By Design has been featuring set decorators for quite some time. They work in creating a mood to fit a script, Kyle’s work has been in commercial use for companies like Target, Apple and Martha Stewart. Kyle is a match-maker of style. He bends and blends, combines and molds to create a complete and textured look. If you want to learn about his approach, keep listening...and if you like what you hear, please, go to iTunes and off to the left, click subscribe. We would also appreciate it if you clicked on “ratings and reviews” and left a positive review for the show. It helps us rise in the rankings and get more exposure. It is greatly appreciated.

Music for Convo By Design is provided by:

Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
www.electricsolmusic.com


Jihan Zencirli is part part designer, part architect and part magician. Really, she reminds me of Willy Wonka. Zencirli built a business around creating remarkable balloon sculptures that are worthy of a galley show. Listen to Jihan speak about starting her business with a single, well placed balloon. A single balloon that brought her joy and how sharing that joy led down an entrepreneurial rabbit hole she is still happily exploring.

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Episode 127: Architect Ward Jewell

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This episode features a true stand out in the biz,  architect Ward Jewell. This is a conversation about architecture, architectural styles with a critical focus on use of styles, avoiding whats hot now simply because they are popular and focusing on generational style. We talk about music, teamwork and collaboration. This is a part of the Convo By Design Influencer Series, of which Jewell is certainly a part. Jewell has applied a unique approach to Mid-Century Modern in Beverly Hills and a Modern spin on a residential unit in New York’s Plaza Hotel that is dripping with style and showcasing an extensive modern art collection. Jewell talks about the basics. Drafting, listening, collaborating and using what you have to create what you want. Thank you for listening to this episode of Convo By Design, if you enjoy it, and I hope you do, please give us a positive rating on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
www.electricsolmusic.com


Catherine Minervini of Green Owl Studio, Emily Hooper and Jolene Kraus of Park Studio are featured in a conversation about digital strategy and social media for your design and architecture brand with a focus on Instagram and Pinterest. It’s a challenge and more than likely one you are currently struggling with. This convo was crafted specifically for the design trade. I think you will find it useful. This conversation was recorded LIVE from the WestEdge Design Fair in Santa Monica from the Convo By Design Social Lounge Presented by Snyder Diamond and featuring partnerships with Warner Bros. Design Studios and. Ryan White Designs.

Music provided by:
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
Album: Dose
www.electricsolmusic.com

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Episode 126: Social Media For the Design Trade

Thank you for listening. You will notice new music in this episode. Special thanks to Electric Sol for providing, Your Love Makes Me High. This is a track from their second album called, DOSE. If you like what you hear, check them out at electricsolmusic.com. Following is a conversation about digital strategy and social media for your design and architecture brand. After participating in hundreds of interviews with designers, architects, product manufacturers and other creatives, a few issues have emerged as constant challenges for those in the industry. One one issue that always comes up is managing a design brand using social media. There are so many options, use more images, less images but more high quality images how many profiles can one person manage while still running an architect or design business. You get it, it’s a challenge and more than likely one you are currently struggling with. Following is a conversation with Catherine Minervini founder of Green Owl Studio, Emily Hooper, Digital media strategist and writer. Also involved is designer, Jolene Krauss. Jolene is an interior designer whose work has appeared on HGTV and was recognized as a TASTEMAKER by Traditional Home Magazine. This conversation is applicable to any business owner who struggles with making social media work for you instead of being another task on a long to do list. But, this was created specifically for the design trade. I think you will find it useful. This conversation was recorded LIVE from the WestEdge Design Fair in Santa Monica from the Convo By Design Social Lounge Presented by Snyder Diamond and featuring partnerships with Warner Bros. Design Studios and. Ryan White Designs.


Episode 125: The Triforium Project

Do you know what the Triforium is? I am an Angeleno, born and raised and before the LA Design Festival, I had no idea so if you don’t know what it is, don’t feel bad.  The Triforium is a six-story, 60-ton public artwork project in Downtown Los Angeles. Created by artist JOSEPH YOUNG. Its original design includes 1,494 multicolored hand blown, Italian glass prisms that glow in synchrony to music from a 79-note glass bell carillon, making it the largest musical instrument of its kind on Earth. It stands in Fletcher-Bowron Square, in the shadow of LA’s iconic city hall. Mocked by politicians, denounced by art critics, and limited by then available technology, the Triforium has nevertheless survived, it is NOT one of our city's most beloved landmarks, but it should be. Robert Stockwell, the Mall's architect, commissioned Joseph Young to execute a tall work that would serve as both a focal point and as a symbol for the Mall. Young's first proposal, a bell tower, was discarded after problems arose in the planned sound system. He then designed the Triforium to symbolize the interdependence of the three branches of government. Conceived to integrate art, science and music into a unified physical, visual and audio theme, the work was described by Young as "a bold, confident statement that expresses man's faith in the future." Attached at approximately the midpoint of each of the three two-legged arrow shaped legs, is a bay of 22 vertical steel columns of various lengths containing between 19 and 24 colored glass prisms. Each prism was handblown in Italy and houses a light in its hollow center. The total weight of the Triforium's 1494 prisms is approximately 15 tons. An electronic harmonium, a 79 note glass bell carillon with two octaves of English bells, and two octaves of Flemish bells forged by Gerald Finkenbeiner of Waltham, Massachusetts provide the music for the Triforium. Operated manually from a console, or controlled from a computer, the bells transform sound to color and regulate the intensity of the lights inside the prisms. To avoid audio distortion, loudspeakers hang below the arches of the reinforced precast concrete legs instead of behind the glass bays as originally planned.

This is the story of a creative group trying to save the Triforium, one glass cube at a time. The Triforium Project is comprised of Tanner Blackman, Carmen Zella who were not present for our conversation, the hilarious Tom Carroll was, as were Claire Evans and Jona Bechtold of the band Yacht. Consider yourself up to speed and meet the Triforium Project.