Episode 115: Designers Nicole Gordon and David Dalton

We are back at Wattles Mansion for a conversation with two very talented designers. Nicole Gordon and David Dalton. You will hear about art, luxe materials and skillful application. You will also hear about taking chance. David works material into wall coverings and Nicole found a perfect piece at Ikea that style matched perfectly. Skill, fearlessly and artfully applied.
 


Lisa Shecter of Kitchens On Montana knows about designing kitchens and has a number of thoughts on healthy living that starts in the kitchen. Lisa takes us for a tour of her healthy living kitchen inside her showroom.

Episode 114: Los Angeles Architectural Preservation

The City of Los Angeles was founded in 1781 and incorporated in 1850. In the years since the city’s founding, Los Angeles has continually reinvented itself, some would say, to a fault. When it comes to architecture and design in Los Angeles, we have always been considered a huge blank canvas, a design lab of sorts. Los Angeles architecture was built on names like; Welton Becket whose iconic works include Capitol Records (56), Parker Center (55), LAX (59) The Music Center (64-67), Claude Beelman, who brought Art Deco and Moderne movements to LA with works like The Standard (55) The Los Angeles Jewelry Center and The Union Bank Center, (later called the Getty Oil HQ and now The Mercury Building). From iconic buildings of industry, came mid-century modern design from architects like Richard Dorman. Dorman was part of Beckets firm until he left in 56 to create some amazing residential design in the city. How is this for a list of notables also adding to the Los Angeles landscape: Neutra, Fickett, Schindler, Gehry, Koenig, Lautner and Frank Lloyd Wright. Groundbreaking women like Greta Grossman and Helen Fong brought their unique perspectives and accomplished much in a male dominated profession. So, why the history lesson? Because much of LA’s notable architecture is being torn down to make way for newer ideas in architecture. Not that that is ALL bad, but when you lose iconic architecture strictly for the sake of a bigger structure, there is something wrong. the idea that architecture has to be temporary is a flawed concept. The Hollywood Hotel, Wallace Neff’s PickFair, Myron Hunt and later Paul Williams creation, The Ambassador Hotel, Marion Davies Beach House, The Brown Derby, The Pan Pacific Auditorium, all gone. What is also going away are Eicklers, Neffs and Schindlers. Iconic architecture in the form of residential homes lost, more every year. So you get it… meet Ken Bernstein. Ken is the manager and principle city planner for the the Historical Preservation Office of the City of Los Angeles. I sat down with Ken at his office in LA’s City Hall, another fantastic structure to discuss the state of historical architecture in LA. Things are happening to help preserve the architecturally relevant structures in the city. Some of these stories are great and you can also hear how to locate some of these gems in the city.


Episode 113: Michelle Workman

I sat down for this interview with Michelle Workman at a coffee shop in West Hollywood, down the street from the Pacific Design Center. In two years and one hundred and thirteen episodes of this podcast, I am constantly reminded just how talented and amazing the design community is. I would consider this to be a golden age of design. I say this because I am consistently meeting designers who are putting together some truly amazing work. They are doing it through innovation, new ideas and a health dose of trial and error. Fearlessly. If you don’t know Michelle yet, you will very soon. She is building a portfolio of work on the West Coast and in the South. Her roster of celebrity clients is a who’s who and yet, her philosophy is person centric which means her standard approach begins and ends with a level of service geared towards that person at that moment. Michelle just released her first full line of furniture through French Heritage, a line that she says was Art Deco inspired and likes to call it Sexy-Deco. What you are going to hear from Michelle is how she approaches the business as well as the art. Please enjoy this conversation with Michelle Workman and if you do enjoy it, please give us a positive rating on iTunes, that will make us more visible to others. You can also find short videos from many of these interviews at Convo By Design on YouTube. Thanks for listening and thanks for watching.


Ryan gives some amazing insight regarding his process for approaching a new space, incorporating her favorite elements and working around challenges.

Episode 112: Ryan Saghian and Kym Roger: Fabulous and Fearless

CXD covered the Wattles Design House this year and it has been an absolute blast catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. This episode features two elegant and insanely unique bedrooms. The rooms are as amazing as their designers. Ryan Saghian and Kym Roger. We start with Ryan who is an outspoken LA native with a very clear understanding of his own style in addition to understanding what his clients want. Kym Roger is a designer, an artist and a fascinating personality. Kym and Ryan are passionate and absolutely fearless in their use of color, materials and space. Things like gun metal and fur, one of a kind art and walls draped in sheets, you find joyful surprises at every turn.


Ryan Saghian on working with brands that fit his fantastically fearless and elegantly curated design style. Ryan talks about why he loves working with brands like Robert Allen, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and J. Alexander Furniture. And why fur? Find out.

Episode 111: Well Crafted Furniture Design From Drawing Board to Showroom to Living Room

A three part interview with architect and Vondom product designer, Ramon Esteve who talks about the creation of innovative new products. Daniel Stromborg of Gensler takes it from there and talks about marketing these products for retail. Finally Modern Luxury Interiors and Angeleno Magazine's Chris Gialanella explains how the magazines stay on top of changing taste and styles to provide readers what they want. Photo: Carolina Korman Photography


 

A three part interview with architect and Vondom product designer, Ramon Esteve who talks about the creation of innovative new products. Daniel Stromborg of Gensler takes it from there and talks about marketing these products for retail. Finally Modern Luxury Interiors and Angeleno Magazine's Chris Gialanella explains how the magazines stay on top of changing taste and styles to provide readers what they want. Photo: Carolina Korman Photography

Episode 110: The Innovation of Modern Plastic from WestWeek 2017

Convo By Design dropped in on WestWeek at the Pacific Design Center to hear about the icons and innovators panel at the Vondom showroom.  The conversation, entitled The Innovation of Modern Plastic Told By Modern Icons featured Architect and product designer Ramon Esteve, Gensler’s Regional Director of Product Design, Daniel Stromborg and was moderated by Modern Luxury Interiors Group Publisher, Chris Gialanella.


Episode 109: Patrick Dragonette and the Wattles Mansion Dining Room

This year, Convo By Design was at the Wattles Mansion Designer Showcase to speak with the designers who are giving this space a face lift, a glamorous, luxurious, elegant facelift. As you will hear, because the City owns the property, there are more rules than you might imagine and no structural changes take place so the designers really need to be thoughtful in their approach. Patrick Dragonette is not only an immensely talented designer, he is a showroom owner which puts him in a really interesting place. Do other designers come to shop at your space, do they bring their clients with them. When it’s Patrick, the answer is 'yes'. He designed the dining room for the Wattles Mansion showcase home this year and in a moment, he is going to tell you all about it.


Episode 108: Wattles Mansion - Shirley Starks, Phil Hoffman, Winslow & Cohen

The Wattles Mansion is one of the more interesting design projects you will find.  The Wattles Estate was built in 1907 for Nebraskan banker, Gurdon Wattles.  It was built as his winter home by architects Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey.  The mission revival residence was built with an absolutely stunning view from it’s perch in the Hollywood hills.  On a clear day, you can see the ocean.  The estate has a Japanese garden, Rose garden, Spanish garden, palm court and orchards.  It is surrounded by green and terraced landscapes.  After Wattles died, his son and wife remained in the home until it was sold to the city of Los Angeles in 1965.  The estate fell into disrepair due to many factors.  But the Wattles Mansion is now open to the public, as an event space. And as an annual showcase home.  This year, Convo By Design was there to speak with the designers who are giving this space a face lift, a glamorous, luxurious, elegant facelift.  As you will hear, because the City owns the property, there are more rules than you might imagine and no structural changes take place so the designers really need to be thoughtful in their approach.

This episode features two pairs of very talented creatives.  Shirley Starks and Phil Hoffman from the Set Decorators Society of America to tell you about the space decorated by Melinda Ritz and Mae Brunken of the SDSA.  You know Shirley and Phil, they were featured on past episodes of the podcast. Next up are Fariba Cohen and Jonathan Winslow of Winslow & Cohen. Turning a master bedroom into a playful game room.  I encourage you to get your tickets to this showcase before it closes and check out our YouTube channel where you can find short videos from these episodes.


Cesar Giraldo of Tag Front is a remarkable designer. He designed the space for @WeHoDesignDistr @WestEdgeDesign Fair. Cesar loves working with brands and he has some very interesting was of making a statement.  This video showcases the passion that goes into the project, he excitement of opening and relief on it's closing.

Episode 107: Developer Rob Glass

Frequent Convo By Design contributor Christine Anderson sat down with developer Rob Glass to talk about creating for celebrities, working with people who have true vision and the challenges presented when designing for master planned communities.  Rob talks about working with celebrity clients like Kenny G, Sugar Ray Leonard and Rod Stewart.  He also talks about working with his son, Josh and the joy working with family can bring. 


Episode 106: Architect Jon Frishman and Designer Cesar Giraldo

Here is a two part episode for you with two very talented, remarkably funny and insightful A+D pros. Architect Jon Frishman of Frishman Architecture believes that a good building has a soul, that is just one of the 11 'good building' principles Jon promotes. Cesar Giraldo of Tag Front is a designer with an equally philosophical approach to design. This episode starts with Jon's solid foundation and is finished with significant color and design added by Cesar.


Episode 105: Behind The Scenes with Set Decorators Julie Bolder, Beth Wooke, KC Fox and Phil Hoffman

We take the show backstage to speak with some incredibly accomplished set decorators. The four SDSA members you are about to hear from have worked on television, film and commercial projects you have seen, know and love. Their work is responsible for the aesthetic and style of the sets. Get to know a little more about Phil, KC, Julie and Beth.


Episode 104: WestEdge Design Fair Founders Troy Hanson and Megan Reilly

Many of the conversations you have been hearing on the show were recorded live from the WestEdge Design Fair.  As all of you in the design trade know, projects don’t just happen overnight.  WestEdge Design Fair takes place in November but I thought this conversation was important to air now.  Why?  Well, as every project,  media campaign, design house or other unique experiential endeavor goes there is always a recap of the project.  And we recently had ours.  All the stakeholders got together in Brentwood for breakfast and we talked about the good, the could-be-better and the what-if’s.  If I am going to be perfectly honest, the what-if’s are my favorite part of the process.  It not only represents the completely unbridled range of creativity, but nothing has gone wrong yet.  Now, it’s just us designers, architects, set decorators, showroom managers brand developers and we all know that nothing ever goes wrong, all of our projects go off without a hitch, right?    Well, as you listen to this episode with Troy Hansen and Megan Reilly, founders of WestEdge, we are in the process of figuring out what we are going to be doing at the show this year.  The plans are pretty cool and I can’t wait to share them with you.  For now, here are Troy and Megan to explain what goes into creating and producing an amazing design fair that is so much more that a trade show, it’s an experience. 


Episode 103: Public Relations GOLD For The Design Trade

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A Strategic public relations approach is most effective when the stories are organized around themes that emerge from an organizations brand.  The following conversation is from WestEdge Design Fair and features Catherine Minervini, Emily Hooper and Reva Revis.  Public Relations strategies specifically for the design trade. 


Designer, television host and design diva, Jennifer Convy sat with Christine Anderson in the Convo By Design Social Lounge presented by Snyder Diamond to talk about networking, collaborating and sharing ideas. 

Episode 102: Bringing the Travel Experience Home Pt. 2

C Magazine Design interiors Editor, Andrea Stanford moderated this conversation from the Westedge Design Fair entitled, Bringing the Travel Experience Home. It features Tim Campbell whose notable projects include Richard Neutra’s Singleton House, Lloyd Wright’s Alfred Newman Residence and Colony Palms Hotel… Nathan Turner whose passions include and are spoken expertly about, design, travel and food and Sue Firestone of SFA Design.  This conversation is about travel, design and bringing it all home.  Giving back and making an impact.  The stories behind the craft, the people, the artisans and the culture.  The reason for being.  This is part 2 of Bringing The Travel Experience Home.


Designer, television host and design diva, Jennifer Convy sat with Christine Anderson in the Convo By Design Social Lounge presented by Snyder Diamond to talk about Women in Luxury and Leisure Design. 

Episode 101: Bringing the Travel Experience Home Pt. 1

I love to travel, what I love more than traveling is being at home.  This is a conversation about having both.  C Magazine Design interiors Editor, Andrea Stanford moderated this conversation from the Westedge Design Fair entitled, Bringing the Travel Experience Home.  It features Tim Campbell whose notable projects include Richard Neutra’s Singleton House, Lloyd Wright’s Alfred Newman Residence and Colony Palms Hotel… Nathan Turner whose passions include and are spoken expertly about, design, travel and food and Sue Firestone of SFA Design.  This conversation is about travel, design and bringing it all home.  Giving back and making an impact.  The stories behind the craft, the people, the artisans and the culture.  The reason for being.  This is part 1 of Bringing The Travel Experience Home.


Designer Amy Benton knows her way around a kitchen.  he can visualize the kitchen design from concept to completion and she knows how to get what her clients want and need.

Epsiode 100: A Handful of Highlights

Convo By Design Presented By Snyder Diamond publishes our 100th episode. Here is a composite that includes designers, set decorators, architects, influencers, innovators and artists. Thank you to everyone who made it possible to reach 100. Thank you to everyone who appeared, produced and promoted. Thank you to everyone at Snyder Diamond for your continued support and thank you to YOU, for downloading, listening, watching, posting and coming out to see us. Enjoy the following taste of Convo By Design at 100.

Guests include:  Russ Diamond, Michael Hayden, Francesca Garcia-Marques, Kyle Schuneman, Bret Parsons, Estee Stanley, William DeBiasio, Cliff Fong, Ryan White and Erika Heet.


Textile Icon Janet Yonaty on Old World Craftsmanship

Janet Yonaty is a master off textiles, fabric design and providing a world class experience for her design partners. One of the reasons why is her unwavering determination and commitment to style and quality. Here is how she does it.

Episode 99: Technology and The Changing Landscape of Design

California Home and Design Magazine hosted a panel called How Technology is Changing the Landscape of Interior Design. It was moderated by CH+D editor, Jennifer Mehditash and featured Anna Brockway of @CherishCo , Mat Sanders from @ConsortDesign and Jaime Derringer of @DesignMilk . The conversation straddles traditional design and tech based systems for product development and new ways to bridge the gap between the trade and community.


Susan Cohen and Janet Yonaty on How to Earn a Designer's Business

Designer Susan Cohen and textiles innovator, Janet Yonaty have been collaborating for well over a decade. Multiple projects, numerous collaborations and years later they remain great partners and close friends. Susan is going to tell you how to earn and keep a successful designers business in an ever changing industry like interior design. 

Episode 98: Designer Tracy Gilmore and Bend Goods Founder Gaurav Nanda

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Karl Champley is an award winning builder and a rising star in design based reality TV. He has proven his chops on Ellen's Design Challenge on HGTV but how does he balance that against his full time job? Find out here.


Thanks for listening to this episode of @ConvoByDesign . Meet Tracy Gilmore of #GilmoreDesignStudio. Tracy's work is classic, clean and comfortable. Gaurav Nanda started Bend Goods and has turned it into an amazing brand that produces amazing wire based furniture. What do these two unique creatives have in common? Probably a great deal, but they both designed @RideSchwinn bikes for a silent auction to benefit the Ronald McDonald House @RMHC here in Southern California. The bikes were auctioned off @WestEdgeDesign Fair. Listen to some great stories from a pair of very cool artistic types.

Episode 97: Karl Champley

A conversation with Karl Champley, Aussie native, award winning master builder, pragmatic visionary and son of a street fighter.  You have seen him on DIY, HGTV and Ellen's Design Challenge.  And now, you can hear him on Convo By Design presented by Snyder Diamond, enjoy.

 


Karl Champley is an Aussie native, award winning master builder, pragmatic visionary and son of a street fighter.  You have seen him on DIY, HGTV and Ellen's Design Challenge.  And now, you can see him on Convo By Design presented by Snyder Diamond.  Karl talks about getting started in the business and the process of interviewing for a reality show.

Episode 96: The Fabric of Design featuring Susan Cohen and Janet Yonaty

Good design is almost always the product of very talented people collaborating with each other to realize the dreams of their clients. Susan Cohen and Janet Yonaty are two immensely talented individuals who have been collaborating for decades. Their success is testament to how effective this sort of partnership can be. The following conversation was recorded live from the Convo By Design Social Lounge and Stage at the WestEdge Design Fair.


More pearls of design wisdom from the @ConvoByDesign Social Lounge and Stage @WestEdgeDesign Fair featuring Ryan White of @RWDWhiteSpace . Ryan talks about the sourcing of product from @SnyderDiamondLA @DesignStudioWB @HollywoodAtHome @TheRugCompany and #EmpiricStudio.  This segment details an approach heavy on partnership and trust.  One of the core value of partnerships like these is trust and Ryan explains how that trust is developed.