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.

Episode 95: Branding for The Design Trade on Social Media featuring Carrie Swing, Scot Meacham Wood and Gina Davis

This episode is about branding for the design trade on social media.  Architects, designers, showroom marketers, product manufacturers, I think you are going to enjoy this. Social media consultant Carrie Swing speaks with marketer and blogger Scott Meacham Wood and fabric designer Gina Davis.  These three bring a fresh perspective on blogging, posting imaging and a fresh narrative.  Finding your voice and turning that into brand value.  Carrie, Scott and Gina discuss content, creating, sharing, cross platform and vertical integration.  Using this to reinforce your brand, create new followers and turning followers into clients and customers.


Robert, Russ and Ryan share insights on how design based businesses can collaborate with those in the trade to help them create remarkable homes for their clients.  Warner Bros and Snyder Diamond service the design trade by providing unique, non-core services to designers and architects.  They explain why that philosophy of service is crucial to the long term success of their business.

Episode 94: Ryan White and The CXD Social Lounge and Stage Design House Creation

This episode is dedicated to the Convo By Design Social Lounge and Stage Presented By Snyder Diamond at the WestEdge Design Fair.  We created a design space for the event that played host to panel discussions and interviews throughout the event.  I wanted this episode to spotlight our designer, Ryan White.  Ryan was a blast to work with.  He is smart, creative and very professional in his approach.  This design space did not just happen.  There was a great deal of planning that went into it.  There were challenges to overcome, some were daunting.  What you are about to hear is a three part story, I met Ryan 2 weeks before the event to discuss the last minute Planning, you will then hear the conversation with event partners, Courtney Genovese from The Rug Company, Anne Lockwood Crowningsheild from Empiric and Orli Ben-Dor from Hollywood At Home. And to wrap it up, we circled back with Ryan at the end, just before we broke the space down.  This was an amazing process and I will tell you, a little sad and relief, combined at the end.


Set decorator Tara Stephenson, known for her work on iconic TV shows like Modern Family, That 70's Show and Third Rock From The Sun talks about the differences in set decoration between television and film as well as the differences by genre.  Learn from the pros and get a glimpse of design straight from the script.

Episode 93: Interiors Magazine Editor In Chief Erika Heet

Erika Heet, Editor In Chief of Interiors Magazine sits down with frequent CXD contributor, Christine Anderson. This interview was recorded live from the Ryan White designed, Convo By Design Social Lounge at the WestEdge Design Fair in November 2016. Christine and Erika cover a lot of ground in this conversation. Of note, how designers submit their work for editorial coverage.


Set decorator K.C. Fox talks about breaking down a script from the perspective of a set decorator.  How does one create a family, business or build a character based strictly on the words from a script?  K.C. explains.  Fox has dressed sets ranging from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Speed, to mention just a few of her credits.  

Episode 92: Designing Character - When Your Client is a Script Part 2

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This episode of the podcast is a celebration of set decorators. Set decorators are a special breed of designer. They are designer, artist and a little mad scientist. They create design and feel for the tv shows and movies we love to watch. They actually define the style of the characters. Following is part one of a panel from the WestEdge Design Fair featuring Rosemary Brandenburg, William DeBiasio, K.C. Fox and Tara Stephenson, this conversation is moderated by Architectural Digest’s Ruth Tooker. Interior designers have the luxury of interviewing their clients to get a sense of the environment they will create. Set decorators must develop characters from reading the script. This panel covers the process a set decorator undergoes to take the characters from page to stage, creating environments for the story. A conversation with 4 remarkable set decorators on Designing Character, when your client is a script.


Set decorator William DeBiasio discusses key props and how using social media to engage the fans creates interest and engagement for the show. DeBiasio is known for his work on Pretty Little Liars, Crank, Alias, Chuck and, Famous in Love.

Episode 91: Designing Character - When Your Client is a Script

 This episode of the podcast is a celebration of set decorators. Set decorators are a special breed of designer. They are designer, artist and a little mad scientist. They create design and feel for the tv shows and movies we love to watch. They actually define the style of the characters. Following is part one of a panel from the WestEdge Design Fair featuring Rosemary Brandenburg, William DeBiasio, K.C. Fox and Tara Stephenson, this conversation is moderated by Architectural Digest’s Ruth Tooker. Interior designers have the luxury of interviewing their clients to get a sense of the environment they will create. Set decorators must develop characters from reading the script. This panel covers the process a set decorator undergoes to take the characters from page to stage, creating environments for the story. A conversation with 4 remarkable set decorators on Designing Character, when your client is a script. 


Set decorator Rosemary Brandenburg talks about what set decorators do and how they get hired. This segment is from a panel entitled Defining Character: When Your Client is a Script.  Additional panelists include Tara Stephenson, K.C. Fox, William DeBiasio and the panel was moderated by Architectural Digest's Ruth Tooker.  The panel was recorded at WestEdge Design Fair in November 2016.

Episode 90: Approaching Your Design Brand Through a Digital Startegy

This panel discussion features Green Owl Studio founder, Catherine Minervini @GreenOwlStudio, digital media strategist, Emily Hooper @mle_hooper and brand strategist, Greg Flannigan @gregflannigan . A digital strategy should support your overall marketing and business development plan. Your digital strategy can be constructed in a number of platforms. Learn them, use them and grow your design business.                     


This segment from  a panel discussion @WestEdgeDesign Fair features Green Owl Studio founder, Catherine Minervini @GreenOwlStudio, digital media strategist, Emily Hooper @mle_hooper and brand strategist, Greg Flannigan @gregflannigan. A digital strategy should support your overall marketing and business development plan. It should support and grow your brand.  What is a brand?

Episode 89: Convo By Design Social Lounge From WestEdge 2016: Partnership In Design

Convo By Design is presented by Snyder Diamond and this year, we created our first design project elegantly designed by Ryan White.  This space features product and expertise from Warner Bros., Empiric, The Rug Company and Hollywood At Home.  Panels featuring some of the smartest people in marketing, branding, public relations and design.  Starting with this one, Russ Diamond, Ryan White and Robert Greenfield.


The social lounge and stage was designed by Ryan White and features product by Snyder Diamond, Warner Bros., Empiric, Hollywood At Home and The Rug Company. There were panels and interviews throughout WestEdge and it was a blast. Check out the space.

Episode 88: Why We Hate Work (or do we) Pt.2

In November, the WestEdge Design Fair will return to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California for its fourth year. Following is a conversation from WestEdge entitled Why We Hate Work featuring Liz Borough, Tiffany English, Michelle Ives Ratkovitch and Alan Young. The panel is moderated by Interior Design Magazine editor, Edie Cohen. Edie asks a very good question at the very start, do we hate work? Or, do we hate the space in which we work. Listen and decide for yourself.

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Episode 87. Why We Hate Work (or do we) Pt.1

In November, the WestEdge Design Fair will return to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California for its fourth year. Following is a conversation from WestEdge entitled Why We Hate Work featuring Liz Borough, Tiffany English, Michelle Ives Ratkovitch and Alan Young. The panel is moderated by Interior Design Magazine editor, Edie Cohen. Edie asks a very good question at the very start, do we hate work? Or, do we hate the space in which we work. Listen and decide for yourself.