Season 5 E7 - The Richard Neutra VDL House

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I love doing this podcast and because of that, I thoroughly enjoy every interview, tour and conversation. In honor of Modernism Week, I bring you one of my favorites and a Southern California icon. I recently toured the Richard Neutra VDL Research House in Silver Lake, California. This property is not just a case study home but it was the Neutra family home for decades, in two very different forms. The first home was designed by Richard Neutra in the 1930’s and the family lived in the International style modern home for three decades. It burned down and in the mid 60’s, it was completely re-imagined by Neutra and his son Dion. What rose from the ashes was a simply magnificent structure that fit the lifestyle of the family it was built for like a custom made glove. The lasting impact of Richard Neutra and his personal fit styling of architecture to embrace the occupants lifestyle and thereby enhance the quality of life is evident is virtually every aspect of the design and materials that went into this home. A seemingly transparent glass box with complete privacy. Small spaces that feel huge, a miniature kitchen that contained all the modern conveniences of the day and then some. This space is truly remarkable. I was given the grand tour by Sarah Lorenzen. Sarah is a professor in the Architecture Department at Cal Poly, owners of the property. She is the resident director of the Neutra VDL Showcase House and lives there full time with her husband. Following is our conversation as we traverse through the many floors, rooms and hallways of the home. Please check the Convo By Design YouTube channel and instagram profile for videos and images from the home. We will also be producing a room by room walking tour of the Richard Neutra VDL Research House so check back often. Thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do, please go to “Ratings and Reviews” on iTunes, leave us a note and a positive review. Positive ratings helps us attract new listeners to the podcast.. and it is very much appreciated. Enjoy this episode of Convo By Design Presented By Snyder Diamond.


I recently toured the Neutra VDL Research House in Silver Lake, California. The lasting impact of Richard Neutra and his personal fit styling of architecture to embrace the occupants lifestyle and thereby enhance the quality of life is evident is virtually every aspect of the design and materials that went into this home. A seemingly transparent glass box with complete privacy. Small spaces that feel huge, a miniature kitchen that contained all the modern conveniences of the day and then some. This space is truly remarkable. I was given the grand tour by Sarah Lorenzen. Sarah is a professor in the Architecture Department at Cal Poly, owners of the property. She is the resident director of the Neutra VDL Showcase House and lives there full time with her husband. Sarah explains Neutra's lasting legacy on the landscape of Southern California architecture.

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Season 5 EP 6 - Let's Take It Outside

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We don’t usually talk about designing for outdoor spaces in February. We save these conversations until early April but it has been beautiful out lately. But not exclusively. Regardless of your political position on global warming, one thing that cannot be denied is that climate change does exist, it is happening and it does affect the way we all live. I cannot have a conversation with an interior designer, architect or developer without the topic of outdoor living coming to the fore. In Southern California, outdoor spaces are equally as important and the indoor spaces because we spend so much time outside. 

Following is a really fun conversation from the WestEdge Design Fair called Maximizing Your Outdoor Living Spaces. This was moderated by Sunset’s Melissa Goldstein and features Regan Baker of Regan Baker Design and Leslie L. Hunt of Leslie L, Hunt Interior Design. This chat covers a lot of ground, literally and it also covers interior to exterior transitions and functional uses of space with ideas that can be applied to almost any climate.  

Thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do, please go to “Ratings and Reviews” on iTunes, leave us a note and a positive review. Please know, it isn’t an ego boost. Positive ratings helps us attract new listeners to the podcast.. and it is very much appreciated. Enjoy this episode of Convo By Design Presented By Snyder Diamond.. 

 

 

Designer Cesar Giraldo has appeared on the podcast a few times over the past four seasons. He remains a favorite of ours for his fearless approach toward design, brand development and life itself. Cesar discusses what he does when he isn't working and when he first knew what he wanted to be. As he does, you will find his work displayed in the background. This presentation is part of the Convo By Design Green Room Project. A project that began at WestEdge Design Fair and features immensely talented creatives interviewed in a set imagined by Kelley Jackson and built by the Warner Bros. Property Department. Convo By Design is presented by Snyder Diamond and Miele and their revolutionary line of kitchen appliances.

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Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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Sponsor: Miele

Season 5 EP 5 Designer Leslie Shapiro Joyal and Potted's Annette Gutierrez

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This episode features two conversations with two wonderful designers and truly exceptional people. First up is Leslie Shapiro Joyal of Shapiro Joyal Studio. Leslie and I spoke just before the opening of the Wattles Mansion Design House in 2017. Leslie was the first designer I spoke with on this project, her space was my first impression and what an impression it was. Sweeping views of Los Angeles from the Hollywood Hills location. How do you frame that as a designer? Well Leslie is going to tell you how she did it. And, she is also going to tell you about designing a showcase and working with unforeseen circumstances, like a pack of wild raccoons stealing your accessories every night. Seriously. Next up is Annette Gutierrez, a friend, amazing person and half of the design team behind Potted. She and Mary Gray provided the outdoor space in that Small Space Big Style design house in Hollywood and we have been friends ever since. Annette and I caught up at the WestEdge Design Fair in 2017. Potted provided plants and accessories for our Kelley Jackson designed California Beach Follies Cabana. 

 

 

I met Leslie Shapiro Joyal at Wattles Mansion in 2017 and her space was the first one I remember. It was the first one I saw and it had beauty and impact. The sweeping views of Los Angeles from this secluded Hollywood Hills location were breathtaking and Leslie's design complimented all of it, with subtle perfection. Leslie talks about the challenges of the design house process and the specific challenges of Wattles Mansion. Not the least of which were a feisty group of raccoons stealing her accessories. Seriously.

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Season 5 EP 4 Intimate Strangers: The Relationship Between Art and Design Pt. 2

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Following is part 2 of a conversation from the WestEdge Design Fair called Intimate Strangers. This conversation features Maria Cicicone of Graye, Los Angeles, architect and designer Gulia Jonsdottir, artist Nicole Landau and art consultant, Wendy Posner. This really interesting journey was moderated by Interiors magazine’s, Erika Heet. This is an exploration into the age old question about the relationship between design and art. The contrast and compliment each add to the other, or not. These remarkable women explain their project called Intimate Strangers. An exhibition bringing the essence of Los Angeles to Milan, Italy and the challenges of showing this in a historical property with multiple restrictions. Anyone who has worked in a landmark or historical property understands just how complex this issue can be.

 

 

Artist Hunt Slonem - The Calling

Hunt Slonem is a brilliant painter with a body of work that uses color and layers of paint to create vibrant, colorful images that are truly moving. Slonem discusses his work, his calling as an artist and his journey. Slonem is rare in many ways but none more so than his passion and career are congruent. He knew what he wanted to be from a very young age and has answered the calling with deft precision.

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Sponsor: Miele

Season 5 Episode 3 - The Relationship Between Design and Art

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Art, design, architecture and collaboration... taking Los Angeles to Milan… following is a conversation from the WestEdge Design Fair called Intimate Strangers. This conversation features Maria Cicicone of Graye, architect and designer Gulia Jonsdottir, artist Nicole Landau and art consultant, Wendy Posner. This really interesting journey was moderated by Interiors magazine’s, Erika Heet. This is an exploration into the age old question about the relationship between design and art. The contrast and compliment each add to the other, or not. These remarkable women explain their project called Intimate Strangers. An exhibition bringing the essence of Los Angeles to Milan, Italy and the challenges of showing this in a historical property with multiple restrictions. Anyone who has worked in a landmark or historical property understands just how complex this issue can be.

 

 

Designer Rona Graf is the principal designer of the award-winning design firm, Grace Blu Designs, Inc. Grace Blu is a boutique firm and Rona is a special type of designer that focuses her energies on client expectation and delivering against those expectations. Here is Rona's approach as it relates to starting from the beginning. It all starts with a blank canvas.

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image: Grace Blu

Season 5 Episode 2 - Takashi Yanai and His "Veiw" on Architecture

Takashi Yanai is a returning guest on Convo By Design with a really interesting philosophy of architecture. I am going to let him explain it, but we sat down to discuss the concept of “view” as it relates to architecture and design.  Yanai is the Residential Studio Director at Ehrlich, Yanai, Rhee, Chaney Architects where he has held this position since 2004. He is a nationally and internationally celebrated architect  who lectures, travels and is an avid photographer. This brings us to the subject at hand. Yanai takes a unique approach to the concept of “view” and applies it to his architectural approach. This conversation also covers a few of Takashi’s projects that you can view on our YouTube channel. Thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do, please go to “Ratings and Reviews” on iTunes, leave us a note and a positive review. Please know, it isn’t an ego boost. Positive ratings helps us attract new listeners to the podcast.. and it is very much appreciated. Enjoy this conversation, by design with architect, Takashi Yanai.

Takashi Yanai is a returning guest on Convo By Design with a really interesting philosophy of architecture. I am going to let him explain it, but we sat down to discuss the concept of “view” as it relates to architecture and design.  Yanai is the Residential Studio Director at Ehrlich, Yanai, Rhee, Chaney Architects where he has held this position since 2004. He is a nationally and internationally celebrated architect  who lectures, travels and is an avid photographer. This brings us to the subject at hand. Yanai takes a unique approach to the concept of “view” and applies it to his architectural approach. This conversation also covers a few of Takashi’s projects that you can view on our YouTube channel. Thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do, please go to “Ratings and Reviews” on iTunes, leave us a note and a positive review. Please know, it isn’t an ego boost. Positive ratings helps us attract new listeners to the podcast.. and it is very much appreciated. Enjoy this conversation, by design with architect, Takashi Yanai.

 

 

Architect Takashi Yanai has a really interesting philosophy regarding architecture. I am going to let him explain it but we sat down to discuss the concept of “view” as it relates to architecture and design.  Yanai is the Residential Studio Director at Ehrlich, Yanai, Rhee, Chaney Architects where he has held this position since 2004. He is a nationally and internationally celebrated architect  who lectures, travels and is an avid photographer. This brings us to the subject at hand. Yanai takes a unique approach to the concept of “view” and applies it to his architectural approach. This conversation covers his project called, "Palisades".

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Season 5 Episode 1 - Lori Dennis and Four Sophisticated Styles

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A few weeks back, the show featured designer Lori Dennis in a conversation that was recorded from her amazing Los Angeles area headquarters. Lori and I covered a lot of ground about her background and her remarkable rise as one of the worlds best interior designers and phenomenally talented business professionals. I wanted to learn more about Lori’s process and invited her to be a guest at our first Convo By Design Green Room Project from the WestEdge Design Fair. The project was recorded live in the Convo By Design studios, presented by Snyder Diamond, designed by Kelley Jackson Interior Design, built by the Warner Bros Property Department and upholstery shop. The following conversation features some of Lori’s favorite projects. These case studies were also filmed and you can see the projects Lori is speaking of by going to the Convo By Design YouTube channel. I wanted you to hear about these amazing projects and have the chance to see what we are talking about. Thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do, please go to “Ratings and Reviews” on iTunes, leave us a not and a positive review. Please know, it isn’t an ego boost. Positive ratings helps us attract new listeners to the podcast.. and it is very much appreciated. Enjoy this conversation, by design with Lori Dennis. and one of the new elements to the podcast this year. We will feature a spotlight on new and interesting products to add to your list of resources. Here is artist Nick Lopez of Nick Lopez Studio dot com and Nick creates art and furniture from reclaimed wood using a really interesting technique that is more jigsaw puzzle creation and assembly than it is woodworking. It is actually both and he has produced some really interesting pieces that you might want to include in your next project, home remodel or set design.

 

 

A few weeks back, Convo By Design featured designer Lori Dennis in a conversation that was recorded from her amazing Los Angeles area headquarters. Lori and I covered a lot of ground about her background and her remarkable rise as one of the worlds best interior designers and phenomenally talented business professionals. I wanted to learn more about Lori’s process and invited her to be a guest at our first Convo By Design Green Room Project from the WestEdge Design Fair. The project was recorded live in the Convo By Design studios, presented by Snyder Diamond, designed by Kelley Jackson Interior Design, built by the Warner Bros Property Department and upholstery shop. This is the story of the Hip Hacienda.

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Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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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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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
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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
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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
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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. 

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.


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.

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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.

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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
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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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Artist: Nicolai Heidlas
Title: Get Up!
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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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Music provided by Electric Sol Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
www.electricsolmusic.com

Images: Att.