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.

Video Credits:

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

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
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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.


Episode 124: Food and Design Part 2 LA Design Festival

Pairing passions is one of our favorite pastimes here at Convo By Design. We will present you with conversations that mix, blend, tweak, share and mash every time. The LA Design Festival presented a conversation on Food and Design and you are going to eat it up. Following is part two of this fantastic exchange moderated by Patrick Frederickson, board member of AIGA and it features an eclectic group of panelists from Soylent, Brothecary and Take Flight Coffee. How does packaging affect the success of a restaurant or edible product? How can design be consumed? Play on words? Of course, but think about it, cooking is truly the only art form that uses all the senses. Enjoy this well seasoned convo from the LA Design Festival.


I met with Frank Novak who owns the Modernize Factory in DTLA during the LA Design Festival. Frank and his brother Jay started Modernize in 1989. Hear about taking an iconic idea and retooling it for generations of future fans.

Episode 123: Food and Design Part 1 LA Design Festival

Pairing passions is one of our favorite pastimes here at Convo By Design. We will present you with conversations that mix, blend, tweak, share and mash every time. The LA Design Festival presented a conversation on Food and Design and you are going to eat it up. Following is part one of this fantastic exchange moderated by Patrick Frederickson, board member of AIGA and it features an eclectic group of panelists from Soylent, Brothecary and Take Flight Coffee. How does packaging affect the success of a restaurant or edible product? How can design be consumed? Play on words? Of course, but think about it, cooking is truly the only art form that uses all the senses. Enjoy this well seasoned convo from the LA Design Festival.
 


Timothy Corrigan is a master when it comes to design and branding.  Learn how Corrigan found inspiration from the 1920's and 30's when Cartier and Tiffany & Co. were making stunning silver design.  Corrigan used this inspiration to create a stunning line (two actually) of bathroom fixtures that are unique works of art.  This is the story of a driven interior designer who crafted THG Paris lines called West Coast and Grand Central for those who love to be surrounded by art.

Episode 122: Architect Edwin Chan and Sneaker Designer Jason Mayden

Convo By Design was created to showcase remarkable work in architecture and interior design and like every creative project, we have adapted over time. We started this podcast in 2014 and in over 120 episodes, we have spoken with over 300 designers, architects, artists, design space event promoters. We have heard a number of different opinions, some great debates regarding design and architecture concepts. Out of all of these conversations, some constants have emerged. Recurring themes. These include, collaboration and partnership in personalities and styles is a remarkable way to approach problem solving. Another is that multidisciplinary designers can provide insight to problem solving. The beauty in architecture and interior design is not only that it is in a state of constant change but there is an underlying desire to better the lives of those that we serve. Following are two conversations with two amazing creatives. The first is Jason Mayden, former lead designer for the Jordan brand at Nike. Mayden is a cultural alchemist, designer, innovator and a true creative. We talk about creative problem solving as it relates to city development and bettering the lives of those who live it there. This conversation is about infrastructure and a focus on quality of life. As a compliment to that, and in contrast, architect Edwin Chan of architecture firm EC3 speaks with me about architectural experimentation, working with Frank O. Gehry, teaching architecture at Harvard, USC, UC Berkley and building upon the unique elements that make up a city’s DNA and using that to build structures that serve the residents and stand the test of time. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording these two conversations. Two very different perspectives of the same issue, both creative and both with a keen eye focused on what makes a city truly special, the people that call it home. These conversations were recorded at the LA Design Festival which took place in downtown LA and both Edwin and Jason were on a panel entitled LA Detroit, the panel itself pas published on Convo By Design in previous episodes. Enjoy this episode and if you do, please provide a good rating on iTunes or the place where you download your podcasts. It helps provide visibility which in turn helps others find the show. Thank you.


KCRW's Saul Gonzalez shares his thoughts on the growing need to save Los Angeles. LA is in the midst of a housing crisis. Saul talks about LA remaining LA and balancing the need for new residences against the bulldozing of culture that makes Los Angeles so special. Gentrification, rent control, simply more people and a spiraling out of control homeless problem are creating issues that affect every aspect of life in the city of angles. Innovation, creativity and their affect on a housing crisis.

Episode 121 LA VS. Detroit from the LA Design Festival Part 2

The seventh annual LA Design Festival is over but certainly not forgotten. Throughout the four days of events, open houses and executions, there were some truly creative discussions. One of which was the LAX DET conversation comparing and contrasting two cities not often used in the same conversation let alone the same sentence. Detroit is a city on the rise. The city is finding new popularity and those driving that are the creatives. Open spaces for exploration and development. A serious need for new capital and with that need comes an openness for new ideas. At the same time, you have LA, a city that has always been home to the creative class and built on the creative economy since the studios found fertile territory to grow production facilities from acres of empty orange groves. But, growth doesn’t continue forever and it doesn't come without a price. LA is in the process of a major reinvention and the growing pains are evident. Housing prices are at levels that price out the very people who make it work. Services and resources are stretched to the point where they are ready to snap. In times like these, to whom does one turn? The creatives. Following is part two of LA, Detroit, truly a tale of two cities moderated by KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez and featuring architects, Edwin Chan and Lorcan O’Herlihy, brand manager, Eileen Lee cultural alchemist Jason Mayden and innovation expert Chris Denson.


KCRW's  regional Emmy winning host/ producer, Saul Gonzalez talks about his work covering Los Angeles and how housing, transportation and resources are being stretched thin.  The city with almost unthinkably broad boundaries is now unmistakably stretched beyond it's ability to serve the residents. The creative community led by thought leaders like Gonzalez, architects, interior designers and city planners are working on ways to address both short term issues and long term fixes.  This was recorded at the LA Design Festival just prior to a fascinating panel coving many of these issues as they relate to Los Angeles and Detroit.  To listen to the whole panel discussion, please find the podcast here

Episode 120: LA vs. Detroit Part 1 LA Design Festival

The seventh annual LA Design Festival is over but certainly not forgotten. Throughout the four days of events, open houses and executions, there were some truly creative discussions. One of which was the LAX DET conversation comparing and contrasting two cities not often used in the same conversation let alone the same sentence. Detroit is a city on the rise. The city is finding new popularity and those driving that are the creatives. Open spaces for exploration and development. A serious need for new capital and with that need comes an openness for new ideas. At the same time, you have LA, a city that has always been home to the creative class and built on the creative economy since the studios found fertile territory to grow production facilities from acres of empty orange groves. But, growth doesn’t continue forever and it doesn't come without a price. LA is in the process of a major reinvention and the growing pains are evident. Housing prices are at levels that price out the very people who make it work. Services and resources are stretched to the point where they are ready to snap. In times like these, to whom does one turn? The creatives. Following is part one of LA, Detroit, truly a tale of two cities moderated by KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez and featuring architects, Edwin Chan and Lorcan O’Herlihy, brand manager, Eileen Chen cultural alchemist Jason Mayden and innovation expert Chris Denson.


Designer Timothy Corrigan has built his brand on timeless, comfortable elegance and it shows in his work.  It also shows in his two new bath lines for THG Paris.  These pieces truly are jewelry for the bathroom.

Episode 119: Timothy Corrigan

Timothy Corrigan is one of the most decorated interior designers I know. He has been named to many World’s Greatest Designers list including the AD100, Robb Report’s Top 40 and the Luxe Gold List. Corrigan operates offices in Los Angeles and Paris. We spoke about international business and Corrigan is no stranger to long flights and international business management. In his prior career, he oversaw international operations for a large global advertising firm. He left to start working in interiors, a passion that he figured out how to turn into a global design brand. This conversation covers his design work and a fantastic new project with THG Paris. Regular listeners of Convo By Design know that I am not a designer. I am passionate about interior design personally, I am a brand manager by trade and I have been consulting major brands in the interior design, architecture and product design for quite some time. It’s rare to meet someone like Timothy because he is extremely creative and he knows the business side better than any other designer I have ever met. That is not to take away from anyone else. It is recognition for what Corrigan has done with his design studio and how he allocates his time and resources to those endeavors that further his brand. A large part of this includes sourcing product and staying on top of trends and developments. This further allows him to deliver consistent results to his clients and maintain a superior level of quality and service. At the end of the day, isn’t that what all of us are trying to accomplish?


Chris Denson is an innovation expert and we caught up at the LA Design Festival just prior to a panel he was on regarding Los Angeles and Detroit as design destinations. The full panel will be available on the Convo By Design podcast soon. Chris has a podcast of his own called Innovation Crush and he his a frequent writer/ contributor on the subject of innovation.  Here, Chris talks about innovation in design and how LA and Detroit are similar regardless of outward appearances.

Episode 118: Interior Designers Fernando Diaz and Kelley Jackson

This week, you will hear from two amazing interior designers, Fernando Diaz and Kelley Jackson. Fernando and Kelley are interior designers with a bold, fearless sense of style and both apply a tactical approach to strategic use of color. These conversations took place at Wattles Mansion just prior to the closure of the design house. You have been hearing from Wattles Mansion Designer Showcase designers in pairs in previous episodes. It has been so much fun to try and pair designers using at least one common theme and that is no exception here. This episode is about color. Use of color to make a statement, being bold, taking chances and tying it all together. Both designers do this masterfully. Fernando is Cuban-born, well traveled and adds touches from his travels in his work. You will hear about his use of vibrant, colorful, visually interesting beer steins and contemporary art pieces from LA artist Clara Berta to open up a heavily wood paneled library. Fernando uses furniture from Mitchell Gold - Bob Williams and rugs from AgaJohn to put this library together. Kelley Jackson attacked the ladies lounge with early California style in keeping with the time of Wattle Mansion but shrouded it in a pink haze . With Monterrey furniture and Anders Aldrin art and pillows she crafted herself. This space is filled with natural light from a southern exposure which caused the room to literally change color shades as we spoke. Please enjoy this episode with interior designers, Fernando Diaz and Kelley Jackson.


Creating the programming for a four day event like the LA Design Festival can be a daunting task. It requires an eye for uniqueness, an ear for new sounds and a thought process geared towards surprising and delighting a tough crowd. Haily and her talented team created a fun, original and creative programming portfolio for this years festival. This is how they designed it. Spoiler... They listened to you.

Episode 117: LA Design Festival Co-Founder Haily Zaki

I took a ride to China Town near downtown LA to visit the offices of the LA Design Festival. I sat with Haily Zaki, Co-Founder of the LA Design Festival of which Convo By Design is incredibly proud to be a media partner. The LA Design Festival celebrates the rich design culture of Los Angeles. They see this as their opportunity to honor LA’s status as a global design capitol. This event, now in it’s seventh year shines a white hot spotlight on architecture, product design, graphic design, film, art, anything designed in LA. There are a number of very cool and unique opportunities during the four days of the event that include a a tour of the Modernica factory and a deep dive to see the inner workings of the Tryforium. Not sure what that is, keep listening and Haily will explain.


Haily Zaki is the Co-Founder of the LA Design Festival of which Convo By Design is incredibly proud to be a media partner.  The LA Design Festival celebrates the rich design culture of Los Angeles.  They see this as their opportunity to honor LA’s status as a global design capital.  This event is now in it’s seventh year.  You are going to hear how Zaki started this event and why.  The LA Design Festival shines a white hot spotlight on architecture, product design, graphic design, film, art, anything designed in LA.  Zaki explains the event with artistic detail.

Episode 116: Designers Victoria Reitz and Ron Woodson

This week, you will be hearing from two designers with very different approaches to Hollywood glamor but similar in their love the old-Hollywood feel.  First up is Victoria Reitz, interior designer and producer of the Wattles Mansion Showcase.  As the producer of the project, Victoria takes the last remaining room, the one nobody else selected.  This year, she took the Butler’s Room and turned it into a jewel encrusted, lavish dressing room.   Small, but mighty.  We also speak with Victoria about producing this project, the time involved and establishing a cohesive theme for all the designers to work both independently and part of an overall team.  And oh the surprises that come from working on a very old house.

Ron Woodson of Woodson and Rummerfield’s House of Design is next up with a fascinating conversation about the living room in which he and Jamie transformed into old-Hollywood magic.  Ron and Jamie have been on the show before, I really appreciate the fact that they are remarkable storytellers.  Ron explains how the room is inspired by a portrait that was found in a basement.  The portrait is of Norma Talmadge.  Talmadge was a mega star of the silent film era.  She began her career in 1910 with Vistagraph Studios in Flatbush.  She moved to Hollywood to star in silent pictures, and she starred in many.  She didn’t make the transition to talkies and after making only two, she retired.  Some say that she couldn’t make it in talking pictures because her voice lacked power to match her acting abilities.  In any case, her two spoken roles don’t translate at the box office and Talmadge was done.  But, a few interesting facts about Norma Talmadge, Norma Place in West Hollywood is named after her and the reason there are footprints dating back to the early days of Graumann’s Chinese Theater is because Norma stepped in some wet cement on her way into the theater.  The rest is Hollywood history.


Lisa Steinbach-Schecter shares her approach to developing healthy habits in the kitchen from a designers perspective.  Lisa uses the space available in collaboration with her clients lifestyle to create not only the kitchen of their dreams, but to make it one that promotes a healthy lifestyle so they can enjoy it longer.
 

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.