Season 5 Episode 15: Ben Feldmann of Studio-MLA: Designing For Public Spaces

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There are many reasons to love Southern California and the weather has to top most people’s list but even if you don’t live in Southern California, many of the architecture and design story-lines coming out of LA are relevant no matter where you live. they include creating public gathering spots from previously wasted spaces and professional sports stadiums that not only incorporate a cities history but embraces its future and performance venues that use the outdoor beauty in a design created to minimize noise. Meet Ben Feldmann, landscape architect, urban designer and principal at Studio-MLA. You are about to hear of some city shaping projects and use of space, materials and locations that are not only transformative of the locations they occupy but these are once in a generation type projects that will transform cities, counties and ultimately the Southern California landscape. If you think I am exaggerating, your opinion might be different after you listen to this episode. I think it will be. Enjoy this episode of Convo By Design Presented By Snyder Diamond and the amazing family of Miele appliances and if you do, please make sure to leave a comment and a review on iTunes. Also check out our YouTube channel for videos from some of your favorite episodes.


Interior designer Lori Dennis takes us on a virtual tour of three stunning Southern California homes. The Modern Oasis in Palm Springs, Hip Hacienda in the Hollywood Hills and Bond at the Beach in Venice. Check out the style and detail in these three residences. Lori has a pragmatic and client focused approach that yields some amazing results. Three stunning homes imagined and then made real by Lori Dennis, one of the best in the business today.   Convo By Design is presented by Snyder Diamond and we strive to share remarkable projects and provide inspiration so you can create, share and do your best work.

Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
 

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Season 5, Episode 14: Designing for LA's Public Spaces

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This is the second part of our coverage from WestWeek 2018. I had the chance to sit down with Bob Hale and Aaron Paley who just finished a panel conversation at the Vondom showroom called, Designing For LA’s Public Spaces. The conversation was moderated by Modern Luxury Interiors Editor-In-Chief, Laura Eckstein-Jones, Bob Hale, Aaron Paley and Jen Stark. Jen is a phenomenal  artist Highly creative with a fearless and strategic approach to use of vibrant color, shape and materials. Bob is a principal with Rios, Clementi Hale Studios, immensely talented and has a diverse background including time as Creative Director and Vice President for Universal Studios and as a Principal with Frank O. Gehry and Associates. Aaron Paley is the President and Co-Founder of Community Arts Resources. The organization strives to activate engaging content in public spaces and Aaron is incredibly well versed on the subject.

I thoroughly enjoyed the following conversations for a number of reasons and not the least of which was the chance to debate LA’s role as both a leader in social commentary, which I don’t think many will argue against but also with LA’s role as an arts and culture leader, about which everyone has an opinion. If you listen to the show with any frequency, you already know where I stand and the following debate will certainly entertain you.

You have heard me say this before, I am a native Angeleno and defend LA vigorously as a culture and arts leader. Many suggest that LA doesn’t offer much in the way of culture or the arts. I not only disagree, but you will hear the argument that Southern California is a trailblazing leader in this area. From LA’s street arts, Palm Springs architecture and social style to San Diego’s civic art collection which dates back to 1909.  The point is, not only is the climate conducive to building out public spaces and public art, but the California mindset, the attitude has always been supportive of free expression and nowhere is that more evident than the use and design of public spaces. That being said, the debate still exists ad so the conversation continues. As it continues here, first with Bob Hale, then with Aaron Paley. Enjoy.

And if 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 and the amazing family of Miele appliances.


You have heard me say this before, I am a native Angeleno and defend LA vigorously as a culture and arts leader. Many suggest that LA doesn’t offer much in the way of culture or the arts. I not only disagree, but you will hear the argument that Southern California is a trailblazing leader in this area. From LA’s street arts, Palm Springs architecture and social style to San Diego’s civic art collection which dates back to 1909. The point is, not only is the climate conducive to building out public spaces and public art, but the California mindset, the attitude has always been supportive of free expression and nowhere is that more evident than the use and design of public spaces. That being said, the debate still exists ad so the conversation continues. Aaron Paley is the CEO and Co-Founder of Community Arts Resources. Aaron knows city planning and community based programming for public spaces.

Aaron and I, both Angelenos by birth, talk about the changing nature of LA and what public spaces mean to the people who call LA home. Images taken while exploring La Brea and 1st (and surrounding area).
  
Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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Season 5, Episode 13: WestWeek, Angeleno Magazine and E-Commerce

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This past week was our bi-annual pilgrimage to the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood for WestWeek. In addition to the panel conversations, open houses and smaller events, WestWeek is always, without exception, a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, make some new ones and find out what new trends and concepts have emerged while we have been knee deep in our own projects. There was a really fantastic conversation that I want to share with you. It took place at the Thomas Lavin showroom and covered the topic of e-commerce. If that doesn’t sound like a hot topic in the design space, it should because it’s bigger than you might think. Especially now, designers, homeowners, media outlets retailers, especially retailers are looking at the concept of e-commerce as a game changer and a potential threat. From a retailer’s perspective, will the capital expense of building out an e-commerce platform generate the desired new revenue stream? Will it chase off the in-store shoppers. How will designers address the ‘mark-up’ model with clients if that client can see everything online? These are just a few of the questions that come up, and the following conversation shed some light on these and other relevant and interesting points. This conversation was led by the talented Christopher Gialanella, group publisher of Modern Luxury’s family of publications here in Southern California. This one was hosted by Angeleno Magazine and features designers Windsor Smith, Ryan Jackson and Janice Barta. Enjoy this episode of Convo By Design Presented By Snyder Diamond.


This modern architecture oasis in the foothills of Palm Springs, called the Ridge Mountain Residence. Providing design within reach… It’s a stunning piece of residential architecture from Steven Ehrlich and the firm Ehrlich, Yanai, Rhee, Chaney #Architects. I had a strong reaction to this property and wanted you to see both the outside and portions of the internal design to see how well this project incorporates the exterior harshness and beauty into the interior design. The last time we visited, you saw the exterior. This time, we go inside and explore the relationship between the harsh desert exterior and the luxuries, silky smooth plaster walled interior. The built in furniture, storage and selective art blends this space evenly and perfectly. The home was placed strategically on a flat spot in the hills, nestled between rock outcroppings to the point where it almost appears like the home simply grew out of the stone. Steven will also tell us about some of the art in this house.Pieces by, light artist David Weismann and works in reflective light and glass by artist Philip K. Smith. I think you will see why I am so enamored with this home. Truly an work of art in and of itself. Enjoy this conversation with architect Steven Ehrlich. 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.

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Season 5, Episode 12 - Architect Joseph Spierer

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 This week we are taking it to the beach for a conversation with architect, Joseph Spierer. I met Joe in Manhattan Beach and we speak about the housing explosion taking place, not just in Los Angeles, but the South Bay in particular. The dirt is getting as pricey here as in San Francisco. When that happens, the building and design process seems to get even more purposeful. Homeowners are challenging designers and architects to get even more creative regarding use of space and putting even more into the project. This episode is the first in what will be the Small Space, Big Style series. We are actively pursuing designers and architects that are re-imagining use of space and doing more with that space. When home buyers are evaluating a property, one evaluation tool is cost-per-square-foot. I am flipping that script a little and applying a different term, impact-per-square-foot. How much design can one inject into a project? Joe specializes in South Bay homes and shares his expertise. Convo By Design, in our fifth season and has been presented by Snyder Diamond since episode number one. Snyder Diamond, always first with what’s next in the kitchen and bath. And as we talk about small spaces with big style, nobody provides the products and service for finding the right appliances like Snyder Diamond. They are widely shopped and trusted by those in the business and homeowners alike because they have superior products and unmatched service. That is due to the people who work there and It starts with second generation president, Russ Diamond. Russ travels extensively looking for the brands that provide the latest in technology and design for the kitchen and bath. In the kitchen, smarter appliances mean you can create amazing dishes from food that is stored at the correct temperature and humidity levels then prepared on a remarkable line of smart ranges and ovens. Stunning good looks, incredibly smart and designed to accommodate a multitude of specifications. Miele has a full line of kitchen appliances from stunningly beautiful and crazy smart refrigerators, ovens, ranges, cook-tops and combi-sets, ventilation hoods, dishwashers and coffee machines. Miele also has appliances for smaller spaces… again, providing big style for smaller spaces too. Miele has everything you need for the kitchen of your dreams and there are special offers available for a limited time and you can find details on these, the full line Miele appliances and that superior Snyder Diamond service at all three Los Angeles area Snyder Diamond showrooms. More information is also available at Snyder Diamond dot com. 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.


Joseph Spierer is an LA based architect with some amazing projects by the beach where lot size presents a big challenge for architects trying to fulfill their clients dreams. This is the first in what will be the Small Space, Big Style series. We are actively pursuing designers and architects that are re-imagining use of space and doing more with that space. When home buyers are evaluating a property, one evaluation tool is cost-per-square-foot. I am flipping that script a little and applying a different term, impact-per-square-foot. How much design can one inject into a project? Also featured in this short is the Miele coffee machine and NaNaWall.

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

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Season 5, Episode 11: Ridge Mountain Majesty

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I want to take you back to Modernism Week in Palm Springs 2018. Among all of the Mid-Century Modern homes, We had a chance to tour a stunning project that was recently completed. This modern oasis in the foothills of Palm Springs, called the Ridge Mountain Residence is a stunning piece of residential architecture from Steven Ehrlich and the firm Ehrlich, Yanai, Rhee, Chaney Architects. The home was placed strategically on a flat spot in the hills, nestled between rock outcroppings to the point where it almost appears like the home simply grew out of the stone. To add even more visual detail, the structure is built of concrete and steel to which a rusted patina has been applied. This is both Brutalist and modern with an elegant application of hard materials and severe angles. And right about now, your saying, “but Josh, it gets to 120 degrees plus every Summer in Palm Springs. Is steel the best material to use?” I can’t answer that, but Steven does and his response to that very issue is going to surprise and delight you if you are a fan of great architecture, physics and engineering like I am. Steven will also tell us about some of the art in this house. Pieces by, light artist David Weisman and works in reflective light and glass by artist Philip K. Smith. Then, we are going to hear from project architect, Megan Lawler and her experience through this five year journey. And since I know you want to see this, we are going to post video from this conversation on our YouTube channel and once you take in these views and tour the house, I think you will see why I am so enamored with this home. Truly an work of art in and of itself. Enjoy this conversation with architect Steven Ehrlich and project architect Megan Lawler. 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. Music provided by Electric Sol Artist: Electric Sol Song: Your Love Makes Me High www.electricsolmusic.com


I want to take you back a few weeks to #ModernismWeek in #PalmSprings. Among all of the Mid-Century Modern homes, we also had a chance to tour a stunning project that was recently completed. This modern oasis in the foothills of Palm Springs, called the Ridge Mountain Residence. It’s a stunning piece of residential architecture from Steven Ehrlich and the firm Ehrlich, Yanai, Rhee, Chaney #Architects. The home was placed strategically on a flat spot in the hills, nestled between rock outcroppings to the point where it almost appears like the home simply grew out of the stone. To add even more visual detail, the structure is built of concrete and steel to which a rusted patina has been applied. Enjoy these stunning view and tour of this remarkable residential project. Music provided by Electric Sol Artist: Electric Sol Song: Your Love Makes Me High www.electricsolmusic.com

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Season 5 Episode 10: The State of Iconic Architecture in Los Angeles

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You might have noticed that we have been spending a bit more time showcasing the classics in architecture and design here in Southern California. That’s why it is only fitting for the annual ‘State of Iconic LA Architecture’, our annual visit to city hall for a conversation with Ken Bernstein, Manager and Principal City Planner in the Office of Historic Resources. I met Ken for the first time in 2016 and we first spoke on the podcast in 2017. I went back for an update and there is so much happening with regard to Los Angeles architecture and design, I realized that we might need to visit more often. If you are interested in LA’s hidden gems, artisan housing stock and how to find amazing homes, walking tours and more… Ken is going to share everything you need to know. A very special thank you to the City of Los Angeles Historic Preservation Office and to Ken for taking the time to catch us up. Enjoy this conversation and please note that it was recorded outside in the courtyard at City Hall. Part of the joy for me in this episode is the constant activity and buzz that surrounds LA’s beautiful City Hall (and you will hear it all). For those who are curious, the building was completed in 1928 with three lead architects on the project; Albert C. Martin, John C. Austin and John Parkinson. The building was described by Austin in 1928 as “Modern America”. The art deco structure is easily one of the most identifiable buildings in Los Angeles and you probably remember some of the film exteriors in which it appears like Speed, Die Hard 2 or the original Dragnet. Way to many close-ups to list here. 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.


Takashi Yanai is a master of architectural context, spatial framing and residential architecture. 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, "Blue Sail". This interview was filmed at WestEdge Design Fair in the California Follies Cabana designed by Kelley Jackson Interiors and built by the Warner Bros. Property Department.

Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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Season 5 Episode 9: 'Always On' Design Branding with Hunker & Friends

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Modernism Week 2018 has come and gone. While I am a little sad to see it end, it is another opportunity to reflect on something truly amazing in the world of architecture and design. Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, the whole Coachella Valley has seen a phenomenal resurgence and has emerged from decades of decay as a beautiful oasis of arts and culture. And Modernism Week is a wonderful example of how art forms like architecture, design and public art can not just transform a city, but guide it back to its remarkable and glorious past.

This conversation was led by Eve Epstein, VP of Content at Hunker, and features Beatrice Fischel-Bock, CEO Co-Founder of Hutch, Angie Myung, Co-Founder and Creative Director at Poketo and Gareth Payne, Head of Design Research Studio. They are gathered at a home called “Hidden Frey”, a re-imagined space that is known better to the architecture community as the “Hollingsworth Tennis Estate” created by architect Albert Frey in 1966. In touring this Palm Springs estate, you will find some very recognizable Albert Frey details that include an elevated pool, rolled roof and cantilevered carport. The home and tennis court are sunken on the property making it invisible from the street and virtual unknown in the neighborhood. There is a good reason for the sunken space that started with a neighborly dispute and ended with a truly fun, functional an very quirky Palm Springs space. We will be getting more into architect Albert Frey in the future, and there are images of the home, find us on Instagram to check those out. But for now, here is a conversation about the everyday influence of architecture, design and decor in our lives. As Eve will explain, the accessibility we provide in our daily lives to brands through social media has led to new ways of furthering the conversation. 

Enjoy this conversation and please note that it was recorded outside and the occasional noise you hear that sounds like an airplane, it’s an airplane. 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.


It’s been said that culture is the the science behind design. That is no more obvious than in architecture. A dwelling is a manifestation of the culture around it. Some ideas are groundbreaking and they fall flat because surrounding culture wasn’t ready yet. The same can be said for the overuse of architectural styles long after society has moved on. Ward Jewell is a Los Angeles based architect with a significant roster of celebrity clients including Madonna, Warren Beatty, Candice Bergman and James Cameron. He has been featured in Architectural Digest, Dream Homes and Luxe Magazine. What is truly remarkable about Ward is his ability to wrap his architectural vision around a cultural construct. He makes better use of historical reference than anyone. What I mean is, Ward is truly a student of architecture. This stems from his early experiences growing up in a Wallace Neff house and a fluid understanding of what makes architecture both relevant and capable of standing the test of time. Following is a conversation with Ward that took place at the WestEdge Design Fair. We spoke in the California Beach Follies tent designed by Kelley Jackson Interior Design and built by the Warner Bros. Property Department. The conversation you hear will be paired with videos on our YouTube Channel featuring many of the projects Ward and I discuss here. 

Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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Season 5 E8: Mid-Century Modern That is Positively Palm Springs

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I drove into Palm Springs for Modernism Week this year extremely excited to catch up with old friends, make some new ones and see some of these architectural master works of mid-century modern design. I made one stop straight away. I heard about a neighborhood called Indian Canyons where a vast number of homeowners have painted doors with vibrant colors. It’s not just a few, and the colors chosen rage from pink to blue and everything in between. It’s not just a statement, it’s an identity. I found myself walking the wide streets of Indian Canyon snapping away at door after door. These low slung homes against the back drop of the mountains over Palm Springs was simply amazing. I felt like a kid on Easter morning searching for brightly colored eggs nestled in the grass, hidden behind trees and of course, finding those that weren’t hidden at all. There is an inextricable link between architecture and Palm Springs. That link is strong and ultimately why Palm Springs has survived challenging times, but thrived despite them. Following is a conversation with Modernism Week CEO Chris Mobley. Modernism Week was officially started in 2006 but modernism has long been a part of Palm Springs. The original Mid Century Modern architecture and the very city of Palm Springs are synonymous with the hip happening vibe of the atomic, futuristic, jazzy swing set. This year, I attended a group excursion, hosted by Snyder Diamond, arranged by GC Collaborative and featured some simply fabulous people and amazing events. We toured the Donald Weller designed Dinah Shore estate courtesy of Jaime Rummerfield and Ron Woodson’s SIA, Save Iconic Architecture. It was a great weekend and I am reminded that even if it’s not Modernism Week in Palm Springs, you can go and spend hours just walking neighborhoods shooting houses or simply looking around at the fun cool architecture and vibrant colors Enjoy this conversation with Modernism Week CEO Chris Mobley.  Enjoy this episode of Convo By Design Presented By Snyder Diamond.


We have been speaking about 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. This is Dione's room. Arguably the smallest room in the house but also one of the most functional. 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. 

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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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Song: Your Love Makes Me High www.electricsolmusic.com

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.

Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
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.

Sponsor: Miele

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.

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

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Episode 140: KCRW's Frances Anderton and Architect Michael Maltzan

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

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

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