May 2012

Editor’s Letter—May 2012


When it comes to story arcs, cover subject Emilia Clarke’s platinum-tressed Daenerys Targaryen—one of a mind-spinning collection of characters vying to become monarch of the Seven Kingdoms in HBO’s spellbinding Game of Thrones—underwent the most radical transformation, surviving a literal trial by fire.

In “Year of the Dragon,” written by Irene Lacher and photographed by Ruven Afanador, Clarke, who is actually a brunette when she isn’t hatching dragons, explains how she scored the role of a lifetime at the tender age of 23.

Design in varied disciplines—architectural, interior, mechanical and automotive—drives this issue. In “View Finder,” design and culture editor Mayer Rus cites Frank Lloyd Wright’s axiom for houses on hills to usher us into a home where the Santa Ynez vistas are celebrated from every room.

When Laura Ziskin lost her battle with cancer last year, she left a phenomenal legacy that includes family, friends, professional accomplishments and the Westside home she and her husband, Alvin Sargent, lovingly built with designer Jane Hallworth.

In “House Proud,” Rus explores the place that’s a lasting reminder of her charm, grace and supreme good taste. For “Design Notebook,” Mallery Roberts Morgan has created a wide-ranging, full-of-surprises primer on local style sources. Greg Cerio examines the midcentury methodology that collector Michael Boyd brings to his brand-new furniture designs in “Modernist Missionary.” The most innovative watchmaking today uses a decidedly mechanical approach in “Time Honored,” by Keith W. Strandberg.

And Cary Georges’ “50” this month shines a high beam on concept cars driven by supercharged imagination. Designed to interest and entertain, all in LA. Enjoy!  —NANCIE CLARE, Editor

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Wyatt Peabody takes you inside Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix’s Pour Vous, where French spirits star.