Design

Printed Matter
March 2011

Printed Matter

A library of design surprises awaits at vintage-furniture emporium Reform.

Image: Unzipped The New Red Carpet
February 2011

Image: Unzipped The New Red Carpet

We take a crack at dressing six of the Oscar nominees in the winning but risk-taking designer looks we wish they would wear.

The New New York
January 2011

The New New York

With recent developments in everything from architecture to hotels to retail, there’s still no place like Gotham.

Image: The XY Factor A Brilliant Disguise
January 2011

Image: The XY Factor A Brilliant Disguise

With a place for everything and everything in its place, one coat wins the carry-on game.

Image: Unzipped Resolutionary Ideas
January 2011

Image: Unzipped Resolutionary Ideas

The promises of New Year’s past come back to haunt, as one writer faces the hard facts hiding in her closet.

Image: Appearances Working Theory
January 2011

Image: Appearances Working Theory

Olivier Theyskens’ new Theory collection lends a dark glamour to the stalwart of office-appropriate chic

Culture(d)—December 2010
December 2010

Culture(d)—December 2010

Los Angeles Times critics, writers and contributors share their 2010 moment of transcendence.

Singular Sensation
November 2010

Singular Sensation

The new Leica M9 honors the mythic strengths of the Titans—in pristine form.

Intrepid Traveler London Calling, Again
November 2010

Intrepid Traveler London Calling, Again

London’s design scene flourishes anew in endless hotels, restaurants, galleries and shops, from the toniest stretches of Mayfair to the recently fashionable Shoreditch.

Culture(d)—November 2010
November 2010

Culture(d)—November 2010

This month, an eclectic sampling of the Los Angeles art scene, including a Michael Kohn retrospective, Raphael’s Madonna and Andy Warhol camos.

Tesla Takes Shape
November 2010

Tesla Takes Shape

Already avant-garde, the car company endeavors to be the EV player that values adventurous design as much as long-range, gas-free mobility.

Retail Therapy Group Dynamics
September 2010

Retail Therapy Group Dynamics

Reza Feiz’s cutting-edge Phase Design collections have found a new home—together in an outpost at Twentieth

A New Leaf
July 2010

A New Leaf

For photographer Emily Shur, the eerie wonder of cell phone towers have become the new classic landscape.

Tastemakers Sonia Eram
July 2010

Tastemakers Sonia Eram

Sonia Eram never advertises her Bev Hills store, Mameg, and still she has become L.A.’s most highly educated, under-the-radar fashion arbiter.

Tastemakers Frederick + Laurie Samitaur-Smith
July 2010

Tastemakers Frederick + Laurie Samitaur-Smith

Can real-estate development be a path to progressive social action? Frederick and Laurie Samitaur-Smith believe so and are proving it in Culver City.

Tastemakers Jeffrey Deitch
July 2010

Tastemakers Jeffrey Deitch

After 30 years as a curator and gallerist, Deitch signs on at MOCA to continue his constantly evolving dialogue about art, life and the cultural landscape.

The Mayor of Melrose
July 2010

The Mayor of Melrose

Sophistication and sensitivity aren’t traits generally associated with developers, but Ben Soleimani proves the exception.

VW in the Driver’s Seat
July 2010

VW in the Driver’s Seat

Volkswagen design maestro Walter de’Silva bucks the car-industry cult to design vehicles that suit the unique tastes of regional markets.

Culture(d)—June 2010
June 2010

Culture(d)—June 2010

The latest in art and architecture, with a celebrity flourish, including a Michael Jackson collection and 5 questions for Hollywood It gal Betty White.

Seoul Mate
May 2010

Seoul Mate

Pierre Koenig’s modern-architecture masterpiece Case Study House No. 21 exhibits global balance with an owner who showcases Eastern art through a series of visiting installations.

All That Glitters
May 2010

All That Glitters

Robert Stone sets his sights on the stories buildings tell, the personal and cultural iconography they manifest—and even the feelings they evoke.

Video Fountain Head
May 2010

Video Fountain Head

Mark Fuller’s WET has revolutionized the world of fountaineering—see how

True to Form Artigas/Curtin
May 2010

True to Form Artigas/Curtin

With their slyly named collaborative Artless, two designers turn out exactly the opposite—truly artful furniture that will outlive us all.

Video True to Form
May 2010

Video True to Form

See Eddy Sykes’ Yakuza Lou chandelier blossom before your eyes

True to Form Eddy Sykes
May 2010

True to Form Eddy Sykes

Owner of ChersonProm, Sykes dreams of design that is moving in every sense of the word—and everything he turns out proves it.

True to Form Meier/Ferrer
May 2010

True to Form Meier/Ferrer

Proof that two halves do make a whole, especially when it comes to designing spectacular elemental furniture.

True to Form David Wiseman
May 2010

True to Form David Wiseman

One designer whose love of all things in nature shines through in his functional-art pieces.

Culture(d)—May 2010
May 2010

Culture(d)—May 2010

The latest in art and architecture, from Thomas Hayes to the Griffith Observatory to the Huntington Library and more.

The Style List—May 2010
May 2010

The Style List—May 2010

This month, we look at Chrissie Morris’ metal-studded lace-up sandals and Frédérique Constant Junior watches from Polacheck’s.

50: Tokyo Taxi Tops
May 2010

50: Tokyo Taxi Tops

They're the true lights of the city—see how this Japanese metropolis makes the most of its mobility.

The Style List—April 2010
April 2010

The Style List—April 2010

This month's look includes Essence of IX fragrance and design-your-own board shorts from a local Santa Monica company.

Culture(d)—November 2009
November 2009

Culture(d)—November 2009

In the realm of arts 'n' ideas

Culture(d)—September 2009
September 2009

Culture(d)—September 2009

Douglas Aitken at Regen Projects, Ruven Afanador's homage to Andalusian music and a new Ralph Pucci collection by L.A.-based William Emmerson.

Culture(d)—August 2009
August 2009

Culture(d)—August 2009

Matthew Specktor's That Summertime Sound, Paula Froelich's Mercury in Retrograde, La Brea's best furniture and Feathered Edge at MOCA PDC.

Tastemakers 2009 Sally McQuillan
July 2009

Tastemakers 2009 Sally McQuillan

Ask any number of decorating heavyweights, and they’ll tell you fiercely inventive fabric designer Sally McQuillan, known for setting trends in color and pattern, is a home-furnishings sensation.

Tastemakers 2009 Arianne Phillips
July 2009

Tastemakers 2009 Arianne Phillips

Known for her fluency in both costume design and print-editorial styling, Arianne Phillips has an aesthetic that consistently defies the safe and expected, including a 12-year collaboration with Madonna.

Tastemakers 2009 Liseanne Frankfurt
July 2009

Tastemakers 2009 Liseanne Frankfurt

The people who frequent Liseanne Frankfurt's Venice boutique, LFrank, on Abbot Kinney “are looking for significance and quality—not for something trendy or mass produced.” And they find it.

Tastemakers 2009 Commune
July 2009

Tastemakers 2009 Commune

The founding of Commune—the West Hollywood design firm that, in five years, has built a portfolio that includes residential interiors, shops, a restaurant, a hotel and sundry “branding” strategies—could make a good setup for a movie.

Tastemakers 2009 Geoff McFetridge
July 2009

Tastemakers 2009 Geoff McFetridge

Graphic artist Geoff McFetridge favors softly contoured animalistic characters and line-drawn, Sgt. Pepper’s– reminiscent figures—a style that's well suited to clients of every ilk.

Richard ShapiroGrand Tour
July 2009

Richard ShapiroGrand Tour

Richard Shapiro’s Holmby Hills manse delivers an object lesson in the masterful pairing of art and design.

culture(d)—July 2009
July 2009

culture(d)—July 2009

Arts and Culture Editor Mayer Rus highlights and latest art and design of Erika Brunson, Martin Brudnizki, Trina Turk and Larry Johnson.

The Style List—July 2009
July 2009

The Style List—July 2009

Must-haves for summer, including spray-on makeup, T-shirts and totes for good causes, Kiehl's sunflower recovery pak and shopping for high-end vintage dresses.

The Style List—February 2009
February 2009

The Style List—February 2009

Intérieurs home and garden shop in WeHo, Sally Sohn baubles, French design firm Baccarat, Don Freeman's portrait of Ted Muehling, the new Andaz West Hollywood on Sunset and more.

The Style List—November 2008
November 2008

The Style List—November 2008

Georg Jensen reintroduces master craftsman Henning Koppel, Taschen reprints groundbreaking magazine Arts & Architecture, Solange Azagury-Partridge's jewelry and more.

J Mays Auto Didact
October 2008

J Mays Auto Didact

The visionary car designer's innovative legacy of prototypes and concept cars continues with his radical new direction at Ford, based on an aesthetic called Kinetic Design.

Design Notebook—October 2008
October 2008

Design Notebook—October 2008

On Mayer Rus' list this month: Cedar garden benches from Studiolo, Tortoise General Store on Abbot Kinney, Bisazza's glass mosaic tile and a trip to Kidrobot on Melrose.

Elements of Style
October 2008

Elements of Style

The Brentwood home of Nancy Heller and Fred Specktor is a kaleidoscope of aesthetic tastes and personal passions.

Cliffhanger: Lautner’s Garcia House
October 2008

Cliffhanger: Lautner’s Garcia House

See photos of the refurbished Garcia House, one of John Lautner's midcentury gifts to L.A. in addition to his landmark projects like the Chemosphere and the Elrod houses.

The Style List—October 2008
October 2008

The Style List—October 2008

The Supper Club L.A., Catherine Malandrino, black diamonds, the Rose Tarlow Melrose House, the Shaolin Wushu Center in Santa Monica and more.