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Posts Tagged ‘Frances Anderton’

Surprise Guests Announced for Tonight’s Ray Kappe-Shigeru Ban Event in LA

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For those of you in LA on the fence about attending tonight’s conversation at the Hammer Museum between Shigeru Ban and Ray Kappe (and moderated by Frances Anderton) this little tidbit might help you get off that fence and over to UCLA.

To celebrate Kappe’s 80th birthday (yeah he’s up there, but he’s no Julius Shulman), there will be surprise appearances by Michael Rotundi, Thom Mayne, and America’s most eligible eco-bachelor, Steve Glenn. (Tell him you liked his movie, okay? Even if you didn’t see it. Makes him feel good inside.)

Tonight, 7pm at the Hammer, and it’s FREE.

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Dining With David Adjaye

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You may think the days of a design blogger are filled with poolside daiquiris, mani-pedis, and long leisurely naps. And you’re right. But it’s not every day we get to go to lunch with The Man Most Likely To Be Named the Next Starchitect, David Adjaye.

We were gathered by the lovely people at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver to discuss their new building designed by Adjaye (not to be confused, mind you, with the pointy Libeskind-ized Denver Art Museum). We met curator Cydney Payton who is way excited about the museum’s first show in the new space, “Star Power: Museum as Body Electric,” which could also accurately describe Adjaye’s glowing box of gray etched glass.

As we dipped into our velvety carrot soup on a sunkissed patio at Lucques, we finally met Christopher Hawthorne , who was very nice and quite reserved–not all the cantankerous pot-stirrer we envisioned. But we have to admit we were entertained when Frances Anderton took him to task for his recent piece slamming Lorcan O’Herlihy’s Habitat 825. Thank god for Hawthorne, actually; he’s the only reason we still read the LA Times.

We compared notes with LA Mag’s Greg Goldin about PARK(ing) Day and met two new art friends, Jeff Marinelli of Art and Living and George Melrod of Art Ltd. And far away at the other end of the table was Dana Harris, who writes the sharp blog The Knife for Variety, about dining and the entertainment industry, a delicious little slice of LA life.

When we asked Adjaye what else he was working on, he lit up. Researching a book about contemporary African architecture has taken him to 30 countries, nine of them this summer alone. 30 countries? How many more to go? “23,” says Adjaye with that huge, adorable grin. “There are 53 countries in Africa.”

When you have lunch with David Adjaye, you’re bound to learn something.

Hot Tub Party at Dwell on Design

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See what happens when you bring a hot tub to a design conference? Mayor Gavin Newsom jumped in after this woman led the way out to the post-programming party after his surprise speech. Blue skies and warm breezes draped over Dwell’s outdoor showroom–a refurbished parking lot with all traces of asphalt expertly converted into prefab lots and patio furnishing vignettes. There were strappy chaise lounges, shiny glass shards that crunched underfoot like shattered bottles, squares of penny tile over the bars (fabulous idea), and a DWR Airstream (designed by none other than Dwell founder Lara Hedberg Deam‘s hubby Chris Deam).

We commiserated with the Chronicle Books squad (and UnBeige readers!) Jodi Warshaw, Christina Amini, and Alan Rapp (who we wrangled into snapping these photos for us, merci). LA editor Frances Anderton introduced is to more of the Dwell crew, including pres and publisher Michela O’Connor Abrams, and editors Amber Bravo, Aaron Britt (who used to work for word god William Safire!) and new hire Geoff Manaugh, who’s adjusting to San Fran life quite nicely. He’s got the intellectual take on the conference over at BLDG BLOG. We’re also reading Emily Pilloton‘s coverage on Inhabitat but haven’t found her curled up in a Fatboy yet.

The orange human crock pot above, by the way, is by our friends at Dutchtub, comes in six colors, and yes, that’s a little skillet to sear your grass-fed bison steaks while you prune up appropriately.

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Gary Hustwit and That Ubiquitous Typeface On “DnA” Today

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We can’t get enough of Gary Hustwit (and neither should you, no matter what some might say), and we’re delighted that Mr. Helvetica will be appearing on our favorite west coast radio program, “DnA: Design and Architecture” with Frances Anderton today. 2:30pm PST, or listen here.

Design Institute Coordinates Stellar Design Conference

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Minneapolis, let it be known that you are winning us over with your cosmopolitan charm. At the end of this month, the University of Minnesota’s Design Institute and Department of Art History are teaming up to bring a pretty spectacular lineup of design-savvy folk to the design-savvy town. They’ll be discussing the way design and architecture is perceived, namely through the conduits of mass media and museums at “Design and Its Publics: Curators, Critics, and Historians” April 27 and 28.

Speakers include Paola Antonelli, MoMA; Ole Bouman, Netherlands Architecture Institute; Brooke Hodge, MOCA; Deyan Sudjic, London Design Museum; Frances Anderton, KCRW’s “DnA”; and the conference will be moderated by Janet Abrams, Steven F. Ostrow, and Tom Fisher.

Plus, the event is free and open to the public. Because even though Minneapolis is big-city fabulous, they’ve still got good, old-fashioned Midwestern values.

The City of the Future (Alissa To Steve: It’s On)

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First, can we briefly give it up for the History Channel? They’ve managed to orchestrate a full-on design competition, on television, with national attention and big old sponsors like I to the B to the M. “The City of the Future” pits three cities, envisioned by three architects, against each other. Voting for one city over another seems like comparing apples and, um, watermelons, but the proposals are intriguing. Cast your vote for NY/ARO: Architecture Research Office, Chicago/Urban Lab, or LA/Eric Owen Moss Architects. Daniel Libeskind presides over the whole thing as a host/juror kind of thing.

Now, on behalf of the entire city of Los Angeles, a few words about LA:

Los Angeles, City of the Future. Sounds good, doesn’t it? It sounds good because it feels good. And it feels good because LA is already home to one city of the future. That city is called Tomorrowland. And since LA is already home to Tomorrowland, why shouldn’t LA be the home to all cities of the future? LA: Land of Tomorrow, City of the Future. Paid for by UnBeige Editors for Los Angeles, City of the Future.

Steve has been allotted equal time to argue for his fair city of Chicago. If someone would like to campaign for the obvious underdog, New York, UnBeige welcomes your counterpoint.