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Convo By Design
@ConvoByDesign is an original talk series for designers, architects, those in the shelter space and design enthusiasts.
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Convo By Design is a podcast dedicated to promoting the ideas of architects, artists, designers, tastemakers and those making a difference in the way we live. Design is personal as is a good conversation.
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July 20, 2017 12:30 PM PDT

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.

July 13, 2017 05:33 PM PDT

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.

July 06, 2017 11:04 AM PDT

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.

June 28, 2017 10:37 AM PDT

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.

June 22, 2017 02:45 PM PDT

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 Lee cultural alchemist Jason Mayden and innovation expert Chris Denson.

June 15, 2017 08:51 AM PDT

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?

June 09, 2017 07:22 PM PDT

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.

June 01, 2017 01:57 PM PDT

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.

May 25, 2017 07:52 PM PDT

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.

May 18, 2017 02:34 PM PDT

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.

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