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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. Copyright © 2014-2017 All rights reserved.
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January 10, 2018 02:49 PM PST

Following is a conversation with architect Takashi Yanai. Takashi is a returning CXD guest with a really interesting architectural philosophy. 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 the Convo By Design 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.

January 04, 2018 02:53 PM PST

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.

Music provided by Electric Sol
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Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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December 28, 2017 07:02 PM PST

This is our final episode of 2017, our fourth season of Convo By Design and what a season it was. Following is a conversation with Karl Champley, Aussie native, award winning master builder, pragmatic visionary and son of a street fighter. You have seen him on DIY, HGTV and Ellen's Design Challenge. Thank you to Karl and all our guests and partners this year. And a huge thank you, to you. Many people work hard to make this show and the podcast would be nothing were it not for you. Thank you for listening and have a very healthy and happy 2018.

December 18, 2017 06:18 PM PST

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.

Thank you for listening to this episode of Convo By Design. I hope you enjoy it, if 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.

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Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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December 12, 2017 01:55 PM PST

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

December 06, 2017 01:19 PM PST

One of the things I enjoy most about 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.

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

November 30, 2017 11:29 AM PST

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. 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.

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

November 22, 2017 10:30 AM PST

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. Enjoy... And if 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.

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

November 14, 2017 02:04 PM PST

Two Convo By Design staples merged recently... The West Hollywood Design Districts, DIEM programming curated by Frances Anderton and Mallory Roberts Morgan was live from the WestEdge Design Fair for a full day of talks and panels. This is the first of those conversations. KCRW’s Frances Anderton 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 Anderton and architect, Michael Maltzan.

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

November 07, 2017 01:12 PM PST

This week, we are going to explore a unique design house project in Santa Monica, California. Lagaspi Courts Design created a fantastic project house and it was produced by GC Collaborative. Here is what is interesting about this project, it was created as a design house that is also on the market. I suppose you could call this a spec home, but it really is so much more than that. This house was designed from the top down in a residential neighborhood in Santa Monica, with amazing views and a regional airport nearby. Often times, a design house project will be easy because the project producers only worry about creating a beautiful space for show. This house was created in the city of Santa Monica which is know for having some tough restrictions. It was produced close to a regional airport flight path and it was created with some elevation challenges. At the same time, it wasn’t just created for art’s sake, this home has to find a buyer. With all of these challenges, we have a remarkably close team consisting of developer Michael Farag, designer Edel Legaspi, architect, Christopher Courts and project producer, Ginna Christensen. This is a deep dive into a challenging project with a stunningly beautiful result. You can read more about it here: http://designontap.snyderdiamond.com/design-on-tap/2017/9/29/best-in-show-house-legaspi-courts and If you like this conversation, please go to iTunes and give the show a good rating, it helps with the show rankings which gets us more exposure.

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

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