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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 © 2013-2018 All rights reserved.
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February 14, 2018 02:55 PM PST

I am very excited to share this episode with you. I love doing this podcast and because of that, I thoroughly enjoy every interview, tour and conversation. In honor of Modernism Week, I bring you one of my favorites and a Southern California icon. I recently toured the Richard Neutra VDL Research House in Silver Lake, California. This property is not just a case study home but it was the Neutra family home for decades, in two very different forms. The first home was designed by Richard Neutra in the 1930’s and the family lived in the International style modern home for three decades. It burned down and in the mid 60’s, it was completely re-imagined by Neutra and his son Dion. What rose from the ashes was a simply magnificent structure that fit the lifestyle of the family it was built for like a custom made glove.

The lasting impact of Richard Neutra and his personal fit styling of architecture to embrace the occupants lifestyle and thereby enhance the quality of life is evident is virtually every aspect of the design and materials that went into this home. A seemingly transparent glass box with complete privacy. Small spaces that feel huge, a miniature kitchen that contained all the modern conveniences of the day and then some. This space is truly remarkable. I was given the grand tour by Sarah Lorenzen. Sarah is a professor in the Architecture Department at Cal Poly, owners of the property. She is the resident director of the Neutra VDL Showcase House and lives there full time with her husband.

Following is our conversation as we traverse through the many floors, rooms and hallways of the home. Please check the Convo By Design YouTube channel and instagram profile for videos and images from the home. We will also be producing a room by room walking tour of the Richard Neutra VDL Research House so check back often. 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. Positive ratings helps us attract new listeners to the podcast.. and it is very much appreciated. Enjoy this episode of Convo By Design Presented By Snyder Diamond.

February 08, 2018 09:45 AM PST

I don’t usually like to talk about designing for outdoor spaces in February. Usually, I will save these conversations until early April but it has been beautiful out lately. But not exclusively. Regardless of your political position on global warming, one thing that cannot be denied is that climate change does exist, it is happening and it does affect the way we all live. I cannot have a conversation with an interior designer, architect or developer without the topic of outdoor living coming to the fore. In Southern California, outdoor spaces are equally as important and the indoor spaces because we spend so much time outside.

Following is a really fun conversation from the WestEdge Design Fair called Maximizing Your Outdoor Living Spaces. This was moderated by Sunset Magazine's Melissa Goldstein and features Regan Baker of Regan Baker Design and Leslie L. Hunt of Leslie L, Hunt Interior Design. This chat covers a lot of ground, literally and it also covers interior to exterior transitions and functional uses of space with ideas that can be applied to almost any climate.

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 episode of Convo By Design Presented By Snyder Diamond.

Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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January 31, 2018 05:43 PM PST

In 2012 I was consulting for a home and design magazine in Los Angeles and during that time, I produced my first design house. I truly loved the experience. I had the opportunity to work with amazing and talented designers like Azadeh Shladofsky, Molly Luetkemeyer, Christian May, Erinn Valencich and Potted amongst others. The house was in the heart of Hollywood, called Small Space, Big Style as it was a fourteen hundred square foot penthouse. We were open for about four months and there is very little remaining of this in the public space. There are a few videos on YouTube, some old blog posts and of course, back issues of the magazine. But no real documentation of what went into the project, the work of the immensely talented designers or the collaboration with the brand partners on the project like Snyder Diamond and the Warner Bros Prop Department. But there are the memories and the friendships that remain to this day.

This episode features two conversations with two wonderful designers and truly exceptional people. First up is Leslie Shapiro Joyal of Shapiro Joyal Studio. Leslie and I spoke just before the opening of the Wattles Mansion Design House in 2017. Leslie was the first designer I spoke with on this project, her space was my first impression and what an impression it was. Sweeping views of Los Angeles from the Hollywood Hills location. How do you frame that as a designer? Well Leslie is going to tell you how she did it. And, she is also going to tell you about designing a showcase and working with unforeseen circumstances, like a pack of wild raccoons stealing your accessories every night. Seriously.

Next up is Annette Gutierrez, a friend, amazing person and half of the design team behind Potted. She and Mary Gray provided the outdoor space in that Small Space Big Style design house in Hollywood and we have been friends ever since. Annette and I caught up at the WestEdge Design Fair in 2017. Potted provided plants and accessories for our Kelley Jackson designed California Beach Follies Cabana. I’m telling you the story about Small Space, Big Style because the idea behind a design ouse is that of any pop-up. Here for a short time and then gone. I stared Convo By Design to provide a lasting point of reference for these fleeting but shining moments in Southern California design. So, I hope you enjoy it and hopefully, it can provide some inspiration for your next project.

January 25, 2018 08:05 AM PST

Following is part 2 of a conversation from the WestEdge Design Fair called Intimate Strangers. This conversation features Maria Cicicone of Graye, Los Angeles, architect and designer Gulia Jonsdottir, artist Nicole Landau and art consultant, Wendy Posner. This really interesting journey was moderated by Interiors magazine’s, Erika Heet. This is an exploration into the age old question about the relationship between design and art. The contrast and compliment each add to the other, or not. These remarkable women explain their project called Intimate Strangers. An exhibition bringing the essence of Los Angeles to Milan, Italy and the challenges of showing this in a historical property with multiple restrictions. Anyone who has worked in a landmark or historical property understands just how complex this issue can be.

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

January 17, 2018 06:05 PM PST

Art, design, architecture, collaboration, taking Los Angeles to Milan… following is a conversation from the WestEdge Design Fair called Intimate Strangers. This conversation features Maria Cicicone of Graye, architect and designer Gulia Jonsdottir, artist Nicole Landau and art consultant, Wendy Posner. This really interesting journey was moderated by Interiors magazine’s, Erika Heet.

This is an exploration into the age old question about the relationship between design and art. The contrast and compliment each add to the other, or not. These remarkable women explain their project called Intimate Strangers. An exhibition bringing the essence of Los Angeles to Milan, Italy and the challenges of showing this in a historical property with multiple restrictions. Anyone who has worked in a landmark or historical property understands just how complex this issue can be.

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

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

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.

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

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

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