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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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April 11, 2018 08:35 AM PDT

There are many reasons to love Southern California and the weather has to top most people’s list but even if you don’t live in Southern California, many of the architecture and design storylines coming out of LA are relevant no matter where you live. they include creating public gathering spots from previously wasted spaces and professional sports stadiums that not only incorporate a cities history but embraces its future and performance venues that use the outdoor beauty in a design created to minimize noise. Meet Ben Feldmann, landscape architect, urban designer and principal at Studio-MLA. You are about to hear of some city shaping projects and use of space, materials and locations that are not only transformative of the locations they occupy but these are once in a generation type projects that will transform cities, counties and ultimately the Southern California landscape. If you think I am exaggerating, your opinion might be different after you listen to this episode. I think it will be. Enjoy this episode of Convo By Design Presented By Snyder Diamond and the amazing family of Miele appliances and if you do, please make sure to leave a comment and a review on iTunes. Also check out our YouTube channel for videos from some of your favorite episodes.

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

April 03, 2018 11:23 AM PDT

This is the second part of our coverage from WestWeek 2018. I had the chance to sit down with Bob Hale and Aaron Paley who just finished a panel conversation at the Vondom showroom called, Designing For LA’s Public Spaces. The conversation was moderated by Modern Luxury Interiors Editor-In-Chief, Laura Eckstein-Jones, Bob Hale, Aaron Paley and Jen Stark. Jen is a phenomenal artist Highly creative with a fearless and strategic approach to use of vibrant color, shape and materials. Bob is a principal with Rios, Clementi Hale Studios, immensely talented and has a diverse background including time as Creative Director and Vice President for Universal Studios and as a Principal with Frank O. Gehry and Associates. Aaron Paley is the President and Co-Founder of Community Arts Resources. The organization strives to activate engaging content in public spaces and Aaron is incredibly well versed on the subject.

I thoroughly enjoyed the following conversations for a number of reasons and not the least of which was the chance to debate LA’s role as both a leader in social commentary, which I don’t think many will argue against but also with LA’s role as an arts and culture leader, about which everyone has an opinion. If you listen to the show with any frequency, you already know where I stand and the following debate will certainly entertain you.

You have heard me say this before, I am a native Angeleno and defend LA vigorously as a culture and arts leader. Many suggest that LA doesn’t offer much in the way f culture or the arts. I not only disagree, but you will hear the argument that Southern California is a trailblazing leader in this area. From LA’s street arts, Palm Springs architecture and social style to San Diego’s civic art collection which dates back to 1909. The point is, not only is the climate conducive to building out public spaces and public art, but the California mindset, the attitude has always been supportive of free expression and nowhere is that more evident than the use and design of public spaces. That being said, the debate still exists ad so the conversation continues. As it continues here, first with Bob Hale, then with Aaron Paley. Enjoy.

And if 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 and the amazing family of Miele appliances.

Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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March 28, 2018 09:09 AM PDT

This past week was our bi-annual pilgrimage to the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood for WestWeek. In addition to the panel conversations, open houses and smaller events, WestWeek is always, without exception, a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, make some new ones and find out what new trends and concepts have emerged while we have been knee deep in our own projects.

There was a really fantastic conversation that I want to share with you. It took place at the Thomas Lavin showroom and covered the topic of e-commerce. If that doesn’t sound like a hot topic in the design space, it should because it’s bigger than you might think. Especially now, designers, homeowners, media outlets retailers, especially retailers are looking at the concept of e-commerce as a game changer and a potential threat. From a retailer’s perspective, will the capital expense of building out an e-commerce platform generate the desired new revenue stream? Will it chase off the in-store shoppers. How will designers address the ‘mark-up’ model with clients if that client can see everything online?

These are just a few of the questions that come up, and the following conversation shed some light on these and other relevant and interesting points. This conversation was led by the talented Christopher Gialanella, group publisher of Modern Luxury’s family of publications here in Southern California. This one was hosted by Angeleno Magazine and features designers Windsor Smith, Ryan Jackson and Janice Barta.

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 www.electricsolmusic.com

March 21, 2018 07:20 PM PDT

This week we are taking it to the beach for a conversation with architect, Joseph Spierer. I met Joe in Manhattan Beach and we speak about the housing explosion taking place, not just in Los Angeles, but the South Bay in particular. The dirt is getting as pricey here as in San Francisco. When that happens, the building and design process seems to get even more purposeful. Homeowners are challenging designers and architects to get even more creative regarding use of space and putting even more into the project. This episode is the first in what will be the Small Space, Big Style series. We are actively pursuing designers and architects that are re-imagining use of space and doing more with that space. When homebuyers are evaluating a property, one evaluation tool is cost-per-square-foot. I am flipping that script a little and applying a different term, impact-per-square-foot. How much design can one inject into a project? Joe specializes in South Bay homes and shares his expertise.

Convo By Design, in our fifth season and has been presented by Snyder Diamond since episode number one. Snyder Diamond, always first with what’s next in the kitchen and bath. And as we talk about small spaces with big style, nobody provides the products and service for finding the right appliances like Snyder Diamond. They are widely shopped and trusted by those in the business and homeowners alike because they have superior products and unmatched service. That is due to the people who work there and It starts with second generation president, Russ Diamond. Russ travels extensively looking for the brands that provide the latest in technology and design for the kitchen and bath. In the kitchen, smarter appliances mean you can create amazing dishes from food that is stored at the correct temperature and humidity levels then prepared on a remarkable line of smart ranges and ovens. Stunning good looks, incredibly smart and designed to accommodate a multitude of specifications. Miele has a full line of kitchen appliances from stunningly beautiful and crazy smart refrigerators, ovens, ranges, cooktops and combi-sets, ventilation hoods, dishwashers and coffee machines. Miele also has appliances for smaller spaces… again, providing big style for smaller spaces too. Miele has everything you need for the kitchen of your dreams and there are special offers available for a limited time and you can find details on these, the full line Miele appliances and that superior Snyder Diamond service at all three Los Angeles area Snyder Diamond showrooms. More information is also available at Snyder Diamond dot com.

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.

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

March 13, 2018 07:42 PM PDT

I want to take you back a few weeks to Modernism Week in Palm Springs. Among all of the Mid-Century Modern homes to see, we also had a chance to tour a stunning project that was recently completed. This is a modern oasis in the foothills of Palm Springs, called the Ridge Mountain Residence. It’s a stunning piece of residential architecture from Steven Ehrlich and the firm Ehrlich, Yanai, Rhee, Chaney Architects.

The home was placed strategically on a flat spot in the hills, nestled between rock outcroppings to the point where it almost appears like the home simply grew out of the stone. To add even more visual detail, the structure is built of concrete and steel to which a rusted patina has been applied. And right about now, your saying, “but Josh, it gets to be what 120 in the Summer in Palm Springs. Is steel the best material to use?” I can’t answer that, but Steven does and his response to that very issue is going to surprise and delight you if you are a fan of great architecture, physics and engineering like I am.

Steven will also tell us about some of the art in this house. Pieces by, light artist David Weisman and works in reflective light and glass by artist Philip K. Smith. Then, we are going to hear from project architect, Megan Lawler and her experience through this five year journey. And since I know you want to see this, we are going to post video from this conversation on our YouTube channel and once you take in these views and tour the house, I think you will see why I am so enamored with this home. Truly an work of art in and of itself.

Enjoy this conversation with architect Steven Ehrlich and project architect Megan Lawler. 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.

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

March 06, 2018 04:26 PM PST

We have been spending a bit more time lately on showcasing the classics in architecture and design. That’s why it is only fitting for the annual ‘State of Iconic LA Architecture’, our annual visit to city hall for a conversation with Ken Bernstein, Manager and Principal City Planner in the Office of Historic Resources. I met Ken for the first time in 2016 and we first spoke on the podcast in 2017. I went back for an update and there is so much happening with regard to Los Angeles architecture and design, I realized that we might need to visit more often. If you are interested in LA’s hidden gems, artisan housing stock and how to find amazing homes, walking tours and more… Ken is going to share everything you need to know. A very special thank you to the City of Los Angeles Historic Preservation Office and to Ken for taking the time to catch us up.

Enjoy this conversation and please note that it was recorded outside in the courtyard at City Hall. Part of the joy for me in this episode is the constant activity and buzz that surrounds LA’s beautiful City Hall (and you will hear it all). For those who are curious, the building was completed in 1928 with three lead architects on the project; Albert C. Martin, John C. Austin and John Parkinson. The building was described by Austin in 1928 as “Modern America”. The art deco structure is easily one of the most identifiable buildings in Los Angeles and you probably remember some of the film exteriors in which it appears like Speed, Die Hard 2 or the original Dragnet. Way to many close-ups to list here. 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.

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

February 28, 2018 09:37 AM PST

This past weekend marked the close of Modernism Week and while I am a little sad to see it end, it is another opportunity to reflect on something truly amazing in the world of architecture and design. Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, the whole Coachella Valley has experienced a phenomenal resurgence and has emerged from decades of decay as a beautiful oasis of arts and culture. Modernism Week is a wonderful example of how art forms like architecture, design and public art not only transforms a city, but guides it back to its remarkable and glorious past.

This conversation was led by Eve Epstein, VP of Content at Hunker, and features Beatrice Fischel-Bock, CEO and Co-Founder of Hutch, Angie Myung, Co-Founder and Creative Director at Poketo and Gareth Payne, Head of Design Research Studio. They are gathered at a home called “Hidden Frey”, a reimagined, rediscovered and reinvigorated space that is known better to the architecture community as the “Hollingsworth Tennis Estate” created by architect Albert Frey in 1966. In touring this Palm Springs estate, you will find some very recognizable Albert Frey details that include an elevated pool, rolled roof and cantilevered carport. The home and tennis court are sunken on the property making it invisible from the street and virtual unknown in the neighborhood. There is a good reason for the sunken space that started with a neighborly dispute and ended with a truly fun, functional an very quirky Palm Springs space. We will be getting more into architect Albert Frey in the future, and there are images of the home, find us on Instagram to check those out. But for now, here is a conversation about the everyday influence of architecture, design and decor in our lives. As Eve will explain, the accessibility we provide in our daily lives to brands through social media has led to new ways of furthering the conversation.

Enjoy this conversation and please note that it was recorded outside and the occasional noise you hear that sounds like an airplane, it’s an airplane. 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 21, 2018 04:17 PM PST

I drove into Palm Springs for Modernism Week this year extremely excited to catch up with old friends, make some new ones and see some of these architectural master works of mid-century modern design. I made one stop straight away. I heard about a neighborhood called Indian Canyons where a vast number of homeowners have painted doors with vibrant colors. It’s not just a few, and the colors chosen rage from pink to blue and everything in between. It’s not just a statement, it’s an identity. I found myself walking the wide streets of Indian Canyon snapping away at door after door. These low slung homes against the back drop of the mountains over Palm Springs was simply amazing. I felt like a kid on Easter morning searching for brightly colored eggs nestled in the grass, hidden behind trees and of course, finding those that weren’t hidden at all. There is an inextricable link between architecture and Palm Springs. That link is strong and ultimately why Palm Springs has survived challenging times, but thrived despite them.

Following is a conversation with Modernism Week CEO Chris Mobley. Modernism Week was officially started in 2006 but modernism has long been a part of Palm Springs. The original Mid Century Modern architecture and the very city of Palm Springs are synonymous with the hip happening vibe of the atomic, futurists, jazzy swing’ set. This year, I attended a group event, hosted by Snyder Diamond and featured some simply fabulous people and amazing events. We toured the Donald Weller designed Dinah Shore estate courtesy of Jaime Rummerfield and Ron Woodson’s SIA, Save Iconic Architecture. It was a great weekend and I am reminded that even if it’s not Modernism Week in Palm Springs, you can go and spend hours just walking neighborhoods shooting houses or simply looking around at the fun cool architecture and vibrant colors

Enjoy this conversation with Modernism Week CEO Chris Mobley. 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.

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

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
www.electricsolmusic.com

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