CXD covered the Wattles Design House this year and it has been an absolute blast catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. This episode features two elegant and insanely unique bedrooms. The rooms are as amazing as their designers. Ryan Saghian and Kym Roger. We start with Ryan who is an outspoken LA native with a very clear understanding of his own style in addition to understanding what his clients want. Kym Rodger is a designer, an artist and a fascinating personality. Kym and Ryan are passionate and absolutely fearless in their use of color, materials and space. Things like gun metal and fur, one of a kind art and walls draped in sheets, you find joyful surprises at every turn.
Convo By Design dropped in on WestWeek at the Pacific Design Center to hear the icons and innovators panel at the Vondom showroom. The conversation, entitled The Innovation of Modern Plastic Told By Modern Icons featured Architect and product designer Ramon Esteve, Gensler’s Regional Director of Product Design, Daniel Stromborg and was moderated by Modern Luxury Interiors Group Publisher, Chris Gialanella.
This year, Convo By Design was at the Wattles Mansion Designer Showcase to speak with the designers who are giving this space a face lift, a glamorous, luxurious, elegant facelift. As you will hear, because the City owns the property, there are more rules than you might imagine and no structural changes take place so the designers really need to be thoughtful in their approach. Patrick Dragonette is not only an immensely talented designer, he is a showroom owner which puts him in a really interesting place. Do other designers come to shop at your space, do they bring their clients with them. When it’s Patrick, the answer is 'yes'. He designed the dining room for the Wattles Mansion showcase home this year and in a moment, he is going to tell you all about it.
The Wattles Mansion is one of the more interesting design projects you will find. The Wattles Estate was built in 1907 for Nebraskan banker, Gurdon Wattles. It was built as his winter home by architects Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey. The mission revival residence was built with an absolutely stunning view from it’s perch in the Hollywood hills. On a clear day, you can see the ocean. The estate has a Japanese garden, Rose garden, Spanish garden, palm court and orchards. It is surrounded by green and terraced landscapes. After Wattles died, his son and wife remained in the home until it was sold to the city of Los Angeles in 1965. Convo By Design was at the opening of the Wattles Mansion showcase to speak with the designers who are giving this space a face lift, a glamorous, luxurious, elegant facelift. This episode features two pairs of very talented creatives. Shirley Starks and Phil Hoffman from the Set Decorators Society of America to tell you about the space decorated by Melinda Ritz and Mae Brunken of the SDSA. You know Shirley and Phil, they were featured on past episodes of the podcast. Next up are Fariba Cohen and Jonathan Winslow of Winslow & Cohen. Turning a master bedroom into a playful game room. I encourage you to get your tickets to this showcase before it closes and check out our YouTube channel where you can find short videos from these episodes.
Frequent Convo By Design contributor Christine Anderson sat down with developer Rob Glass to talk about creating for celebrities, working with people who have true vision and the challenges presented when designing for master planned communities. Rob talks about working with celebrity clients like Kenny G, Sugar Ray Leonard and Rod Stewart. He also talks about working with his son, Josh and the joy working with family can bring.
Here is a two part episode for you with two very talented, remarkably funny and insightful A+D pros. Architect Jon Frishman of Frishman Architecture believes that a good building has a soul, that is just one of the 11 'good building' principles Jon promotes. Cesar Giraldo of Tag Front is a designer with an equally philosophical approach to design. This episode starts with Jon's solid foundation and is finished with significant color and design added by Cesar.
We take the show backstage to speak with some incredibly accomplished set decorators. The four SDSA members you are about to hear from have worked on television, film and commercial projects you have seen, know and love. Their work is responsible for the aesthetic and style of the sets. Get to know a little more about Phil, KC, Julie and Beth.
Hear from Troy and Meagan, founders of one of the premier home and design events, WestEdge Design Fair. They plan year round to produce and event that sets trends, introduces West Coast consumers to new concepts, brands and ideas ideas about home, design and architecture.
A Strategic public relations approach is most effective when the stories are organized around themes that emerge from an organization's brand. The following conversation is from WestEdge Design Fair and features Catherine Minervini, Emily Hooper and Reva Revis. Public relations strategies specifically for the design trade. Speaking of public relations, probably not a bad idea to throw this out every now and again…Convo By Design is a talk series featuring candid conversations with designers, architects, artists and visionaries about the latest in home and design and speaking of tech, we rely on it heavily and would appreciate your help. If you haven’t already, please join us on twitter @ConvoByDesign, Facebook, pinterest and instagram @ConvoXDesign , subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you receive every episode when they are published. You can also find us on YouTube with short videos from the podcast episodes.
I love to travel, who doesn’t love the excitement of travel, the new experiences, the thrill of the hunt, of course, the hunt being the search for new and interesting items for the home, and of course, when I say new, I mean not necessarily new, but new to me. That is why this conversation was so interesting to me. C Magazine’s Design interiors Editor, Andrea Stanford moderated this conversation from the Westedge Design Fair entitled, Bringing the travel experience home. It features Tim Campbell whose notable projects include Richard Neutra’s Singleton House, Lloyd Wright’s Alfred Newman Residence and Colony Palms Hotel… Nathan Turner whose passions include and are spoken expertly about, design, travel and food and Sue Firestone of SFA Design. This conversation is about travel, design and bringing it all home. Giving back and making an impact. The stories behind the craft, the people, the artisans and the culture. The reason for being. This is part 2 of Bringing The Travel Experience Home.