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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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July 09, 2018 08:25 AM PDT

You have heard from set decorators on the podcast before. I enjoy speaking to set decorators for a number of reasons not the least of which is their MacGyver like skills. The great ones possess a superpower for turning one thing into something else for the sake of the script. Another skill is looking at a page of text and creating a designed space based on nothing but that. Designers and architects do this every day by channeling and deciphering the needs and wishes of clients, now imagine there is now conversation, only the printed page. In contrast, there is also no actual homeowner, chef owner or client complaining that the cerulean just isn’t the “right” shade, that is true. You have heard from William DeBiasio before but this is the first time we have had the opportunity to sit together for a loner conversation. One specifically about the business and dressing a set for imaginary people. DeBiasio has been a set decorator for some time and you have seen his work on Pretty Little Liars, Famous In Love, Crank, Ray Donovan, Melrose Place, Gossip Girl and Skyscraper.

Decorating a set is not that different from designing a home. I find it really interesting in the process that many set decorators use to build characters for which to design. It is very similar to the process many of the world’s most successful designers deconstruct their clients in order to design for them. Enjoy this episode of Convo By Design with Set Decorator, William DeBiasio.

If you like what you hear, and I hope you do. Please go to Apple Podcasts and leave us a note and a 5 star rating. It helps new listeners find the podcast.

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

July 03, 2018 02:39 PM PDT

Pairing passions and finding a way to do what you love for a living make for great conversations. Art and architecture go so well together and it is an absolute joy to find these two qualities in the same individual. We have had masterful architects on past episodes like Takashi Yanai, who, in addition to being a masterful architect, is a highly skilled photographer. Ward Jewell, another master who is not only an accomplished draftsman but a musician as well. It seems counterintuitive to me because architecture is so steeped in math, angles and measurements that you would think there might not be room for such a heavy creative side. It seems counterintuitive to me but it is really fun to talk about pairing passions and adding more layers to these conversations. So, that being said, I had the chance to sit with Christopher Mercier, he prefers Chris, and we spent some time together at the LA Design Festival, recording in the Audio Design Lab.

You are going to hear a unique perspective on applying an artists approach to the mechanics of architecture. Blending and bending spaces in residential, retail and restaraunt design. Chris is also going to share, in his view, the 3 main purposes behind architecture and how that affects the way he works. You can also learn a little more about Chris and see some of his work on our YouTube channel.

Thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do. Please go to Apple Podcasts and leave us a note and a 5 star rating. It helps new listeners find the podcast. Enjoy this episode with architect and artist, Chris Mercier.

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond

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

June 26, 2018 03:02 PM PDT

Design and food go hand in glove, the similarities are too numerous to mention all but consider texture, color and the connections we make with food, as we do with design that remind us of moments in time and places that make us happy. I had the opportunity to catch up with Steve Samson, a cornerstone of the Southern California culinary community. Samson is the chef and owner of not one but two Los Angeles restaurants on note, Sotto and Rossoblu. Steve has mastered the art of Italian cuisine and there is a very good reason for that, he has always had one foot firmly planted in Southern California and the other in Northern Italy, Bologna to be exact. You will hear Steve tell the story, and he can explain it far better than I can. But visiting his Bolognese family each year as he grew up allowed him to develop a feel for the Bolognese style of cooking, he was immersed in it and that is why he has focused his culinary career on Italian cooking. Samson has been recognized by Jonathan Gold, the LA Times, LA Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Eater LA the Robb Report and others for his accomplishments as culinary star. As you will hear, Steve doesn’t really pay attention to that because he just wants to cook, for you.

Thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do. Please go to Apple Podcasts and leave us a note and a 5 star rating. It helps new listeners find the podcast. Enjoy this episode with chef and owner of LA’s Sotto and Rossoblu, Steve Samson.

#Design #Architecture #Food #Rossoblu #ChefSteveSamson #Bologna #Podcast FoodLovers

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

June 20, 2018 10:03 AM PDT

I am happiest at work when I am surrounded by creative types and talking about creative endeavors. The LA Design Festival has come and gone, but for the past few weeks, I have been culling throughout the content from the event and putting it together in ways that I want you to hear and see it. Sometimes, that means changing the order and this is one of those times. Following is a conversation for anyone who considers themselves a “creative”, an artist, designer, architect or any other title that says, “I engage in creative endeavors.” The following conversation was held at the LA Design Festival and focuses on the origins and process behind creative thinking by four decorated practitioners of the art… Participants include; Liam Young, the Australian born architect, founder of Tommorow’s Thoughts Today, a think tank that explores imaginary urbanisms. Young has taught at Princeton, currently at Sci-Arc. David Charles is a creative director and filmmaker. He has worked on 72andSunny, he’s the ECD of the LA office for Dutch shop KasselSkramer and he is a Sundance New Frontiers. Kerri Elsmly is the Chief Creative Officer for experiential design studio, Second Story and Toby Past, the award-winning Group Creative Director at Sapient Razorfish. Toby’s brand creative work is extensive and includes work for Acura, AT&T, Disney Entertainment among others.

This conversation is being presented to you before you hear the their panel on the subject of Design Thinking. The panel conversation was great and we will be presenting that, soon. But this conversation is about the process that goes into the creative thought process. Issues that you deal with every day from ideating an issue, trouble shooting, problem solving, falling in love with your own ideas versus letting them go and dealing with creative block. If you are a creative thinker, you deal with these issues daily. This is how some of the best in the business from different disciplines approach those very same issues. #design #Art #creativethinking #LADesignFestival

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

Convo By Design is presented by Snyder Diamond, always first with what’s next in the kitchen and bath. Snyder Diamond is a family owned and operated company that serves the Southern California design and architecture community as well as discriminating homeowners through remarkable customer service and a curated offering of kitchen and bath appliances, fixtures and finishes. The products at Snyder Diamond include the industry’s best, like the full line of Miele appliances. Miele is a family owned and operated company offering industry leading products since 1899. This includes a full line of refrigerators, ovens, steamers, cook tops, wine units, coffee machines, dish washers, ventilation hoods, washers and dryers. All of these products are made using the highest standards in manufacturing and industry leading technology to provide a superior class of appliance. Form, function and future, that’s Miele. Pair that with the standard-bearer when it comes to customer service and Snyder Diamond delivers dreamy kitchens that exceed expectation. If that is not enough, right now and for a limited time, Miele is offering some amazing and generous rebates and offers. For details on these and to see the full line of Miele products visit any of the three Southern California Snyder Diamond locations or visit online at Snyder Diamond dot com.

June 12, 2018 02:14 PM PDT

I have learned a lot in five seasons producing, hosting and publishing Convo By Design. If you have been listening for a while, you know that the show is presented by Snyder Diamond. It has been a while since we had Russ Diamond, second generation president of Snyder Diamond on the podcast and it was time to have Russ back. We were recording all weekend long at the LA Design Festival in downtown Los Angeles. Sitting with Russ is always a great opportunity to learn new things about the business side of design and following is a conversation that does not disappoint. Russ travels the world in search of new products to offer the Southern California design and architecture community. In addition to traveling to the factories to see how materials are sourced and made, he meets the craftsmen who make these products. In many cases, as you will hear, there are multi-generational friendships as well. He actually grew up with many of the executives running these companies. Through this philosophy, Russ also believes strongly in developing thought leadership in the industry and with those in the trade. This is how he does it. We also talk about some amazing opportunities for designers and architects at amazing events like Salone and Modernism Week.

Thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do. Please go to Apple Podcasts and leave us a note and a 5 star rating. It helps new listeners find the podcast. Enjoy this episode with Russ Diamond.

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

June 05, 2018 08:13 AM PDT

One of the most rewarding things about doing this podcast is meeting new architects, designers, artists, product manufacturers, show producers and fans of design. Here are a few things we all have in common… We love beautiful design and amazing architecture. We all love talking about beautiful design and amazing architecture. And, best of all, we all have very different opinions as to what does and does not qualify as beautiful or amazing. I get approached quite often at industry events by people who heard an episode, interview or panel discussion and either agree completely or disagree entirely.

This passion for our industry makes for some remarkable conversations. These conversations and exchange of ideas are so valuable in today's fractured society. Good conversation and sharing of ideas make us better people and they also make us better at our craft. I had the chance to sit sown with Gary Gibson. Designer, artist, sculptor, showroom owner and collector. I met Gary on a trip to Modernism Week and we instantly hit is off. Gary is a debater, if he wants to speak with you, he doesn’t care if you agree with him or not. He is honest, and better, he is informed. Gibson s one of those people that make you smarter at the end of a conversation. He is also someone that doesn’t have to be right, which is a rarity these days. Gary and I discuss a lot here from Modernism to showroom curation and management. Gary talks about collecting, picking and love of surface texture…. And way more than that.

Thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do. Please go to Apple Podcasts and leave us a note and a 5 star rating. It helps new listeners find the podcast. Enjoy this episode with Gary Gibson. Convo By Design -

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

May 29, 2018 03:39 PM PDT

This June seventh through tenth, Convo By Design will be back at the LA Design Festival. Last year, we covered the event as a media partner. We brought you coverage from some amazing events and conversations. This year, we are going back and in addition to covering all the activities from the event at ROW Downtown LA, Convo By Design will be hosting the Audio Design Lab, an experimental space dedicated to the craft of audio design. We will be hosting conversations, testing new equipment and techniques in audio design and inviting those of you with a design story to tell to come in and tell it. If you have a design related story to tell and plan on attending the LA Design Festival, tweet @ConvoByDesign #OpenMicLADF and we will send you you time slot, you could hear your story here or on Design, Etc. the official podcast of the LA Design Festival. It is hosted by LA Design Festival co-founder, Haily Zaki and produced by yours truly and Convo By Design Studios.

Following is a conversation from the 2017 LA Design Festival called Food and Design. It covers the crossover and intersection where food and design meet and crossover. Publisher’s note: You have probably noticed that I have been shying away from panel conversations here on the podcast. That is by design and for a very good reason. My goal is for everything you hear on Convo By Design to have meaning, purpose and ultimately, to be viewed, by you as a really good use of your time. So every conversation you hear on the show is evaluated with that in mind. This conversation was both important and valuable for a number of reasons. Food, restaurant and food packaging is as important to those designers as furniture, lighting and textiles are to an interior designer. The business decisions of restauranteurs, food packaging designers and chefs is of equal importance to that of furniture manufacturers, architects and showroom operators. With that in mind, following is Food and Design.

This conversation is moderated by AIGA board member Patrick Fredericton AIGA.Org and features:

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Take Flight Coffee - http://www.TakeFlightCoffee.com

Soylent - http://www.Soylent.com

Thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do. Please go to Apple Podcasts and leave us a note and a 5 star rating. It helps new listeners find the podcast. Enjoy this episode called Food and Design from the LA Design Festival.

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Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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May 22, 2018 09:45 AM PDT

This past weekend (5/20/18) marked the closing of the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. And it coincides with the end of our coverage as well. Following are our final three conversations. I think you will enjoy them. But first, a little bit more about the Pasadena area that you might not be aware of and how this region of Southern California has shaped the way we live and design and it’s probably not what you might be expecting. Pasadena is rich with tradition from the Tournament of Roses parade, it’s 1915 Beaux Arts City Hall and the pomp and grandeur of Colorado Boulevard. But there is a fork in the road in Pasadena. Literally, a giant fork in the road at the intersection of Pasadena and St. John Avenues. Why, who knows. It was erected by two locals with a sense of humor and sticktoitiveness when it was taken down. They got the blessing of the city, bought the insurance, paid for the permits and there it is. From a big fork in the road to living in a bubble. There is the Bubble House. Probably one of the most simple architectural masterpieces anywhere. It’s not exotic, beautiful or remarkable in any way other than in it’s ingenuity. Post World War II, returning GI’s, a blossoming economy and booming society led to a housing shortage, sound familiar? So Wallace Neff came up with an idea. Neff inflated a giant rubber balloon, covered it with wire and gunnite and removed the balloon. What remained, essentially, is an upside down swimming pool. Neff believed he had the solution to the housing crisis at the time, and planned on building over 400,000 bubble houses. Short of 3,000 ever made it and the final one resides in Pasadena. The Bubble House was home to Neff until his death in 1982. I would like to think that this idea still has merit today. An 18 foot high fork in the road and a bubble house in historical Pasadena. Who knew. Know you do.

It’s a little bittersweet that this will be the last podcast episode of the 2018 pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. This episode features Benefits Chair, Vikki Sung who is going to share historical reference and the process for participating in the project. After that s a very fun look at the treehouse on the property. You really are going o love this. Finally, we speak with one of my favorite designers, Jeanne Chung. If not familiar with Jeanne, check out her work and listen to her perspective and you’ll see why I’m such a fan. All that is coming up, but first, I want to make sure you know that you can still find all of the videos of the Pasadena Showcase AND we will continue to produce new videos and post them to the YouTube channel @ConvoByDesign, you can also go to www.ConvoByDesign.com and you will find them there as well. If you happen to find yourself on our YouTube channel or our iTunes page, please leave us a review and a 5 star rating. It helps new listeners find the show and it is very much appreciated.

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

May 15, 2018 09:49 AM PDT

Here at Convo By Design, we are dedicating another week to the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. I have worked with this group going on three years now and they do such good work. Think about this for a moment, over 54 years producing showcase homes and raising over $23 million in the process for youth arts programs. We spoke last week about the architect on this project, Reginald Davis Johnson and the legacy he left behind, dappling Southern California with Spanish Revival projects. The city of Pasadena is a pretty special place, and while I am sure you are already familiar with Pasadena as home to the Tournament of Rose Parade, Rose Bowl, Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology and the Norton Simon Museum, there are a few other things that might interest you.

Pasadena has a rich architectural heritage covering multiple styles by modern masters including the Batchelder House, an American Craftsman masterpiece, built in 1909. Built by Ernest A. Batchelder, known as a trailblazer in the Arts and Crafts movement and his wife, Alice Coleman. Coleman, a musician and local piano teacher. Batchelder was also a filemaker and you can find his homes dotted with his signature tiles. He actually started a factory in his back yard. This is another example of Southern California’s rich architectural heritage and the best part, you can still go see it. As you can with the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. If you are listening to this episode in May of 2018, the house is open until the 20th. After that, as always, please go to convobydesign.com or our YouTube channel to see videos from the house.

This episode features Michael Wrusch of Michael Wrusch Designs in a stunning Family Room dripping with tech. The only room in the house that I noticed with a tv. Next we swing by the Dining Room to visit with Room At The Beach’s, Elizabeth Lamont and finally we check out the Au Pair’s Suite with Rosita Nazarian of RKN Design. Please remember, these interviews were recorded mere days before the showcase open and there is a ton going on in the background. Saws, heavy equipment and more. Thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do. Please go to Apple Podcasts and leave us a note and a 5 star rating. It helps new listeners find the podcast. Enjoy this episode of Convo By Design from the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.

Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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May 09, 2018 05:09 PM PDT

This week, we are going back to the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts to visit with three extremely talented designers and highlight the work they did in this years offering. To remind you about the home this year, it’s being called, “The Overlook”, originally built in 1915 for a whopping $14,000, it was home to the widowed sisters, Ruth Hargrove and Mary Emma Baker. and while it’s billed as a Mediterranean, the Spanish Revival elements are unmistakeable. And there is a very good reason for that. “The Overlook” was crafted by master architect, Reginald Davis Johnson. This is one of the architects responsible for Santa Barbara’s trademark Spanish Colonial Revivalist look. Johnson was an interesting guy. MIT educated, son of an Episcopal Bishop, LA’s first actually. He also tried his hand in modernism for a while which showed both creative bravery and laid testament to how versatile an architect he was, Johnson always went back to his trademark Spanish Colonial Revival roots. Which is how we wind up over 113 years later in Pasadena.

First up is the Living Room, designed by Designs of The Interior, Karen Shoener, Genaro Lagdameo and Carla Pardour Wening. Carla joined me in the Living Room to tell me about all three spaces the group designed including the Billiard Room and Petite Lounge. Next, you will hear from Cabana Home’s Steve Thompson in the Mezzanine and finally, from Greg Parker of Parker West Interiors in the Master Suite.

Another fun trip around this year’s Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. Special thanks to all our designers, and of course Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts for access and all of their support. Congratulations on a wonderful job again this year and for the last 54 years, producing this event and providing over $23 million dollars to fund youth arts programs in Pasadena and surrounding communities. And of course, thank you for listening. Without you, there is no Convo By Design. If you enjoyed this episode, please go to the iTunes ratings and reviews page and leave a nice note and 5 star review. For videos of the Pasadena Showcase or many of the other stories you hear on the show, convo by design dot com is where you will find it. Talk with you next week.

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Music provided by Electric Sol
Artist: Electric Sol
Song: Your Love Makes Me High
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