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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 © Fusion Media Management, Inc. 20 ...more
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July 18, 2019 12:09 PM PDT

The LaCienega Design Quarter is one of the most influential industry trade organizations in the US and the annual Legends event is a beautiful example of this. For the past decade, LCDQ has been welcoming the design community and enthusiasts alike to get out of their cars and walk the district to see the amazing and wonderful creations erected in the showroom windows.

This conversation was the second of two conversations with living legends. Suzanne is an interior designer whose signature style, elegant civility, places a focus on, “Fewer things, but better things.” Rheinstein was raised in New Orleans. Her southern roots have had a significant influence on her style and her design as well as her approach to people, which as most I think will agree is the whole purpose of good design in the first place. It’s not strictly something to be seen but to be experienced, shared and enjoyed with friends and loved ones.

The ideas espoused by Rheinstein are as relevant today as when she started in the business. It is, I think, crucial to the development of the industry for personalities like Suzanne to speak at events like this. Their knowledge and insight help young designers as well as mid-career creatives understand how their work is reflected over time. Speaking at events like this is an amazing way for accomplished creatives to give back to the industry and this chat is an instant classic. This was an intimate chat between Suzanne Rheinstein and Traditional Home Editor-in-Chief, Jill Waage, Enjoy.

July 16, 2019 08:47 AM PDT

Joan Barton is the founder and owner of Dirty Girl Construction. She is a general contractor and keenly aware that she is not a man. Let’s be frank for a minute. Construction as well as architecture are traditionally male dominated industries. This is not lost on Joan and one of the reasons I was so keen on speaking with her. Joan is a complex person, she studied music, art and is equally skilled in math and science. She attended the DeCordova Museum School, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Parson’s The New School of Design and Berklee College of Music. For those not familiar with Berklee has a pretty stout list of alumni including John Mayer, Quincy Jones, Al DiMeola, Melissa Etheridge, John Scofield, Steve Van, Bruce Hornsby, Quincy Jones and Amee Mann just to name a few.

Joan is a complex creative with the ability to craft, construct and design. She is aware of the lack of diversity and how that does make her stand out. As you’ll hear, she relishes that and it seems to drive her. This is my conversation with Dirty Girl Construction boss lady, Joan Barton.

Convo By Design is presented by Snyder Diamond. A family owned company serving the SoCal design and architecture communities for 70 years. That’s 70 years helping designers and architects help their clients be the best they can be in the kitchen with products like those from SubZero Wolf and Cove. If you haven’t seen the PRO Series yet, you are in for a treat.

This is timeless design and lasting preservation from Sub-Zero. Available is sizes from 36” to 48”, and too many options to mention here so you have to go see them for yourself. Let’s not forget that from well preserved food comes well prepared food and that is why Wolf provides craftsmanship, innovation, design and performance that you can trust allowing cooks of all levels to achieve success in the kitchen. That’s also 70 grilling season! The full line of SubZero and Wolf outdoor appliances will provide you with the tools to design an outdoor kitchen that will make people wonder if you forgot to build in the walls. Amazing and your clients are going to love all the options and you are going to love the flexibility.

Sub-Zero and Wolf provide so many options from which to choose that, as a designer, your options are almost limitless. So, if you haven’t seen what Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances can do, it’s time for you to visit any of the three Snyder Diamond Los Angeles area locations. You can also visit the Sub-Zero Living Kitchen in the Pasadena and Santa Monica showrooms. I am constantly impressed and I think you will be too.

You’re listening to my conversation with Dirty Girl Construction founder, Joan Barton. Joan knows her business and knows what her clients both want and need. Someone else who knows that is Article.

Article is an online only furniture company inspired by mid-century style and Scandinavian simplicity. As a design trade professional, you are going to love the style and the quality of Article furniture. Here is the best part, Article has created a trade program specifically for busy designers. Check this out, joining the Trade program is FREE and there is no minimum for you to start receiving trade discounts. NONE. your clients will love this and now you have some help. What’s more, they have exclusive designer pricing that cannot be found for less elsewhere. They offer a standard one year warranty on all Article furniture AND the shipping… You are going to LOVE the shipping. Flat rate, in most cases, if not free and it’s fast, stock items ship in 2 weeks or less. They handle special invoicing, tax-exempt purchasing and … the customer service is staffed by design professionals. These are real people who know what you are trying to accomplish and have the authority to help you get what you need. For all the details and to sign up for Article’s trade program, please go to CXD dot Article dot com. C-X-D as in Convo By Design, CXD dot Article dot com.

That was my conversation with Dirty Girl Construction’s Joan Barton. Special thanks to Joan, Snyder Diamond, Article and Vondom for their support of the podcast and thank you! Without you listening, there is no Convo By Design. Please check out the videos from some of your favorite podcast episodes. We'll talk again next week and until then, keep creating

July 11, 2019 11:37 AM PDT

This was the first year that Convo By Design was represented as an official media sponsor of Legends. I cannot tell you how cool this is for me and I wanted to do something special to capture this showcase of remarkable talent. This is a special series called Legendary Conversations featuring the very designers and decorators responsible for transforming these showroom windows into extraordinary spaces. I also wanted to bring you some of the panels and keynote conversations that helped make this year’s event so special.

LaCienega Design Quarter has been a design destination serving LA’s vibrant and extremely talented design community for over 50 years. This design district is special for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it is on not one but three of the most high profile and iconic thoroughfares in Los Angeles, LaCienega Blvd, Melrose Blvd and Melrose Place.

The district has seen Los Angeles change from trendy studio town to a global creative powerhouse. It’s no secret that I think LA is one of the most relevant and important creative cities in not just the country, but the world. I think the amount and level of creative contribution in multiple disciplines makes LA a vanguard and creative icon. That doesn’t happen because of a picture, building or landmark. It happens over time and it develops because of the people. For decades, creative types have been drawn to Southern California to reinvent themselves and there has always been communities of likeminded individuals to both receive and nurture them. The LaCienega Design Quarter is one of the most influential and the annual Legends event is a beautiful example of this. For the past decade, LCDQ has been welcoming the design community and enthusiasts alike to get out of their cars and walk the district to see the amazing and wonderful creations erected in the showroom windows.

This episode brings you designer Kevin Isbell, Gianetti Home founders Brooke and Steve Giannetti, Patrick Sutton, Brooke Wagner and Bridgid Coulter.

Thank you Kevin Isbell, Brooke and Steve Giannetti, Brooke Wagner, Patrick Sutton, and Bridgid Coulter. Thank you to Cambria Surfaces for their support. Thank you Tamar Mashegian, LCDQ President and longtime friend of the show, Patrick Dragonette, Special thanks to the amazing LCDQ showroom owners and managers and of course you because without you listening, there is no Convo By Design. For all Convo By Design episodes including the Legendary Conversations please find us everywhere you get your favorite podcasts. For more from each of these designers and to see their windows, follow Convo By Design on YouTube.

July 09, 2019 01:57 PM PDT

I’m not going to lie. I love doing this. As much as I love doing this, it still gets to be a grind sometimes. I find myself telling you about exotic locations and amazing spaces crafted by extraordinary designers and architects, while I am sitting at an edit bay and, it gets tough sometimes. That being said, it took me literally decades to turn my passion into a viable business. No different from how you started your business. Ups downs and plenty of hard work.

The best part about doing this are the conversations I have with the creatives that appear on the podcast. On this episode, you are going to hear from designer Shirry Dolgin. Like me, Shirry is a native Angeleno. And I had to warn her, don’t tell me you are a native Angeleno because I am going to start telling stories about growing up in the San Fernando Valley in the 1980’s. In the Valley during the Valley Girl days was as extraordinary as you might think. sleeveless aqua shirt, red parachute pants and bright white Nike high tops with the fat laces. The Z Cavariccis with every leather jacket that ever appeared in a Michael Jackson video. Spring break in Palm Springs before Sonny Bono, not cool Sonny and Cher, Sonny, but Mayor Sonny Bono killed it. A time when the remnants of 1970’s design, sunken living rooms, macrame and pot plants growing in the back yard met Miami Vice, aqua, pink, chrome and glass. It was an amazing time. Why am I telling you this? Because Shirry and I got to talk about that LA which led to a longer chat about this LA.

Shirry grew up in that LA on job sites because her father was a general contractor. She witnessed a time when playfulness and hand crafted California style was in a constant state of flux. That experience and experimentation gave Shirry an opportunity to craft and design her own style, which she has, flawlessly. And she is going to tell you all about what make her design so uniquely hers here ion this episode of Convo By Design.

July 05, 2019 11:06 AM PDT

Legendary Conversations from LaCienega Design Quarter’s Legends 2019 - Bunny Williams

For over 50 years, the LaCienega Design Quarter has been a design destination serving LA’s vibrant and extremely talented design community. This design district is special for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the mere fact that it is on not one but three of the most high profile and iconic thoroughfares in West Hollywood, LaCienega Blvd, Melrose Blvd and Melrose Place.

The district has seen Los Angeles change from trendy studio town to a global creative powerhouse. It’s no secret that I think LA is one of the most relevant and important creative cities in not just the country, but the world. I think the amount and level of creative contribution in multiple disciplines makes LA a vanguard and creative icon. That doesn’t happen because of a picture, building or landmark. It happens over time and it develops because of the people. For decades, creative types have been drawn to Southern California to reinvent themselves and there has always been communities of likeminded individuals to both receive and nurture them. The LaCienega Design Quarter is one of the most influential and the annual Legends event is a beautiful example of this. For the past decade, LCDQ has been welcoming the design community and enthusiasts alike to get out of their cars and walk the district to see the amazing and wonderful creations erected in the showroom windows.

This was the first year that Convo By Design was represented as an official media sponsor of Legends. I cannot tell you how cool this is for me and I wanted to do something special to capture this showcase of remarkable talent. This is a special series called Legendary Conversations featuring everyone involved and this is a conversation with living legend, Bunny Williams. Williams sat with Elle Decor, Editor-in-Chief, Whitney Robinson at the Dragonette showroom for what was a really fun conversation. Bunny had a lot to say, topics include:

Met Gala
Value of point of view
Being at the top of your game
Design as a “service industry”
Saying “No”
Spending time with clients but understanding not all are friends
Training the eye
Greenbriar Hotel
Love of dogs
Collaboration between manufacturers and designers
Lost ateliers
Kips Bay Decorator Show House
Pen & Fletcher
Good finds are harder to locate
Shopping online
Passing on the knowledge, Allison Caccoma and Miles Redd
Knowing hen a room is finished
Sister Parish and her fondness for conflict and chaos

As you can see, a lot to talk about so hang on and enjoy this conversation with Bunny Williams.

July 02, 2019 01:42 PM PDT

Two artists, Jaime Young Jeter and David Jeter took a trip to Mexico. A day trip for these two travel loving artists. They discovered a roadside shop, loaded up on Mexican artifacts and headed home. They sold the entire thing to a florist and realized that there might be a market for this. Here is a question, how many of us have traveled to distant and not so far away locations , seen amazing things we thought might sell well back home and figured, eh, someone is probably already doing that. You can’t see this, but my hand is raised. That being said, those opportunities are always out there and that’s why I wanted to speak with Jaime Young. I wanted to know how she built the Jaime Young Company. Jaime and David have a flourishing business that thrives on partnerships, licensing and product development. Great design starts with stories like hers.

June 27, 2019 08:32 AM PDT

For over 50 years, the LaCienega Design Quarter has been a design destination serving LA’s vibrant and extremely talented design community. This design district is special for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the mere fact that it is on not one but three of the most high profile and iconic thoroughfares in West Hollywood, LaCienega Blvd, Melrose Blvd and Melrose Place.

The district has seen Los Angeles change from trendy studio town to a global creative powerhouse. It’s no secret that I think LA is one of the most relevant and important creative cities in not just the country, but the world. I think the amount and level of creative contribution in multiple disciplines makes LA a vanguard and creative icon. That doesn’t happen because of a picture, building or landmark. It happens over time and it develops because of the people. For decades, creative types have been drawn to Southern California to reinvent themselves and there has always been communities of likeminded individuals to both receive and nurture them. The LaCienega Design Quarter is one of the most influential and the annual Legends event is a beautiful example of this. For the past decade, LCDQ has been welcoming the design community and enthusiasts alike to get out of their cars and walk the district to see the amazing and wonderful creations erected in the showroom windows.

This was the first year that Convo By Design was represented as an official media sponsor of Legends. I cannot tell you how cool this is for me and I wanted to do something special to capture this showcase of remarkable talent. This is a special series called Legendary Conversations featuring the very designers and decorators responsible for transforming these showroom windows into extraordinary spaces. I also wanted to bring you some of the panels and keynote conversations that helped make this year’s event so special.

This Legendary Conversations episode features: Tom Stringer, Peti Lau, Dan Mazzarini, Edel Legaspi, Christopher Courts and Alex Papachristidis

Tom Stringer’s philosophy about design is based in the joy of discovery and the pursuit of a well-lived life. Isn’t that what design should be? He creates glamour through meticulous planning blended with enthusiasm for his work. You can find his work from Chicago and Telluride to Santa Barbara and here, on the virtual LaCienega Blvd. His window has been disassembled in the real world, but not here. Listen to Tom explain his Legends experience and the design he created. Make sure to hop over to the Convo By Design YouTube channel and see him and his creation.

Peti Lau is a bi-coastal interior designer with international influence. She has been featured in Arch Digest, Wall Street Journal and others. She has developed a style she calls AristoFreak. I would almost call this an alter-ego. Peti blends old-world charm and new-world luxury the way some apply a high-low mix.

Dan Mazzarini, owner and creative director of design firm, BHDM Design. Dan is a story teller through his work and this window is no different. Dan shares a clear vision for this project and has a keen understanding of the icon he selected and what made his icon so special.

Edel Legaspi and Christopher Courts, co founders of their eponymous firm have developed quite a reputation for a style that is in a constant state of change based on the work and environment. Both Chris and Edel have a laidback style yet still manage to attack the work. What they did in this window was fun and I am excited for you to hear all about it.

Alex Pappachristidis is one of my favorite chats in the past 6 years of Convo By Design. He made a point to tell me that he is not a designer but a decorator, he explained why and how his design philosophy and that of his firm approaches the work with an unapologetic love of maximalism and I have seem him aggressively defend that stance in front of over 100 people. Keep checking back for the panel conversation that took place in the Tufenkian showroom. Loved it and love this, I think you will too.

That’s a wrap on this episode of Legendary Conversations. Special thanks to Alex Pappachristidis, Edel Legaspi, Christopher Courts, Dan Mazzarini, Tamar Mashegian, LCDQ President and longtime friend of the show, Patrick Dragonette, Peti Lau, Tom Stringer, the amazing LCDQ showroom owners and managers and of course the LaCienega Design Quarter. For all Convo By Design episodes including the Legendary Conversations please find us everywhere you get your favorite podcasts. For more from each of these designers and to see their windows, follow Convo By Design on YouTube.

#Convo By Design #LCDQ #Legends2019 #West Hollywood #Interior Design

June 21, 2019 08:35 AM PDT

After 5 years hosting, producing and publishing Convo By Design, I launched the Design Influencer Group. The need for industry trends and information not just about design, but about the business of design is absolutely crucial to the future of the industry. Designers and architects have seen their business model fundamentally change sure to the rise of social media, movement from brick and mortar locations to “out-of-district” locations and in some cases, exclusively online. In addition to these challenges, design creatives are being asked to do more, for less. Revenue models are being challenged and online competition for creative services are popping-up and dropping out at an alarming rate.

The Design Influencer Group is a forum for a select group of design trade professionals to discuss these industry issues and design ideas that are shaping our design community here in Southern California. The ideas was to gather, have lunch and discuss trending ideas and concepts affecting the trade and currently shaping the business side of design.

This inaugural event was held at the Tidelli Outdoor showroom in the Pacific Design Center and included;

John McClain
John McClain Design
www.johnmcclaindesign.com
john@johnmcclaindesign.com
(310)402-5592
@johnmcclaindesign

Peggy Platner
Platner & Co.
www.platnerandco.com
peggy@platnerandco.com
(424)280-8894
@platnerco

Kristi Nelson
KM Nelson Design
www.kmnelsondesign.com
kristi@kmnelsondesign.com
(310)441-0026
@kmnelsondesign

Anthony Poon
Poon Design, Inc.
www.poondesign.com
apoon@poondesign.com
(310)277-8855
@anthonypoondesign

Edel Legaspi
Legaspi Courts Design
www.legaspicourts.com
edel@legaspicourts.com
(323)641-0250
@legaspicourtsdesign

Stephen Francis Jones
SFJones Architects, Inc.
www.sfjones.com
sfjones@sfjones.com
(310)822-3822 x150
@sfjonesarchitects

Nancy Russert
Les Beaux
LesBeaux224@aol.com
@LesBeaux

Twist Custom
twistcustom@gmail.com
(310)245-6156
@twistcustom

Brooke Gardner
Brooke Gardner Interior Design
www.brookegardner.com
brooke@brookegardner.com
(310)295-1892
@_brooke_gardner_

Cynthia Lambakis
Lambakis Interiors
www.lambakisinteriors.com
cynthia@lambakisinteriors.com
(626)737-7479
@lambakisinteriordesign

John Feldman
Ecocentrix Landscape Architecture
www.ecocentrix.com
john@ecocentrix.com
(310)907-5066 x101
@ecocentrix.landscape

Read about all the findings on the Form Magazine website. FormMag.Net and watch each of the designers talk about their trending design ideas on our YouTube channel.

June 18, 2019 09:44 AM PDT

Breegan Jane is an LA Mom and lifestyle blogger. An experienced and accomplished interior designer, Breegan’s resume boasts enterprises that span the gamut, from custom designing personal creative music studios to managing international real estate projects with full staff. Her design savvy is well sought after by clients in almost every industry, including a double platinum-selling recording artist, for whom she designed an elaborate home complete with a tailored wardrobe room.
Breegan honed her design skills working as creative director and marketing professional for a luxury yacht manufacturer. She staged yachts in-house and traveled internationally for consultations with her Dubai clientele. Those unique experiences set the stage for more exceptional design opportunities. And hopefully, this has set the stage for my chat with Breegan.

#ConvoByDesign #SnyderDiamond #SubZeroWolf #BreeganJane #Article

June 11, 2019 08:48 AM PDT

2019 brought my first visit back to KBIS. It was back in Las Vegas and between KBIS, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and IBS, International Builders Show presents an opportunity for designers and architects to see miles of aisles featuring some of the most unique, stunning and important products and services in the business. I have spoken with hundreds of creatives and what you tell me, with consistency, is that you don’t have the time you need to research new products. This is how you do it and I was reminded just how important this part of the business is. Major events like this also provides an opportunity to see old friends, make new ones and attend parties to recharge and reconnect. I attended the Subzero Wolf party which featured the full product line as well as cooking displays from some truly talented chefs putting Subzero and Wolf appliances to the test.
I walked on average, about 4 miles a day and saw hundreds of products. I spoke to a few people that I thought you might find of interest. First up was a boutique architectural hardware company from Southern California called Mockett.

MOCKETT

You are always looking to hide cables, make outlets disappear and if you do have to see them, find a way to incorporate it into your design. Next up is Bosch. Furnaces, heat ing and cooling. The last 7 years have brought some really wacky weather across the West and the country as a whole. Traditionally in Southern California these, while not an afterthought, has not been high on the list. I think it is safe to say heating and cooling is a critical part of the build, remodel or reimagined design. Some things to consider.

BOSCH

I thought this was an interesting take on temperature controls. Now, this next product was like a little treasure for me. Accoustiblock is the product and they specialize in noise abatement. It was important to me because noise pollution is probably one of the most ignored element in building and design. I record from a home studio. I can’t record in the morning on trash day and I know when all the gardeners come. I know most of the dogs and their barking habits but that really a crap shoot.

ACCOUSTIBLOCK

I think sound management is the new air quality concern. As our communities grown more dense and in cities like LA where infill projects absorb every available square foot and with that comes construction noise, more neighbors, more cars, just more noise. This interrupts sleep, work and relaxation. It affects work life and life at home. I once had to work in New York for a week and I thought I was going to lose my mind because the sheer amount of nose. And it rarely stopped. I realized the difference when I got back home. If you are thinking about noise abatement, check them out. By the way, none of these appearances were paid for. I interviewed them because I was genuinely interested and I thought you would be as well. So, three very different products that I thought were incredibly cool and useful.

Thank you for listening to this episode of Convo By Design. Have you subscribed to the podcast? Are you checking out the videos on YouTube? You can see videos from the episodes like all three of the products featured on this episode. I know I am asking for a lot here, please also join in the conversation on twitter, instagram and facebook. As always, if you have a question about the show, a submission or idea for an upcoming episode, you can reach me at convo by design at outlook dot com. If you need links to everything mentioned above, you can find it in the show notes. Thanks for listening.

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