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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 © Fusion Media Management, Inc. 20 ...more
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. 2013-2019 All rights reserved.
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May 14, 2019 10:24 AM PDT

I’m Josh Cooperman and this is Convo By Design recorded in the Living Kitchen Studio with a trip back to Modernism Week in Palm Springs for a sit down with some of the all-star team of designers who worked on this years Christopher Kennedy Compound. Christopher has done a magnificent job on this project over the years and this offering is no exception. This golf course home is everything you could ask for if you are looking to channel the Mid-Century Modern architecture straight out of the swanky, atomic-era 1950’s. This project is the official shophouse of Modernism Week and it features some remarkable creatives. I sat with a few in the backyard to ask about the experience and inspiration for the project.

Before we get into this, I want to thank you for listening to Convo By Design. It has been six years and we are doing more than we ever have before. This year alone, Convo By Design will be at Modernism Week, KBIS, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, WestWeek, LCDQ Legends, Los Angeles Design Festival, Fall Market and of course, WestEdge Design Fair. Make sure you catch every episode with upcoming activities. Subscribe to the show wherever you get your favorite podcasts.

This was so much fun. Special thanks to everyone from the Christopher Kennedy Compound including; Nancy Joseph, Keith Fortner, Lisa McDennon, Kelly Green, Gordon Kurtis and Christopher Kennedy. Thank you to my friends at Sub-Zero, Wolf, Cove, Snyder Diamond, Vondom and Article for your support and making this podcast possible. And thank you for listening, subscribing, rating the show on iTunes and coming out to the events to say ‘hello’. I love it, and I appreciate you. See you next week.

April 30, 2019 09:43 AM PDT

Some designers have a signature look while others practice a signature process. Designer John McClain is a blender and bender of styles to achieve unique and unforgettable looks. John is bi-coastal with offices in Florida and California. His signature style really is in his approach which makes him truly unique and worthy of watching. I believe in the art forms that are design and architecture. When speaking with a designer like John, I am in my element because I can ask questions that might get a sideways look from another designer. I ask questions like these to break the information down into small bites, then rebuild a concept so the non-designer can understand it. I really enjoyed my chat with John. He knows the look he is trying to achieve which enables him to experiment a bit more and to me, that is where design gets really exciting.

Before we get into this, I want to thank you for listening to Convo By Design. It has been six years and we are doing more than we ever have before. This year alone, Convo By Design will be at Modernism Week, KBIS, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, WestWeek, LCDQ Legends, Los Angeles Design Festival, Fall Market and of course, WestEdge Design Fair. Make sure you catch every episode with upcoming activities. Subscribe to the show wherever you get your favorite podcasts. This is John McClain

April 23, 2019 12:47 PM PDT

Designer Chris Barrett creates bold and breathtaking design by blending color, light and materials. Her looks infuse global influence into California culture.

This conversation was recorded in the actual Living Kitchen Studio inside the Santa Monica Snyder Diamond showroom. Chris and I had a great conversation and I learned some things about the business side of design that I think you will really appreciate. As you listen to this episode, you are going to hear about some of the fundamental differences a creative must address as it relates to working for a big firm or going off and starting their own. Never before has this been so important. There is security working for someone else. But there are tax advantages now if you are a business owner. At the same time, when you are a business owner, you have total creative freedom, not so when you are working for someone else.

These are not new ideas, but Chris has some really strong concepts and she shares them with you. She also shares her creative process and ways she processes her looks and design aesthetic. This is designer Chris Barrett.

April 16, 2019 01:35 PM PDT

Tatiana Mandelli created Tidelli in Brazil and now lives here in Los Angeles. The Tidelli brand is growing rapidly because their rope outdoor furniture is fun, vibrant, comfortable and different. The company has a fearless approach to furnishings through the styles, colors or designers they embrace. I met Tatiana through Cesar Giraldo. Cesar is one of my absolute favorites. You have heard him on the show and if you came to visit me at WestEdge Design Fair where Convo By Design presented the programming lounge, the Tidelli lounge was just outside and there was this video of Cesar dancing in a gold suit, it was this crazy dream sequence video and after three days, it was permanently burned into memory. That presentation is the same approach Tatiana takes to the whole business. She is fearless. And that is great, there should be more people like Tatiana. I hope you enjoy this conversation. if you do. Please share the show with a friend who might enjoy it as well.

You are listening to my conversation with Tidelli founder, Tatiana Mandelli . Tatiana has an amazing company with unique designs, vibrant colors and a fearless approach to design. Fearless is not easy, no matter how some creatives seem to make it appear. You need a good team supporting you, you need resources. I hope you consider Convo By Design as one of those resources.

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April 09, 2019 02:22 PM PDT

If You like Mid-Century Modern architecture and everything that goes along with it, Modernism Week is for you. Well, I love Mid-Century Modern and I love Modernism Week. The home tours are great, the parties are so much fun and catching up with friends is the best. I had the chance to catch up with more than a few friends on this trip and I am going to share some of those conversations. One of my favorite things about publishing Convo By Design is that the SoCal design community is so strong and comprised of an amazing group of professionals. It’s a tight group and a group that values more than just creating beautiful design and meaningful architecture, but preserving what is already existing. Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield created a fantastic brand in Woodson and Rummerfield’s House of Design. The firm displays mastery of luxury, Hollywood regency and LA opulence in every project. But their passion for significant and meaningful design has led them to found SIA, Save Iconic Architecture. This charitable organization is desiccated to doing just that. Jaime, Ron and I caught up at their event during Modernism Week at Villa Paradiso, a world-class estate in the heart of Palm Springs. A place that used to serve as Cary Grant’s hangout amongst a bevy of other celebs during Palm Springs heyday. Jaime and Ron are going to fill you in on SIA and ways to get involved. As with any good party, there are more drop-ins and guest to talk to including set decorator and SIA board member, Peter Gurski. Why does saving iconic architecture matter? Who decides if it’s “iconic” and where does one start… Right here with Ron and Jaime. But first… Patrick Dragonette, who will tell you a bit about this years LCDQ Legends event which you do NOT want to miss as well as other fun stories from around the quarter.

Have you made your plans to attend Legends, Convo By Design is an official media partner and I will be around so come say hello.

We were catching up at Villa Paradiso in Palm Springs. Cary Grant hung out there and named it Villa Paradiso because he said, “It was all that and more.” Palm Springs is all that and more if you love Mid-Century Modern, clean lines and beautiful furnishings.

I have been telling you about Article for a few weeks now. 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. 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. What are you waiting for? Sign up for this and make your job easier by working with partners who get you, understand your challenges. 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. So, sign up for Article’s trade program right now, go to CXD dot Article dot com. C-X-D as in Convo By Design, CXD dot Article dot com.

Thank you, Article. This is Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield from beautiful Villa Paradiso.

I spoke a bit with Catarina Monnier, from Tidelli. If you are a designer with a brand, a product designer, manufacturer or showroom manager in need of direction when it comes to getting involved with trade and consumer focused shows, Catarina is a wealth of information. This is how Tidelli approaches consumer and trade engagement at industry events.

I want to thank Ron Woodson, Jaime Rummerfield, Patrick Dragonette, Peter Gurski, Catarina Monnier for appearing on the show. And I want to thank you for listening. I appreciate you and hope you enjoyed this episode. I also want to thank Snyder Diamond, Sub-Zero, Wolf, VONDOM and Article dot com for making the show possible. See you next week.

#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #SubZeroWolf #SnyderDiamond #LCDQ #PatrickDragonette #PeterGurski #SaveIconicArchitecture #Tidelli #VONDOM

April 02, 2019 03:48 PM PDT

These are the rules you cannot ignore if you want media coverage of your work. Rules to follow. Break them and you could miss your big break.

I sat with Modern Luxury Media Group Publisher, Chris Gialanella and Modern Luxury Editor-In-Chief, Laura Eckstein-Jones. We talked about the publishing industry, specifically as it relates to the design community. With multiple titles, how does this dynamic team cover an eternally changing city like Los Angeles? How do they separate trending from trendy and provide users (readers, sponsors and the subjects of the content itself) with the experience they demand? In an era with fewer media titles, and fewer media owners, how do designers and architects set them selves apart and secure coverage.

What do these changes hold for designers, architects, pr reps and brand managers? With so many questions and so few answers available, I went to the source so you can hear exactly how they process this and turn it into action.

Before we get into this conversation with Chris and Laura, I want to thank you for listening and invite you to join in the conversation. You can find us @ConvoByDesign on twitter and @ConvoXDesign with an ‘X” on Facebook and Instagram. You can also find videos from these conversations on our YouTube channel, again search Convo By Design and you will find over 150 videos from some of your favorite guests, including the following. If you like the show, please send it to a friend so they can join our design community. Thanks for listening, enjoy the show.

#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #SubZeroWolf #SnyderDiamond #ModernLuxury #Angeleno #AngelenoMagazine #LAConfidential #ModernLuxuryInteriors

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Vondom USA - http://www.Vondom.com

March 26, 2019 01:35 PM PDT

Dan Whitmore possesses some of the rarest books on the planet. The art of publishing and design around a first edition.

“A first edition book, for me, is representative of where I was in my life at the time and who I was when I was reading it” -Dan Whitmore

There are design books, books about design, about designers. Designers use books in their designs and then there are the types of books from which designers might design an entire room. Dan Whitmore is the proprietor of Whitmore Rare Books. He is a true fan of books, yes. But he is both a collector and purveyor of first editions, rare books and artistically bound treasures. I made the journey to Old Town Pasadena which really is the perfect place for his store. When I walked in, I got a little ‘Harry potter’ kind of feeling. The smell of aged paper and leather. Dan is an interesting guy. Starts his business out of a lifetime passion for old books, collecting and pursuing. For Dan, his pursuit of first editions and collectable books is much like that of an art collector, wine collector or any true collector for that matter. Some of these can fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars if not more. Dan and I talk about what is inside, outside and throughout some of the most rare and sought after in his collection. This is the story of a trained and formerly practicing attorney who decided to turn a page in his career and chase his passion for rare books. This is Dan Whitmore.

Before we get into this conversation with Dan, I want to thank you for listening and invite you to join in the conversation. You can find us @ConvoByDesign on twitter and @ConvoXDesign with an ‘X” on Facebook and Instagram. You can also find videos from these conversations on our YouTube channel, again search Convo By Design and you will find over 150 videos from some of your favorite guests, including the following. If you like the show, please send it to a friend so they can join our design community. Thanks for listening, enjoy the show.

#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #SubZeroWolf #SnyderDiamond #Books #RareBooks #CollectableBooks #DanWhitmore #WhitmoreRareBooks

Convo By Design - http://www.ConvoByDesign.com

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Snyder Diamond - http://www.SnyderDiamond.com

Vondom USA - http://www.Vondom.com

March 19, 2019 09:50 AM PDT

I have a really fun conversation from the Programming Lounge presented by Convo By Design at the WestEdge Design Fair. This talk is called Colormix Forecast 2019. The conversation features Sue Wadden and Michael Plank from Sherwin Williams. As directors of Color Marketing for Sherwin Williams, they put together an amazing presentation and you can hear it here. Now, this talk was a challenge for me to put together for you because Sue and Michael have the visual presentation of color and striking images over music. As this is a podcast, it would be odd to have you listening to music and trying to visualize what the images actually are. I was there for this talk and watched it live and what I noticed while editing this was that something amazing happened. I have experienced this before, but this time was more extreme for me. Listening to Sue and Michael explain their color palate was more expressive to me than hearing and seeing it together.

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There have been studies that suggest that the brain is malleable in that when one sense is lost, others become stronger to compensate. I tried something here and listened to the recording of this talk and after, tried to compare the experience. What I found was that the colors I visualized while listening to Sue and Michael were more vivid AND more personal to me because I attached suggested colors like “dark rich blues” and “vivid yellows” to my own experiences as opposed to the images provided in the presentation. I’m not sure what’s happening here, but it was a really wonderful experience and I hope you can feel the same sensations, it was pretty cool and the best part for me was that I left feeling truly inspired. Color can do that.

Before we get into this conversation with Susan and Michael from Sherwin Williams, I want to thank you for listening and invite you to join in the conversation, you can find us @ConvoByDesign on twitter and @ConvoXDesign with an ‘X” on Facebook and Instagram. You can also find videos from these conversations on our YouTube channel, again search Convo By Design and you will find over 150 videos from some of your favorite guests, including the following. If you like the show, please send it to a friend so they can join our design community. Thanks for listening, enjoy the show.

#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #SubZeroWolf #SnyderDiamond #VONDOM #Article #SherwinWIlliams #Color #ColorMix2019

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Snyder Diamond - http://www.SnyderDiamond.com

Vondom USA - http://www.Vondom.com

Sherwin Williams - https://www.sherwin-williams.com

March 12, 2019 09:20 AM PDT

Don’t make the common mistakes when working ‘California Crafted’ style into your design project. Let Sue guide you through the key steps to making it all work together. She also explains how designers can create signature lines that are true and authentic to the designer’s vision.

Every designer I speak with has their own unique talents and set of skills. That is what allows them to stand out and achieve a high level of success. People gravitate to creative types like a moth to light. I find it fascinating and I have been trying to see if I can isolate some of the quality as it relates to design and architecture and one thing has come to my attention recently that stands to reason but is still pretty interesting. Many designers are enjoying success as it relates to licensing their name and crafting partnerships with manufacturers. Designer lines is not a new concept, but the designers and manufacturers are getting better with regard to marketing, promotion and execution of marketing strategies to promote and sell. I wanted to know why and how so I sought out one of the incredible talents enjoying a high level of success. Sue Firestone.

Firestone is Chairman and founder of SFA Design. Sue has seen success as a designer, business woman and owner of her namesake product line. The Sue Firestone Collection includes a line of wall covering with Kravet and furniture line through A. Rudin. What you will find is that her line is completely on brand with her signature philosophy that California style that exemplifies the organic approach by which she built her reputation as a designer.

Sue talks about her inspiration. Her travels and what led her to where she is today. This is a case study in authenticity as a person and a brand. This is a case study in creative perception and application of skill. When these are aligned, anything is possible.

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.

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/convo-by-design/id937267494?mt=2

TuneIn:

https://tunein.com/podcasts/Arts--Culture/Convo-By-Design-p724759/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/convobydesign

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/convoxdesign/

Are you a designer… Article has a Trade-ONLY program for you:
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#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #InteriorDesign #Hollywood #Art #LuxuryDesign #HomeDecor #SnyderDiamond #SubZeroWolf #VONDOM #SueFirestone #SFADesign #A.Rudin #Kravet

March 05, 2019 09:06 AM PST

“take a party where you have your close friends and everyone winds up in the kitchen. Why shouldn’t it be the best room in the house” -Chad Dorsey

This is Convo By Design recorded in the Living Kitchen Studio. Designer/ Architect, Chad Dorsey was born in Tennessee, has a primary office in Dallas and projects from LA to Washington state. When you hear the accent, you know he isn’t a native Angeleno, but he understands design. Had is the founder of Chad Dorsey Design. Our conversation covers a significant amount of territory and features some significant similarities between Los Angeles, California and Dallas, Texas. The Trinity River and LA River serve the same social, ecological and functional purposes. The Sunset Strip and Deep Ellum, while vastly different in size serve as cultural landmarks that feed the cities deep thirst for music. Both share world-class arts, food and entertainment. Not all comparisons or good, both cities have claimed the life of a Kennedy in the same tragic way.

These two cities are as different as you can possibly be and yet, remarkably similar. Their approaches and tastes with regard to design and architecture are no different. Massive suburban areas, each with their own personalities and both have seen a massive and highly successful return to downtown living. This is architect and designer, Chad Dorsey

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.

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/convo-by-design/id937267494?mt=2

TuneIn:

https://tunein.com/podcasts/Arts--Culture/Convo-By-Design-p724759/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/convobydesign

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/convoxdesign/

#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #InteriorDesign #Hollywood #Art #LuxuryDesign #HomeDecor #SnyderDiamond #SubZeroWolf #VONDOM #Article #ArticleFurniture

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