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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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February 20, 2019 08:15 PM PST

Joan Behnke founded her namesake design studio in 1999. Since then, she has been trailblazing a path studded with interior design gems from LA to DC. Joan views interior design as a fine art and an exercise in self-expression. It’s both intimate and created for the world to see based on the unique personality of its inhabitant.

I met Joan at her studio and we sat for quite a while. She is in a really good place. The firm has enjoyed international recognition and while that is important, she has built her firm on her own ideas of what makes the work, good and worthy. I enjoyed my time with Joan, she is soft spoken but her words have tremendous impact and she is fierce in her ideas about design and the personal nature by which she connects it to her clients. We talked about exquisite craftsmanship and lasting beauty, both of which are key elements to her design philosophy. This is Joan Behnke.

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#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #InteriorDesign #Hollywood #Art #LuxuryDesign #HomeDecor #SnyderDiamond #SubZeroWolf #VONDOM #WestEdgeDesignFair #DIEM #JoanBehnke

February 12, 2019 09:25 AM PST

When you hit a certain level of success and notoriety, you co from having two names, to being known by one. In the design and architecture circles of Southern California, the name "Rocky" leaves no mistake about whom we are speaking. Rocky LaFleur is a fixture of the design and architecture scene. Rocky has been in West Hollywood for over 40 years, dedicating his time to promote our community and help mentor the next generation of design professionals. I met Rocky at the Pacific Design Center and we talked for a while. He told me his story, his views on interior design in Southern California today and what it was like when he first got here. This really is the story of a small town boy coming to LA and helping to shape the design landscape. His influence is inextricably tied to the interiors in and around Los Angeles if for no other reason than the affect he has had on those he meets and mentors. Rocky is also one of the most positive people I know, always a good word and he is just a joy to be around. Enjoy this conversation with Rocky LaFleur.

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February 05, 2019 01:30 PM PST

If you have been listening to Convo By Design for a while, you have heard amazing stories about set decorators from your favorite TV shows and movies. I thought there should be a special place, just for those who create TV and movie magic. So, I have launched a new podcast called The Art Dept. featuring stories about design and creativity from behind the camera. You are still going to hear from them here on Convo By Design, but in addition to the set decorators, The Art Dept. is going to introduce you to production designers, fabricators, wardrobe, make-up and all of the other amazing creatives that you simply would never hear about.

This is an episode of The Art Dept, dedicated to the art behind movie and TV magic. This is an exploration and a showcase of the creatives that never write a line, say a single word nor appear on screen yet their work creates the scene, the feel and the backstory for the characters you love and love to hate. This episode features an interview with set decorator, Beth Wooke. Beth’s body of work is vast with some amazing shows, not the least of which is the TV smash hit, This Is Us. Beth defined the characters for us, showed us how the live, where and how they spend their time. We learn by how these characters live how they are like and unlike us. And these are people we have grown to care for, deeply. Beth defined these people in the first season and that really seems to be Beth’s super-power. I wanted to know more about how Beth does this, where she gets her inspiration from and they answer may or may not surprise you. What you will hear, is how this creative uses her personal experiences to shape the environment of the characters and makes them come to life in between the lines. Before we get to Beth, I want you to hear from another set decorator, Don Diers. Don has a truly diverse body of work. He has decorated sets for The Muppets, Jane the Virgin, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. Don is also a cross-over in the art department with work as a production designer, art director, set dresser and prop master. Thank you for listening to this episode of The Art Dept. Every episode will feature the Hollywood elite, the A-Listers who make TV and movie magic every day. Please follow us @ConvoByDesign on twitter and @ConvoXDesign on Instagram, you can also track the show using #TheArtDepartmentPodcast (all spelled out).

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January 31, 2019 10:25 AM PST
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This is a conversation about teamwork, luxury design, collaboration and longevity. More specifically, how Brian Pinkett of the Landry Design Group structured his career. If that sounds contrived, listen to him describe it. He knew what he wanted to do at a very early age and built his work life around his passion. I wish I could have found my passion early, I didn’t and I would say that is most common. Ito took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do, what made me happiest. Brian found it early and he was able to craft his work life around that. The result is a storied career with the majority of that at the Landry Design Group where he is a big part of building and training a team to consistently attain some of the most amazing and luxury design in the business today. That team and the concept of team is of critical importance to the Landry Design Group philosophy.

I really enjoyed this conversation with Brian Pinkett and I hope you do as well. It was recorded in front of a wonderful audience at the WestEdge Design Fair. If you like this episode of the podcast, why not subscribe to the show? It’s easy, fast andYou can find Convo By Design wherever you download your favorite podcasts.

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#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #InteriorDesign #Hollywood #Art #LuxuryDesign #HomeDecor #LandryDesignGroup #BrianPinkett #SnyderDiamond #SubZeroWolf #VONDOM

January 28, 2019 09:26 AM PST
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Convo By Design is recorded in the Living Kitchen Studio and this week, you are going to hear from an amazing talent and wonderful guy. This is Peter Gurski, set decorator and the man behind the look and feel of Will & Grace. Peter is a multifaceted creative meaning he is also an interior designer and has held multiple other roles within the art department including production designer and art director.

But this is special for me and I hope you enjoy this conversation with Peter. He invited me to the Universal City Studios to walk the set, and talk a little bit. We talked a lot about the business, his role and vision for the reboot of an immensely popular show with extremely vocal fans. Peter talks about the show and more specifically, the characters who you got to know between 1998 and 2006, now reintroduced in 2017 and guess what, they have changed, just like you and me. Peter and his team imagined their personality and life development but also incorporated who they were to deliver the same characters 10 years later. Brilliant.

Peter captured the past work of set decorator Melinda Ritz who worked on the first 10 seasons and moved from there. We walked and talked and you can see images from the set on social media and make sure to check out the YouTube channel for a video from our time together.

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#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #InteriorDesign #Hollywood #Art #Will&Grace #HomeDecor #WillandGrace #PeterGurski #SDSA #SnyderDiamond #SubZeroWolf #VONDOM

January 25, 2019 07:59 AM PST

After five years doing the #podcast, 200 podcast episodes and 150 videos on YouTube, this might be a good opportunity to republish some previous episodes of the show, schedule permitting. I am publishing #ThrowbackThursday episode featuring guests and conversations you haven’t heard in a while…. Like this one.

These TBT episodes have been so much fun for me. It’s been like going through a box of family photos. Each conversation has special memories for me. and this one is very special. When you get a group like this on stage, talking about this topic as it relates to designers, you have me hooked and I think you will really enjoy this fun, smart and snarky conversation with some AMAZING individuals. This was originally recorded from the WestEdge #Design Fair in 2014 and I published it in 2 parts, episodes 28 and 29. It is called…

Built to Last: Developing a Brand Legacy in the Design World

Your brand identity is the single most important factor in building a distinctive, impactful, timeless business. Are you harnessing it to its full effect? This is how to set yourself apart in today’s fast-paced market and build a business of genuine integrity with impeccable products and services that stand the test of time according to some industry giants. Moderator and design icon Kathryn Ireland speaks with Russ Diamond, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Thomas Lavin and Christopher Farr about brand, branding and design. Product lines and promotion. I forgot just how wonderful it is to hear this group go back and forth. Buckle up, it’s a fun ride…

#Architecture #Design #Hollywood #WestEdgeDesignFair #ConvoByDesign

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#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #InteriorDesign #Hollywood #Art #Food #HomeDecor #MartynLawrenceBullard #KatherynIreland

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January 21, 2019 09:50 AM PST

Convo By Design is recorded live from the SubZero Wolf Living Kitchen Studio. You heard that right, Convo By Design has a new sponsor, SubZero Wolf Cove. The Living Kitchen Studio will be recording from the studios in Los Angeles and surrounding areas bringing you the stories of amazing design and architecture. Speaking of which, this week we have a great conversation from the Convo By Design stage at the WestEdge Design Fair. You might recall that the stage was designed by Julia Wong featuring a one of a kind, CXD Media Desk, now available to designers who are looking to build a one of a kind space for podcasters, YouTubers or the home office. If you are interested, please send an email to ConvoByDesign@Outlook.com. So, this conversation, called Silicon Beach - Design Hub of Innovation is just that, a deep dive into the tech community, the design taking place and how that is affecting LA’s vibrant design and architecture scene as a whole.

The Westside coastal cities of Los Angeles, dubbed Silicon Beach, have become home to burgeoning tech start-ups and giants alike. The demand for office space and housing has grown considerably. Techies don’t want to live, work and play like everyone else. Their approach to their surroundings 24/7 mirrors their company philosophies, in which innovation is key. Thus, many turn to architects and designers who are breaking the mold in their own fields to create spaces including restaurants, offices and homes that are beyond ‘smart.’ This conversation is moderated by: Jerri Levi, Publisher, FORM magazine and features, architects, Joe Spierer, Anthony Poon, designer Chris Barrett, and Christopher Coldoff, studio director and principal at Gensler.

Also of note, this is the relaunch of FORM: Pioneering Design. The magazine is back with a fresh approach to the art and ideas behind, around and surrounding the architecture of Los Angeles. I am proud to be a contributing editor to the magazine and thrilled for Jerri in this endeavor. Welcome back, FORM.

If you like this episode of the podcast, and I hope that you do. Why not subscribe to the show? It’s easy, fast and free. Here’s the link to the show on a few different outlets:

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#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #InteriorDesign #Hollywood #Art #Food #HomeDecor

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Convo By Design YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKLsQtysPpe_zFkIN4MoAfg

January 17, 2019 08:01 AM PST

This is Convo By Design with a special #ThrowbackThursday episode of the podcast. This is from the West Hollywood Design District in 2014 with a really fun conversation called Designing for the Red Carpet. Because it is award season, I thought this would be a good time to look back at this chat whose name suggests that it is an in-depth look at the red carpet. It is about fashion, the red carpet and our connection to celebrity, glamour and design. Interiors and home decor are being influenced heavily by fashion and nowhere is, one might argue, fashion more explored, talked about and copied but on the red carpet.

The West Hollywood Design District sponsored and presented a wonderful talk series called DIEM, Design Intersects Everything Made. Its run lasted about 4 years beginning in 2014 and all were curated by Frances Anderton and Mallory Roberts Morgan. This talk was from 2014 and featured Merle Ginsburg, senior style writer at The Hollywood Reporter, Marcy Medina, West Coast Bureau Chief of Women’s Wear Daily and Monica Corcoran Harel consultant and New York Times best selling author. This talk was moderated by Bronwyn Cosgrave, author and fashion professional.

This was hosted by WEHO Design District icon and fixture, Mary Ta from the opening day of MASS Beverly, the showroom she owns and operates with her husband, Lars Oliver Hipco.

This conversation is about design, style, fashion. It was first aired in March of 2015 and I hope you enjoy it.

If you like this episode of the podcast, and I hope that you do. Why not subscribe to the show? It’s easy, fast and free.

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#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #InteriorDesign #Hollywood #Art #Food #HomeDecor #TBT #RedCarpet #Oscars #GoldenGlobes #PeoplesChoice #Fashion

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January 14, 2019 11:10 AM PST

It's happening… There is a transformational shift taking place in the design house space. It’s a mash-up of the traditional idea of a design house and a reinvented version of the model home with its roots in Southern California architecture dating back to the 1950’s and 60’s. As LA’s architectural engine was powering up, ‘tract homes’ became a thing. The concept was simple, take use swaths of land and fill it with homes built from a handful of layouts. Provide different color and material options so the customers can feel like they are getting something custom. Then, take one model and dress it out. Create a one of a kind aspirational space that really showcases what this home can become. Add in all the bells, whistles and custom features everyone would want. That really led to the modern show house and design houses to which we have become accustomed.

Recently, some brave developers and ground breaking designers have teamed up to produce one-off model homes in the design house style. These homes are being used as event spaces, ideas houses while currently on the market which obviously affects design, architecture and traditional real estate. This new spin has created some really interesting partnerships like the one you are about to here. Brooke Gardner is an incredibly talented LA based interior designer and Rick Perkins is the brave developer and CEO of the Perkins Development Group. In this episode, we walk through the house and give you an inside look at a truly unique and amazing space. First up is Rick and later in the episode, you’ll hear from Brooke. You are going to get two very interesting perspectives on the same project. This is really a ‘he said, she said’ study but instead of it being that of male/ female, it is developer/ designer. They both took different creative ideas to get here and as you’ll see, they work incredibly well together. The Starview House is located in the hills above Brentwood. The home and the views are amazing! You can see more by going to our YouTube channel, instagram and twitter.

If you like this episode of the podcast, and I hope that you do. Why not subscribe to the show? It’s easy, fast and free. Here’s the link to the show on a few different outlets:

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#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #InteriorDesign #Hollywood #Art #Food #HomeDecor

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Convo By Design YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKLsQtysPpe_zFkIN4MoAfg

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January 10, 2019 08:40 AM PST

This was originally published in two parts, episodes 67 and 68. It was March 23, 2016 at the Pacific Design Center for WestWeek. This conversation called To Live and Design in DTLA was moderated by Carlo Caccavale, Associate Director, AIA Los Angeles.

Downtown LA was changing, rapidly and the world was beginning to notice. This panel included some of the very participants in this revolution, they include Erin and Ian Besler of Besler & Sons, Lawrence Azerrad of LAD Design, Loryn Napala and Monica Opaskar of Untitled Mondays and Spencer Nikosey of KILLSPENCER, along with A+D>Architecture and Design Museum’s COME IN! DTLA Curator Danielle Rago who engage with Carlo as they explore the DTLA influence on traditional forms of architecture, art and design, and the allure it offers creatives in converting derelict downtown structures and the very essence of DTLA into an exciting, immersive live/work art space.

If you like this episode of the podcast, and I hope that you do. Why not subscribe to the show? It’s easy, fast and free. Here’s the link to the show on a few different outlets:

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#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #InteriorDesign #Hollywood #Art #Food #HomeDecor

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

Convo By Design YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKLsQtysPpe_zFkIN4MoAfg

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