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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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September 18, 2018 10:51 AM PDT

Alison Trent invited me into her world for an afternoon, and it was a wonderful experience. Trent is Executive Chef at LA eatery, Ysabel. She calls LA home by way of New York and her first home, Australia. Alison’s journey to Ysabel included stints at French Laundry and Bouchon. She has been at Ysabel for 3 years as of this recording.

A few things that make Alison Trent so unique is her attention to detail, a focus on perfection with a strong desire to experiment and create. Two very different concepts constantly battling against each other. Check out the Convo By Design YouTube channel for video with Alison. You can see her in action, and she is as effortless as I have ever seen an artist work. Alison spares nothing in her search for the right ingredients, masterfully prepares and artfully assembles her dishes. Her concern for their appearance, down to the crafted plates they are served on show that this is more than a job to Trent.

Alison and I discuss a few issues of note… #SustainableFarming #Foodie culture, #Love of #Art and blending the two in unique #FoodStyling and #PairedPassions.

One thing that I think you might also find of interest … If you are in the Los Angeles area and want to eat, chill or hang at Ysabel, they do NOT make it easy for you to find. You will hear Alison and I talk about this and it really seems like it was done by design. So, if you are looking for Ysabel, it is located at 945 North Fairfax in West Hollywood. It is a non-descript building with no signage on the south west corner of north Fairfax and Romaine Street. And it is worth finding.

#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #Ysabel

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

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

Miele USA - http://www.MieleUSA.com

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

Ysabel - http://www.ysabel.la

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

September 11, 2018 09:13 AM PDT

In 2017, I had the opportunity to speak with noted architect Lorcan O’Herlihy. We spoke about the ever changing architectural landscape of Los Angeles. This conversation features a comparison between architecture in Los Angeles and Detroit. Most people don’t realize how many similarities exist between these two cities…. one that is reaching its limits with regard to growth and the other which is in the process of a wholesale rebirth. You can decide which is which. Lorcan discusses the “infill” projects and stitching LA’s vast landscape together. This chat is probably more relevant now than when we first had it last year. But slightly less relevant than it will be in a year from now. O’Herlihy talks about a bottom up verses top down strategies to development of metropolitan cities.

About halfway through this clip, you are going to hear O’Herlihy talk about a watershed moment for his practice. He was brought in to rehab a project next to a beloved Schindler home and he talks about how his firm approached the new while blending with the existing. That work landed him a large project in Detroit called called Brush Park. The point is, good architecture and great architecture is both new and existing in dense metropolitan areas and some of it is worth saving. That doesn’t necessarily mean all of it is. You cannot simply wipe clean and start over, nor can you keep everything forever. Lorcan understands this and has masterfully applied a hybrid approach to his practice. Something else about O’Herlihy that you should know. He and his firm don’t just work on big, pretty ad expensive. Lorna O’Herlihy Architects designs all types of projects including bus stations and non-profit projects.

The thing that stands out most when speaking with Lorcan or looking at his work is the nature of what he designs and how he designs it. He is a no-nonsense individual. Not that he doesn’t have the time or inclination to speak about the nature of the work but he get’s right to the point and focuses on the important parts. O’Herlihy wants you to know about his urban infill projects and his philosophy of creating remarkable work in dense, unforgiving terrain. He seems to enjoy the fight. The neighbors that don’t want architects working in their neighborhoods because it means, “progress” and he doesn’t mind the social constraints and municipal intrusions, it’s all part of the gig.

Before we get to Lorcan, you are going to hear from Peter Culley of Spatial Affairs Bureau. That is Culley’s architectural firm, with studios in Los Angeles, Richmond, Virginia and London, England. Peter, as the name of his firm suggests, is fascinated with the uses of space and their uses in building and landscape architecture. We talk about experimentation and collaboration quite often on the show. Peter and Lorcan both personify and exemplify the creative use of both ideas. Please enjoy this conversation with architect, Peter Culley.

#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #LorcanOHerlihy #PeterCulley

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

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

Miele USA - http://www.MieleUSA.com

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

Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects - http://www/LOHArchitects.com

Spatial Affairs Bureau - http://www.SpatialAffairsBureau.com

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

September 05, 2018 04:25 PM PDT

Brandi Kalish is a set decorator with a nomination this year for a prime time Emmy for her work on HBO’s Silicon Valley. She is up for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour Or Less). Kalish, whose work includes, of course Silicon Valley, Wilfred, White Famous and Teen Wolf amongst other shows. This conversation gets very fun when we start discussing different types of blood that don’t stain and how to use nut shavings for an assortment of different types of bugs.

Set decorators are artists or mad scientists, or perhaps a little of both. At the same time, they have an opportunity to create new ideas from scratch all for the purpose of moving the characters forward along their journey.

Our Emmy week coverage continues with Emmy nominated set decorator, Brandi Kalish…

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #TV #Movies # EmmyAwards

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

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Miele USA - http://www.MieleUSA.com

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Set Decorator Society of America - https://www.setdecorators.org

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

August 30, 2018 08:32 AM PDT

The EMMYS are coming and while many will be watching to see who wins best actor, best actress and best show, a few of us will be looking to see who wins the awards for production and set design. As a fan of television and movies as well as design and architecture, the EMMYS present the best of both worlds. I had the opportunity to sit with Juan Morales, publisher of Emmy Magazine before Emmy season started and we discussed both the magazine, the Emmy’s themselves and the art behind the creation and production of set design. I think you will enjoy hearing about what happens behind the scenes of an awards show like this. I really wanted to shed some light on this aspect of the Emmy’s since traditionally, most of the art department categories get announced during the commercial breaks.

Following my conversation with Juan is a chat with award winning set decorator, Kimberly Wannop, who is also a Set Decorator Society of America member. Kim has worked on a number of your favorite shows including, Bones, The Good Place, VEEP, Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn nine-nine. Kim is a six time Emmy nominee and a Primetime Emmy Award winner for her work of VEEP.

The set decorators, art directors and all of the members of the art department have this unique job of telling a story, about characters, both real and imagined in a way that shows how they live or lived, how they became the characters the actors want you to believe them to be. Kimberly Wannop is an absolute pro and this is her story.

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #TV #Movies #EmmyAwards

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

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

Miele USA - http://www.MieleUSA.com

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

Set Decorator Society of America - https://www.setdecorators.org

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

August 22, 2018 10:55 AM PDT

Wade Weissmann is principal and founder of Wade Weissmann Architecture. The firm has studios in Santa Barbara, Nashville, Millwalkie, Chicago and Pittsburg and Wade is a really interesting guy. He has a very eclectic sense of space and he balances that against historic influences to create really amazing environments. The following conversation is about craftsmanship, innovation and application of time-tested techniques. Wade talks about the influence of past masters and incorporating his own ideas to come up with a cohesive, yet vibrant and interesting style that changes constantly.

If haven’t already guessed, this was a fun, challenging and detailed conversation that was just fun and I hope you like it. This is architect Wade Weissmann. If you enjoy the conversation, and I hope you do, please give us a 5 star rating and a review on Apple Podcasts, that’s iTunes for those new to the podcast. It helps new listeners find the show and it is greatly appreciated.

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #WadeWeissmann #Nashville

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

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

Miele USA - http://www.MieleUSA.com

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

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

August 16, 2018 09:21 AM PDT

Mia Lehrer is the principal architect, president and founder of Studio-MLA. She was raised in El Salvador to a family that was heavily involved in activism and community leadership. In the 60’s, her mother started a micro lending project for women while her father was helping disadvantaged youths. Lehrer earned her Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She founded Studio-MLA and surrounded herself with some of the best and brightest.

Speaking with Lehrer is Hunker Media’s VP of Content, Eve Epstein. They talk about advocacy, public spaces, social engagement and building a better society while building better spaces.

Thank you for listening to this episode of Convo By Design. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do, please give us a 5 star rating and a review. It helps new listeners find the podcast and it is greatly appreciated.

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #LADesignFest #Movies

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

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

Miele USA - http://www.MieleUSA.com

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

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

August 08, 2018 09:47 AM PDT

Stephen Francis Jones is an architect with offices in Marina Del Rey, California. Stephen is the principal of SF Jones Architects, a unique firm that has turned architectural design of restaurants into somewhat of an art form. I don’t use that term lightly, and as you will hear, Jones doesn’t either.

As the in-house architect for Wolfgang Puck, he helped set the tone for the dining experience that led to a very successful, global brand. His objective is to create an environment that matches the food, the sensory experience that serves to enhance the dining experience. Restaurant design and architecture is Jones stated “true calling” and his work is evident of that.

Think about this for a moment… the elements that go into designing a space that must accommodate professional grade appliances, satisfy local, regional and state codes AND provide an environment that matches the expected dining experience. As complicated as that sounds, listen to Stephen explain how he does it. His laid-back style seems to pair beautifully with the notoriously intense style and expectations of the service industry. This is Stephen Francis Jones of SF Jones Architects. I hope you enjoy this episode of Convo By Design, if you do, please consider giving us a 5 star rating and review on Apple Podcasts, you know it better as iTunes and check out short videos from these conversation on our YouTube channel.

#Design #Architecture #ElCamp #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #LAFoodies #Restaurant #SFJonesArchitects

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

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

Miele USA - http://www.MieleUSA.com

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

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

August 02, 2018 07:38 AM PDT

We continue our journey through the forrest of unique conversations from this years LA Design Festival. This week, we have a very cool presentation from LADdesign founder, graphic designer, creative director and Grammy Award winner, Lawrence Azerrad. Azerrad’s studio, LADdesign is focused on the crossroads of branding, culture, music and education. It makes perfects sense too as Azzard’s prior experience was as an art director with Warner Bros. Records working on the creative packaging for artists ranging from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Miles Davis.

Azzara is the author of a book called Supersonic: The Design and Lifestyle of Concorde. It is a Prestel release due out in September 2018. He is also a producer and creative director of The Voyager Golden Record 40th Anniversary Edition. He discusses all of it here in a conversation about design from a very unique point of view. Lawrence is introduced by Erika Abrams, member of the Advisory Board of the AIGA, Los Angeles chapter, as is Lawrence. A happy coincidence here is that we shared our space at the LA Design Festival with the AIGA LA as they were presenting some AMAZING subway art graphics that you can still see in the the background of our videos shot at the festival. Please go to our YouTube channel and check them out.

Thank you for listening to this episode of Convo By Design. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do, please give us a 5 star rating and a review. It helps new listeners find the podcast and it is greatly appreciated.

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #Music #Miele #SnyderDiamond #LADesignFest #Movies

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

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

Miele USA - http://www.MieleUSA.com

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

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

July 25, 2018 11:06 AM PDT

I was in #PalmSprings for #ModernismWeek and got into a very passionately heated conversation between an architect, designer and myself on the topic of intellectual Property rights and their relationship to the design and architecture business. The designer at the table that night was LA native and LA design fixture, Gary Gibson. My background is in broadcasting and digital media. Was the general manager and program director for Playboy and the digital audio division. It was there that I met Emile Nicolau. Emile is one of the sharpest minds in the field of intellectual property rights. As the GM, I didn’t always see eye-to-eye with Emile, but I did always listen to him and he kept me out of trouble. As I was thinking about how I wanted to present the ideas regarding design and intellectual property, I heard Lori Posner on a panel at the 2017 WestEdge Design Fair and was really impressed t both her knowledge of artist’s rights, but the manner in which she conveyed the ideas and made them easy to understand.

See, I have been around intellectual property for quite some time and it is probably one of the most complex areas of the law. And it is probably one of the most misunderstood elements of the design and architecture business. If you are a designer, architect, artist, product designer or creative of any type that delivers a product or design based on your creative talents, you have rights based on that performance. Knowing your rights and choosing to or not to enforce them are two very different things. The following conversation is all about intellectual property rights featuring IP attorney Emile Nicolaou, art expert, Wendy Posner and designer, Gary Gibson. This interview was recorded live from the Convo By Design Audio Design Lab at the LA Design Festival. A collaborative space designed to showcase audio design and explore issues that affect designers of every discipline. Publisher’s Note: My voice sounds terrible, it sounded like this all weekend from talking non stop over a three day period of time. I will have to take that into account the next time we do this.

Enjoy this conversation covering intellectual property rights for creatives, And if you do, please, head over to Apple Podcasts and leave us a five star rating and a review, it is greatly appreciated and it helps new listeners find the show.

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #IntellectualProperty #Copyright #ModernismWeek #PalmSprings #Miele #SnyderDiamond #LADesignFest #Movies

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

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

Miele USA - http://www.MieleUSA.com

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

Wendy Posner - http://posnerfineart.com/

Gary Gibson -https://garygibson.com/wordpress/

Special thanks to: Emile Nicolaou, Wendy Posner and Gary Gibson for adding their insight and expertise of a very important issue to this conversation recorded LIVE from the Audio Design Lab presented by Convo By Design at the LA Design Festival.

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

July 19, 2018 11:37 AM PDT

The LA Design Festival has come and gone this year. But, over the next few weeks and months, you will be hearing the conversations that were recorded live in the Convo By Design Audio Design Lab as well as panel conversations from the main stage at the event. Design really is for everyone, Haily Zaki, founder of the LA Design Festival is a believer and practitioner of that very concept. Following is a conversation with Haily that was recorded during this year’s event.

For me, the main take-away from this years event, same as last year’s, I learn so much from creatives in other disciplines. The artists, graphic designers, wood workers, product developers and others leave me with a strong desire to see how I can incorporate new ideas into the construction and recording of audio for memorable on-demand experience. You will be seeing some new elements in the weeks and months to come, so look out for that. Enjoy this conversation with the LA Design Festivals Haily Zaki. And if you do, please, head over to Apple Podcasts and leave us a five star rating and a review, it is greatly appreciated and it helps others find the show.

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #LADesignFest #Movies

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

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

Miele USA - http://www.MieleUSA.com

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

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

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