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DEPARTMENTS THE DISH
MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NEO CLASSICISTS (SCNC)
PALM SPRINGS MODERNISM WEEK
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SUB-ZERO AND WOLF AND NOW COVE Cove sets a new standard in luxury dishwashing.
LAGERFELD DESIGNS “GRANDS APPARTEMENTS” FOR HOTEL DE CRILLON Los Angeles designers can create with the same passion and tools, all is available in Paris
SCANDINAVIAN TRADITION By Scott Bird, Managing Director Reform US
ORIGINAL ARTWORK HAS THE POWER TO TRANSFORM A SPACE By Adonna Ebrahimi
A MID-CENTURY MODERN GEM CASA FELIZ By Suzanne Furst, ASID
2019 PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE OF DESIGN OVERVIEW Delighting and inspiring the design community for 55 years
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here is nothing more exciting than opening the door to inspiration, but somehow it seems ironic that so much of our creative inspiration stems from historical design. There are few places in the world that this is more evident than in Paris. One can literally open a door and be dumbstruck with absolute awe in the face of such perfection. Just by walking into a hotel or classic design establishment I personally felt as if I were being instructed by famous designers through the ages, telling me to miss nothing and absorb everything, it is almost overwhelming. While on this trip, I am sure that once again I fell in love with design and beauty. Beautiful buildings, architectural details and fabrics created by using the classic rules of design, are juxtaposed to fabulously stripped-down modern versions of equal perfection, creating spaces that call for a person to just sit and absorb the surroundings. It is like the perfect meal, so satisfying, yet somehow leaving you with the fear that you may never experience anything quite as wonderful again. If you didnâ€™t make it this year, please plan to do it in the future, you will never regret the experience. n
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ith the start of Spring comes the excitement to embrace something new, hence the theme of this quarter’s magazine: Looking at the past to create for the future. The future holds many possibilities. Advancements in design technology can provide us with tools to inspire us, to create beautiful environments and enhance our futures. Studying design trends are how we can interpret the past, improve the benefits of design while still retaining the best elements of style. Our chapter is providing great programing and networking opportunities to be on the cutting edge of these future trends.
In March I was able to attend the President’s Forum and SCALE in New York City! It was wonderful and energizing to meet the other President’s of ASID from around the country. It is inspiring to hear what they are doing in their chapters and to share our upcoming events! While the Presidents were attending the forum, our student members were attending SCALE. Congratulations to our ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter for winning 2019 Student Chapter of the Year! And that was just part of it from the UCLA Extension Student Chapter; Alyson Bender was the recipient of the Student of the Year Award and Andrea Ables won the 2019 ASID SCALE Button Design Contest! If you want to look at the past to create the future, consider joining us on May 15th for our Master Class Art Show & Architectural Tour at The California Club, as well as our Santa Barbara, The American Riviera Design Conference, June 6th, 7th and 8th. Please stop by our new office location at the Pacific Design Center (M33) and introduce yourself to our new Chapter Administrator, Ninnette Stewart! If you are at the PDC and need a place to work in between appointments, the office is open for our membership to use. Office hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm. As always, I am honored to be your President and thank you for your continued support! Happy Designing,
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MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR
future desig reflect on th HOW WE D I N E This issue is about designing for today and the future by WORK reflecting on the fine designs of the past. We have always been told, nothing is truly new or unique, simply a reworking of what LEARN has already been done. I am convinced that is true, because L I V E learning from what has already been done allows us to improve the design, and gives us a stepping stone to the future. This GROW applies to everything from structural design using healthy safe materials, to lighting design and how we use it to improve our TEACH interior experiences, to fabric and its durability, to furniture and its comfort and functionality, to appliances and how they HOST embrace technology to enhance our home experience, in other words, to everything we design, we look to the past and then, CREATE create a better version, so we can make something appropriate for tomorrow. L E A D So, keep your eyes open, the next thing you see may be the H E A L stepping stone you take to create your work of art, your item that will improve the world, or just make it more beautiful. n P L AY Best of luck! C U R E S T A Y Cindi Burnett, ASID Editor, ASID LA DESIGN Magazine
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Lagerfeld Designs “Grands Appartem Los Angeles designers can create with the same passion and tools, all is available in Paris PARIS—When the Franco-Lebanese architect called on Karl Lagerfeld to design two “Grands Appartements” for the Hotel de Crillon on the Place de la Concorde, she knew that she was asking a legend to revisit the design of a world-renowned hotel. But with Karl, anything was possible. As a self-taught collector and authority on the 18th century decorative arts, Lagerfeld knew to seek out another celebrated maverick in Paris, Féau et Compagnie, known for having the finest, most encyclopedic collection of boiseries in the world. “Karl came to visit us, just like you are doing today,” current owner Guillaume Féau told a small group from ASID visiting Paris this past January. “He walked through our showrooms and photographed the details that caught his eye. He then asked us to create boiseries that were a distillation of several antique panels and doors. “Now, when you visit or stay in the Grands Appartements, you feel you are living in the 18th century but with all the comforts of the 21st.” One of Féau’s clients slept in the Crillon’s “Grands Appartements” shortly after the hotel reopened. “He liked the rooms so much, he asked us to recreate the same boiseries for a home of his in Hong Kong.” Founded in 1875 by Charles Fournier, the company has always specialized in the creation of décors, including for such prestigious estates as the Villa Ephrussi-Rothschild on the French Riviera and the now-defunct Palais Rose, built for Boni de Castellane. “We purchase antique boiseries, we make copies, and we conceive originals, just as we did for the Crillon, using innovative materials.” One of Féau’s secrets is its use of resin to reproduce exquisite antique carvings. “Often, boiseries lose their details and delicacy when stripped of their original layers of paint,” he explained. Today, thanks to its techniques of molding resin, a boiserie made of oak and resin looks older and costs less than a new boiserie in sculpted oak. “Our process allows us to save money and also work more quickly, especially important when you are undertaking major decorative projects, Féau adds. The company also understands the museum quality of its décors and how they can be reproduced for other clients. For instance, a Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann décor, once in the firm’s collection, was initially designed for Viscount Rotheremere’s apartment in Paris; today it is on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Yet, it is by no means forgotten. Today, various elements and details of this same panelling are being reproduced by Féau craftsmen to create daring new interiors, in a variety of materials and textures. “In the 20 years I’ve been in the business, we have never made the same décor twice,” he notes. We believe him. Rachel Kaplan, president of Events & Company, and author of Little-known Museums In and Around Paris (Harry N. Abrams), arranges exclusive behind the scenes tours of artisans and craftspeople in Paris and other parts of France for the public and the trade. You can reach her by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling her at +33164358763 or Skype :rachel.kaplan5 n
ments” for Hotel de Crillon Féau & Co. The origins of Féau & co go back to 1875 when the founder of the company, Charles Fournier, started collaborating with outstanding architects on prestigious residences projects (Palais Rose in Paris, Villa Ephrusi for Rothschild). It’s international reputation has been built upon the production of perfect reconstructions of ancient paneling which attract customers looking for unique, exclusive designs. Féau & co intuitively knew to adapt to the more modern trends of recent decades by paring down some of its grandiose decors and giving historical pieces a new life. The Ruhlmann décor for instance, initially designed for Viscount Rotheremere’s apartment in Paris and currently on display at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, came from the firm’s collection. Various elements and details of this panelling have been combined by Féau craftsmen in order to create new daring interior decorations, in a variety of materials and textures that would meet the most prestigious clients’ demands. Hôtel de Crillon, one of the crown jewels of Paris’ historic luxury hotels is another good example. It was recently restored and modernized under the artistic direction of FrancoLebanese architect Aline d’Amman who initiated Féau’s collaboration with the talented fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Inspired by the Féau collection, he brought his "personal vision of French chic and modernity" to the project. Based on the decors he carefully selected, Féau & co re-interpreted classical French boiseries to give a strikingly modern and elegant design to the two suites known as “Les Grands Appartements”.
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Scandinavian Tradition By Scott Bird, Managing Director Reform US The Scandinavian design tradition is characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality and emerged in the early 20th century in the Nordic countries of Europe; especially in Denmark. The 50s and 60s are often described as the golden years of classic design in Denmark, and you will undoubtedly see that era’s influence in Reform’s BASIS kitchen design. Reform’s BASIS design is inspired by the Midcentury modern Scandinavian architect kitchens with the classic carpentermilled in round handles and the opportunity to use natural materials such as wood and linoleum. While the classic linoleum of the 1950s and 1960s was mostly beige, gray, blue or red, today Reform offers a wide selection of linoleum colors. The Danish design company wanted to create a modern take on the design, but still keep a touch of the retro feeling from the traditional design. Therefore, you can mix and match the design as you want with your choice of custom paint colors, real wood and 21 modern linoleum colors. With the possibility to choose between these options, BASIS can be easily personalized to match your individual identity and the home you are living in, in the modern world. All of Reform’s kitchen collections are developed in Copenhagen in collaboration with some of the most interesting and internationally acclaimed designers. Together they challenge traditions, explore culture and inspire new perspectives on how we live and work in our kitchen spaces. Danish design has become globally acclaimed with a focus on detail and form and every Reform kitchen design is based on this specific aesthetic design philosophy. n
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Southern California Neo Classicists (SCNC) By Lynnea Jean Lynnea Jean Interior Design Looking for a way to connect with like-minded professionals? The Southern California Neo Classicists (SCNC) is quickly becoming the go-to organization in LA for emerging professionals interested in Classical Architecture, Building, Design, and Art.
A Southern California chapter committee of the national ICAA (Institute for Classical Architecture & Art), the SCNC curates special events all around Los Angeles to support the mission of creating lasting relationships for personal and professional development. A few of their most popular sold out events include an annual mixer at the historic Culver Hotel, a custom framing event at Voila!, and a private tour of the Penthouses at W Residences and the Nomad hotel. To learn more about joining and to find upcoming events and lectures, visit: www.classicist-socal.org For those interested in leadership opportunities, please reach out directly to email@example.com. n
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ORIGINAL ARTWORK HAS THE POWER TO TRANSFORM A SPACE
By Adonna Ebrahimi Selecting art for a space can seem a daunting and challenging task. You may feel like original art is out of your price range. Fortunately original art comes in all mediums, and all price ranges. If you are struggling to find the perfect piece to complete a space, consider these tips: Color Look for a piece that attracts you to it, but don t worry too much about perfectly “matching” colors. Think about complementing the space - perhaps color is not what you need, maybe its B/W. Sometimes it can be the opposite of what’s in your room. Contrast and complement your space so the art works with the room and doesn’t get lost. Size and Placement Bigger is better, but not always! The wall space above a sofa or your bed begs for a large scale piece, and should be approximately two-thirds the width of the sofa / bed. However, several small pieces grouped together can be a wonderful display. In the past, the rule of thumb for placement of artwork was roughly at eye level. But someone who is
5’4” has a vastly different eye level than someone who is 6’ 3”. These days, a piece of art should generally be 57 inches from the floor. Old and New Consider selecting art from different time periods to make a statement. A modern piece of art in a traditional room can create a striking focal point, as well as a classic, traditional piece can complement a contemporary space. Don’t be afraid to mix the old with the new. It can shake it up and adds visual interest. Buy What you LOVE Art should bring you joy every single day. Art is very personal and each piece is meant to evoke an emotion and a feeling and is personal to you. Size and price are factors, but make sure you love it! At the end of the day, there is only one opinion that matters: yours. n Adonna Ebrahimi Inspiration@artistrybyadonna.com www.artistrybyadonna.com
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A Mid-Century Modern Gem Casa Feliz By Susanne Furst, ASID Past President of ASID/LA Chapter 2003-2004
I hadn’t vacationed in Palm Springs in years and when I came back to visit friends who lived there, I knew I wanted to buy a house there. It seemed like the right time. I looked at many different homes and styles, but wasn’t excited until I came upon the development built by George Alexander in the MidCentury Modern style between 1955-1961 in Racquet Club Estates. My sights were then immediately set on a buying Mid-Century Modern home. This iconic design created by the builders and architects of that era is still being used and expanded upon by todays’ architects for its streamlined, open-feel of space that integrates with the outdoors. My home’s architect was William Krisel, a pioneer of this style. Though small—1,225 square feet—the high ceilings created by the A-Frame design and the large living/dining/kitchen area provides a sense of a large open space. To enhance the size of this space, I decided to literally open the walls to the backyard with high clerestory windows and stacking doors that cover a 22foot expanse. This immediately created a major bonus of an indoor/outdoor wide-open entertaining area by merging the house into the patio area and pool. I also added an additional tall window on the corner wall to allow additional views of the mountains into the living area. The views from the living area of the mountains beyond my property are breathtaking and beautiful. Another plus for this property. But these renovations took place within the original footprint of the house, which I wanted to respect and maintain. I did cheat a bit by painting all of the natural wood-slat ceilings and interior and exterior beams white, (they were originally natural color wood slats and espresso beams) as my reasoning was that the house appeared much larger and more Modern and sleek by doing this. So I considered this a mere enhancement. I did however stick to the original light
switch style throughout the house to maintain the integrity of the period. And you will be surprised to know that they actually make dimmers for them. There was much work to be done. Beware of the words “move in condition”! I knew there were areas inside of the house that I wanted to remodel for a better living plan, but I was not expecting to find the need to renovate or replace the framing, electrical, plumbing and insulation until the walls were opened for the remodeling process. These things cannot be found by an inspector as the walls conceal all these areas. I also found that I needed to replace the A/C, water heater and some of the pool equipment after a couple of month’s use. In hindsight, the house was built in 1959, so this kind of deterioration should be expected. There are several more bonuses to this house besides the views. The rooms in my house are much larger than homes traditionally built in this style— most of these homes have very small bedrooms and baths. Mine are spacious, though I created the master suite by combining two rooms into one large one. I also have the bonus of a casita attached behind my garage in my large backyard. This has provided me an additional 650 square feet of convertible family room, bedroom and bathroom and has been a godsend for company having their own suite. When I was finally at the point that I could focus on the interior and exterior furnishings, I knew I wanted to have the essence of Mid-Century Modern but I wanted to enhance it with Hollywood Regency and Vintage to create an original and more upscale feel, yet keep it open, happy and fun. I think this was achieved with my primary use of the color yellow. I actually created my color palate when I found the Jab fabric in Thomas Lavin that reminded me of Andy Warhol. I immediately purchased it for my
master bedroom draperies. I then found a Jim Thompson wallcovering in Kneedler Fauchere in a gorgeous yellow and used that for the master bedroom as an accent wall. It (the yellow color) just naturally flowed into my living room and as accents. The light fixtures in the entry and dining area are from Arteriors and the crystal sconces over the sofas are by James Magni. The family room in the casita however has some Camp fun in bright colors and unusual pieces that somehow work off of each other and make it a place you want to hang out. I think you can feel the period of the original concept of the house subliminally, while keeping it fresh and new. That was my intent. I adhere to the architectural design and intent for the period of the building of each project I design, so that it translates well and is relatable. I named my Palm Springs house Casa Feliz, as I cannot walk into it without a smile on my face. n
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Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts’ annual fundraiser, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, is one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the country. Now in its 55th year, the Showcase is visited by approximately 25,000 guests annually. OVERVIEW The 55th Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be held at the Boddy House on the grounds of Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge from April 21 May 19, 2019 (house tours are closed on Mondays). The Hollywood Regency style, 12,000-square-foot mansion was designed by James E. Dolena and will be reimagined by 26 designers. Tickets $35 - $50. Includes free parking at shuttle service. Don’t miss the fabulous Shops at Showcase featuring 29 vendors and “pop-up shops". Plus, Designer Talks and an Art Gallery dedicated to California painters. Camellia Cocktail Lounge and Maple Restaurant onsite. Proceeds benefit arts and music programs throughout Southern California.
Guest Bedroom Suite Serena Brosio Allied ASID Frank Slesinski Allied ASID
For the Pasadena Showcase House 2019, we were invited to reimagine the Boddy House, the original home of E. Manchester Boddy, publisher of the former Los Angeles Daily News. Boddy purchased the property in 1937 and commissioned James E. Dolena, a wellknown architect to the stars, to design the 12,000 foot mansion for his wife and two young boys. Our task was to reimagine and restore the mansion’s guest suite (bedroom and adjoining bath), respecting the period details while still embracing a modern sensibility. The suite had been 2007 and was gloomy and dated – most especially the bathroom. In an effort to refresh the space, we removed a bulky built-in tub, flanked by two niches, and a large vanity. These items were replaced with a stylish, period appropriate free-standing cast iron tub and pedestal sink which allowed for breathing room in the space and a more refined look. With a nod to the original architectural detailing of the house, we added a classic wood wainscot wrapping the entire room, while contrasting it with an exuberant blue and white matte glass mosaic tile on the floor and throughout the shower stall – something old and something new. The crisp blue and white coloration in the room was key to transforming the bathroom into a timeless yet modern space. The period details of the room were made complete with classically inspired polished nickel fixtures and lighting. The result is a gracious, welcoming retreat for one of the many frequent house guests to Boddy House.
THE BODDY HOUSE The Boddy House (now known as Hospitality House) was also the site of the 2007 Pasadena Showcase House of Design. The downstairs is laid out in a circular pattern revolving around a central entrance foyer and solarium. The rooms radiate like spokes of a wheel. These rooms include a living room, a solarium, a modern family salon, an entertainment lounge and bath, a powder room and a formal dining room. Directly off the dining room, there is a morning room, kitchen, and a catering kitchen.
There are two staircases that lead upstairs, which is divided into two wings. The Master Bedroom wing includes a master bath, a linen closet, a vestibule leading into the master dressing room. Full-length French doors lead to a balcony with a spectacular view of the San Gabriel Mountains. The east side of the second floor across the petite landing, is a lady’s hideaway, a writer’s haven, a guest bedroom suite with a bath, a teen atelier, and a craft and cigar retreat.
dena Showcase House of Design Master Bedroom Robert Frank, ASID
With stunning mountain views, the Master Bedroom is a calm retreat layered in sophisticated white and neutral colors with warm woods and accents of green and gold. Inspired by Descanso Gardensâ€™ Camellia Collection, and with the goal of visually bringing the gardens indoors, we designed a hand-painted wallcovering that features lush foliage and the beautiful apple blossom camellia. The furniture was custom-designed and luxuriously upholstered to give the space a casual and inviting feel. An eclectic mix of fabric, furnishings and accessories incorporates neutral colors and rich textures. New window coverings accentuate views to the exterior terrace and surrounding mountains. The end result is our fresh interpretation of a luxurious retreat in keeping with the architectural style and history of the home.
"The trend and demand for interior design focussed on multi-generational living is getting stronger every year" Master Dressing Room Jeffrey Johnson, Associate ASID
Welcome to the Master Dressing Room and Hall where art, color, and light help elevate the spirit and soothe the soul. Original, historic fixtures give this room a timeless appeal while the newly added contemporary furniture lends a modern twist. Here in this charming, often overlooked space, you have the perfect opportunity to stage your own fashion runway, entertain friends as you prepare for a night on the town, sip a coffee, read, contemplate life or just chill.
The Morning Room Goli Karimi, Allied ASID
Nature was the main inspiration for The Morning Room, which was designed with sustainability in mind. Every design element and furniture come with a great story. The hand troweled plaster mixed with straw offers the perfect background for an environmentally conscientious enthusiasts. The upholstery and drapery fabrics feature custom dyed, printed and embroidered hemp fabrics, inspired by microscopic natural imagery. The sustainably-produced cork flooring pattern mimics leaf cell structure. The mahogany table top was made from salvage church pews. A video art installation, using multiple screens brings the exterior inside with engaging images of the natural world. LADESIGN | ISSUE 1 | 2019
Foyer & Connecting Corridors
Kelly Ferm, Allied ASID
Kitchen & Dining Room Samantha Williams, ASID
The kitchen was completely remodeled for the Showcase House with all new appliances, cabinets, and finishes. We wanted to create a bright and airy kitchen in shades of soft blue, white, and gray with brass accents. The expansive space contains 19 appliances, all from the new RISE collection from Jenn-Air and a custom hood from Modern Aire. We partnered with IPs Saxum Tile for the back splash selections and Arizona Tile for the flooring. We wanted to create a classic look that also has maximum durability because it will be used as a catering kitchen after Showcase. This led us to pick qaurtz countertops and porcelain floors to achieve both our form and function goals. We also partnered with IP Ferguson for the hardware, lighting, and plumbing fixtures.
Inspired by the picturesque setting that complements the Boddy House I was moved to create a palette that would be fitting and fresh. The surrounding gardens and layers of foliage influenced my Fine Art collection that is featured in the Foyer and three connecting hallways of the home. Manicured Italian & Japanese gardens, California landscapes, playful botanicals & a splash of fashion are sprinkled throughout the flowing space. Look for the new and old, and perhaps a few surprises in the entry of the lovely Boddy Estate.
Modern Family Salon / Library
Laura Muller, Allied ASID Cliff Muller, Affiliate AIA|LA The trend and demand for interior design focused on multi-generational living, mental health and holistic wellness is getting stronger every year. It is fast becoming common for our very early millennial clients to find themselves now caring for parents and toddlers (at the same time), and thus, requesting designs, and at times, re-designs to accommodate this popular and beautiful trend. Our response to our clients has been exciting and our space at this year’s Pasadena Showcase House is a clear illustration of this design solution. Key features include luxury high performance cutting edge contract-grade fabrics for the home; investment furniture pieces built for longevity and beauty with modern form and edited streamlined style; state-of-the-art audio/visual that literally “disappears” when not in use; multi-activity hubs for reading, playing, resting, researching, snacking, and conversation including interactive tactile experiences engaging all the senses.
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Entertainment Lounge & Bath
Stina Funch, ASID; Atwater Inc. Studio with Woody’s Home, ASID Industry Partner
Borrowing from the vibrant nature that surrounds it, the state of the art entertainment lounge allows for a reprieve from life’s chaos. The interior strikes the perfect balance of elegance and comfort. It couples luxurious décor with a fully immersive audio visual experience - a true departure from the typical man cave. Complete with smart home automation powered by intelligent voice control, vast visual atmospheres, and skillfully placed invisible speakers, guests will be fully captivated by an exceptional multimedia experience - and when powered down, embraced with delicate tranquility.
Tracy Murdock, Allied ASID I always envisioned this room with an open flow, it had to have plenty of fresh flowers and inside ‘garden elements’ in it and it must have a fabulous ‘circular sofa’ in the center of the room, a fresh take on it by shaping the circle into an octagon shape. I have a particular fondness for Delft and Chinese blue and white import china (Anything blue & white really!) so when I saw the beautiful collection of blue and white ‘Delft print’ fabrics at Scalamandre and the wonderfully modern geometric grass-cloth wallpaper with classic blue and white vases interspersed on it, these elements tied the room all together for me. Of course every room should have some ‘wow’ moments and I injected a few jaw dropping ones with art as well as a little whimsy ‘around the corner’ as well. One can’t always be so serious but I wanted a stunning and ‘impressive’ room, yet I wanted it to still be casual and inviting so you would not be able to resist plopping down amongst all the flowers and into the overstuffed down octagon sofa.
The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, has been delighting and inspiring the design community for 55 years and the 2019 offering is no exception. The Body House made for a fantastic canvas by which this collection of designers could apply their craft. It does make it that much more special with the natural beauty of Descanso Gardens as the backdrop. For this though, I want to focus on the interior spaces and how the designers used both contemporary design blended with antiques and collectables for a truly collected and thoughtful space. The Body House is also hip, stylish and a little naughty (more on that in a bit). Two rooms that were designed, seemingly at opposing ends of the style spectrum are the Lousie O’Malley Living Room and the Morning Room crafted by CarbonShack. Lousie O’Malley envisioned a rich and inviting space. The rich chocolate brown, embroidered draperies with fabric from Pindler. The antique green chairs served as the inspirational starting point for this room. Much of what you see came courtesy of Paul Ferrante. And of course, what would a grand living room would be without her crown, the chandelier which fits perfectly and draws this room together. With that in mind, let’s look at the Morning Room, designed by CarbonShack. The color palette is in tune but the use of space could not be more different. The floor is cork, those are digital tablets behind glass with a floral designs. Nature is infused in every detail of this room from the natural, hay infused walls and sculpted details throughout this room. Two rooms that could not be more different create a contrast which works to perfection. Two more rooms to consider, both by designer Samantha Williams. This Dining Room is traditional, light and open. The blues and natural wood work well together while the space and proportions are perfect. Not surprisingly, Williams crafted a kitchen of epic proportions. Two kitchens actually. This will be a commercial kitchen and while the space houses 17 different appliances, only a few are visible. The open and airy feel is complimented by simply wonderful telework on the floor and backsplash. The tile work and counters are not only stunning, but crafted using durable materials to perform as expected by teams of caterers. This includes quartz surfaces that look like marble and porcelain tiles that are as wood-like as they can possibly be in a beautiful herringbone. Once again, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design has assembled a remarkable team of creatives who have masterfully blended modern and antique materials to craft a modern masterpiece. LADESIGN | ISSUE 1 | 2019
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Student Day at PDC Emerging and revered professionals come together post ‘Artists + Artisans’ WESTWEEK here’s so much we can learn from each other. We learn
“Everyone was happy to get an inside look at what goes on
from those we encounter in travel, the craftspeople that
inside the PDC. A lot of students didn’t understand the basics
present at Markets, and from design students who are the
to a showroom. They were surprised to know they represented
future of the industry. PDC’s WESTWEEK encompassed all of
other lines,” Meza said, “[Showroom associates] were all so
these moments of learning and mingling, especially at Student
great and welcoming; they made a point across being a
Day, the week’s cap to
resource for the
celebrate it all.
Headed up by design
and professionals and
opened up the doors
Rocky LaFleur and
if we need any help on
PDC’s Vice President
of Marketing Jeff
felt more comfortable
coming back, just to
Day morphed into an
check out the show-
opportunity to give
rooms alone. ” In
students the center
terms of the student
stage, many ears, and
a dedicated day to
said it unfolded as an
look back on their
rather than a formal
at Paris Deco Off last
January. UCLA design student and Student Day’s panel moderator Lissette Meza on the left.
“I wanted the design
LaFleur is a connector in this industry, espe-
community to see the students not just as students,” Rocky
cially for students. “The highlight was on the connection. We
LaFleur said. “The students are longing to have more information.
connected emerging professionals to the design professionals
They want stories. LaFleur accompanied seven students to Paris
at the PDC. If you see people doing something together, it’s
Deco Off and, along with Sampson, developed the plan for the
very powerful. I learned after 40 years in the business, that I
students to present at PDC WESTWEEK and connect their trip to
needed to shift my mind. We needed to up our game,” said
the Market’s theme “Artists + Artisans”. LaFleur said that they
treated the students’ presentation as Keynotes. “We were taken by the students and their thinking,” he said.
For Meza, her Paris experience was integral to her takeaway of Student Day. “The takeaway is understanding of the impor-
While the students’ initiatives for Student Day were molded
tance of artisans in the industry as a whole. In school, we
throughout their time in Paris, LaFleur formed his Student Day
talked about the drawing aspects and the technical aspects
initiatives long before. “Number one, I wanted to extend the
but I’ve never heard about the importance of antiques, arti-
welcome and create an event that demystified the process. It was
sans, and art. The whole Paris experience really encapsulated
important that [the day] had a beginning, middle and an end. And
the importance of that in the industry,” Meza said.
[the students] could feel like they could follow up,” said LaFleur. Every day can be student day across all of the Cohen Design UCLA design student and Student Day’s panel moderator Lissette
Centers. On April 26th, DCOTA is kicking off their Student
Meza was one of seven students to accompany LaFleur and
Tour Series that will last all summer long. Visit their Eventbrite
Sampson to Paris for Paris Deco Off for the educational tours,
for registration information. The DDB hosts student tours
which the LA ASID chapter and student chapter organized.
weekly and offers students discontinued fabrics to take home
According to Meza, Student Day was the first time she and her
with them for their projects. Keep Student Day on your radar
student peers stepped foot into the Pacific Design Center.
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A Student’s Dream Come True
By Alyson Bender
Roughly two years ago at an ASID UCLA Ext. Board Meeting, Kneedler
Fauchere’s Rocky La Fleur joined us to tell us about Paris Design Week.
His enthusiasm was palpable, and I immediately decided this was something not to be missed and booked my flights. While Rocky spoke highly of the events and presentations we would be graciously invited to through ASID LA, and Kneedler Fauchere, the trip exceeded my expectations as an emerging designer, allowing me to immerse myself in art, architecture, and exquisite craftsmanship, in all things design. Highlights included a private tour of the Baccarat Mansion Museum, Pierre Frey’s debut of their newest collections, and exploring the endless resources at Maison et Objet. By attending these events, it also allowed me to meet and network with prominent ASID Fellows and Professionals from the ASID LA Chapter and around the US, creating bridges that may not have otherwise formed. The trip was so impactful for me I decided to return this past January again for a second time. This time, we were treated to exclusive tours of the Pierre Frey Archives, The Ritz and Hotel de Crillion, and Ecole des Beaux Arts, and for a second year, we were present to view the Dedar and Hermes new collections, among many other highlights. While this trip does require planning and financial backing, to anyone contemplating attending Paris Design Week 2020, I would highly suggest making the pilgrimage at least once, not only for the networking and experiences, but as we have recently
seen with Notre Dame, nothing today is promised tomorrow. n
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STUDENT AFFAIRS By SCALE, ASID’s annual National Student Summit took place this year between Friday, March 1- Sunday, March 3, 2019 in New York City. The summit welcomed students from across the nation to sit in on a variety of professional panelist discussions, attend break-out sessions on topics such as portfolio development, and listen to keynote speaker presentations by noteworthy movers and shakers in the industry. Students were encouraged to network with professionals, educators and each other, in hopes of expanding beyond their networks, to help ease the transitional learning curve between the safe confines of academia, and the ‘real world.’ The purpose of the weekend was to encourage students to explore their potential to shape the world using design through focusing on four major areas: the business of design, leadership development, the impact of design, and the practice of
Highlights of the weekend were the announcements of the winners of the Student
Portfolio competition, ASID Student Chapter of the Year, and Student of the Year Awards. UCLA Extension students were elated to discover the 2017-2018 ASID
Throughout the weekend, conference attendees were invited to tour exclusive
UCLA Extension Student Board was named the 2019 ASID Student Chapter of the
projects like Sandow Headquarters (parent company of Interior Designmagazine),
Year, and UCLA Extension student Alyson Bender was announced as 2019 ASID
Etsy Headquarters and STK Grace. Design industry firms such as A + I, Gensler,
Student of the Year. Furthermore, Andrea Ables, another student of UCLA
HOK, ICRAVE, Perkins + Will, Rockwell Group and many others opened their doors
Extension, won the SCALE Button Design Contest, which was distributed to every
for behind-the-scenes tours. Students were able to experience the culture of
these firms first-hand, ask questions, and interact with their tour guides - maximizing the chance to acquire a sense of work environments beyond what a
Before SCALE concluded on Sunday, there was one last keynote address to be had:
website can depict.
the practice of design, which was moderated by Editor in-Chief of Interior Design magazine, Cindy Allen, in an interview format of Toronto-based design team Yabu Pushelberg. Before George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg joined her on-stage, Ms.
SCALEin a New York Minute By Sarah Lutchmansingh There were ample opportunities to interact with and ask questions of representatives from showrooms and firms throughout the weekend as they attended
Allen charged students with the task of keenly researching their design idol(s) and
the career fair to review resumes and portfolios, and facilitated or presented during
understanding how their work influenced their own design approach and esthetic.
the many break-out sessions.
If you were in the room, you know why Yabu Pushelberg are some of Ms. Allen’s design idols as well as friends. As they joined her for, what was my highlight of
To kick off the weekend, the SCALE Welcome Reception took place Friday night,
SCALE, the energy of the room soared as these friends dove headfirst into the
hosted by Humanscale at their headquarters, in a LEED Silver-certified building on
informative, charming and hilarious stories of how Yabu Pushelberg came to be as
42nd Street overlooking Bryant Park’s Winter Village. Jon Strassner, Director of
they navigated their way through their first few jobs to the established firm they are
Workplace Strategy, gave tours through their impressive showroom that seamlessly
today. There was an authenticity and intimacy of this moment in a room of 400+
integrates into their office space designed by Verderame | Cale. Mr. Strassner
strangers as Yabu and Pushelberg finished each other’s sentences, interjected Ms.
shared stories of the company’s growth since its inception, their disposition toward
Allen’s moderation and as Ms. Allen exerted her best effort to translate the vibrant
sustainability in creating ergonomic products, and his own personal passion for
anecdotes with lessons like ‘Fake it until you make it (with discretion)’. The room
truly living well beyond accreditations.
was filled with the sounds of laughter throughout the stories, and gasps of awe as
The flurry of industry programming was brought together Saturday afternoon to
like being a fly on the wall in the living room while old friends reunited over a glass
thoughtfully consider the curious and experimental nature of design as Founder
we reviewed Yabu Pushelberg’s work from A-Z. It was truly a fantastic finale and
and Principal of Studio O, Liz Ogbu passionately addressed the crowd of eager design students in her keynote speech on the impact of design. Ms. Ogbu memo-
The information, lessons, conversations and relationships I formulated at SCALE will
rably discussed her exploration of the concept of spatial justice - the idea that
be great memories and guideposts of the rest of my academic and design career.
justice has a geography, through the presentation of her proposed day laborer
The level of care and production the staff of ASID invested into this student summit
shelter project. She explained the unique opportunity designers have to impact
to address the obstacles students express when entering the workplace was
their world and differentiated between the role of unintentional actors and inten-
impressive. I highly encourage those who are not yet part of their local ASID
tional accomplices as those who “put skin in the game”. Students left for additional
Student Chapter to join and those who have not yet attended SCALE to do so next
activities feeling empowered not only to dream big, but to dream whole as Ms.
year. A genuine thank you to all contributors of ASID who worked on and off stage
Ogbu put it, to be designers who were doing right for the benefit of others.
to put together an incredible weekend for the designers of the future. n
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