Laure is a Los Angeles–based photographer and design enthusiast. When not contributing to Dwell and Apartment Therapy, she's opening too many tabs in Firefox, baking, gardening and exploring the great outdoors.
Eight years ago John McDonald had never picked up a woodworking tool in his life. An aspiring screenwriter in Los Angeles with a day job waiting tables, the frustrated 34 year old decided to try something new: making furniture.
The artist and potter, and now Studio Director at Heath Ceramics in Los Angeles, talks with Dwell about his work and inspiration, as well as the personal odyssey that took him from architecture to the kiln.
This week LA unveiled its newest park, a 50-acre greenspace that sits 500 feet above the city just southwest of Downtown, on a plot of land that was historically part of the Baldwin Hills oil fields and more recently narrowly avoided becoming a housing development.
In a new space on Abbot Kinney in Venice, California, landscape designer Sean Knibb has unveiled an environmentally-friendly furniture line and a fresh approach to sustainable gardening. Knibb jumped at the chance to buy the unkempt 100-year-old bungalow next door to his modern studio and proceeded to gut the place, stripping it down to its original wood beams and flooring and displaying its history and character.
At this point it's hard to take the term "eco-friendly" at face value. Greenwashing has, unfortunately, become a marketing gimmick as strong as some companies' sincere goal to be sustainable. Understanding what makes a product green can go a long way towards feeling confident that you're making responsible purchasing decisions.
With new laws limiting water consumption in many places, it shouldn't be a surprise that drought-tolerant and native landscaping is continuing to flourish, replacing expansive and expensive lawns. But what might come as a shock is that when a garden does call for grass, some designers are embracing a revised version of artificial turf.
Although it's not a 'green' space specifically, the new Formosa 1140 building in West Hollywood, by Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects (LOHA), embraces community living and gives back some public green to the city around it.
It’s quite a feat to transform the interior of a convention hall—vast and fluorescently lit—into a feel-good lounge-y space that truly brings the outside in. The Dwell on Design booths were bustling, but the Outdoor area was a popular spot to sit and feel the (artificial) grass beneath your feet and admire the vertical gardens. Here are a few shots of the greenest show floor you ever did see.