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Westside L.A. Studio Tour

In its inaugural Summer Studio Tour, Silver Lake architectural non-profit Materials & Applications certainly gave us a lot to chew on. As part of its fundraising efforts for future installations and also as a way of building a creative community, M&A set a weekend of tours that offer design professionals a tantalizing peek into the studios and processes of other creative firms around town. Last Saturday, M&A took visitors to the Eastside creative scene, but Sunday was the Westside’s turn to shine with six studio visits in the line-up. Here’s what I saw.
June 25, 2011
Photo by Sayamon Riddang, Bailey/Gardiner Creative.

Free Design Advice!

Good professional design advice don't come cheap—but for two days at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, it comes free! This coming weekend, Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Architizer is sponsoring free intensive 40-minute design clinics with experienced architects, designers, and landscape architects from nine firms. All you have to do is sign up for a time slot, describing your "architectural malady" and stating some preferred day to meet. (You also need to have purchased a ticket to Dwell on Design).
June 23, 2011
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Green Car Test Drive

If you've ever fantasized about driving a silent, uber-green hybrid or electric car, or are thinking about buying one, come out to Dwell on Design in Los Angeles on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 for a free test drive between 11 am and 4 pm. Organized by Ron Cogan of Green Car Journal and, and held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, attendees can try zipping around town in any of 13 fuel-efficient models.
June 21, 2011
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Unseen Eames: Films from the Vault

One of the events I'm most excited about at this year's Dwell on Design is Unseen Eames, a half-hour screening of rare and little-seen films from the Eames family archive at 4:00 pm on Friday June 24th on the Design Innovation Stage.
June 21, 2011
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Mohawk General Store Picks

As the first of the Dwell edit crew down in Los Angeles for Dwell on Design, I've had a chance to cruise around a bit soaking up all the good Angeleno design vibes. Little wonder that my peregrinations have taken me to Sunset Junction to Mohawk General Store, a winning depot for chic clothes, mid-century design, and all the lifestyle accoutrements needed to keep you significantly cooler than your stupid older brother who won't stop talking about his last trip to Austin. The shop was also the Design Finder in our April 2011 issue. Owners Kevin Carney (who will be talking at Dwell on Design on Sunday about the business of indie design) and Bo Carney showed me what they're most excited about in the shop right now.
June 20, 2011

Spanish Design in "Bravos" at Dwell on Design

We're thrilled to announce a recent addition to the Dwell on Design lineup: BRAVOS, an exhibition featuring emerging design talent from Spain. Meredith MacKenzie covered the exhibition back in March, and in the slideshow that follows, catch a few of the highlights.
June 20, 2011
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L.A. Studio Tour

On Saturday I had the good luck to wander around the East side of L.A. on the Materials and Applications Studio Tour. Though it's always nice to see how creative types work, what was most fascinating about this tour was that each of the firms on it doesn't practice architecture in any typical way. They're just as interested in art installations as they are in slick residences. In some cases, they could scotch residences all together and only do scrappy, urbanistic work. What's more, each firm—from the design-build work of architeture outfits Oyler Wu Collaborative and Urban Operations, to the public art work of Ball Nogues Studio and Didier Hess, to the biomorphic tech work of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S—views architecture as the point of departure for their work, not necessarily the endpoint. It was a great tour and just one of the many events taking place out here as part of the L.A. Design Festival. With Dwell on Design still to come, there's plenty of great design events right now in Los Angeles.
June 20, 2011
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Italian Design: La Mappa

You know where your Parmesan cheese comes from: Parma. But which region offers the best chairs? We've mapped it out for you.
June 17, 2011
This photo by <a href="">Michelle Wright</a> highlights the bright colors of the rides and gives a cheery impression of the place.

Friday Finds 6.17.11

Finds o' Friday delivered straight, no chaser. Scroll down for a look at retro Lego ads and an excerpt from Just Kids read by Patti Smith herself.
June 17, 2011