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Monday, June 5th, 2006

Art & Design Walk 2006

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West Hollywood Art & Design Walk, at KartellSo Eric and I spent some number of hours Sunday (you lose track of time when your brain sizzles in your brainpan) in the 4000-degree heat trekking the Avenues of Art and Design in West Hollywood for the annual Art & Design Walk. It was fun–shops and galleries were open, there was all kinds of free wine and food, the parking meters were bagged for the evening. Got to see a lot of great furniture in person, including some things we sell (Angela Adams rugs, Bendant lamps, Vitra Butterfly stools) and some things we don’tEames storage units (George Nelson’s Sunflower clocks, Eames storage units, a Kartell store full of delightful acrylic lunacy). It was a nice way to get a feel for what’s going on in the showrooms and galleries of one of L.A.’s most important design districts.

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Thursday, March 30th, 2006

CA Boom 3–500 Kilotons of Fresh Design

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Jeff and yellow skateboard sculptureThis past weekend, Santa Monica dropped a bomb on the design world (and that’s the last of the bomb jokes, I promise. Unless I come up with a really good one later). Yes, gentle readers, it was the third annual CA Boom, "the West Coast independent design show." We brought you a slide show last year, but this year we’ve gone all out and written actual words for you as well. Check our Flickr group for the photos.

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Thursday, July 21st, 2005

Downtown Goes West

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LightBlocksI was at the Beverly Center yesterday. I kind of love that mall (although I also kind of hate it, especially after yesterday–see below). That’s where I saw Gary Coleman at Brookstone, and he was there as a shopper, no less, not a security guard. He had a minder with him, some tall woman (comparatively, anyway) who communicated with him mostly by yelling across the store. It was funny enough when she started shouting at the massage chair, but then I about lost it when I saw little Arnold come stalking out from behind it, brandishing a combination umbrella/nose hair trimmer/world-band radio/garage door opener.

LightBlocksMore to the point, though, the Beverly Center underwent a major renovation a few years back. Among other things, they added a bunch of lounge areas with modern sofas, chairs, and tables. People actually use them, too, like the three men I saw sleeping in various unflattering poses. The bar area in the center of the mall was also redone. The designers put a giant screen of LightBlocks up against the elevator bank (see photos). If the name LightBlocks sounds familiar, good–they were one of the companies exhibiting at Design Downtown in May. They look great in the installation, as you may or may not be able to tell from the camera-phone pictures.

(P.S. One of the reasons I kind of hate that mall is the parking situation. We got there much too close to closing time yesterday, and it took us about forty-five minutes to exit the lowest floor of parking. We spent longer getting out of the garage than we did in the mall. I feel sorry for the poor folks parked on floor 6!)

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