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The New Face of the Hotel Figueroa

The New Face of the Hotel Figueroa

Elegant and airy, lit by natural skylights and chandeliers, warmed by wood paneling, plush seating and a central fireplace, and decorated with contemporary art, books and rare objets: This quietly luxe first impression of the... Read More
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Global Citizen Phillip Lim

Global Citizen Phillip Lim

Twenty years ago, Phillip Lim was a talented up-and-comer, designing clothes for the label Development out a downtown L.A. studio where the door was secured with a padlock and the streets were virtually uninhabited. With... Read More
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Gangsta Gardener Ron Finley

Gangsta Gardener Ron Finley

In South Los Angeles, the term “gangsta” isn’t typically associated with flowers, fruit trees, or fertile bins of compost, but one day it will be, if Ron Finley has his way. For the self-named “Gangsta... Read More
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Frogtown: A Creative Hub Blossoms Along the L.A. River

Frogtown: A Creative Hub Blossoms Along the L.A. River

Turn onto the wrong street from Riverside Drive and you might never find it. You’ll hit the 2 or the 5 freeway, or maybe wind up at a side entrance to Home Depot. But once... Read More
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The Colorful History of California Graphic Design

The Colorful History of California Graphic Design

Louise Sandhaus’s new book, “Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California & Graphic Design 1936-1986” ($55, Metropolis Books), is a collection of visual artifacts as eclectic as California itself. The volume begins in the year that the... Read More
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Videre Licet: Furniture Glam Enough for Hollywood

Videre Licet: Furniture Glam Enough for Hollywood

President Obama sits behind a custom walnut desk of their design in his private study, and François-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek’s Paris apartment is illuminated by their light boxes, but until now, the design partnership... Read More
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Cosmic L.A. Style: Coryander Friend and Parachute Market

Cosmic L.A. Style: Coryander Friend and Parachute Market

Spring is in the air, and this weekend Parachute Market is celebrating the season with “Let There Be Light,” the third installment of this curated design fair. The brainchild of set designer and vintage dealer... Read More
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Game On!

Game On!

Who An eclectic array of guest came out for the inaugural MAK Games, a “tennis invitational” to benefit the art-and-architecture think tank the MAK Center at the Sheats Goldstein Residence, the architect John Lautner’s Modernist... Read More
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Rock Star Irene Neuwirth

Rock Star Irene Neuwirth

Although Irene Neuwirth’s Abbot Kinney studio contains a queen’s ransom of precious gems and spectacular pieces at various stages of completion, the jeweler herself is adorned with nothing but a simple chain from Mexico. “My... Read More
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Altadena Shangri-La

Altadena Shangri-La

To transform her Altadena yard into a restorative garden retreat, writer Annie Retamal called upon Melinda Joy Miller, a permaculture expert, feng shui master and healer who is the author of a new book, Shamanic... Read More
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Citizen Jane

Citizen Jane

As a child in London, Jane Goodall carried a torch for Tarzan and dreamed of becoming a female Dr. Doolittle, so it’s fitting that another children’s adventure story – Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll... Read More
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Bag Lady

Bag Lady

How do you make simple things interesting and chic? This is the question bag designer Clare Vivier asks herself each time she sits down to create a new piece, and it has guided the evolution... Read More
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