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Shareen Mitchell's Rags to Riches Tale

Shareen Mitchell’s Rags to Riches Tale

Anyone who has set foot in Shareen Vintage, a vast downtown warehouse space lined with endless racks of sparkly cocktail frocks, gauzy, ankle-grazing hippie robes and everything in between, will hardly be surprised to learn... Read More
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Just Don't Call Them Communes

Just Don’t Call Them Communes

Today we’ve got reality TV stars and struggling actors in superhero costumes, but in the early ‘70s even stranger, more exotic creatures roamed the boulevards of Hollywood: the 100+ members of The Source Family, a... Read More
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Fruit Force

Fruit Force

On a breezy Sunday afternoon, families, artists and gardeners roam the grounds at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where a different sort of art has cropped up altogether: A potato field grows between... Read More
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"Electric Car" Director Greens Events

“Electric Car” Director Greens Events

“The greenest event is no event at all; just everybody stay at home,” says “Who Killed the Electric Car?” director Chris Paine. “But,” he adds, “I’m not a purist like that.” Paine, in fact, is... Read More
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Arts & Architecture Redux

Arts & Architecture Redux

Its pages may espouse the principles of modernism and minimalism, but in its presentation, Taschen’s Arts & Architecture, the Complete Reprint 1945-67, is as maximal as it gets – in the publisher’s standard fashion. After... Read More
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The Om Factor

The Om Factor

There may be 2,500 square feet of Ray Kappe-designed sleekness in Steve Glenn’s Santa Monica home, but just before festivities started on a fall evening, the chief executive of eco-friendly developer LivingHomes was still worrying... Read More
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Reading, Writing and Robots

Reading, Writing and Robots

At the grand opening of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart on Dec. 15, the Robot Emotions were going like hot cakes (happiness and schadenfreude were the top sellers). The mystery product Chubble, on the... Read More
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A Handcrafted Life

A Handcrafted Life

On the wall of Adam Silverman’s 5-year-old Atwater Pottery studio in Atwater Village–hanging beside Magic Marker drawings by his daughters and maps of Ibiza and Block Island–is a silver Mexican milagro in the shape of... Read More
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Blast Off!

Blast Off!

“Where should I put the test tubes?” asked one confused chef’s assistant. It’s not a question normally heard at a dinner party, but then again, Materials & Applications—the landscape/architecture research center in Silver Lake where... Read More
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Natural Order: Restoring John Lautner's Harpel House

Natural Order: Restoring John Lautner’s Harpel House

Mark Haddawy wasn’t born a stylish man about town, zipping through the Hollywood Hills in the 1964 Ferrari Steve McQueen used to drive, his rocker-skinny frame clad, more often than not, in Dior Homme and... Read More
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Making Waves with West Coast Style

Making Waves with West Coast Style

“OOHHH! Aahhh!” went the chorus round the P.S.1 meeting room when Ball-Nogues Studio unveiled the model of “Liquid Sky,” its winning entry in this year’s Young Architects Program competition at the Museum of Modern Art... Read More
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Auction House

Auction House

In December, among the lots in the Important 20th-Century Design auction at Wright in Chicago is a house to put them in. Four and a half years ago, Mark Haddawy, an owner of the Resurrection... Read More
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