…a round up of what I’ve been up to since my last post…
I swam, biked, and ran in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, besting my personal record time by thirteen minutes! Thanks to everyone who donated to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles!! But the highlight of my day was an acoustic performance by Bret Michaels: Star-Spangled Banner followed by Every Rose Has Its Thorn. Epic.
It’s been that trade show time of year. We saw lots of great stuff at the first ever WestEdge Design Fair in Los Angeles
I may have bordered on overuse of the #hpmkt hashtag on my instagram; you be the judge. Favorites seen in NC include these fine Italian stools,
this Vernor Panton mirror (how facet-nating),
and this lacquered goatskin ice bucket by Gucci (what!?!)
this folding chair by Brown Jordan
I’m still bummed I didn’t buy this vintage brass armadillo when I had the chance. Alas, je regrette.
Another #hpmkt favorite (oops, I did it again) was the Heritage Collection from Stanley Furniture. Inspired by the Ferrari Classiche program, Stanley’s marketing & brand development VP Randy Wells spent much of the last eight months searching for and buying vintage (40’s, 50’s and 60’s era) Stanley-made furniture pieces from antique dealers, etsy shops and even craigslist sellers. These mid-century pieces were taken back through the Stanley factory, disassembled and refurbished. Given new life, these items were featured on display and made available for purchase as one-of-a-kind antiques. But antiques that were restored to their original luster by the factory that originally produced them! This is recycling of the highest order – and a great example of enduring style from an American manufacturer.
this chest with awesome Aspen leaf-inspired hardware,
and especially this cabinet.
Shifting gears a bit, LA Opera’s mammoth undertaking and production of Einstein On the Beach was quite a treat.
Having listened to Philip Glass since 1995 (gasp!), and even writing a research paper about the opera in college (it’s in a box somewhere), I had not ever seen a complete live performance of Einstein. Viewing only the fourth production staged by collaborators Glass, Robert Wilson and Lucinda Childs since its debut in 1976, I feel rather privileged to have been in attendance for the final performance in the States. Though a four-plus-hour opera without a linear narrative to follow proved a bit much for some, I enjoyed the visuals and movement in conjunction with the music I’ve heard so many times and studied for so many combined hours.
Just two days later, I went to Royce Hall at UCLA for Robert Wilson performing John Cage’s “Lecture on Nothing“. It was good, but in comparison to Einstein? Meh. I recommend the book or the archival footage of Cage himself reading the lecture.
The workshop was a chance for makers, artists and crafters to learn more about best business practices, see display and merchandising tips, hear and share advice from industry experts and with colleagues. It was a great experience and I was pleased to share my perspective on branding and licensing with fellow panelists Dave Conrey of Fresh Rag and Delilah Snell of Patchwork. It was my first appearance on an expert panel. Next stop TED Talk, baby!!
Never Built explores many of the “what-ifs” in the 20th century architectural history of Los Angeles. Featuring unbuilt projects of Frank Lloyd Wright, John Lautner, even Walt Disney and Frank Gehry, the exhibit highlighted buildings, master plans, parks and proposals that were killed in committee or abandoned on the drawing board for myriad reasons. If you did not see the exhibit, you can order the book, and see a few of my snaps here, here and here. Special thanks to Whit & Julie of Bon Melange (and Muddy Leek, their excellent restaurant in Culver City) for catering the closing event! Check out A+D next time you are in the Museum District on Wilshire, follow @AplusD_LA to see what’s coming next, and become a member of the A+D Museum here.
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My first guest was interior designer Tobi Fairley.
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That’s what I’ve been up to lately. In case you were wondering. 😉