Dianna Xu is an illustrator from Los Angeles whose work could be described as “cute.” There are a lot of animals and pastels present, items that make it easy to say that her point of view is adorable. And it is! But it’s a lot more than that: there’s an ambition there and, more interestingly, personal themes that recur in her work. What are those themes? Food and animals, two things we probably can all agree are great—especially when done in Xu’s style.
When you think of Modern furniture done right, you think of Herman Miller. The company works with the foundations and houses of designers to improve on classic designs and add contemporary twists to the timeless. They are a very back-to-basics luxury furniture maker who are undoubtedly the people who have made all the furniture you’ve been lusting after, from the classic, common, Californian Eames Lounge to the futuristic and new Californian SAYL Chair from Yves Behar. Herman Miller has something for everyone to own or to wish they owned.
Late last week, the brand decided to show off what they are most proud of in their new Herman Miller Collection by way of a quick installation at Westlake based Carondelet House. The happening was part catalogue brought to life and part interior design experimentation. It was a showing that new-old designs can be brought to the now and can fit into any lifestyle. Los Angeles—and the Carondelet House—was a terrific venue too: it epitomized a now and then style locals champion, merging many design movements together flawlessly.
As most people know thanks to news breaking via the New York Times, the artists for the Made In L.A. 2014 have been announced. The list is a lot shorter and should make for a completely different experience, especially given the new circumstances. With this week’s LAIY cover girl, Pearl C. Hsiung, having participated in the last show, the timing of this analyzation seemed appropriate before the customary countdown of artists begins.
If you’ve been on Sunset Boulevard just West of the 101, you have noticed a lot of new building developments shaping lots that were previously parking for film shoots. This was mostly the case for the area surrounding Sunset and Bronson and an excellent example of what is to come, the first “complete” development, is Boston’s Emerson College Hollywood satellite campus. You’d think a building for teaching about film and television would be pretty stale and—like much else on this production strip—hidden from outsiders, epitomes of Hollywood insulation. That’s not the case with this Emerson space: it is a beautiful, futuristic building that is a shining example of new Los Angeles architecture. It’s a place that looks like an alien spaceship landed on Sunset and—Finally!—it is open for people to poke into (or, at least, photos have been revealed of the finished product).
I have a Pinterest account that I only logged into one time because I was doing research for a job that ultimately didn’t have me using the creativity inspiring website. It’s been so long since I’ve used the account that apparently it has gotten hacked. The site seems neat but I never really got the hang of it and I never really was able to properly fit it into my chorus of website visits, from Facebook to Tumblr to Twitter to Instagram. It just didn’t work for me.
It must work for others, though. That was apparent at last night’s Pinterest hosted creative meetup that gather a ton of local makers and more to hang out, have a few drinks, eat some tacos, play with balloons, and literally pin things to a giant cork board. Whether Pinterest has a grasp on creatives or not, they very successfully assembled a gang of LA people who wanted to party and get to know each other.