Monthly Archives: June 2018

Rossoblu Chef & Owner Steve Samson | 171



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Design and food go hand in glove, the similarities are too numerous to mention all but consider texture, color and the connections we make with food, as we do with design that remind us of moments in time and places that make us happy. I had the opportunity to catch up with Steve Samson, a cornerstone of the Southern California culinary community. Samson is the chef and owner of not one but two Los Angeles restaurants on note, Sotto and Rossoblu. Steve has mastered the art of Italian cuisine and there is a very good reason for that, he has always had one foot firmly planted in Southern California and the other in Northern Italy, Bologna to be exact. You will hear Steve tell the story, and he can explain it far better than I can. But visiting his Bolognese family each year as he grew up allowed him to develop a feel for the Bolognese style of cooking, he was immersed in it and that is why he has focused his culinary career on Italian cooking. Samson has been recognized by Jonathan Gold, the LA Times, LA Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Eater LA the Robb Report and others for his accomplishments as culinary star. As you will hear, Steve doesn’t really pay attention to that because he just wants to cook, for you.

Thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do. Please go to Apple Podcasts and leave us a note and a 5 star rating. It helps new listeners find the podcast. Enjoy this episode with chef and owner of LA’s Sotto and Rossoblu, Steve Samson.

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The Best Advise for Maximizing Your Creative Thinking | 170



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I am happiest at work when I am surrounded by creative types and talking about creative endeavors. The LA Design Festival has come and gone, but for the past few weeks, I have been culling throughout the content from the event and putting it together in ways that I want you to hear and see it. Sometimes, that means changing the order and this is one of those times. Following is a conversation for anyone who considers themselves a “creative”, an artist, designer, architect or any other title that says, “I engage in creative endeavors.” The following conversation was held at the LA Design Festival and focuses on the origins and process behind creative thinking by four decorated practitioners of the art… Participants include; Liam Young, the Australian born architect, founder of Tommorow’s Thoughts Today, a think tank that explores imaginary urbanisms. Young has taught at Princeton, currently at Sci-Arc. David Charles is a creative director and filmmaker. He has worked on 72andSunny, he’s the ECD of the LA office for Dutch shop KasselSkramer and he is a Sundance New Frontiers. Kerri Elsmly is the Chief Creative Officer for experiential design studio, Second Story and Toby Past, the award-winning Group Creative Director at Sapient Razorfish. Toby’s brand creative work is extensive and includes work for Acura, AT&T, Disney Entertainment among others.

This conversation is being presented to you before you hear the their panel on the subject of Design Thinking. The panel conversation was great and we will be presenting that, soon. But this conversation is about the process that goes into the creative thought process. Issues that you deal with every day from ideating an issue, trouble shooting, problem solving, falling in love with your own ideas versus letting them go and dealing with creative block. If you are a creative thinker, you deal with these issues daily. This is how some of the best in the business from different disciplines approach those very same issues. #design #Art #creativethinking #LADesignFestival

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Music provided by Electric Sol Artist: Electric Sol Song: Your Love Makes Me High www.electricsolmusic.com

Convo By Design is presented by Snyder Diamond, always first with what’s next in the kitchen and bath. Snyder Diamond is a family owned and operated company that serves the Southern California design and architecture community as well as discriminating homeowners through remarkable customer service and a curated offering of kitchen and bath appliances, fixtures and finishes. The products at Snyder Diamond include the industry’s best, like the full line of Miele appliances. Miele is a family owned and operated company offering industry leading products since 1899. This includes a full line of refrigerators, ovens, steamers, cook tops, wine units, coffee machines, dish washers, ventilation hoods, washers and dryers. All of these products are made using the highest standards in manufacturing and industry leading technology to provide a superior class of appliance. Form, function and future, that’s Miele. Pair that with the standard-bearer when it comes to customer service and Snyder Diamond delivers dreamy kitchens that exceed expectation. If that is not enough, right now and for a limited time, Miele is offering some amazing and generous rebates and offers. For details on these and to see the full line of Miele products visit any of the three Southern California Snyder Diamond locations or visit online at Snyder Diamond dot com.


Gary Gibson | 168



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One of the most rewarding things about doing this podcast is meeting new architects, designers, artists, product manufacturers, show producers and fans of design. Here are a few things we all have in common… We love beautiful design and amazing architecture. We all love talking about beautiful design and amazing architecture. And, best of all, we all have very different opinions as to what does and does not qualify as beautiful or amazing. I get approached quite often at industry events by people who heard an episode, interview or panel discussion and either agree completely or disagree entirely.

This passion for our industry makes for some remarkable conversations. These conversations and exchange of ideas are so valuable in today’s fractured society. Good conversation and sharing of ideas make us better people and they also make us better at our craft. I had the chance to sit sown with Gary Gibson. Designer, artist, sculptor, showroom owner and collector. I met Gary on a trip to Modernism Week and we instantly hit is off. Gary is a debater, if he wants to speak with you, he doesn’t care if you agree with him or not. He is honest, and better, he is informed. Gibson s one of those people that make you smarter at the end of a conversation. He is also someone that doesn’t have to be right, which is a rarity these days. Gary and I discuss a lot here from Modernism to showroom curation and management. Gary talks about collecting, picking and love of surface texture…. And way more than that.

Thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do. Please go to Apple Podcasts and leave us a note and a 5 star rating. It helps new listeners find the podcast. Enjoy this episode with Gary Gibson. Convo By Design –

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Music provided by Electric Sol Artist: Electric Sol Song: Your Love Makes Me High www.electricsolmusic.com