Monthly Archives: August 2018

EMMYS Episode feat. Juan Morales & Kimberly Wannop | 180



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The EMMYS are coming and while many will be watching to see who wins best actor, best actress and best show, a few of us will be looking to see who wins the awards for production and set design. As a fan of television and movies as well as design and architecture, the EMMYS present the best of both worlds. I had the opportunity to sit with Juan Morales, publisher of Emmy Magazine before Emmy season started and we discussed both the magazine, the Emmy’s themselves and the art behind the creation and production of set design. I think you will enjoy hearing about what happens behind the scenes of an awards show like this. I really wanted to shed some light on this aspect of the Emmy’s since traditionally, most of the art department categories get announced during the commercial breaks.

Following my conversation with Juan is a chat with award winning set decorator, Kimberly Wannop, who is also a Set Decorator Society of America member. Kim has worked on a number of your favorite shows including, Bones, The Good Place, VEEP, Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn nine-nine. Kim is a six time Emmy nominee and a Primetime Emmy Award winner for her work of VEEP.

The set decorators, art directors and all of the members of the art department have this unique job of telling a story, about characters, both real and imagined in a way that shows how they live or lived, how they became the characters the actors want you to believe them to be. Kimberly Wannop is an absolute pro and this is her story.

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #TV #Movies #EmmyAwards

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


Wade Weissmann | 179



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Wade Weissmann is principal and founder of Wade Weissmann Architecture. The firm has studios in Santa Barbara, Nashville, Millwalkie, Chicago and Pittsburg and Wade is a really interesting guy. He has a very eclectic sense of space and he balances that against historic influences to create really amazing environments. The following conversation is about craftsmanship, innovation and application of time-tested techniques. Wade talks about the influence of past masters and incorporating his own ideas to come up with a cohesive, yet vibrant and interesting style that changes constantly.

If haven’t already guessed, this was a fun, challenging and detailed conversation that was just fun and I hope you like it. This is architect Wade Weissmann. If you enjoy the conversation, and I hope you do, please give us a 5 star rating and a review on Apple Podcasts, that’s iTunes for those new to the podcast. It helps new listeners find the show and it is greatly appreciated.

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #WadeWeissmann #Nashville

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Miele USA – http://www.MieleUSA.com

Vondom USA – http://www.Vondom.com

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


Mia Lehrer | 178



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Mia Lehrer is the principal architect, president and founder of Studio-MLA. She was raised in El Salvador to a family that was heavily involved in activism and community leadership. In the 60’s, her mother started a micro lending project for women while her father was helping disadvantaged youths. Lehrer earned her Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She founded Studio-MLA and surrounded herself with some of the best and brightest.

Speaking with Lehrer is Hunker Media’s VP of Content, Eve Epstein. They talk about advocacy, public spaces, social engagement and building a better society while building better spaces.

Thank you for listening to this episode of Convo By Design. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do, please give us a 5 star rating and a review. It helps new listeners find the podcast and it is greatly appreciated.

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #LADesignFest #Movies

Convo By Design – http://www.ConvoByDesign.com

Snyder Diamond – http://www.SnyderDiamond.com

Miele USA – http://www.MieleUSA.com

Vondom USA – http://www.Vondom.com

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


Stephen Francis Jones | 177



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Stephen Francis Jones is an architect with offices in Marina Del Rey, California. Stephen is the principal of SF Jones Architects, a unique firm that has turned architectural design of restaurants into somewhat of an art form. I don’t use that term lightly, and as you will hear, Jones doesn’t either.

As the in-house architect for Wolfgang Puck, he helped set the tone for the dining experience that led to a very successful, global brand. His objective is to create an environment that matches the food, the sensory experience that serves to enhance the dining experience. Restaurant design and architecture is Jones stated “true calling” and his work is evident of that.

Think about this for a moment… the elements that go into designing a space that must accommodate professional grade appliances, satisfy local, regional and state codes AND provide an environment that matches the expected dining experience. As complicated as that sounds, listen to Stephen explain how he does it. His laid-back style seems to pair beautifully with the notoriously intense style and expectations of the service industry. This is Stephen Francis Jones of SF Jones Architects. I hope you enjoy this episode of Convo By Design, if you do, please consider giving us a 5 star rating and review on Apple Podcasts, you know it better as iTunes and check out short videos from these conversation on our YouTube channel.

#Design #Architecture #ElCamp #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #LAFoodies #Restaurant #SFJonesArchitects

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Miele USA – http://www.MieleUSA.com

Vondom USA – http://www.Vondom.com

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


Lawrence Azzerad | 176



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We continue our journey through the forrest of unique conversations from this years LA Design Festival. This week, we have a very cool presentation from LADdesign founder, graphic designer, creative director and Grammy Award winner, Lawrence Azerrad. Azerrad’s studio, LADdesign is focused on the crossroads of branding, culture, music and education. It makes perfects sense too as Azzard’s prior experience was as an art director with Warner Bros. Records working on the creative packaging for artists ranging from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Miles Davis.

Azzara is the author of a book called Supersonic: The Design and Lifestyle of Concorde. It is a Prestel release due out in September 2018. He is also a producer and creative director of The Voyager Golden Record 40th Anniversary Edition. He discusses all of it here in a conversation about design from a very unique point of view. Lawrence is introduced by Erika Abrams, member of the Advisory Board of the AIGA, Los Angeles chapter, as is Lawrence. A happy coincidence here is that we shared our space at the LA Design Festival with the AIGA LA as they were presenting some AMAZING subway art graphics that you can still see in the the background of our videos shot at the festival. Please go to our YouTube channel and check them out.

Thank you for listening to this episode of Convo By Design. If you like what you hear, and I hope you do, please give us a 5 star rating and a review. It helps new listeners find the podcast and it is greatly appreciated.

#Design #Architecture #Art #ConvoByDesign #Music #Miele #SnyderDiamond #LADesignFest #Movies

Convo By Design – http://www.ConvoByDesign.com

Snyder Diamond – http://www.SnyderDiamond.com

Miele USA – http://www.MieleUSA.com

Vondom USA – http://www.Vondom.com

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