Monthly Archives: November 2018

Design, Art and Mobility with LA Metro | 195



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This is Convo By Design with a chat about design and traffic. What do these two things have to do with each other? Everything. I think it is safe to say that we are in the midst of an industrial revolution of sorts. I think one might not always notice the changes going on around them until those changes significantly affect their own lives. If you live in Southern California or any major metropolitan city you have probably noticed that your life is being directly affected by changes in the weather, traffic patterns and sheer volume of people. All of these changes are real and they are happening for a number of reasons. Our cities are getting more crowded, particularly in both traditionally desirable areas and in downtown areas. When downtowns grow and suburbs grow, infilling is not far behind. The gig economy and shared vehicle, shared residential, shared commercial space means that more people are out of office and out of home. Now factor in the fact that there is an app for just about everything. That means your secret shortcut from the South Bay to the PDC or downtown is now public knowledge and every Uber and left driver is using it as well.

So what does that have to do with design and architecture? Everything. It means that our homes and offices are in need of material changes in form and function. Things like adding charging stations to exteriors, transitioning from living rooms, dens and dining rooms to more universal use spaces. It means finding ways to increase indoor/ outdoor livability and trying to account for what’s next. I have been saying for some time now that architects and designers alike are our next “futurists”. You are prognosticators of what comes next and need to design accordingly.

It is with that in mind that I recorded this conversation for the LA Design Festival with LA Metro Senior Manager/ Lead Designer for Signage and Environmental Graphic Design, Sharleen McLaughlin and Dave Sotero Spokesman for LA County Metro. This conversation covers a lot of ground from art to policy.

Before we get into this conversation, I want to thank you for listening to the podcast and invite you to join in the conversation, you can find us @ConvoByDesign on twitter and @ConvoXDesign with an ‘X” on Facebook and Instagram. You can also find videos from these conversations on our YouTube channel, again search Convo By Design and you will find over 130 videos from some of your favorite guests, including the following. If you like the show, please send it to a friend so they can join our design community. Thanks for listening, enjoy the show.

#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #Interiors #PurpleLine #LAMetro #LADesignFestival #GoldLine #RideShare

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


Kelli Ellis & Erika Heet | 194 The Insiders Guide to Getting Published



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I was recording live from the WestEdge Design Fair and onstage with me are designer Kelli Ellis and Interiors Magazine Editor-In-Chief Erika Heet. If you listen to the podcast regularly you know that I like to go deep and focus on the less explored side of design and architecture. The business side is fascinating to me and these two women are hyper-engaged and have so much to offer. They are also polar opposites in their demeanor and style.

Conversations like these are fun, informative and also a little like doing the tightrope without the benefit of a net. Something really interesting about Kelli is her diverse background. She has a degree in marketing, studied law and has made a name for herself with her psychological approach to design. Erika is the Editor-In-Chief of Interiors Magazine and crafts a story like very few can. She studied english at Berkley and her work embodies a truly special approach to architecture and design. She too, knows the business well and that is where this episode gets interesting.

If you are a creative type and want to grow your brand. You are about to get step-by-step instructions.

Before we get into this conversation, I want to thank you for listening to the podcast and invite you to join in the conversation, you can find us @ConvoByDesign on twitter and @ConvoXDesign with an ‘X” on Facebook and Instagram. You can also find videos from these conversations on our YouTube channel, again search Convo By Design and you will find over 130 videos from some of your favorite guests, including the following. If you like the show, please send it to a friend so they can join our design community. Thanks for listening, enjoy the show.

#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #Interiors #ErikaHeet #KelliEllis #WestEdgeDesignFair

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

Kelli Ellis – https://kelliellis.com

Interiors Magazine – https://interiorsmagazine.com

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


Dan Brunn | 193



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This is Convo By Design with a special conversation with Dan Burnn, a fascinating architect. This interview was recorded live from the WestEdge Design Fair in the Programming Lounge presented by Convo By Design. This conversation was really fun for me. Dan is a very interesting guy with a unique perspective on architecture and how he bends and blends ideas to fit the lives of his clients.

Dan and I spoke about modern ideas in architecture and studied two of his California projects, the Flip-Flop House in Venice and the Bridge House in Hancock Park. Dan was raised in Tel Aviv and his love of and passion for the Bauhaus architecture in which he grew up is evident in his work. His designs are expressive and unique but the first goal is to be of use to those living within. The Flip-Flop project, as you’ll hear is about privacy in a public setting and display of Art, while using the light and views without the ability to close the space off from public view. The Bridge House is a master work of ingenuity and spatial craftwork. Both show ho Brunn approaches his craft.

Before we get into this conversation with Dan, I want to thank you for listening and invite you to join in the conversation, you can find us @ConvoByDesign on twitter and @ConvoXDesign with an ‘X” on Facebook and Instagram. You can also find videos from these conversations on our YouTube channel, again search Convo By Design and you will find over 120 videos from some of your favorite guests. This is architect Dan Brunn LIVE from the WestEdge Design Fair.

#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #DanBrunn #Architecture #Design

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Dan Brunn – http://www.DanBrunn.com

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


Elle H Millard | 192 NKBA Award Winning Kitchens



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The National Kitchen and Bath Association conducts one of the most comprehensive kitchen competitions I know of. Many designers I have spoken to are not even aware of the competition so I wanted to shed some light on the subject.

Elle H Millard is a certified kitchen designer and Industry Relations Manager for the NKBA. She joined me for a conversation about the NKBA and the kitchen competition. I enjoyed my chat with Elle and I was reminded that designers and architects need only search for opportunities that allow them to showcase their work using the marketing power of other organizations. The NKBA provides a great opportunity to do that.
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Before we get into this conversation with Elle, I want to thank you for listening and invite you to join in the conversation, you can find us @ConvoByDesign on twitter and @ConvoXDesign on Facebook and Instagram. You can also find videos from these conversations on our YouTube channel, again search Convo By Design and you will find over 120 videos from some of your favorite guests. This is the NKBA’s Elle Millard.

#Design #Architecture #ConvoByDesign #Miele #SnyderDiamond #NKBA #KitchenDesign #BathDesign

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