Monthly Archives: May 2019

Ryan Saghian | 221 | Design Rebel and Raconteur



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Ryan Saghian has been called the “go-to designer” for those looking for luxurious interiors. He is an unapologetic millennial and that is one of the reasons I enjoy my conversations with him as much as I do. Ryan and I first me a few years ago when he’d designed a space in the Wattle’s Mansion showcase house. i was covering the project and if you want to see a segment of that original conversation, please visit the Convo By Design YouTube channel and scroll back a few years. Ryan gave me one of my favorite design quotes that I offer up now and then. To paraphrase, Ryan explains how he advises clients to be quiet and let him do his job. There is a reason they became a surgeon and he became a designer. Just let him do his job. And he’s right. Saghian is an aggressive designer who attacks the space with luxurious finishes and creative use of space.

He uses that same approach in communication which makes him an extremely fun interview. I hope you enjoy this conversation with designer, Ryan Saghian.


Design in the Desert | 220 | Designing the Coachella Valley



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I took a ride to Palm Desert to meet some of the designers responsible for changing the face of the Coachella Valley into what has grown from an aging desert community into a dynamic canvas dappled with extraordinary design. I met these creatives at the Cambria Surfaces showroom on El Paseo in Palm Desert.

Before we get into this, I want to thank you for listening to Convo By Design. It has been six years and we are doing more than we ever have before. This year alone, Convo By Design will be at Modernism Week, KBIS, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, WestWeek, LCDQ Legends, Fall Market and of course, WestEdge Design Fair. Make sure you catch every episode so you don’t miss any of the most significant design and architecture events in Southern California. Subscribe to the show wherever you get your favorite podcasts.

Special thanks to Dann Foley, Dorothy Willett, Fernando Diaz, Adel Cygelman, Michael Wrusch, Nicole Perrault, all the great folks at Cambria Surfaces, to my friends at Sub-Zero, Wolf, Cove, Snyder Diamond, Vondom and Article for your support and making this podcast possible. And thank you for listening, subscribing, rating the show on iTunes and coming out to the events to say ‘hello’. I love it, and I appreciate you. Until next week, keep creating.


US Modernist George Smart | 219



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George Smart is an archivist with a passion for Modernist design and architecture. He is also the Executive Director of US Modernist and North Carolina Modernist Houses. Both nonprofit organizations exist to identify, document and preserve Modernist design.

George and I have known each other for some time now and reconnected at Modernism Week in Palm Springs earlier this year. George and I met at the Cambria Surfaces showroom in Palm Dessert. It was great catching up with George and I am really pleased to share this conversation with you.

Before we get into this, I want to thank you for listening to Convo By Design. It has been six years and we are doing more than we ever have before. This year alone, Convo By Design will be at Modernism Week, KBIS, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, WestWeek, LCDQ Legends, Los Angeles Design Festival, Fall Market and of course, WestEdge Design Fair. Make sure you catch every episode so you don’t miss any of the most significant design and architecture events in Southern California. Subscribe to the show wherever you get your favorite podcasts.

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The Christopher Kennedy Compound | 218



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I’m Josh Cooperman and this is Convo By Design recorded in the Living Kitchen Studio with a trip back to Modernism Week in Palm Springs for a sit down with some of the all-star team of designers who worked on this years Christopher Kennedy Compound. Christopher has done a magnificent job on this project over the years and this offering is no exception. This golf course home is everything you could ask for if you are looking to channel the Mid-Century Modern architecture straight out of the swanky, atomic-era 1950’s. This project is the official shophouse of Modernism Week and it features some remarkable creatives. I sat with a few in the backyard to ask about the experience and inspiration for the project.

Before we get into this, I want to thank you for listening to Convo By Design. It has been six years and we are doing more than we ever have before. This year alone, Convo By Design will be at Modernism Week, KBIS, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, WestWeek, LCDQ Legends, Los Angeles Design Festival, Fall Market and of course, WestEdge Design Fair. Make sure you catch every episode with upcoming activities. Subscribe to the show wherever you get your favorite podcasts.

This was so much fun. Special thanks to everyone from the Christopher Kennedy Compound including; Nancy Joseph, Keith Fortner, Lisa McDennon, Kelly Green, Gordon Kurtis and Christopher Kennedy. Thank you to my friends at Sub-Zero, Wolf, Cove, Snyder Diamond, Vondom and Article for your support and making this podcast possible. And thank you for listening, subscribing, rating the show on iTunes and coming out to the events to say ‘hello’. I love it, and I appreciate you. See you next week.