Monthly Archives: April 2020

Lone Star House of Design | 3 | Allison Crawford on Blending Style to Create Livable Luxury



I’m Josh Cooperman and this is Lone Star | House of Design, produced and distributed by the team that brings you Convo By Design with another story about design and architecture from the Great State of Texas. I had a great chat with Allison Crawford, founder and principal designer of her eponymous firm Allison Crawford Design in addition to HOTELette, a design/ vacation-rental company. Allison is a highly praised, Austin based designer with a truly unique background and a story about design, business, and real estate. Allison is active in design and real estate investment. She is both a creator and entrepreneur. I truly enjoyed this conversation with Allison and I hope you do as well. Allison is a master creator who blends and bends style to create livable luxury.

Thank you, Allison Crawford, that was fun and I truly appreciate the time. Please subscribe to the show so you catch every episode of Lone Star House of design and Convo By Design, ask Alexa or Siri, say, “Hey Siri, Play Convo By Design” and she will. You can follow the show on the socials as well, @ConvoXDesign with an “X” on Instagram and check out the YouTube channel for videos from some of your favorite episodes. Thank you for listening and until next week, Keep creating.


Celebrating the LaCienega Design Quarter | 268 | Part 2 of 4



The LaCienega Design Quarter exists and functions as a design hub where lovers of design can find what was, what is, what’s new, and what’s next. This design district is special and has seen Los Angeles change from trendy studio town to a global creative powerhouse. It’s not just because there are showrooms with beautiful works displayed, no, it’s more than that. LCDQ is a social glue that bonds this vibrant and diverse community. It is a place to gather, meet, and see. That is exactly what is missing in the Spring of 2020 and what will be again soon, hopefully in the not so distant future. For the past 11 years, Legends has been a celebration of design, showcase for amazing design talent, and social gathering for anyone who loves design. 2019, Convo By Design was an official media sponsor and I cannot tell you how amazing this was for me and how saddened I was to learn that because of the coronavirus pandemic, the event was canceled this year. 

I think what saddens me most is that I personally will miss seeing all my friends and I imagine that many of you listening feel the same way. So, I wanted to take a look back and share some of the amazing designers from last year’s event. I also wanted to share the conversations that came out of an eight-day journey that had me riding my bicycle up and down LaCienega, Melrose and Melrose Place securing interviews with these amazing creators, some of whom were in from out of town and had small windows of time for me to hit. But we did it, and you can hear all about it here.

My hope is that this gives you a little bit of joy, I will republish this in a series of episodes so you can hear all about the 2019 designs and showrooms whose windows served as the canvas for these amazing designers. I would also like to remind you how special the LaCienega Design Quarter is and suggest that when this is all over, please go visit the LCDQ showrooms again.

Emily Summers

Emily Summers Design Associates

https://emilysummers.com

Dallas, TX.

Showroom: McKinnon & Harris

ICON: Robsjohn-Gibbings

Melissa Warner Rothblum

Massucco Warner

https://massuccowarner.com/warner

Seattle & Los Angeles

Showroom: Hollywood at Home

ICON: Sister Parish

Mary Ann Schicketanz

Studio Schiketanz

https://studioschicketanz.com/

Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA.

Showroom: Mansour

ICON: Josef Hoffman

Jeff Andrews

Jeff Andrews Design

https://www.jeffandrewsdesign.com

Los Angeles, CA.

Showroom: Dragonette

ICON: Billy Haines

Ohara Davies Gaetano

Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors

http://odg-interiors.com

Carona Del Mar, CA.

Showroom: Barakat

ICON: Françoise Catroux

Jake Alexander Arnold

Jake Arnold Interiors

https://www.jakearnoldinteriors.com

Los Angeles, CA.

Showroom: Hollywood at Home

ICON: Rose Cummings

Sasha Bikoff

Sasha Bikoff interior Design

https://sashabikoff.com

New York, NY.

Showroom: Marc Phillips

ICON: Madeleine Castaing

Neal Beckstedt

Neal Beckstedt Studio

http://nbeckstedtstudio.com

New York, NY

Showroom: Woven

ICON: Pierre Jeanneret

Catherine Casteel Olasky & Maximilian P. Sinsteden

Olasky & Sinsteden

https://o-and-s.com

New York, Houston & London

Showroom: Mecox Gardens

ICON: John Fowler

That is a wrap on this episode of Convo By Design featuring the amazing creatives who decorated and designed the windows of the LaCienega Design Quarter in 2019. I hope hearing from these creators brings you a little joy and I look forward to Legends of LaCienega returning in 2021.

Thank you LCDQ for having me, thank you, Walker Zanger, for your continued support and thank you for listening to the show, downloading each podcast episode, and engaging through the socials. Make sure you never miss an episode of the podcast, ask Siri to help you, say, “Hey Siri, play Convo By Design podcast.” And she will! Thanks for listening and until next week, keep creating.


Special Series on Designing for Disaster | 6 | Architect William Hefner on Creative and Effective Use of Space



This is a look at the COVID – 19 pandemic from a different perspective. You already know about washing your hands and staying at home. But, staying at home has created a whole new set of unforeseen issues. Our homes were not created to serve as home, office, school, restaurant, daycare all at once. This series of episodes is designed to address the fact that most if not all of us are home weathering out this pandemic, hopefully, this provides you with some inspiration and makes weathering this a little bit easier.

This episode features William Hefner of Studio William Hefner, a globally recognized and celebrated designer whose eponymous design firm, at any given time, has projects in multiple locations across the globe. So, to speak with Hefner about how all of us can ‘tweak’ our home situation to better weather this stay-at-home reality, well, needless to say, I am so appreciative that he took the time to do this.

You have been hearing from some of the world’s greatest design and architecture minds about how to make the best of this situation and the advice has been amazing. This is no exception.

In this episode, William Hefner talks about;

  • Look at your floor plan, find what’s not currently working, and reevaluate it.
  • Don’t become attached to the form at the expense of function.
  • Think big picture and learn from your home. Commercial design requires forethought and that can help now.
  • Blend indoor/ outdoor to find and use every available foot of usable space.
  • If this were to happen again in the future, plan now and fix it the moment you are able to do that.

 

What is the best use of space, Hefner talks about making it feel like you have to make the space work before you get attached to the design. There have been some recurring themes over the course of this special series. Light, space, functionality, and emotion. 

This has been an exceptionally trying time for all of us. For me, this has been wonderful in the sense that I have had the opportunity to make dinner for my family almost every night, spend more time with my kids. Quality time, going for walks and throwing the lacrosse ball, practicing soccer. We made a gym at our house and my teenage daughter works out with me. I have not only been hosting the conversations and presenting them to you. I have been taking it in as well. You are about to hear some fantastic advice from William Hefner, I hope you find it as useful as I have.

Thank you, William, for your time and talent. For more about William Hefner, please go to William Hefner dot com. Thank you, Walker Zanger, for your partnership and support of Convo By Design. And thank you for listening, were it not for you, there would be no Convo By Design. We will get through this, together. And until we do, I will keep bringing you the ideas from incredibly talented creatives to make this a little bit better. If you have a question, ideas for a segment or you are a designer that wants to help, please email me at ConvoByDesign@Outlook.com. Take care of yourself and your loved ones.


Celebrating the LaCienega Design Quarter | 267 | Part 1 of 4



For over 50 years, the LaCienega Design Quarter has been a design destination serving LA’s vibrant and extremely talented design community. This design district is special and has seen Los Angeles change from trendy studio town to a global creative powerhouse. For the past 11 years, Legends of LaCienega has been a celebration of design, showcase for amazing design talent and social gathering for anyone who loves design.

In 2019, Convo By Design was represented as an official media sponsor of Legends. I cannot tell you how amazing this was for me and how saddened I was when I learned that because of the coronavirus pandemic, the event was canceled this year. I think what saddens me most is that I personally will miss seeing all my friends and I imagine that many of you listening feel the same way. So, I wanted to take a look back and share some of the amazing designers from last year’s event. My hope is that this gives you a little bit of joy, I will republish this in a series of episodes so you can hear all about the 2019 designs and showrooms whose windows served as the canvas for these amazing designers. I would also like to again remind you how special the LaCienega Design Quarter is and suggest that when this is all over, please go visit the LCDQ showrooms again.

Laura Umansky/ Laura U Interior Design

https://laurauinteriordesign.com

Houston, TX.

Showroom: Janet Yonaty/ ICON: Kalef Aloten

 

Kenna Mazaros/ Studio Kenna

https://www.studiokenna.com

Los Angeles, CA.

Showroom: Hollywood Sierra Kitchen/ ICON: Angelo Donghia

 

Philip Nimmo/ Philip Nimmo Design

http://philipnimmodesign.com

West Hollywood, CA.

Showroom: Mansour/ ICON: Toy Duquette

 

Sheldon Harte/ Harte, Brownlee & Associates

http://hartebrownlee.com

Laguna Beach, San Francisco & Palm Springs

Showroom: Paul Ferrante/ ICON: Jean Michel Frank

 

Scott Shader/ Shrader Design

https://www.shraderdesign.com/html/index.html

West Hollywood, CA.

Showroom: Richard Shapiro/ ICON: David Hicks

 

Penny Drue Baird/ Dessins, LLC.

http://www.dessinsllc.com/profile/

New, York & Paris

Showroom: Dragonette/ ICON: Mario Buatta

 

Nicole Fuller/ Nicole Fuller Interiors

https://www.nicolefullerinteriors.com

New York & Los Angeles

Showroom: Galerie Carole Decombe/ ICON: Henri Samuel

 

Cathrine M. Austin/ Catherine M. Austin Interior Design

http://www.catherinemaustin.com

Charlotte, NC.

Showroom: Janet Yonaty/ ICON: Alberto Pinto

 

Kelly Schandel/ thinkpure

https://thinkpure.com

Santa Monica, CA.

Showroom: Marc Phillips/ ICON: Elsie de Wolfe

 

That is a wrap on this episode of Convo By Design featuring the amazing creatives who decorated and designed the windows of the LaCienega Design Quarter in 2019. I hope hearing from these creators brings you a little joy and I look forward to Legends of LaCienega returning in 2021.

Thank you LCDQ for having me, thank you, Walker Zanger, for your continued support and thank you for listening to the show, downloading each podcast episode and engaging through the socials. Make sure you never miss an episode of the podcast, ask Siri to help you, say, “Hey Siri, play Convo By Design podcast.” And she will! Thanks for listening and until next week, keep creating.


Lone Star House of Design | 2 | Cindy Aplanalp-Yates of Chairma Design Group



Cindy Aplanalp-Yates is the Principal of Chairma Design Group, an award-winning design firm in Houston. Cindy goes into the game a bit later than most. The family came first, then the business. Cindy and I sat down at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas to talk design, trade shows and the uniqueness of Texans which makes designing in Texas so much fun. This is Cindy Aplanalp-Yates.

Thank you, Cindy, that was amazing and I truly appreciate the time. Please subscribe to the show so you catch every episode of Lone Star House of design and Convo By Design, ask Alexa or Siri, say, “Hey Siri, Play Convo By Design” and she will. You can follow the show on the socials as well, @ConvoXDesign with an “X” on Instagram and check out the YouTube channel for videos from some of your favorite episodes. Thank you for listening and until next week, Keep creating.


Media Masterclass | 266 | Your Must Have Guide to Creating Content Like a Pro



The creation of content is critical to the success of any professional endeavor. It is no longer acceptable to simply do the work and let it speak for itself because there are too many other talented creators both doing the work and showcasing it themselves. You can thank social media for that and regardless of how we might feel about that, it is here to stay. The following conversation was recorded live from the WestEdge Design Fair. This is a media masterclass that covers the topic of content ideation, creation, development distribution, and protection. That last part might sound foreign but it is a critical component to this. Your intellectual property rights are as important as the quality of the content itself. You should know what they are, even if you choose not to defend them.

This panel includes:

Becky Allison – Graphic Designer / BEQ Design Studio

Peter Christiansen Valli – Photographer / PVC Photographic

Sheila Gibson – Intellectual Property Rights Attorney / Aura Law

This panel covers a lot of ground, please note that the legal advice heard here is not specific to any case or situation, Sheila is not your lawyer unless you retain her and no advice here can be taken as legal advice unless you do, in fact, retain her. See that is called a legal disclaimer, one of the many things you will hear about in this Media Masterclass episode of Convo By Design.

That is a wrap on this episode of Convo By Design, thank you, Becky, Peter, and Sheila for your skill and knowledge. If you are listening and interested in retaining their services, you can find their contact information in the show notes. Thank you to the WestEdge Design Fair for having me and allowing me to participate. Thank you, Walker Zanger, for your continued support and thank you for listening to the show, downloading each podcast episode and engaging through the socials. Make sure you never miss an episode of the podcast, ask Siri to help you, say, “Hey Siri, play Convo By Design podcast.” And she will! Thanks for listening and until next week, keep creating.


Special Series on Designing for Disaster | 5 | Thomas Kligerman on Adjusting Your Perspective



This is Convo By Design with a special series of episodes focused on the COVID – 19 pandemic from a different perspective. You already know about washing your hands and staying at home. But, staying at home has created a whole new set of unforeseen issues. Our homes were not created to serve as home, office, school, restaurant, daycare all at once. This series of episodes is designed to address the fact that most if not all of us are home weathering out this pandemic. Our homes were not designed for this and make weathering this a little bit easier.

I spoke with architect Tom Kligerman of Ike, Kligerman, Barkley. Kligerman has lived in locations around the world and drawn from these experiences to make a space comfortable and functional regardless of size. We talked about a number of ways for one to reorganize, rearrange and think differently about using spaces differently. This is Tom Kligerman.

Thank you, Tom, for your time and talent. For more about Thomas Kligerman, please go to Ike Klingerman Barkley dot com. Thank you, Walker Zanger, for your partnership and support of Convo By Design. And thank you for listening, were it not for you, there would be no Convo By Design. We will get through this, together. And until we do, I will keep bringing you the ideas from incredibly talented creatives to make this a little bit better. If you have a question, ideas for a segment or you are a designer that wants to help, please email me at ConvoByDesign@Outlook.com. Take care of yourself and your loved ones.


The Secret to Growing A Global Outdoor Brand (it seems so easy)| 265 | Harbour Outdoor



This episode of Convo By Design features two brothers who created a global furniture brand after learning from their father, this is Harbour Outdoor.

Nicholas and Harrison Condos worked for their father in the family’s Sydney workshop. The crafted hand-made furniture literally learning the trade from the time they were young. So, it was only natural for these brothers to start their own enterprise. They did, and this is their story, this is the story of Harbour Outdoor.

That is a wrap on this episode of Convo By Design. Thank you, Nicholas and Harrison, for your time. Thank you, Walker Zanger, for your generous support of the show and thank you for listening and subscribing to the show. If you haven’t yet, it’s easy. You can find the show everywhere you find your favorite podcasts or ask Google, Alexa or Siri. Say, “Hey Siri, play Convo By Design podcast.”, and she will. Until next week, stay healthy and keep creating.


Special Series on Designing for Disaster | 4 | Designer Joseph Berkowitz on Making What You Have Work Better for You



This is Convo By Design with a special series of  episodes focused on the COVID-19 pandemic from a different perspective. You already know about washing your hands and staying at home. But, staying at home has created a whole new set of unforeseen issues. Our homes were not created to serve as home, office, school, restaurant, daycare all at once. This series of episodes is designed to address the fact that most if not all of us are home weathering out this pandemic. Our homes were not designed for this and make weathering this a little bit easier.

This conversation with designer and founder of JAB Design Group, Joe Berkowitz. Joe is all about using what you have both creatively and smartly to make your space live bigger, live easier and inspire you. Once you know what you have, remove and add to find your place, and find inspiration. We could all use a little more of that right now.  Joe also shares advice for making your spaces more functional, right now.

Thank you, Joe, for your time and talent. For more about Joe and JAB Design Studio, go to J A B Interiors dot com. Thank you, Walker Zanger, for your partnership and support of Convo By Design. And thank you for listening, were it not for you, there would be no Convo By Design. We will get through this, together. And until we do, I will keep bringing you the ideas from incredibly talented creatives to make this a little bit better. If you have a question, ideas for a segment or you are a designer that wants to help, please email me at ConvoByDesign@Outlook.com. Take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Use What You Have and Make t Work For You:

  • Spaces Get Stale – Look for ways to rearrange
  • Don’t Throw it ALL Out – The art is in the edit, remove what needs to go
  • Disassemble/ Reevaluate  – Take a fresh look at it, what do you want? 
  • 20% Rule -Take Away 20% of the Accessories
  • Don’t Be Afraid of Space – Embrace it
  • Visual Vocabulary – Find what works for you, now. It can change back later
  • One Word – Functional