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Designing For Wellness | 271 | Mitch Altman – CEO THERMASOL



I’m Josh Cooperman and this is another episode of Convo By Design featuring Mitch Altman, third-generation CEO of THERMASOL. This is a conversation about multi-functional design for beauty, health, and wellness.

THERMASOL is a family-owned and operated business producing amazing steam shower products for over 60 years. This is the story of a California company now based in Texas and still run by the family that started it all. Mitch Altman is constantly improving the company and that product company is now so much more. THERMASOL is a technology company that provides the tools to turn the shower into an experience, a source for wellness and sanctuary and so much more.

I want you to hear from Mitch, and every month on Convo By Design, THERMASOL will be presenting a new feature on the podcast called, “A Moment of Zen, Designing For Wellness” where we explore new ideas in design with a focus on health, wellness and creating your personal oasis.

Thank you, Mitch, for the time. 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.


Celebrating the LaCienega Design Quarter | 270 | Part 4 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.

Tom Stringer

Dan Mazzarini

Legaspi Courts

Peti Lau

Alex Papachristidis

Kevin Isbell

Gianetti Home

Patrick Sutton

Brooke Wagner

Bridgid Coulter

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.


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

The Architectural Canvas | 264 | Erik B. Peterson



I’m Josh Cooperman and this is another episode of Convo By Design with noted architect and founder of PHX Architecture, Erik Peterson

Erik likes to say about his canvas, “As you study it, the land starts to talk to you, it guides you.” And that is how the following conversation went. Architecture is an art form, comprised of equal parts creativity and math. The manner in which the architect applies his craft to create and use space to its fullest potential, all the while artistically sculpting the form into a form that fits the client. This is my conversation with architect and founder of PHX Architecture, Erik Petersen.

That is a wrap on this episode of Convo By Design. Thank you, Erik, 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 Siri. Say, “Hey Siri, play Convo By Design podcast.”, and she will. Until next week, stay healthy and keep creating.


You Need Some Inspiration, Find it Here | 263 | WESCOVER



I’m Josh Cooperman and this is another episode of Convo By Design with an incredible digital resource for any creator, designer or artist who wants to get some new eyes on their work.

The resource is called WESCOVER, you can find them at WESCOVER dot com and you’re about to hear from Allison Murray, Content Director at WESCOVER. This is a digital portal for amazing creative work, they connect people, places and the work.

I spoke with Allison late in 2019 and while editing the piece, I was trying to find the best time on my editorial calendar to share this with you and then things sort of made the choice for me. 2020 stared off great in SoCal design… KBIS in January, Modernism Week in February and then coronavirus happened. The most amazing thing about creative endeavors is that they are an experience to be a part of and to share with others and when something like COVID-19 strikes, it makes the sharing part very difficult. There will most likely be many more canceled events in the spring and possibly summer months. The life’s blood of creative types is the export of work and import of inspiration. This is about connections and finding new sources of inspiration one artist, designer, architect, creator, or podcaster at a time. This is Allison Murray, Content Director of WESCOVER.

That is a wrap on this episode of Convo By Design. Thank you, Allison, 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 Alexa. Say, “Hey Alexa, play Convo By Design podcast.”, and she will. Until next week, stay healthy and keep creating.


Cutting Carbs | 260 | Cutting Carbon Emissions, Sustainable Building and Design



I found myself at the Design Hardware on 3rd Street in Los Angeles for a conversation on building sustainability, design, and wellness. I don’t think it will surprise anyone to know that there are a growing and distinct link to be made between sustainable design and designing for wellness. The trouble with the conversations around sustainability is that it’s dry, some say dull and it can be. What is truly exciting about the subject though is what happens in the application of sustainable practices. There is, truly a revolution taking place in the design and architecture space. The focus has completely flipped on its head, in a good way. Where many would once talk about how a structure is to be used and lived in, now we talk about how to design and build to serve the people who use that structure. Design is experiential. The experience is what makes it work.

Tract Metro moderates this chat with Maria McCain from the Natural Resources Design Council, Ben Stapleton of the US Green Building Council and Real Estate pro, Erick Zumwalt. This conversation connects the dots between sourcing, sustainable design, property value and how these elements all work together.

Enjoy this conversation recorded live from Design Hardware moderated by designer and TV host, Tracy Metro.

Maria McCain | Natural Resource Defense Council

Maria McCain’s work encompasses the organization’s entire real estate portfolio. McCain analyzes NRDC’s extensive data on waste, water, energy, and travel to develop and implement strategies that minimize the organization’s carbon footprint. These strategies are also applied to internal green construction projects. Overall, McCain values a methodical and integrated approach to solving challenges. She received a master’s degree in environmental monitoring, modeling, and management from King’s College London and a bachelor’s degree in environmental and natural resource economics from West Virginia University. McCain is based in NRDC’s Santa Monica office.

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/maria-mccain

Ben Stapleton | US Green Building Council

A native Angeleno, Stapleton is a recognized sustainability leader, who brings to this position extensive experience and connections across real estate, technology, and innovation. He led major operational growth, program development, and partnerships to triple revenue for the non-profit. Simultaneously, launched and managed the La Kretz Innovation Campus in Downtown Los Angeles, most recently serving as SVP, Operations & Finance for the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI). The Campus has become an epicenter for sustainability in the region featuring events with
prominent local, national and international leaders, while being home to a community of cutting-edge businesses and nonprofits.

Home

Eric Zumwalt

https://www.egcrealestategroup.com

That’s a wrap on this episode of Convo By Design recorded live from Design Hardware featuring Eric Zumwalt, Ben Stapleton, Maria McCain and of course Tracy Metro. Thank you Design Hardware for hosting and putting on such a great event. Thank you, Walker Zanger, for your generous support and of course, thank you for listening. If you haven’t already, subscribe to the show everywhere you find your favorite podcasts. Until next week, Keep creating.