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Our PR team had a great time at all the interesting seminars at the recent Design Bloggers Conference at the Beverly Hilton.  L to R:  Director of the Design Bloggers Conference, Adam Japko, and Women in Luxury Design President Jennifer Convy.

 

 

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Spring arrives outside our offices at HBO/Hulu building. 🙂   A perfect blend of business and natural surroundings.

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta (RCR Arquitectes) will be awarded architecture’s highest honor, the Pritzker Prize, on May 20th at the State Guest House in Tokyo.

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RCR Arquitectes. Photo courtesy of Dezeen.

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Crematorium in Holsbeek, Belgium. RCR Arquitectes worked on this project with Coussée & Goris Architecten. Photo courtesy of Dezeen.

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RCR Arquitectes’ Bell-Lloc Winery in Girona, Spain. Photo courtesy of Dezeen.

 

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Architect/artist/designer Mario Romano and his talented wife, screenwriter Anya Romano, at the opening party for the listing of his recently completed project, Preston House, in Venice.

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Preston House by Mario Romano

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Rooftop view of Preston House by Mario Romano

Communication Arts + Design attended the opening reception of the Allen Ruppersberg exhibit: Past Present Future at Marc Selwyn Fine Art.

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Allen Ruppersberg
My Secret Life, 1974/2014
C-print
90 x 47 x 4 1/2 inches
Edition of 3 plus 1 AP, AP 1/1

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The divinely pastoral San Ysidro Ranch restaurant, designed by Marc Appleton.

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From left to right, Marc Appleton, Christine Anderson; Susan McFadden of California Homes Magazine and Shane Mahan, Kitchell Custom Homes.

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A fun farewell outside the lobby of San Ysidro Ranch.  Left to right:  Marc Appleton, Susan McFadden, Shane Mahan and Christine Anderson.

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The noted and highly innovative architect Hagy Belzberg spoke at UCSB about his current residential and commercial projects from southern California to Mexico City.  Pictured left to right:  Susan McFadden, Hagy Belzberg and Shane Mahan, Kitchell Custom Homes.

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Residential artistry in LA by Hagy Belzberg

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New commercial building by Hagy Belzberg

 

 

Communication Arts + Design enjoyed a fabulous evening of inspiration, delicious small bites, desserts, music and conversation at Women in Luxury Design Los Angeles’ first special event of the 2017 season.

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Caption: from left to right: A great after-party dinner at Madeo with Caroline Chojnacki; Laurie Haefele; Sari Ehrenreich; Christine Anderson; Wendy Williams; Donna Livingston.

 

Communication Arts + Design toured architect William Hefner’s (Studio William Hefner) elegant and expansive two-story mansion in Bel-Air, the Chateau des Fleurs (literally chateau of the flowers).  Inspired by French locales, the over 60,000 square foot mansion is one of the largest residences in Los Angeles.  Hefner chronicles his masterpiece, which took almost ten years to complete, in a book of the same name.

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Communication Arts + Design were inspired by the Dubuffet Drawings, 1935-1962 exhibit at the Hammer Museum, which featured nearly 100 of Dubuffet’s drawings. Jean Dubuffet’s works dealt largely with the theme of beauty versus authenticity, whereby his drawings show more realistic forms rather than widely accepted forms of beauty. Dubuffet drew inspiration from graffiti as well as from the works of children and psychiatric patients, with the express desire to appeal to the common man. His influence can clearly still be seen in the works of many contemporary artists.

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Jean Dubuffet, Corps de dame (Lady’s Body), June-December 1950

Pen and india ink. 10¾ × 8 3/8 in. (27.3 × 25.1 cm). The Joan and Lester Avnet Collection, Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY.

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Jean Dubuffet, La fermière (The Farmer’s Wife), March 1955

Assemblage of imprints: collage of cut india-ink imprints with brush and ink, mounted on paperboard. 20½ × 25¼ in. (52 × 64 cm). The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Photography by Christopher Burke Studio. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

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Jean Dubuffet, Quatre personnages (Four Figures), July 1946

Gouache, with incising, on coarse sandpaper. 12 1/8 × 9½ in. (30.8 × 24.1 cm). Richard and Mary L. Gray and the Gray Collection Trust. Photography by Tom Van Eynde. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York /ADAGP, Paris.

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Jean Dubuffet, Personnage au chapeau, seins bas superposes (Figure with a Hat , Superimposed Low Breasts), January 1952

Gouache and india ink. 14 ½ × 11 in. (36.8 × 27.9 cm). The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Photography by Christopher Burke Studio. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

 

The Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, designed by legendary architect, Frank Gehry, provided a striking, symphonic backdrop for the recent women’s march.  The various architectural shapes seemed to emulate the people, the motion, and all the animated conversations.

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Our close up of Disney hall with welcome reflected sunlight.

Always an inspiration.