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.




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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Our close up of Disney hall with welcome reflected sunlight.

Always an inspiration.


Architect Michael Rachlin of Rachlin Partners and Wendy Williams of Snaidero USA celebrated together at the 2017 Celebrate Gala at the A + D Museum.  The museum never looked more artful, with its hand -stenciled murals throughout the room and architectural sculptures on view by notables such as architect Doris Kim Sung.  Many of Southern California’s leading architects were in attendance, including Board members from SCI-Arc and the A + D Museum.  The auction featured dozens of hand-drawn/painted framed postcards by leading architects such as Steven Ehrlich, Mehrdad Yazdani, Kulapat Yantrasast and Lorcan O’Herlihy.  A + D’s new downtown location is right in the center of the arts district, and this new space is a large, generous venue for noteworthy exhibitions and endless creativity.  We spent time visiting with the new A + D president, Dora Epstein Jones, who now has the position formerly occupied by Tibbie Dunbar.  Looking forward to many special exhibitions in the months to come.


Mike Grosswendt of All Coast Construction attended the opening night gala of the A + D Museum. Mike has been a construction sponsor of the museum in the past, for special exhibitions such as “Unbuilt L.A.”



Art collector Chara Schreyer and Designer Gary Hutton talked about their spectacular new book, Art House, at the Los Angeles Art Fair.  The book is a compilation of Schreyer’s highly respected contemporary art collection at her various homes in California, curated and designed by Gary Hutton.  Her latest home, a contemporary masterpiece by architect Joe McRitchie, was built by All Coast Construction, and features hundreds of fine pieces from her collection.  No empty seats for this inspirational talk.  Art House is dedicated to Schreyer’s father, a holocaust survivor, who just turned 99, and attended the talk.


Pancho Luna’s compelling acrylic installation, revealing ghost-like images of books, was on view at Timothy Yarger’s booth.


The Los Angeles Art Fair also featured artist Tigran Tsitoghdzyah’s piece, Mirror II, 2012, a provocative mixed media piece where multiple attributes of a woman’s visage is seen through a pair of hands, attempting to cloak her physical identity.


Artist Koh Sang Woo’s haunting new piece, Ether, was on exhibit at the LA Art Fair, presented by NW Asian Art Works.

Communication Arts + Design recently attended the A + D Museum VIP Reception hosted by Bulthaup.  It was a wonderful evening filled with delicious food and lively conversation.  We also got a first look at the fabulous auction items before the annual gala.  It was great mingling with the Board of the A + D, as well as some of the SCI-Arc Board members.  Snyder Diamond was one of the sponsors of the evening.


L to R:  Charlotte Myhr, Chief Operating Officer of Bulthaup and Tibbie Dunbar, Director of Development, Bulthaup.


L to R:  Doris Kim Sung, Architect, and Dora Epstein Jones, the new Executive Director of the A + D Museum.


Great to catch up with Mehrdad Yazdani of Yazdani Studio/CannonDesign and John Dale, former Board President of the A + D Museum.



Gorgeous appetizers, as always, courtesy of Bulthaup.

Communication Arts + Design attended the Distinguished Architects Lecture Series held at LACMA where we heard the lauded Odile Decq, the noted French architect and landscape designer, discuss her latest projects from all over the world.  The series is produced by Francesca Garcia Marques, and is sponsored in part by Bulthaup.


Odile Decq speaking at the Distinguished Architects Lecture Series at LACMA.

Communication Arts + Design frequented the KAA Design Art Exhibit & Sale.  We enjoyed a wonderful evening filled with friends, food, and artistic expression including paintings, photography, jewelry, and culinary delights.  The event was presented in partnership with artworxLA, with proceeds benefiting the organization, which works to combat Los Angeles’ high school dropout crisis through arts education.


Pictured from left to right:  Bret Parsons and Grant Kirkpatrick.

Communication Arts + Design celebrated the launch of Harrison Design’s third book at their launch party at a Brentwood estate earlier this month.  The book commemorates the firm’s 25th anniversary.


Pictured from left to right:  Jesse Harrison, Harrison Design Group; Russ Diamond of Snyder Diamond; and Linda Dishman, Executive Director, LA Conservancy. 

Communication Arts + Design, and California Homes Magazine, joined the table of Kitchell Custom Homes for this year’s Santa Barbara AIA Design Awards at the Biltmore Hotel.


Pictured from left to right:  Shane Mahan, Regional Executive, Kitchell Custom Homes; and Robin Donaldson of Shubin + Donaldson Architecture.