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Over one hundred guests attended “Modern Design on the Coast” which kicked off this year’s Dwell on Design LA, the largest design event in America. Presented by the American Society of Interior Designers, the panel featured design editor and high-end interior design producer Vanessa Kogevinas, who moderated the event; Malibu’s signature architect Doug Burdge, AIA, of Burdge & Associates Architects, Inc.; luxury builder Michael Grosswendt of All Coast Construction; and noted interior designer Peggy Platner of Malibu-based Platner & Co. As experts who understand the essence of coastal living, the panelists discussed the unique elements involved with designing and building homes on the coast, as well as their perspectives on the latest design trends.

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Doug Burdge, Peggy Platner, Mike Grosswendt and Vanessa Kogevinas at Dwell on Design


Roxie Sarhangi, Dana Nichols, Christine Anderson and Ladan Bral at Dwell on Design


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The latest news from Christine’s desk is from Ruth Bachofner Gallery:

Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to announce Seismic Light, an exhibition of paintings by artist Douglas C. Bloom. The show opens on Saturday, July 26, 2014, with a reception for the artist from 5 to 7 pm. The exhibition will feature Bloom’s new series of idealized landscape paintings, which focus on the visual energy produced by light in the natural landscape. Rich in color and texture, the paintings reflect the brief seconds of time when seismic light appears in nature just before it shifts and is lost, stirring a visual and emotional reaction in those who experience it.

Bloom is among the select group of successful Los Angeles artists who, in the words of critic Peter Frank, “paint from the photograph and produce work of substance.” Holly Myers wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “Douglas C. Bloom flirts with abstraction in landscapes, playing with flatness, shape and texture.”


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According to Bloom, “The energy of nature is visualized by using tangible light as it filters through the physical landscape. I am depicting events which are altered to further the connection between artist and environment.”

The new paintings in Seismic Light are an extension of Bloom’s signature style, creating images that materialize and dissolve simultaneously. This is a process he describes as, “a metaphor for the destruction of traditional painting.”

Bloom is an internationally exhibited artist whose works have been included in group exhibitions by various curators from MOCA, LACMA, Hammer Museum, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Most recently, Bloom had a solo show at Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago and was part of a group exhibition at Stricoff Fine Art in New York City. His work has been published in New American Paintings, LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times.

Bloom moved from Texas to California in 1999 to attend Claremont Graduate University, where he completed his MFA in 2001. His studio is located in downtown Los Angeles.

Additional Information:
Opening reception: Saturday, July 26, 2014, 5 to 7pm
Ruth Bachofner Gallery:2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, Calif. Bergamot Station Art Center – Suite G2
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Exhibition continues through Aug. 30, 2014


Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows recently unveiled Bungalow One, three former bungalows that have been joined seamlessly into one sprawling poolside retreat. Designed by our friend Michael Berman, it is the most stunning example of “Barefoot Luxury.” “I wanted this to be more like staying in a personal guest home of a really great beach house,” Berman told Robb Report, which collaborated with the hotel on the project and showcases it in July’s Home & Style edition. We recently attended a private reception at the bungalow hosted by True Residential and Snyder Diamond. Here are the photos:

Throughout the year, we bring special VIP design guests to Soli Besharat’s West Hollywood location of SOLI Architectural Surfaces for product previews and a weekly happy hour in his beautiful designer kitchen. We often end up talking tile, food, travel, architecturally inspired tiles and mosaics and the latest and greatest from the L.A. design industry.


All Coast Construction was honored at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards earlier this month. The gala luncheon, hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council on June 4, 2014, drew hundreds of the region’s leading architects, designers and building professionals. More than 35 world-class projects from across the architectural spectrum were recognized at the Beverly Hilton for design excellence and community impact.

All Coast Construction is the Construction Sponsor for Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles, and was awarded as winner in the Interiors: Special Public Interiors (Exhibition) category for Never Built: Los Angeles. All Coast is proud to support the museum’s mission to celebrate and promote an awareness of progressive architecture and design in everyday life.

The awards ceremony was moderated by Sam Lubell of the Architect’s Newspaper. Approximately 500 top professionals were in attendance for the annual event— the first design awards of the season. The awards are presented to entire project teams – including the building owner, designer, contractor and developer – for their contributions to exceptional design in L.A. County.

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Russ Diamond, Greg Goldin (exhibit curator); Michael P. Johnson, David Schiowitz, Eder Cetina

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We took a fabulous spring trip to San Francisco. Here are our favorite snapshots. Enjoy!


Ushering the top LA architects and designers around the new San Francisco Miele Showroom. L to R: Miele Regional Manager John Stampley, designer Lori Dennis, architect Takashi Yanai, Snyder Diamond’s Russ Diamond


Snyder Diamond hosted a fabulous lunch for 16 top designers, architects and builders at the famous Slanted Door in the Ferry Plaza Building. Lunch about to begin!


Our tour of the city included a tour to the historic Haas-Lilienthal House in San Francisco. Some of the 1906 earthquake damage was still visible in the wood paneled walls.


Nicole Torossian, Monique Lafia, Michele Conn and Lori Dennis having a fab time touring San Francisco’s Haas-Lilienthal House.


Designers Nadia Elgrably and Julia Wong enjoyed cocktail hour with David Rubin, our tour guide, of famed David Travel. David Rubin is one the top 25 travel agents in the world, as listed by Travel & Leisure Magazine.


More beautiful sights of San Francisco.


The designers start off their morning with lattes and cappuccinos at Miele in San Francisco.


Pontea Nader of Miele, architect/kitchen designer Laurie Haefele and Russ Diamond enjoying the tour/kitchen demonstration at Miele’s new sophisticated showroom in San Francisco.

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Our goodbye group photo outside the Miele Showroom! Thanks to Russ Diamond and Miele for an unforgettable trip.

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A great time was had by all.  The end of a fast, furious and fun 48 hours in San Francisco at the airport, waiting to head back to Los Angeles. Clockwise  L to R:  Laurie Haefele, John Finton, Monique Lafia and Christine Anderson

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Lisa Adams: Drowning Out All Birdsong

The latest news from Christine’s desk is from the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art:

The life and art of Los Angeles artist Lisa Adams forms the basis of the film “Lisa Adams: As it Appears to Be” premiering in a one-night only screening on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 8pm at the Crest Theater. The film, directed by Juri Koll, focuses primarily on the unique world her paintings inhabit, her intimate knowledge of the art world, and her commitment to her vision in the face of numerous hardships that have ultimately marked major milestones in her life’s work, such as her decision, after becoming well known and respected, to change her style and technique. Featured in the film are esteemed critic/curator(s) Peter Frank and Shana Nys Dambrot, her gallerist Clyde Beswick, and famed friend and artist Llyn Foulkes. There will be a Q&A afterwards, with the artist, the filmmaker, Peter Frank, and special guests.

As Llyn says “I love her work…all of it…what makes her special is the chances she takes.”

Lisa Adams has been taking chances since the moment she decided to be an artist. Her father often brought her to the local library as a child, and one day in the adults section, she saw Salvador Dali’s painting, The persistence of Memory (1931), and as she describes it “All of a sudden I said ‘okay, there are other people like me out there in the world’….and I knew I was going to be a painter. And I was 10.”

Lisa Adams has acquired a great deal of knowledge during her long career in art, and many of these priceless gems are revealed in this film.

The Crest Theater is located at 1262 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024, just down the street from the Hammer Museum. Tickets are $12, and are available from the box office 30 minutes before the screening or crestwestwood.com or call 310-470-1508. For more information about the film please contact Juri Koll, Venice Institute of Contemporary Art 310-957-7037.

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Lisa painting Portentous Rhapsody

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Lisa Adams: Sandy Says So

L.A.’s biggest stars in design and architecture converged at SOLI Architectural Surfaces in the heart of the La Cienega Design Quarter during Legends of La Cienega for a rare discussion of their grandest projects ever built. Speaking on the keynote panel “Grand Estate: The Art of Building Big,” designer Kerry Joyce discussed adding warmth to oversized interiors, Finton construction president John Finton shared stories of building the largest estates in the southland, architect William Hefner spoke of the unique challenges of designing on a grand scale, and Snyder Diamond president Russ Diamond provided insight into the latest trends in wellness and upscale living. The event took place Friday May 9, 2014 to a standing room-only crowd, all the while a live action window demonstration – designed to be the most unique of its kind on display during the three-day district-wide event – showcased the Jane Austen novel “Mansfield Park.” Designer Kym Rodger, with landscape designer Anna Hoffman of Doyle Herman Design Associates, crafted the charming window as a welcoming sight for all who attended the memorable event.

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Panelists Kerry Joyce, John Finton, moderator Susan McFadden, William Hefner and Russ Diamond

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Pictured at top: Top row: Kerry Joyce, John Finton, William Hefner, Russ Diamond speak; Russ Diamond and Jennifer Convy; Delta Wright and Soli Besharat; Kristin Olmsted, Anna Hoffman, Kym Rodger, Soli Besharat. Middle row: Soli Besharat and William Hefner; Julia Wong, David Rivetti, Kym Rodger, and Soli Besharat; Christine Anderson and Reggie Sully. Bottom row: Kerry Joyce and John Finton; Roxie Sarhangi, Nicole Antoine, and Julie Baier; William Hefner and Jennifer Convy; John Finton, Jennifer Convy and Christopher Kennedy; Brittaney Minton and Chris Vargas.