Gayle Anderson of KTLA interviewed artist/developer/architect, Mario Romano, at his Wave House in Venice as part of her new “Home Sweet Home” series.

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Gayle Anderson, KTLA, and Mario Romano, artist/developer/architect, stand in front of his Wave House in Venice.

 

 

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The spring marks the LA Cienega Design Quarter’s annual LEGENDS event.  Held over 3 days, the design celebration includes panels, book signings, parties and several other opportunities for the best of the best in the fields of design, art and architecture to meet and discuss everything design.  This year’s theme was “Your True Colors.”  Designers were asked to create window displays demonstrating novelty and diversity in the windows of LCDQ shops, showrooms and galleries.

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Slim Keskes and Steven Didrick from SFA Design.

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Christine Anderson, President Communication Arts + Design, Inc. attends Legends Power Lunch sponsored by Elle Décor.

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Christine Anderson, President Communication Arts + Design, Inc. caught up with Thomas Lavin and one of his design colleagues at Legends Power lunch sponsored by Elle Décor.

We rode up 32 floors at 700 Wilshire Blvd to see a recent performance of the American Contemporary Ballet.   The stage is located on a raw, unbuilt floor at the top of this skyscraper with stunning panoramic views of downtown LA.  ACB features historical and contemporary ballet with a narrative story telling component.  Thanks to patron Wayne Ratkovich, ACB has a provocative stage for performing in the sky! 

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Prima ballerina Theresa Farrell

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Joseph Spierer, Joseph Spierer Architects, Inc. and Russ Diamond, Snyder Diamond, enjoy lunch at the FIG at the Fairmont.

The most notable and talented designers and architects in the Pasadena area joined Owner/President of Snyder Diamond, Russ Diamond, for a tour of the Pasadena Showcase and dinner at the Langham.  The evening was full of lively conversation.  Especially enjoyable was hearing about everyone’s latest projects.  This year marks the 53rd Pasadena Showcase House.  A ticket for the first year of the Showcase House went for $1.50.  Tickets now go from $35 – $60.  Attendance has likewise grown from about 7,500 to roughly 30,000.

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Russ Diamond, Owner/President of Snyder Diamond and Phil Vonk, Owner of D Christjan.

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Dana Joy Altman of Snyder Diamond enjoying the Shakespeare Garden.

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Russ Diamond, Owner/President of Snyder Diamond and Paul L’Esperance, Partner at L’Esperance Design, Inc.

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Russ Diamond, Owner/President of Snyder Diamond

 

 

 

I toured some of the exciting conceptual  art installations on view during Desert X in Palm Springs, including “Circle of Land and Sky.”   This installation features a concentric circle of reflective fence-like rods by artist Phillip K Smith III.   Every aspect of the desert landscape, the sky and clouds is mirrored in the installation.

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Christine Anderson, President Communication Arts + Design, Inc. at Desert X.

 

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A haunting, poetic installation “Hearth” by the noted Lita Albuquerque is on view at the Annenberg Center in Palm Desert—a highlight of Desert X.

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Richard Shapiro and John Saladino spoke at the keynote address during WestWeek 2017.   Both designer’s works are legendary and inspiring.

 

Our WestWeek panel on March 22nd was a huge hit! The panel, titled Design in America: Cutting Edge Products with Innovation and Style, was moderated by Susan McFadden of California Homes and featured panelists Russ Diamond of Snyder Diamond, architect/designer/artist Mario Romano, Steve Thompson of Cabana Home and designer Kendall Wilkinson. The panel and beautiful lunch reception following were generously hosted by Witford.

Design in America: Cutting Edge Products with Innovation and Style

Quality, craftsmanship and tradition are just a few of the words that come to mind when we hear “American made.” Designers are not only embracing the excellence of American made goods, they are pioneering their own cutting-edge products for the national marketplace. CALIFORNIA HOMES Editor-in-Chief Susan McFadden moderates and A-list panel of industry experts including designer Kendall Wilkinson, Snyder Diamond’s Russ Diamond, designer/architect Mario Romano and Steve Thompson of Cabana Home who discussed their new product lines that are manufactured here in the United States. They also surveyed the international design marketplace and its profound influence on our American product lines.

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Kendall Wilkinson, Susan McFadden, Steve Thompson, Russ Diamond and Mario Romano

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Kendall Wilkinson, Susan McFadden, Steve Thompson, Russ Diamond and Mario Romano

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Steve Thompson, Susan McFadden, Mario Romano, Kendall Wilkinson, Russ Diamond and Larry Bradford of Witford

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Ryan White, Thomas Lavin, Madeleine Stuart, Adam Hunter, and Delta Wright discuss the iconic designs and products that most inspire them.

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Christine joins dear friend and colleague Jeff Sampson, Director of Marketing for the Pacific Design Center, at Rudin.

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Russ Diamond of Snyder Diamond and Christopher Grubb of Arch Interiors enjoy lunch at the FIG at the Fairmont.

CA + D attended Building Community: New Apartment Architecture at the A+D Museum in downtown Los Angeles. The panel discussion and reception were hosted by Los Angeles Forum and the Architecture + Design Museum. Moderated by Michael Webb, whose book illustrates the demand for better-designed affordable apartments, the panel featured NPR’s Frances Anderton, architect Julie Eizenberg and developer Richard Loring. Michael Webb signed copies of his book following the panel.

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Author Michael Webb signs copies of his book, Building Community: New Apartment Architecture.

CA + D attended the ADC LECTURE SERIES: MARK RIOS, FAIA, FASLA at the AD&A  Museum in Santa Barbara.

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Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA Founding Partner Rios Clementi Hale Studios

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Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA Founding Partner Rios Clementi Hale Studios and Shane Mahan, Regional Executive, Kitchell Custom Homes.  Rios spoke at UCSB’s dynamic architecture lecture series at the AD&A Museum on campus.   Kitchell is a new sponsor of the series.