Archive for the ‘Hollywood’ Category
Rodarte: States of Matter presents works in fashion and costume design by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, including original ballet costumes for Black Swan. This is Rodarte’s first west coast exhibition. It is open now through June 5th at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Kate and Laura are California natives–born and raised in Pasadena, they returned to after college at UC Berkeley to launch Rodarte in 2005. The sisters recently gave Nowness an itinerary of their off-the-beaten-path hangouts in LA…
The Magic Castle – 7001 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028
This is one of the coolest places in LA. It’s a historic magicians club. We love to see sleight-of-hand experts and listen to Erma the ghost play the piano.
Bob Baker Marionette Theater – 1345 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Bob makes all of his amazing marionettes and his performances are brilliant. His Nutcracker Suite is sold out every year.
The Natural History Museum – 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007
The gem room is our favorite room in Los Angeles. It’s lit in pale yellow and houses an incredible collection of Gold Rush jewelry. The walls are lined with glass shelves tinted by the jewel tones that rest on top.
Linda Taalman of Taalman Koch Architecture is documenting the hands-on renovation of a double unit in the (1953) Craig Ellwood Courtyard Apartment in Hollywood on Dwell. Taalman and Koch are remodeling a 1,600-square-foot, live-work apartment in the 3,200-square-foot, two-story, building, which they’re using as a home to raise their daughter and an office for up to six people.
“Perhaps to most people in Los Angeles, up to nine people sharing one 1,600-square-foot space sounds crazy, but after spending ten years in New York I saw a lot of potential,” Taalman says.
Taalman visited the Ellwood Apartments years earlier and fell in love with their efficiency and indoor-outdoor Southern California feel, while still being in the heart of Hollywood. “We saw our own ideals reflected in the courtyard apartment, open spaces, expansion through transparency and indoor/outdoor connections, and its smaller-is-better ethos,” she states.
It’s fascinating to read about the building’s history, renovation, consolidation of live and work space, and the interior design choices. Check out all Taalman’s posts here.
2910 Durand Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
4BR, 3 BA
This gorgeous Mediterranean home in the Hollywood Hills was built in 1927, and provides 4 bedroom, 3.5 baths, an infinity pool, and exquisite views of the city and mountains from every room.
A vintage Hollywoodland original, it features 3,015 square feet of interior space and has been exceptionally remodeled in the classic 1920’s style. It provides beautiful period details, like Saltillo and Moroccan tile floors throughout, wood beam ceilings, claw foot tubs, Moroccan tile accents, wood burning fireplaces, and wrought iron fixtures and railings throughout.
Commune is the Los Angeles-based design firm behind the amazing Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs (pictures above and below). Commune was founded in 2004 with a diverse staff of interior designers, architects, and graphic designers. Using a collaborative mindset, they assemble a team for each project, whether it’s a residence, commercial space, retail environment, website, or corporate identity.
Aside from the Ace Hotel, Commune’s past commercial spaces include Heath Ceramics in San Fransisco, Oliver Peoples in Malibu, Opening Ceremony in Tokyo, retail design for the Standard Hotel in New York, and many more. Commune has designed residential spaces throughout LA, as well…
8530 Hedges Pl – John Lautner’s Wolff House 1961 (Top)
Los Angeles, CA 90069
4 BR, 3.5 BA
2400 Carmen Crest Dr – Thornton Ladd’s Wolff House, 1958 (Bottom)
Los Angeles, CA 90068
2 BR, 1.75 BA
There are currently not one but two architecturally significant Wolff Houses on the market. First we have John Lautner’s Wolff House. Built in 1961 this carries a much heftier price tag – which is probably why it’s been on the market for almost a year. This home is one of the most unique homes in all of Los Angeles and fully demonstrates Lautner’s genius and creativity.
Next we have Thornton Ladd’s Wolff House in the Hollywood Hills. While a few years older, this is the lesser-known of the two homes but is just as impressive. This one-0f-a-kind “floating glass pavilion” just hit the market and features panoramic ocean and city views.
More photos of the Wolff Houses after the break.
When I move to a new neighborhood or city, I’m not settled in until I have my nail salon and my gym. I know, priorities, right? It took me a while to pick my LA gym, but I ended up with Gold’s because, well, there wasn’t much option on the East side for a decent, reasonably priced gym.
Overall, I’m happy with my choice. At Gold’s there’s always a machine to hop on, even during peak hours (around 6 pm on weeknights and during mid-morning on the weekend). This is a bodybuilding-friendly gym, so there are tons of free weights and machines. In fact, on the first floor there is a whole room just for free weights. There’s also a main room with weight machines and small room for stretching and work with BOSU balls and balance boards. On the second floor there are classrooms for yoga, Pilates, and dance, and room with stationary bikes for cycling classes. Most of the classes are free. Plus, there are tons of treadmills, bikes, and elliptical machines, which each have their own TV–a must for any gym, in my opinion!
The parking is convenient. You get a parking pass when you sign up and there is a huge lot next door to the gym. Gold’s sells smoothies and other pre-packaged healthy snacks and meals, as well as some cute gym attire. I got some Hardtail leggings there that I wear to death. The gym is very clean, and the machines are in good condition and are fixed fairly quickly when they break. The locker room is basic: No frills, generic shampoo, body wash, lotion and q-tips. I wish they supplied higher-end products and towels, but I guess you have to pay more to get the good stuff. Gold’s recently discontinued their tanning services and replaced it with a water massage bed, but I have not tried it.
More of my Gold’s Gym review after the break, including the one thing that really bugs me about it.
Just a friendly that tomorrow, November 7th, is MAK Day at the Schindler House in West Hollywood. What is MAK Day exactly? A look at the day’s itinerary should answer that question for you:
12 – 1 pm: A graphic workshop with Handbuilt Studio for Project Food / LA, in preparation for the Edible Endeavors Convention, Yuju Yeo leads participants will generate foodie propaganda – banners, flyers, posters, etc.
1 – 2 pm: Curatorial walk-through on the exhibition Otto Neurath. Gypsy Urbanism with guest curator Nader Vossoghian
2:30 – 3:30 pm: Criticality, Agency, and Visual Language
A panel discussion on exhibition and display strategies in relation to infrastructure, do-it-yourself methods, social space engagement, graphic communication. Moderated by MAK Center director Kimberli Meyer
Nader Vossoghian: architectural historian and guest curator of Otto Neurath. Gypsy Urbanism
Rosten Woo: designer, writer, educator, and co-founder of the Center for Urban Pedagogy
Linda Pollack: artist, creator of Habeas Lounge
Alexis Rochas: architect, creator of a rooftop garden prototype SynthE Green Roof
Juliette Bellocq: graphic designer, Handbuilt Studio
3:30 – 6 pm: Hungry Urbanism Edible Endeavors Convention #3
A survey of food advocacy practices in Los Angeles. In a rapid-fire series of presentations, a diverse set of individuals and organizations will present their work on behalf of food issues in the city. Project Food / LA presents this part rally, part political convention, part lecture and part panel discussion. Curated by Michael Pinto.
The entire event is free and there will also be free Coolhaus ice cream snacks on Superlove granola bars. Lots of free to take advantage of, so be sure to check it out!
MAK Center for Art and Architecture
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
323 651 1510
When I moved to Los Angeles one of the first things I searched for was a deli to get a good sandwich. Sure there was Canter’s but what I really wanted was a local sandwich shop to pop into on a Saturday afternoon and get an Italian sub with a bag of chips and an orange soda. I searched and I searched but nothing fit what I was looking for.
Then one day I was heading west on Sunset Blvd and I saw a sign that said simply: “Tamarind Ave Deli”. At first I thought it was too good to be true – could this really be what it proclaims itself to be? Was this a film set posing to be Chicago or New York? Was this truly a simple, no frills deli? The answer, to my shock and excitement, was YES.