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The Bi-Annual Party for West Coast Design

The Bi-Annual Party for West Coast Design

The Monterey Design Conference is the California Council A.I.A.’s equivalent of the TED Talks.  Held every two years at the historic Asilomar Conference Grounds just south of Monterey, the conference brings together some of the world’s greatest architects, 3D artists, futurists, designers of all stripes and creative types from north and south to share a […]


A Blue and Gold Reunion

A Blue and Gold Reunion

To say that the University of California, Berkeley was the center of the student movement in the 1960s is like saying Antarctica is cold. And no piece of university real estate in the United States has more history or significance than Sproul Plaza and it’s adjacent buildings. Little did the Regents or their appointed architects, […]


A Journey to the world of Arts and Crafts

A Journey to the world of Arts and Crafts

Tucked away on a quiet residential street in Berkeley, California is the home and studio of Audel Davis, one of America’s great craftsmen. Think Maloof, Stocksdale, Nakashima, only Davis is a coppersmith and his genre is Arts and Crafts.  When one hears the phrase, images of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Greene and Greene immediately come to […]


Will Bruder: A Cool Guy in a Hot Place

Will Bruder: A Cool Guy in a Hot Place

When I picked up the phone last winter, a rather gruff voice on the other end announced in no uncertain terms, “This is Will Bruder and I want to be in your book.” I was a bit shocked. When compiling a list of possible architects for my latest book, Rural Modern, I had come across […]


Lunch With Daniel G. Smith

Lunch With Daniel G. Smith

Ecological building has gone in and out of fashion several times since the 1960s, but Dan Smith has been singular in his approach to create buildings that leave the most minimal carbon footprint.


A Christmas Dinner Surprise

A Christmas Dinner Surprise

The photo albums documenting my wife’s family from the early twentieth century on were copious and illuminating.


Lunch with Randall Whitehead

Lunch with Randall Whitehead

Making lighting more energy efficient may save our planet, and making it more pleasant to look at may save our sensibilities.


Remembering…

Remembering...

In an era of “more is more,” Ruth’s work was often spare with the exception of her use of vibrant color to liven a space.
Kanner was very much an L.A. person and his designs were the embodiment of So. Cal. Culture: bright, free-spirited and populist.