Architectural Digest’s Architecture and Design Starring in the Movies

August 29, 2011

Were they right?  What are your pick’s? Here are some of mine. “What a Way to Go” 1964, the story of a woman who tries to give the IRS eveything after becoming very rich by marrying men who inevitably die! Hysterical.The sets perfectly describe each of Shirley MacLaine’s transitions, and the all pink mansion she lives in with Gene Kelly is a hoot! One of the greatest Fashion picures of all time as well!

Visually Amazing!

“The Group”1966, the story of eight young women graduating from an exclusive girl’s college in 1933 and the different paths they take over the next decade. There are beautiful scenes of NYC shot by Sidney Kumet that capture pre WWII New York and the different sort of lives each woman leads.
“Dinner at Eight”: 1933 Brilliant comedy. Jean Harlow’s all white bedroom was the first all white set. It took 10 shades of white to accomplish the look. It became a deco classic, copied all over the world.
“Rebecca” 1940, Mandalay, the English Country house where Joan Fontaine comes to live with her new husband, Lawrence Olivier, is as much a charcater as any of the actors or the ghost of Rebecca, his first wife.
“School Ties” 1992, chronicles a young jewish football player winning a scholarship to a private boys Prep School in the 1950’s. Beautiful shots of classic eastern architecture that tell you exactly who is who.
“Brazil” 1985, The futuristic world Terry Gilliam created is full of anachronism and is the story! One of my all time favs!

Must-See Movies Starring Architecture and Design Resources:

August 28, 2011

Must-See Movies Starring Architecture and Design Resources: Enjoy AD’s favorite movies for their use of architecture  or interior design to help tell the story, be the story, or define a character! It will make you want to go back and view every single film!

Architecture Exhibit- Woodbury University Hollywood

July 13, 2011


July 21st – August 28th, 2011
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4 Projects: 4 Scales Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects

This exhibit is comprised of four recent project by the New York based firm Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects (LTL). The projects are Water Proving Ground—a speculative approach to New York City’s harbor in anticipation of sea level change, commissioned by MoMA; Arthouse at the Jones Center—a contemporary art center in Austin Texas; Sullivan Family Student Center—a student lounge for the College of Education at the University of Wyoming in Laramie; and Lobby Wall—a site specific sculpture for Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s entry lobby in their forthcoming building in New York City. The projects range from 69 million to 108 square feet, yet each is predicated on a strategy of optimistic opportunism, whereby experiments and inventions are teased out of the very constraints of each project. This site specific installation foregrounds the productive role of drawing in LTL’s work, turning the walls and floor into etched and printed surfaces.

In conjunction with the exhibit, LTL’s recently completed Claremont University Consortium’s Administrative Center in Claremont, California is part of the LA Forum’s 2011 On the Map Series- Varying Degrees.  This site visit will take place in early August – more info here.

More of LTL’s work can be seen here.


LA Forum Events @ WUHO*
Exhibition Opening: July 21, 2011 – 7-10pm
July 21 – August 27, 2011
Gallery Hours: Fridays – Sundays, 1pm-5pm

*Woodbury University Hollywood
6518 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

WUHO is located between Metro Redline stops: Hollywood & Vine and Hollywood & Highland. Street parking available, parking lot in the rear of the building.

This project is sponsored by the Woodbury University School of Architecture, Corporate Contractors and the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.


Los Angeles County Museum of Art

May 10, 2011

The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy

On view through July 31, 2011

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90036

Phone: (323) 857-6000

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 12–8pm;
Friday, 12–9pm; Saturday, Sunday: 11am–8pm; 

Closed Wednesday

The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy features thirty-seven sculptures from the tomb of John the Fearless (1342–1404), the second duke of Burgundy. His elaborate tomb, once housed at a monastery on the outskirts of Dijon, is now one of the centerpieces of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.

During the 14th and 15th centuries, the Valois dukes of Burgundy ruled over extensive territories in present day France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands from their capital in Dijon. The significant artistic patronage of the dukes drew artists, musicians and writers to Dijon, which became a major center of artistic production. The alabaster tomb sculptures exemplify some of the most important artistic innovations of the late middle Ages. The sculptures, each 16 inches high, depict sorrowful figures expressing their grief or devotion to the second Duke, who was both a powerful political figure and patron of the arts. Each individual figure has a different expression; some wring their hands or dry their tears, while others appear lost in solemn contemplation, or hide their faces in the deeply carved folds of their robes.

The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, under the auspices of FRAME (French Regional and American Museum Exchange). The exhibition is supported by a leadership gift from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Florence Gould Foundation, the Eugene McDermott Foundation, Connie Goodyear Baron, and Boucheron. Major corporate support is provided by Bank of the West—Member BNP Paribas Group. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.

LA Architecture Tour – Masters of 20th-Century Residential Architecture

May 10, 2011

This is a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday. Create your own Architecture Tour! These three historic residences have short hours, so it’s important to start on time in order to visit all three places. Also, this day on the itinerary lets you see the homes in the order they were built.

Begin in Pasadena at the Gamble House. Designed by brothers Charles and Henry Greene, this 1908 bungalow (at 6,000 sq. feet, hardly what we think of as a bungalow) is perhaps one of the finest examples of the Craftsman style in the world, incorporating broad horizontal lines, Asian influences and, most of all, an incredible use of wood. This is the only Greene & Greene home anywhere that is open to the public. Docent-led, one-hour tours are the only way to see the interior: Thursday to Sunday noon to 3 p.m. The tours often sell out early, so it’s best to be here by 11:30 a.m. The bookstore has the best collection of Arts & Crafts-related books in LA. Also, you can pick up a walking tour of the immediate neighborhood, which includes more Greene & Greene homes plus Wright’s Millard House (La Miniatura).

From here, drive down Orange Grove Boulevard to the 110 Freeway, past Downtown LA to Sunset Boulevard. Take Sunset west to Hollywood Boulevard. Hollyhock House is on the top of the hill at the southwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. No dawdling, because you want to make the 2:30 p.m. tour. Hollyhock House was Wright’s first LA project (finished in 1921), designed for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall on property once known as Olive Hill and now called Barnsdall Park. The Maya-inspired complex — recently opened to the public after an extensive restoration — is Wright’s first attempt at his concrete textile block design. This house is actually wood and stucco with concrete detailing of stylized hollyhocks. The interior can only be seen by docent-led tours, which are given in the afternoons Wednesday to Sunday at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Continue on to the MAK Center/Schindler House by driving south on Vermont Avenue to Melrose Avenue, then west. From La Brea Avenue to Kings Road, there are dozens of restaurants for all palates and budgets. After lunch, continue west to Kings Road, then north. The Schindler House, built in 1922, was Rudolf Schindler’s home and studio. This is one of the best examples of the architect’s focus on integrating interior and exterior space. Schindler first came to LA as one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s protégés (he supervised much of the work at Hollyhock House). Then he made a name for himself as one of the 20th century masters. The MAK Center has frequent exhibits on related subjects. Enjoy!

8 areas to consider when remodeling a Kitchen.

March 5, 2011

8 Areas to Pay Attention to When Updating Your Kitchen

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Bungalow Heaven 1925 English!

February 1, 2011

 Located on one of Bungalow Heaven’s best streets, this 1925 English Tudor offers exquisite

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An original Batchelder/Claycraft style fireplace

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large walk-in closet and master bath as well as two

generous additional bedrooms and second bath

complete the approximately 1777 sq. ft. floor plan.

Set on a generous approximately 9606 sq. ft. lot,

this is home is a highly desirable historic property.

Offered at $699,000  Open Superbowl Sunday from 1 to 3 PM!

Brigden Ranch Traditional- New Listing!

January 29, 2011

Compact yet highly functional gourmet Kitchen

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At the Norton Simon Now!

January 15, 2011

 Only a few more weeks to see her!

Current Exhibition


Raphael's "The Small Cowper Madonna" on Loan from the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Raphael (Italian, 1483–1520)
The Small Cowper Madonna, c. 1505
Oil on panel
Overall: 59.5 x 44 cm (23 7/16 x 17 5/16 in.); framed: 86.2 x 71.4 x 8.3 cm (33 15/16 x 28 1/8 x 3 1/4 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Widener Collection, 1942.9.57

Raphael’s “The Small Cowper Madonna” on Loan from the National Gallery of Art, Washington

November 05, 2010 – January 24, 2011


Panshanger, the Hertfordshire seat of the Earls of Cowper, built around 1804, once contained one of the finest collections of Renaissance paintings in England. The gallery was largely assembled by George Nassau Clavering, the third Earl Cowper (1738-1789), who set off on his grand tour in 1760 and remained in Italy for the rest of his life. In his Florentine residence in the Via Ghibellina, as well as his villas outside of the city, he amassed a remarkable collection of paintings by Italian Renaissance artists such as Correggio, Fra Bartolomeo, Andrea del Sarto and Titian, but of uppermost importance and rarity were two early panels by Raphael depicting the Madonna and Child. Both now reside at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. From November 2010 through January 2011, one of these, painted around 1505 and called The Small Cowper Madonna (given its slightly smaller size than the Niccolini-Cowper Madonna of 1508), is on display in Pasadena alongside the Norton Simon Art Foundation’s own Madonna and Child with Book by Raphael, painted slightly earlier in the artist’s formative career and the only painting by the artist in a collection west of Washington, D.C.

Raphael was born on Good Friday, 1483, in the hill town of Urbino in central Italy. The son of Giovanni Santi, himself a painter in service to the Court of Urbino, Raphael’s earliest works date to around 1500. He was orphaned by age 11, and, under the care of his uncle Bartolomeo, a priest, he would achieve fame and important religious commissions well before his 20th birthday. In the course of just two decades he gained the respect and admiration of Urbino’s Ducal Court and artistic circles in Florence and Rome, as well as the patronage of two powerful popes. The youthful Raphael’s inspirations and influences were garnered in Urbino and in his early travels to Perugia, Città di Castello, Orvieto and Siena. The young painter was surely impressed by his father’s work, as well as the graceful, classicizing postures and landscapes in paintings by Signorelli and Perugino. Florence and Rome, and the attendant artistic flurries of Fra Bartolomeo, Leonardo and Michelangelo, would ultimately astonish him and mark his mature style.

It is remarkable that the Simon and the two National Gallery Raphaels, all painted in the same decade, were at one time-perhaps as early as the 1850s until the 1920s-only 80 miles away from each other in the eastern English countryside. After the third Earl Cowper’s death in 1789 in Florence, his collection was shipped to his heirs. It was eventually housed by the fifth Lord Cowper at Panshanger, where the collection would then reside for over 120 years. Meanwhile, toward southeast Kent, by at least the 1880s the Simon Raphael was hanging at Syndale Park, the home of the Townend family, in whose possession the Pasadena picture remained until the 1950s. This trajectory was, for the most part, the same as for the dozen or so panels by Raphael that came to be in American museums: from motherland to England via the grand tour in the 18th century, and then on to American shores by the Gilded Age and the first half of the 20th century, initially to be privately owned, and finally to be housed in public museums.

This extraordinary and generous loan is part of an exchange program between the National Gallery and the Norton Simon Art Foundation, the first loan of which brought Vermeer’s ravishing A Lady Writing to Pasadena in the fall of 2008. The Gallery’s Small Cowper Madonna is one of an astonishing five panels by Raphael at the National Gallery. It is rarely lent, and its presence in Southern California marks the first time it has been west of its adopted home on Constitution Avenue. Lectures by David Alan Brown, the Curator of Italian Paintings at the National Gallery and author of Raphael and America, an exhibition catalogue prepared in 1983 on the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s birth, and by Linda Wolk-Simon, a curator and Raphael scholar from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, are two of the special events planned to commemorate this munificent loan.

Here’s what’s happening at the Huntington Library!

January 15, 2011

There’s only a few weeks left to catch the bronzes! They’re worth the trip!

Current Exhibitions


Beauty and Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Peter Marino Collection


Beauty and Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Peter Marino CollectionOct. 9, 2010–Jan. 24, 2011
MaryLou and George Boone Gallery

The Huntington is the first U.S. venue for “Beauty and Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Peter Marino Collection” a rare look at approximately 20 bronze statuettes made from about 1500 to the mid-18th century in Italy, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Since antiquity, small bronzes delighted and engaged viewers who contemplated their beauty, erudite subject matter, and inventive compositions. The exhibition displays publicly for the first time New York architect Peter Marino’s private collection of prime examples by such artists as Giovanni Battista Foggini (1652–1737) and Michel Anguier (ca. 1613–1686). Marino is one of a long line of sophisticated collectors who have avidly assembled collections of these sculptures since the Renaissance. His collection complements The Huntington’s holdings of related works by Giambologna (1529–1608), Hubert Gerhard (1540–1620), and other masters of the period, some of which will be on view in the exhibition. “Beauty and Power” opened at the Wallace Collection, London, in April 2010 and will be presented at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in February 2011. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog reflecting new research on the works. Learn more >

Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge

Charles Bukowski: Poet on the EdgeOct. 9, 2010–Feb. 14, 2011
Library, West Hall

Los Angeles writer Charles Bukowski (1920–1994) was one of the most original voices in 20th-century American literature. In his poetry and prose, Bukowski used experience, emotion, and imagination, along with violent and sexual imagery, to capture life at its most raw and elemental. With unflinching honesty, he spoke for the social outcasts—the drunks, prostitutes, addicts, lay-abouts, and petty criminals—as well as those who are simply worn down by life. The most comprehensive exhibition on the writer ever undertaken, “Charles Bukowski: Poet on the Edge” includes corrected typescripts of Bukowski’s poems and his screenplay Barfly, made into a film in 1987, starring Faye Dunaway and Mickey Rourke. There are also early periodicals containing his poetry and rare special editions of his writings, including the autobiographical work, Ham on Rye (1982),  published by John Martin, proprietor of the Black Sparrow Press, as well as memorabilia and photographs of Bukowski. The exhibition includes items on loan from Bukowski’s widow, Linda, as well as material from The Huntington’s Bukowski papers, donated by her. Learn more >


“The Lure of Myth: British Drawings from The Huntington’s Art Collections”

luremythNov. 6, 2010 – Mar. 7, 2011
Huntington Art Gallery, Works on Paper Room

Subjects drawn from Greek and Roman mythology have appealed to artists for many centuries. Often dealing with epic struggles, feats of courage, or amorous adventures, mythological stories were appreciated for their originality, heroic characters, and drama. This small exhibition features the work of British artists of the 18th and 19th centuries who experimented with these subjects, including James Thornhill, Thomas Gainsborough, Henry Fuseli, and Richard Dadd. It complements the exhibition “Beauty and Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Peter Marino Collection,” which includes many examples of mythological subjects in sculpture.