An Open Letter to Design In Conversation Listeners

Hello dear Design In Conversation listeners, subscribers, and followers.

First of all thank you for your support of this podcast. Since our launch in November of 2013, over 20,000 of you have clicked, downloaded, subscribed and pressed play to at least one episode of Design In Conversation. Knowing that all of you (most of which I have never seen or met) have heard my voice is simultaneously exciting and overwhelming. Whether you’ve listened to just one, or tuned into every episode and shared them with your friends, colleagues and fellow design aficionados, your support is very much appreciated.

Our goal with this project has been to share an interesting point of view of the design community in general, but more importantly, to share the voice of designers, artists, makers and creative personalities, giving you access to the voices behind the designs you know and admire, plus introduce you to some in the design community you may not know just yet.

If you’ve been wondering where some of the episodes have gone [Where have you gone? Where is that episode with ___?? What the heck happened?!?!?] or why there has not been new content posted, we now get to the main reason for this letter to you, our listeners.

Without going into the nitty-gritty details (besides, they’re mostly boring and don’t make for a good tale), my original producer partner and I have parted ways. I am now producing the show myself with full ownership of the project. I have a bit of a (re-)learning curve ahead, taking on all the technical aspects of audio hardware and production elements. But I’m up to the task.

Now, the good news I get to share! All episodes (all 13) are again live and posted on our iTunes page, along with blog posts devoted to each episode right here at DesignInConversation.com.

Even more good news, new episodes are on the way soon! Notably, full broadcasts of LCDQ keynote presentations will be available for download. And we’ll be producing new content as well: conversations with a wide range of designers, design collaborators and good, interesting, creative people. These new episodes will be coming your way, about one each month.

Admittedly, the LCDQ audio is not as timely as when I had originally planned to broadcast. But considering the circumstances of the project at the time, I felt it best to hold the audio until I was confident it would be shared with you. I’m happy and proud I am now finally able to share these conversations and panels with you.

All this is to say, again, that we appreciate you listening. We appreciate your support and relish your comments on our work. We are asking you for another chance to share our stories with you.

So please go ahead, subscribe, download, listen and share as you like. You can still find us in all the normal places, facebook, twitter, iTunes, SoundCloud and Pinterest. And remember to keep Design In Conversation.

Yours most sincerely,

-Zak

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Episode 12. Kelli Ellis and Design Camp

My guest this episode is interior designer, author and Design Camp counselor, Kelli Ellis.

Interior Designer Kelli Ellis

Interior Designer Kelli Ellis

Download the episode here to listen to our conversation covering her work as designer for notable celebrity clients, designing for reality television and her concept of design psychology as described in her new book, “Do I Look Skinny In This House?”.

Links from this episode:

Kelli’s blog and videos

IDI Interior Designers Institute

Do I Look Skinny In This House?

Do I Look Skinny In This House

Kelli’s book, Do I Look Skinny In This House

Kelli’s new book is available in hardcover, paperback, or on your kindle.

High Point Style Spotters

klout.com

Design Camp, founded by Kelli Ellis and Lori Dennis

Interior Design Camp by Kelli Ellis and Lori Dennis

Interior Design Camp by Kelli Ellis and Lori Dennis

Don’t forget, Design In Conversation listeners receive a $500 discount off registration for the upcoming Design Camp, July 29-31. Register here with promo code VEGAS.

Kelli’s top tv picks: The Real Housewives of Orange CountyThrough the Wormhole (on Science Channel) and American Pickers.

Kelli’s dream dinner party guests include architect Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan

designer of Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle from above

Hearst Castle from above

interior designer Kathryn M. Ireland

Kathryn M. Ireland

Kathryn M. Ireland

and fashion designer Gianni Versace.

Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace

I’d say that’s quite the design posse, indeed!

 

Keep up with Kelli through her social media:

DesignerKelliEllis on facebook

@designerkelli on twitter

@designerkelliellis Kelli’s new instagram

and on her blog.

 

That’s all for this episode wrap-up. If you’d like more information on anything mentioned in this episode, send us your questions via email, twitter or facebook. Thanks for listening to Design in Conversation!

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Episode 10. School Night Conversations (Part 2)

This episode culls three more interviews conducted during School Night for the Design Trade a Design Circle event hosted by Snyder Diamond at their Santa Monica location. Download the episode here to hear from our guests:

Mike Grosswendt, president of All Coast Construction

Mike Grosswendt

Mike Grosswendt

Mike Grosswendt on instagram and his sprint car racing blog SurfnSprint.com

All Coast Construction blog, on facebook and twitter

 

Monique Lafia of Lafia Arvin Interior Design

Monique Lafia

Monique Lafia

Lafia Arvin on facebook, houzz and youtube

 

We also spoke with the evening’s master of ceremonies Christian May.

Interior Decorator Christian May

Interior Decorator Christian May

Listen to Christian’s Designer Profile episode here. Visit his blog, and keep up with him on instagramtwitterpinterestfacebook and everywhere on “teh internets”.

Download Part 1 of this episode here.

If you’d like more information on anything mentioned in this episode, send us your questions via email, twitter or facebook. Thanks for listening to Design in Conversation!

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Episode 9. School Night Conversations (Part 1)

This episode culls three interviews conducted during School Night for the Design Trade a Design Circle event hosted by Snyder Diamond at their Santa Monica location. Download the episode here to hear from our guests:

Susan Cohen of Susan Cohen Associates Interior Design

Susan Cohen

Susan Cohen

Susan Cohen Associates on houzz, Dering Hall and facebook

 

Russ Diamond, President of Snyder Diamond

Russ Diamond

Russ Diamond

Snyder Diamond on facebook, twitter, pinterest and houzz

 

and Gary Paster of Paster Construction and American Saferoom Door (technical consultant for Panic Room starring Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker and Jared Leto, directed by David Fincher)

Interior Architecture by Paster Construction

Interior Architecture by Paster Construction

Beachfront Residence by Paster Construction

Beachfront Residence by Paster Construction

Paster Construction on twitter, facebook and youtube

 

Also after the event, we spoke with the evening’s master of ceremonies Christian May. Download and listen to his Designer Profile episode here.

Part 2 of this episode is next…so stay tuned and keep downloading!

If you’d like more information on anything mentioned in this episode, send us your questions via email, twitter or facebook. Thanks for listening to Design in Conversation!

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Episode 8. Christian May of Maison21

This episode (download it here) is the first in our series of Designer Profiles, and features Christian May, a Los Angeles-based interior decorator and “chief bottle-washer” (his words, not mine) at Maison 21 Interior Design.

Interior Decorator Christian May

Interior Decorator Christian May

We talked with Christian after the Snyder Diamond School Night program: Social Media for the Design Trade, where he spoke on the importance of social media in building a brand as a design professional. Christian walked the audience through some of the basics of his current favorite social platform, Instagram, and how it has continued the evolution of his career as an interior designer.

He credits his presence on various social platforms for a number of recent opportunities including designing a room for the California Home + Design Small Space Big Style Showhouse,

Maison21 for California Home + Design Showhouse

Maison21 for California Home + Design Showhouse

window displays for LCDQ Legends in 2013 and 2014,

Maison21's window for Gray Morell

Maison21’s window for Gray Morell

plus new creative collaborations including wallpaper (from Black Crow Studios) and cowhide rugs (now available at Woven Accents).

Shapes Collection by Maison 21

Shapes Collection by Maison 21

 

For more on Christian May visit his blog, and keep up with him on instagram, twitter, pinterestfacebook and everywhere on “teh internets”.

We’ll have more interviews from the School Night program coming soon in future episodes…so stay tuned!

If you’d like more information on anything mentioned in this episode, send us your questions via email, twitter or facebook. Thanks for listening to Design in Conversation!

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Episode 7. Mark Moussa of Arteriors

My guest this episode is Mark Moussa, founder of Arteriors Home.

Mark Moussa, founder of Arteriors Home

Mark Moussa

Download the episode here for our discussion which took place at the new Arteriors Home showroom in Los Angeles.

Founded in 1987, Arteriors is a leading provider of luxury residential and commercial lighting, wall decor, decorative accessories and furniture. Launched with a focus on traditional accessories in classic materials, Mark and his team collaborate with experienced artisans and manufacturers around the world working in leather, iron, brass, bronze, nickel, wood, glass, ceramic, porcelain and more. Arteriors offers a wide spectrum of styles in luxury materials and finishes scaled specifically for design lovers with up-to-date sensibilities.

A few of Mark’s favorites:

Evan Dining Table

Evan Dining Table

Gidget Lamp

Gidget Lamp (in bronze)

Gidget Lamp

Gidget Lamp (in brass)

Duchess Chandelier

Duchess Chandelier

Mosquito Small Bench

Mosquito Small Bench (part of the Barry Dixon collection)

Prescott Round Mirror

Prescott Round Mirror

…plus new andirons and fireplace screens.

Some of the Arteriors guest designers:

Laura Kirar

Laura Kirar

Laura Kirar collection

Barry Dixon

Barry Dixon

Barry Dixon collection

Windsor Smith

Windsor Smith

Windsor’s collection is set to launch in fall 2014, so stay tuned…

 

Additional links from this episode:

ArteriorsHome.com

ArteriorsHome on facebook

@ArteriorsHome on twitter

@arteriorshome on instagram

Mark’s personal instagram is also a great follow.

 

Mark’s Mount Rushmore of design:

Alexander McQueen (photo by Tim Walker)

Alexander McQueen (photo by Tim Walker)

Alexander McQueen

(order Savage Beauty here)

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

Tom Ford

Tom Ford

Tom Ford

Phillip Johnson

Phillip Johnson

Phillip Johnson, and his famous Glass House

Phillip Johnson's Glass House

Phillip Johnson’s Glass House

That’s it for this episode wrap-up. If you’d like more information on anything mentioned in this episode, send us your questions via email, twitter or facebook. Thanks for listening to Design in Conversation!

 

 

 

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Episode 6. Bernard Brucha of MASHstudios

My guest on this episode is Bernard Brucha, founder of MASHstudios.

Bernard Brucha of MASHstudios

Bernard Brucha of MASHstudios

MASHstudios founder Bernard Brucha leads the Los Angeles-based creative studio, overseeing all projects from concept through fabrication. A Chicago native with a background in industrial design and a penchant for simple, beautiful details, Bernard’s goal for every MASHstudios environment is to help people function. The highest compliment he could receive? A pat on the back by a client and the words, “Great job.”

Download the episode HERE. Listen to Bernard as he describes his early influencers and the evolution of MASHstudios into a go-to design firm providing furniture design, manufacturing craftsmanship and interior design expertise to a wide array of clients.

MASHstudios “Craftsmanship in the Digital Age” event featured the debut of new metal finishes and new shapes from both the LAX and PCH series.

LAX Special Edition 3X Shelf, polished brass

LAX Special Edition 3X Shelf in polished brass

The 3X Shelf {also here} is a wall-mounted beauty perfect for showcasing your finest collectibles while hiding almost anything else behind two sliding metal panels.

LAX Special Edition Entertainment Shelf

LAX Special Edition Entertainment Shelf in polished copper

{p.s. This polished copper was the finish I mistook for rose gold.}

detail of LAX Special Edition Entertainment Shelf

detail of LAX Special Edition Entertainment Shelf

more LAX series

The new dark finish is inspired by Japanese shou sugi ban or “charred wood” style.

LAX Special Edition Dark Buffet with black cast aluminum doors

PCH Special Edition Dark Buffet with black cast aluminum doors

This finish reminded me of “Where There’s Smoke”…

Where There's Smoke by Maarten Baas

Where There’s Smoke by Maarten Baas

…a blow-torched version of the original zig-zag chair.

Zig-Zag Chair by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

Zig-Zag Chair by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

more PCH series

metallic faux bois drawer front

wood + metal = faux bois

metallic faux bois drawer front in cast aluminum

metallic faux bois drawer front in cast aluminum

 

Additional links from this episode:

MASHstudios.com

MASHstudiosInc on facebook

@MASHstudiosInc on twitter

@mashstudios on instagram

 

IIT / New Bauhaus

logo

Milder Office principal, Jonas Milder

Dakota Jackson

Dakota Jackson

Dakota Jackson

 

Bernard’s Mount Rushmore of design:

Constantin Brancusi

Constantin Brancusi

Constantin Brancusi

Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi

Ray & Charles Eames

Ray & Charles Eames

Ray & Charles Eames

Victor Papanek

Victor Papanek

Victor Papanek, Design for the Real World

{Anyone want to take a shot and Photoshop these onto Mount Rushmore?}

 

MASHstudios.com

MASHstudiosInc on facebook

@MASHstudiosInc on twitter

@mashstudios on instagram

 

That’s it for this episode wrap-up. If you’d like more information on anything mentioned in this episode, send us your questions via email, twitter or facebook. Thanks for listening to Design in Conversation!

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