Episode 5. Mary Ta | Minotti Los Angeles

My guest on this episode is Mary Ta, founder and chief curator of the flagship Minotti monobrand showroom located in Los Angeles, CA.

Mary Ta (photo credit: Mark Hanauer)

Mary Ta (photo credit: Mark Hanauer)

 

Download the episode HERE and listen to Mary Ta describe Minotti’s place in the larger world of design, both internationally and locally in California.

About Minotti:

In February 2004, Minotti Los Angeles opened in the heart of the West Hollywood Design District, making history as the first Minotti flagship showroom in the world. With architecture reminiscent of the display stands featured in the renowned furniture fair Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, Minotti Los Angeles offers a comprehensive showroom for the Minotti collection and lifestyle.

The name Minotti is synonymous with the words contemporary, elegance and quality. For over 50 years, Minotti S.p.A., an Italian furniture design and manufacturing company, has created furnishings for a discerning global market. In collaboration with the acclaimed Architect-Designer Rodolfo Dordoni, Minotti has become an international brand of luxury amongst the best Italian style.

Envisioning your entire lifestyle, Minotti Los Angeles is proud to showcase complementing collections, including crystal chandeliers by Lolli e Memmoli; Murano glass lighting by Venini; and sculptures by Mauro Mori.

Minotti Los Angeles

Renato Minotti and Roberto Minotti

Renato Minotti and Roberto Minotti

Rodolfo Dordoni, Minotti's worldwide Creative Director

Rodolfo Dordoni, Minotti’s worldwide Creative Director

 

Levitated Mass, the largest object moved by mankind since antiquity, at LACMA.

Levitated Mass, a 340-ton boulder on display at LACMA

Levitated Mass, a 340-ton boulder on display at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Levitated Mass Perspective

Levitated Mass Perspective

(more in this post and this video)

 

LACMA Renzo Piano

LACMA’s Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, designed by Renzo Piano

Minotti textiles

Minotti textiles inspired by LACMA

Minotti LACMA Textiles + Furniture

Minotti LACMA Textiles + Furniture

(l to r) Owens Armchair, Neto End Tables (x3), White Sofa (style name, not color), Raymond Coffee Table, Spencer Chaise {kinda the antithesis to Shabby Chic, right?}

Minotti Jagger Highback Sofa

Minotti Jagger Highback Sofa

Minotti Lennon Table

Minotti Lennon Table

Check out the Minotti Los Angeles web site.

the Minotti Los Angeles team

the Minotti Los Angeles team

Find them on facebook, twitter @MinottiLA, and instagram @minottila.

Stay tuned to @DesignInConvo for more on Minotti LA’s ten year anniversary events and Minotti Design 360.

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 4. Jessica Marx + Ginna Christensen #OneLove

My guests on this episode are Jessica Marx, of J. Marx Atelier, and Ginna Christensen, founder of 27ground and creative director at Woven Accents.

Interior Designer Jessica Marx

Interior Designer Jessica Marx

Ginna Christensen, founder 27ground

Ginna Christensen, founder 27ground + creative director at Woven Accents

Download the episode HERE to listen to the three of us discuss the convergence of interior design with street art and how they combine together in the current installation and all new product line dubbed One Love.

Woven Accents in West Hollywood

Woven Accents in West Hollywood

One Love at Woven Accents

One Love at Woven Accents; limited edition rug by Gregory Siff

One Love at Woven Accents

One Love at Woven Accents; limited edition rugs by Gregory Siff, This Means Mar, Kenny Scharf

One Love at Woven Accents

One Love at Woven Accents; limited edition rug by Defer

The Soldier (blue) by Quim Tarrida

The Soldier (blue) by Quim Tarrida

One Love interior by Jessica Marx

One Love interior by Jessica Marx

One Love living room, interior design by Jessica Marx

One Love living room, interior design by Jessica Marx

One Love interior by Jessica Marx

One Love interior by Jessica Marx

Can Love spray can flowers

CanLove spray can flowers

…more photos here

Links from Episode 4:

One Love by Gregory Siff

Life’s Little Jems (Jessica’s blog)

J. Marx Atelier

@little_jem on instagram

27ground

@27ground on instagram

Woven Accents

@wovenaccents on instagram

Toy Art Gallery

Shepard Fairey’s poster of (then presidential candidate) Barack Obama (more from Wikipedia)

Barack Obama "Hope" Poster

Barack Obama “Hope” Poster

exit through the gift shop

West Hollywood library murals:

Peace Elephant by Shepard Fairey

Peace Elephant by Shepard Fairey

West Hollywood Library Mural by Retna

West Hollywood Library Mural by Retna

West Hollywood Library Mural by Kenny Scharf

West Hollywood Library Mural by Kenny Scharf

Jessica’s home as featured in Rue Mag

One Love Artists:

Kenny Scharf

Gregory Siff

This Means Mar – Spencer Gilbert

Defer

Alexandra Grant

Tanya Nolan

Alex K Mason

Jonas Bergkvist

Laura Hubacz

Rodrigo Valles

Matty Fontana

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 3. Joshua Rose + Rafael Kalichstein of FORM

My guests on this episode are Joshua Rose and Rafael Kalichstein of FORM Los Angeles.

Rafi & Josh

Rafi & Josh

Josh and Rafi are designers based in LA, with backgrounds outside the industry of interior design: Josh in creating visual effects for movies and television and Rafi in traditional Eastern healing and Chinese medicine.

Download the episode HERE to hear from Josh and Rafi as we discuss their approach of “design diagnosis”, the cumulative effect of many considered design decisions and more.

Links from Episode 3:

FORMLosAngeles.com

formlosangeles.com/

formlosangeles.com

Interiors by FORM:

Interior Design by FORM Los Angeles

Interior Design by FORM Los Angeles

Interior Design by FORM Los Angeles

Interior Design by FORM Los Angeles

Interior Design by FORM Los Angeles

Interior Design by FORM Los Angeles

Interior Design by FORM Los Angeles

Interior Design by FORM Los Angeles

Interior Design by FORM Los Angeles

Interior Design by FORM Los Angeles

Exteriors by FORM:

Exterior Design by FORM Los Angeles

Exterior Design by FORM Los Angeles

Exterior Design by FORM Los Angeles

Exterior Design by FORM Los Angeles

Digital dispatches from the world of FORM:

@FORM_LA on twitter

@form_la on instagram

@formlosangeles on pinterest

The “GLAMB Bag” carry-on designed for A+D Museum‘s 2013 gala

GLAMB Bag by FORM

GLAMB Bag by FORM

Read the press release for more on this collaboration.

quote by Sarah Silverman

quote by Sarah Silverman

“Brave people don’t try to take RIGHTS from others, Y’all. Love, Sarah Silverman”

GLAMB Bag on display

GLAMB Bag on display

GLAMB Bag detail

GLAMB Bag detail

GLAMB Bag at home

GLAMB Bag at home

Josh & Rafi’s dinner party guests:

Tony Duquette

Tony Duquette

Tony Duquette

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog (not Verner nor Wernher)

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

The setting:

Dawnridge terrace table setting

Dawnridge terrace

Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge residence

This came to mind when the difficult dinner menu was being discussed….

dinner party menu

And finally, for additions to your music library, try some Ke$ha or Indigo Girls!

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 2. Ron Woodson & Jaime Rummerfield

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Episode 1. Tobi Fairley

Episode 1. Tobi Fairley.

My guest on our premiere episode is Tobi Fairley.

Interior Designer Tobi Fairley

Interior Designer Tobi Fairley

 Tobi is an interior designer based in Little Rock, Arkansas with a new office recently opened in Dallas, Texas.  Selected as one of Traditional Home magazine’s Top 20 Young Designers in America, Tobi’s signature look is “fresh and simple combining colorful, large-scale prints with classic furniture styles for a beautiful and functional result.”

In the episode we discuss how she started her career as a designer after earning degrees in both accounting and design.  We delve further into her entrepreneurial spirit, discussing how her blog has helped to build her business and how she continues to help other design professionals build their own viable practices through mentorship and consulting.

Download the episode HERE and reference the links below for additional resources mentioned in the conversation.

Links from Episode 1:

Getting Published / Social Media Strategy: December 3-5  with guest speakers Krissa Rossbund of Traditional Home, Crystal Palecek of Rue, Michelle Adams of Domino, Cassandra Lavalle of Coco + Kelley, Julia Noran Johnston of Editor At Large and Sandy Gilbert-Freidus of Rizzoli with author and designer Alex Papachristidis

TobiFairley.com

Tobi’s Blog

House Beautiful: March 2010

House Beautiful: March 2010

Camp Tobi Fairley

Tobi Fairley Home

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” attributed to Bernard of Chartres

Tobi’s thoughts on yoga and meditation

Tobi’s dream dinner party guests:

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

“Let passion drive your profession.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

Interior design maven Dorothy Draper

Interior design maven Dorothy Draper

“I don’t believe anything can do as much for a room as a glowing fire in an attractive fireplace. Men and dogs love an open fire; they show good sense. It is the heart of any room and should be kindled on the slightest provocation.” ~ Dorothy Draper

Fashion icon Coco Chanel

Fashion icon Coco Chanel

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” ~ Coco Chanel

Dr. Wayne Dyer

Dr. Wayne Dyer

“The greatest gift you have been given is the gift of your imagination. Everything that now exists was once imagined.” ~Dr. Wayne Dyer

Self-help guru Tony Robbins

Self-help guru Tony Robbins

“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” ~Tony Robbins

Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar

“If you can dream it, you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” ~Zig Ziglar

Here is Tobi’s flank steak recipe (spice-rubbed petite beef tenders, Yum!) with bonus recipes for fire-roasted red pepper sauce, broccolini and a potato gratin too, all courtesy of Traditional Home.

And to close out the meal Tobi also shared with us Ma Bailey’s caramel cake recipe for dessert:

Cake:
1 cup butter
2 ½ cups sugar
5 egg yolks
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon soda
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons cocoa powder in hot water to dissolve
Mix well
Gently Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites
Makes 3   9-inch layers
Bake at 350 degrees until done.
Caramel Icing:
2 ½ cups sugar
1 Large can pet milk
¼ stick butter
¾ cup of sugar caramelized (just heat in iron skillet until browned)
Mix first 3 ingredients in sauce pan, bring to a slow boil.
After extra sugar is caramelized, pour into the mixture. Sugar will instantly harden.  Cook 9 minutes at slow boil.  Caramelized sugar will dissolve into mixture.  It will thicken as it cools.  Use on cake between layers and on top of cake.

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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…and we’re live! …almost…

“Hello, and thank you for downloading this episode of Design In Conversation. I’m Zak Graff, your host, welcoming you to our first episode….”

That’s how it’s supposed to start, anyway.

Download the demo mix!

But I’ve stumbled onto some technical difficulties. Maybe it’s a loose wire or a muted microphone, but it’s getting worked out. So, Episode 1 is not quite ready just yet. It needs that finishing touch, that final layer, that….je ne sais quoi.

The good news is we are live in iTunes! Find us in the Podcasts directory of the iTunes store by searching “Design In Conversation” and we should come right up. You can download or stream the demo mix, a short three-and-a-half minute excerpt from our first three episodes:

Episode 1. Tobi Fairley

Interior Designer Tobi Fairley

Interior Designer Tobi Fairley

Episode 2. Ron Woodson & Jaime Rummerfield

Jaime & Ron

Jaime & Ron

Episode 3. Joshua Rose & Rafael Kalichstein of FORM

Rafi & Josh

Rafi & Josh

Download the demo mix!

We have new episodes coming and even more interviews scheduled with great designers. Subscribe in iTunes to get new episodes as soon as they are available. Tell us what you think and share about what you heard:

@DesignInConvo on twitter #DesignInConversation or #DinC

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Please enjoy the demo, and I hope you’ll tune in again soon!

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