We were happy to have made it up to San Francisco this past week for Handful of Salt’s launch party celebrating the birth of their brand spankin’ new print magazine. At a time when so many publications are foregoing print issues for digital, we’re so happy to see someone proving that print is not dead. The perfectly square print edition is anything but square, featuring work by some of the world’s most interesting makers and creatives. We can’t wait to see the next issue and look forward to adding this to our coffee table collection!
Order your own copy here!
Every year since 2008, the LA Tourism and Convention Board has teamed together with LA restaurants and American Express to host dine LA Restaurant Week, a bi-annual celebration of LA eateries. For 12 straight days, over participating restaurants will be featuring special prix fixe menus for adventurous diners. It’s the perfect chance to check out a new restaurant that has been on your soon-to-hit-list, or be reunited with a tried and true classic that you haven’t enjoyed in a while. The winter installment of dine LA starts January 21st (today) and runs till February 1st.
Since we, at Secret Agent, pride ourselves on being quite devoted epicureans….(in other words, we eat….a lot), here is a selection of some of our top picks. We have a preference for the Eastside so most of our picks are east of La Brea.
Artisan House – local to our new office in DTLA, this elegant eatery boasts a market, fantastic coffee, and fresh and local produce transformed into delicious Californian fare.
Cliff’s Edge – we love a hidden restaurant and Cliff’s Edge has positively the best patio in town. Beyond the clandestine door awaits a newly renovated door and a revitalized menu by Chef Vartan Abgaryan.
UMAMIcatessen – Inspired by international street bazaars and the classic American delicatessen, UMAMIcatessen is a table-service dining hall inside the Orpheum. Informal, international, and insanely good.
Mo-Chica – it doesn’t get mo-delicious than Mo-Chica. Chef Ricardo Zarate, Food and Wine’s Best New Chef, offers up his own modern interpretation of classic Peruvian dishes. It doesn’t hurt that the compact space pops with color and verve to match the cuisine.
Lukshon – our *one* west side pick is Lukshon. This gorgeously appointed Culver City restaurant won an AIA Los Angeles Restaurant Design Award a few years ago. Minimal, sophisticated, and ridiculously tasty. You cannot go wrong with crab fritters.
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It’s official: tickets for this weekend’s San Diego Home Tours and Meet the Architects are SOLD OUT. Don’t worry design fans, all hope is not lost – you can still enjoy a design-filled weekend by signing up for the Home Tour wait list (for Saturday or Sunday), or RSVP to the Dwell Design & Drive, presented by Lincoln.
On November 10 and 11, come test drive a brand-new Lincoln vehicle and help build a more sustainable future using the power of design (for every driver, Lincoln will donate $25 to Dwell’s non-profit partner, Architecture for Humanity). Mingle with the great minds behind the Dwell Home Tour’s featured designs, enjoy chef-prepared bites, and enjoy exclusive access to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) La Jolla’s new Fall Exhibition Behold, America! and the NewSchool of Architecture + Design.
Each test drive will last about 7-10 minutes, and is free and open to the public. Spaces are running out fast, so be sure to reserve your spot online!
Turkey, pumpkin pie, family, and…modern architecture. There’s even more to be thankful for this month! The design indulgence kicked off last weekend with Dwell’s popular Home Tours in Silicon Valley, and continues this weekend in San Diego. From Los Altos to Hillsborough, and Encinitas to La Mesa, fans of modern architecture in Southern So Cal will be treated to an exclusive look at the best in modernist living today with the first-ever Dwell San Diego Home Tours. This is probably the only special treat that you can enjoy this month that won’t affect your waistline. Go forth and enjoy!
With the work of architecture pioneers Richard Neutra and Joseph Eichler featured in the Silicon Valley home tour lineup, it was no surprise that tickets quickly sold out for this sought-after event. But fear not – tickets are still available (though selling fast!) for the Dwell San Diego Home Tours, Nov. 10-11. Dramatic oceanside vistas and sustainable, innovative architecture will be on display among the ten featured modern homes.
Modernist buffs can get a taste of the tours while helping to raise money for Architecture for Humanity by test-driving a NEW Lincoln vehicle at the San Diego Dwell Design & Drive (Nov. 10-11; RSVP for the free event here). Meet architects and designers from homes on the tour; sample fine, chef-prepared cuisine; view Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) La Jolla’s new exhibition Behold, America!; browse student work at the NewSchool of Architecture + Design; and mingle with fellow design lovers, all for a great cause.
Visit the official Dwell Home Tours website for more information.
The #ModernismProject is a mobile initiative encouraging the Palm Springs Modernism Week community to get involved and capture modernism in their everyday lives through their photo lens. We’re proud to say that we’re the sneaky chicks behind this covert operation, and we’d love for you to get involved. You could stand a chance to win tickets to Palm Springs Modernism Week, February 14-24, 2013, or if you’re not able to make it, an equivalent prize.
Starting in October through January, participants will have the opportunity, twice a month, to participate in this mobile photo challenge simply by snapping a photo on their smart phone and exploring their own personal perspective on modernism. Then follow Modernism Week on Instagram by searching for username Modernism_Week, upload the photo to your Intagram account, and hashtag your submission with #ModernismProject, so we can keep track of your submission. Hop on over to the Modernism Project page on the Palm Springs Modernism Week blog for more info on how to play.
For each contest, there will be an overarching theme, but we’re not at liberty to say what they are – just yet. We have an all-star cast of judges lined up to review each themed submission, so make your photos snazzy! For the October 11th contest, we have the talented team over at Archilovers, and for the October 25th contest, the design driven ladies at Design Milk.
As part of our work creating a robust blog for Palm Springs Modernism Week, we came across an amazing artist who kind of blew our minds. Danny Heller is a Silver Lake-based painter who, quite simply, paints houses. But not just any houses. As this great KCET Artbound piece highlights, Heller has a unique perspective. His light-filled photorealistic paintings capture the beauty of signature Southern California mid-century architecture, and add something just a bit indescribable. He’s part of a new generation of modernists who look back with nostalgia but also interpret the concepts of modernism with a look towards the future. His paintings make us want to run out and buy a vespa…or a Wexler. In short, we love. And if you love too, be sure to VOTE HERE to help transform this KCET Artbound story into a short documentary. You only have till this Sunday to vote! Also, don’t forget to like Artbound on Facebook.
Photo by Matthew Millman
Fans of modern architecture already know that Marin County is veritable trove of mid-century finds. Eichler, Frank Lloyd Wright, Raphael Soriano, John Bolles, Francis Joseph McCarthy, Cliff May, and Claude Oakland have all designed homes in the area (or a Civic Center, in the case of FLW), not to mention a new generation of local architects who are taking up the modern mantle. Later this month, arch-nerds, mid-century fanatics, and lookiloos are invited to get their design fix on the 2nd Annual Dwell+Marin Magazine Marin County Home Tour which will take visitors inside ten of the most notable homes in this picturesque area, starting in Cavallo Point on Friday, April 27th with a Meet the Architects reception for true devotees. The self-guided tour which takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th from 10am to 4pm will explore Southern and Central/West Marin, respectively.
We wish we could go, but we can’t. So you guys go and let us know what you think!
Six years ago when Brian and I headed to Guadalupe Canyon for our camping honeymoon, we had to drive across a giant (and extremely bumpy) salt flat and boulder-crawl up the side of a mountain to get to a bunch of palapas and hot springs. It was awesome – don’t get me wrong – but a stay at the new Hotel Endemico might have been a bit more comfortable.
I just caught sight of this amazing little piece of heaven on Archilovers (which is like the new Architizer? Either way, we love them both!) and followed the link love to Inhabitat and Condenast Traveller to find out more. Designed by Tijuana architect Jorge Gracia, the Endemico offers 20 minimalist structures set on a 40-acre winery overlooking the valley below. Each luxurious 20-sq ft room features a bathroom, a terrace, a clay firepit and views of the valley.
There’s apparently a food and wine explosion happening in Baja and Grupo Habita is only the latest to stake a claim in the Guadalupe Valley. If you believe Johnny Jet, crime stats are down in the area so there’s no reason not to check this place out. Even though the days of spring break are long gone for us, I wouldn’t mind skipping across the border for a bit of R&R (&vino)…
Photos by Luis Garcia
Phone, laptop, radio, movie screen, camera – the iPhone is the da Vinci of gadgets. Within a few short years, this all-in-one device has profoundly shaped the way people look at and interact with the world.
Much like the iPhone which is so much more than just a phone, Carlo Caccavale refuses to be limited to “just” the AIA|LA associate director. This veritable Renaissance man finds time to wear many another hat, including that of writer, producer, designer, and now artist. He recently hosted an opening reception on for iRchitecture, a collection of images shot with his iPhone. A follow-up to his first The Eye and the iPhone exhibition, Caccavale stretches the creative boundaries of this everyday medium, turning a practical device into an instrument of art. No lens, no filters, and no fancy apps with faux bokeh – his photos are au naturale, drawing attention to the intrinsic beauty of the built environment.
iRchitecture is a celebration of architecture and design, currently on display at the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (3780 Wilshire Blvd, Suite #800, Los Angeles, CA 90010).
Click on the images below (also taken on an iPhone) for a peek at the opening reception and Caccavale’s work.
Few individuals have been able to reshape and redefine the urban landscape (or work a mean mustache) like the late, great John Chase. The legacy of this legendary writer and urban designer continues to live on in Los Angeles, his vibrant spirit dwelling in the colorful, lively public spaces he helped to develop.
Last year, de LaB partnered with KCRW’s Frances Anderton to celebrate John’s influence in West Hollywood. From Plummer Park to West Hollywood City Hall, friends and admirers took a city-wide tour on the talented designer’s May 21st birthday, remembering his efforts to create beautiful, functional, and successful urban spaces.
To celebrate John’s profound influence on West Hollywood and the design community at large, the LA Urban Forum and design east of la brea produced this one-of-a-kind walking map, including 31 WeHo destinations that John designed, protected, enabled, approved, admired or frequented, along with descriptions, stories and anecdotes written by John’s friends and collaborators. Designer Keith Scharwath created the map in an eye-popping trademark John hot pink hue. The commemorative map is now available for purchase online. One map is $5, and three maps are $10. Prices include shipping. If you’d like to buy four or more maps, please contact hello [at] designeastoflabrea [dot] org.
Own your own special little piece of an LA design legacy. Click HERE to get more information about purchasing a John Chase West Hollywood map.