John Chase West Hollywood Map

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 yearde 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.


Secret Agent Holiday Redux

We’re looking forward to getting off to a smashing start with 2012, but we couldn’t help bringing the holidays back for just a moment.  Big thanks to Cartoules Letterpress for making our annual holiday cards. If you didn’t get one, it’s because we ran out!  Next year, we’ll make more.


Been: Urbanic Summer Social

It’s been so busy lately that we barely noticed that it was summer. Thankfully, Urbanic‘s Summer Social gave us a welcome excuse to take the night off and indulge in some absolutely gorgeous prettiness.  While we laptop-bound secret agents had neither tan nor pretty sun dress to sport, it was great to get out among the immaculately dressed design bloggers.  We thoroughly enjoyed sipping spiked lemonade, making pinwheels, and drooling over Smock‘s new letterpress collection.