Frances Anderton is the host of DnA: Design and Architecture, monthly on KCRW and KCRW.com. She is also a full-time producer of KCRW's national and local current affairs shows, To The Point, and Which Way, LA?.
In addition, Ms. Anderton is the L.A. Editor for Dwell Magazine. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times and many other publications on Los Angeles design and architecture. Frances is a frequent speaker and moderator at cultural institutions, including REDCAT, the Hammer UCLA Museum, the Skirball Institute, the LA Forum, and the A+D Museum; she is on the Advisory Board of the L.A. Forum.
LOCATION: Santa Monica
WHAT INSPIRES ME: Angeleno attitude
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY (from it all) IN MY AREA: Santa Monica Swim Center
FAVORITE WRITERS: Michael Connelly, Aravind Ariga, Christian Lander, Marjane Satrapi
ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU’D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: Chuck Lorre
MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: Instagram (okay, maybe not an artist per se but they say it makes photos into art)
PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Birdsong
WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: When I was growing up in Georgian Bath, I fantasized about living in a 1960s apartment with sliding patio doors. Now I live in one (co-designed by Frank Gehry), and it’s six blocks from the ocean, and it’s cycling distance from work, and it’s walking distance from my daughter’s school and shops and the farmers market, and it has good neighbors, and it has a soulful pepper tree shading a deck that’s large enough to entertain friends and is home to three ravens, a dray of squirrels and a visiting possum. What’s not to love?
ART YOU MAKE (IF YOU MAKE ANY...): Handmade stuff: cut-paper posters, ceramics, home décor, crazy cakes
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