Architecture/ Design
Architecture and Design
California architecture began with indigenous dwellings, mobile and sustainable camps that could change with the seasons. As Spanish settlers brought Continental structures and influences, permanent dwellings and churches speckled the landscape. The Missions gleaned influence from Spain’s haciendas, whose tilework, atria and fountains, originated in the medinas of North Africa. As California shifted hands from Spain to Mexico to the U.S., a polygot style emerged, encompassing Victorian flourishes, Craftsman handiwork, and Mexican rancho aesthetic. Then Modernism exploded. Light-filled boxes landed by the ocean, in the deserts, and atop our mountains. Indoor-outdoor spaces and swimming pools became accoutrements to the suburban experience. Googie diners and drive-ins brought atomic age futurism to strip-malls and subdivisions. Streamline-moderne stranded ship-like buildings in neighborhoods. Design moved in tandem with architecture, marrying form and function in objects that defied expectations of traditionalists. In California, novelty, and sometimes kitch, can drive innovation, and push intangible ideas into the third dimension as a plan and a blueprint becomes the skeleton and skin of structures.
Perry Cardoza's Land Art Project Breaks Ground in the Owens Valley
Perry Cardoza's Land Art Project Breaks Ground in the Owens Valley
A $300 million landscape art project on Owens Lake is scheduled to open to the public this spring. Comprised of a main plaza and trails, the site was designed to be in harmony with the surrounding environment.
The Future Look of Wilshire's Museum Row
The Future Look of Wilshire's Museum Row
The transformation is underway. With the remodeled Petersen Automotive Museum, Metro's Purple Line extension and proposed visions of future construction, the physical manifestation of Wilshire Boulevard's Museum Row is emerging from east to west.
World Builder: Production Designer K.K. Barrett Teams with Kid Koala
World Builder: Production Designer K.K. Barrett Teams with Kid Koala
K.K. Barrett is the production designer behind Spike Jonze's "Where the Wild Things Are" and Sophia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette." He steps into the director's role for project "Nufonia Must Fall" -- DJ/producer Kid Koala's live action graphic novel featuring a cast of tiny puppets.
Best of 2015: Architecture/Design
Best of 2015: Architecture/Design
Throughout 2015, Artbound was a witness to cutting-edge architectural developments that sprung up in Southern California. Today, join us in looking back at our most popular articles on architecture and design.
Think Pink: The Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo's Kitsch Castle
Think Pink: The Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo's Kitsch Castle
With more than 110 themed rooms and suites, San Luis Obispo's Madonna Inn has been a popular destination for artists, architecture buffs and tourists since it opened in 1958.
Eileen Doktorski: The Art of Redemption
Eileen Doktorski: The Art of Redemption
Sculptor Eileen Doktorski believes in the healing properties of art. Often dark, her sprawling installations comment on domestic violence and wastefulness.
The Broad Museum's Place on Grand Avenue
The Broad Museum's Place on Grand Avenue
A look at The Broad museum's architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the building's relationship to the other cultural institutions on Grand Avenue.
Bright Ideas: Brendan Ravenhill's Thoughtfully Simple Designs
Bright Ideas: Brendan Ravenhill's Thoughtfully Simple Designs
Born out of Los Angeles, Brendan Ravenhill's signature designs straddle sophistication and simplicity.
Five Southern California Architecture Projects
Five Southern California Architecture Projects
We've compiled some of our most compelling articles from the first half of 2015 by theme. Today, we consider architecture.
The Art of Preserving: Florencio Blanquel's Handcrafted Furniture
The Art of Preserving: Florencio Blanquel's Handcrafted Furniture
The making and selling of handcrafted artisanal furniture can be considered a dying trade in today's demanding economic climate that has grown accustomed to the Ikea concept of mass produced furniture. Woodworker Florencio Blanquel challenges this idea by continuing the tradition of constructing handcrafted rustic Mexican colonial wood furniture.
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