March 30, 2011

NAP Chair

This is my FAVE chair at the moment.
NAP is a new stackable chair designed by the award winning Danish designer Kasper Salto produced by the furniture design brand Republic of Fritz Hansen.

~thanks EST mag


March 29, 2011


If you are in LA, you might wanna check this out. I am.


March 28, 2011

The Fixer

By Saul Bass

Retrospective exhibition, Bass Notes- The Film Posters of Saul Bass, up at Kemistry Gallery in London.

~ via juxtapoz

March 25, 2011

Punk In England


March 24, 2011

Donnie Molls

This week I have artist Donnie Molls in the house. He's my friend and the father of my son's best friend, Lukas (AKA Lukee).
Donnie has lived at the same place for years. Weird thing, is that I didn't REALLY know where that was for a long time. I just knew it was up at Sid Krofft 's property (u no, co-creator of H.R. Pufnstuf, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Banana Splits....). Until one day, a few years ago, I ran into him and his wife , Teri walking in the NEIGHBORHOOD. We were both pregnant and delivered our boys just days apart. ANYWAY>>>>
Since Donny has a show that just started at the Pacific Design Center during West Week, I thought it would be a great time to feature his Work and Fab Home that he basically built with his own 2 hands on Design*ByProxy.

D*BP: Tell us about what you do?

DM: i mix photo's and painting(oils).taking the oldest form of photography by you-sing silver gelitino bromide and strip it down to a minimal form.
transferring it to canvas then painting (mixed media)

D*BP: Where do you live and what do you love most about your home?

DM: i live in the hollywood hills i love the quietness and the simplicity of it up here also being secluded but the city is so close.i love plants and they seem to thrive up here.
i have been up her for 17 years now. me and three other artist were brought up here after the earth quack and were asked to rebuild the main house on the property .so when i was finished there was a guest house on the other property that was in distress so i moved in tore it down to the frame and rebuilt it to what it is now.(first i lived in the tree house on the property)i did all the work myself(have been building since i was 16)it is more about the inside outside living of california..

D*BP: What designers or artists do you admire most? What inspires you?

DM: i am inspired by many architects and artist some are neutra, john lautner ,craig ellwood,mies vanderow.
artist are robert rauchenberg ,gerhard richter, ed ruscha ,luc tuymans are some. i have may inspirations the outside and all the movement around us taking a moment and capturing it then put it in a timeless place.i hope that my work will be looked at in 50 years and still have a unique style to get people to think.

D*BP: The airstream in the driveway looks like a piece of art and I know the boys love to go and hangout in it. How long have you had it and where do you take it?

DM: i bought the airstream about 10 years ago for $1500 it was trashed i redid it all back to original and got all the original appliances working .
i have taken it all the way on route 66 to photograph for the show abandon dreams i take it out to the desert in the winter and we go and take it up to our property in the summer in the sequoia national forest.we love it and it is a functioning piece of art.

D*BP: I mentioned your show going on right now at the PDC, part of the DESIGN LOVES ART program. Please tell us about it.

DM: the show i have up right now is called BEYOND it is about us traveling into alter spaces and times there are video pieces inside the trees that i got off the property they fell down during the last storm . i wanted the people going into the tree be during one time of year and all the alter seen be in the winter were it is difficult and almost impossible to get to.we had to take snowmobiles to get back there and shot it all in a blizzard.
so i have been working on this show since 2003.

Sounds cool. Can't wait to see it all up.
Thanks Donnie!

Come check out Donnie's show BEYOND @Carl Berg Projects located in the Blue Whale at the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, B266, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Gallery Hours: TUE-FRI, 1PM TO 5PM


March 23, 2011

Russell Young

Iggy Pop "Search and Destroy"

Elizabeth Taylor "Its a big day in the north, love"

Sid Vicious

David Bowie

Lou Reed "Walk on the Wild Side"

Elvis Presley

What better time to feature the work of Russell Young.

Instant Rainbow

Instant Rainbow by YUMALUM on Etsy. CUTE>

~via swiss miss

Elizabeth Taylor R::I::P

Elizabeth Taylor and David Bowie
photographed by Terry O'Neill


March 21, 2011

Go Diego Go!

I couldn't help, but bite this. Featured on Vogue's APT with LSD, the lovely home of our friend Diego Garcia and his beautiful wife Laura with gorgeous baby Georgiana in NYC. Former front man of Elefant, has his first solo project due to be released this April. WATCH OUT... cuz it's amazing!

~Photographed by Claiborne Swanson Frank for

Frame Light Chandelier

from Iacoli & Mcallister. L O V E the fact that not only does it come in black and white, but custom colors as well.

~thanks Ghislaine!

March 17, 2011

: : RyuichiOgino : :


March 16, 2011

Mark Williams

This week my guest on Design*ByProxy is Mark Williams. I'm pretty psyched to be able to share pics of his office at the I.M. Pei designed former CAA building in Beverly Hills. Published interior shots of the building are on the DL, so I feel fortune that I could come in, take photos and share with you all. Kinda feel like a guerrilla blogger.

D*BP: Mark, can you tell us about you do and some of the bands you are working with?

MW: I am Senior Director of A+R for Columbia Records. I look for talent and then help them make records.
Right now I am working with a young singer T. Mills who also raps. He is part of what I call the “shuffle” generation. Kids that because of the internet have grown up exposed to many types of music. In his case the punk pop of Green Day and Blink 182 and hip hop of Wu-Tang, Eminem, and Jay Z. it has the attitude and melodies of Punk but Beats and flow of HipHop. I am also working with Steven Tyler, Raphael Saadiq, The Shins, Wyclef Jean, The Offspring, Jacob Dylan, Brandi Carlile and one of the Glee Cast Chord Overstreet I am quite diverse in what I work with ..

D*BP: Where did you get the pieces in your office?

MW: The desk , settee, chairs and table are all original Florence Knoll that I got from Linda at Skank World and had refinished . Linda has been doing mid century modern in LA since it was actually mid century ! . Her vendors do an incredible job of refinishing and upholstering pieces to there original condition. The Eames unit is a Modernica replica and the chair is an unknown Danish design I got from my wife's old apartment and had redone. Sisal rug from Melrose Rug .The modern credenzas are contemporary Knoll that were here when I moved in and kept.

D*BP: What is your favorite piece of art you have up and why?

MW: My favorite piece of art in my office is the painting of Hank Williams by Jon Langford given to me by a friend several years ago. Jon is a musician and also paints classic portraits of country artists . It is my favorite because I have a brother named Hank and when I was little my mother told me my brother had the same name as a famous country singer. I asked her to by me one of his records .I love the purity of his music. He did so much with 3 chords and a voice. He makes you feel his pain or his joy when he sings . He died when he was only 29 years old having written and recorded hundreds of songs. Hank and seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan was what got me interested in music.

D*BP: What do you listen to your music on? Do you use the Phase Linear?..if so, could you tell us about it. It's really cool looking.

MW: My stereo came from a close friend who passed away recently. He had it in his home studio .His sister was getting rid of some things and I was moving onto a new office. I thought it would be a good home for his equipment and he would like that it is being used to listen to mixes and songs by new artists and some great classic ones as well. The amplifier is from the mid 70’s made by Phase Linear. It has great power and I like the clean simple look. The Speaker cabinets are custom made by Manley with Tannoy speakers .They look elegant and have a real full crisp sound .I use a REL sub woofer and a Sony Receiver . I use this system to listen to mixes and recordings that I am making real sound judgments on .For most demos and day to day listening I have a desk top system of AudioEngine speakers that plug into my laptop. These are the best desk top speakers I have heard as they have good bass response where most desktops are a little thin sounding. I use the desk top system as a reference as most kids today listen to their music on less sophisticated systems than this so I feel if sounds good on these then it should be ok on most laptop systems .

Mark, thank you for sharing your office with us. I know you are on you’re way to Austin for SXSW> Have a great trip!


March 15, 2011

Tree Warmers

Knit covered trees in Austin. Now until March 19th by KnittaPlease (Magda Sayeg)
~Photo by Patrick.Larson.Photography


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Idelic Hour | Jon Sidel

L.A. nightclub Power Tools—the city's most avant-garde after-dark hub of the 80s

Both my husband and I are working late night. He's getting ready for his annual pilgrimage to Austin, Texas for SXSW. Been listening to his mixes leading up to the event. Check out his
Idelic Hour | SXSW Handicappers, the 20 coolest bands playing this week at the music conference on The Vinyl District.
Oh, that shirt pictured above... that was from the nightclub Jon and his buddy Matt Dike threw in the 80s.