The Row, Melrose Place

The Row is Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s fashion boutique tucked away on Melrose Place in Los Angeles. Courtney Applebaum Design collaborated with Montalba Architects on a renovation that involved virtually demolishing and rebuilding everything.










Theme Building LAX Airport 1954

“Theme Building” for the new Los Angeles International Airport was intended to resemble a landing spaceship. Calling this “the first terminal area specifically designed for the jet age,” FAA Administrator Najeeb E. Halaby predicted at its opening that the new airport “may well achieve some of the worldwide renown … as—who knows—Disneyland.” ~ Los Angeles Examiner 26 June 1961 Source : thomoritz

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The Elder Statesman opens in Los Angeles

After seven and a half years in business, picking up the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award along the way, The Elder Statesman has finally opened its first brick and mortar store in its hometown of Los Angeles. Founder Greg Chait—recognizable by his full beard and regular rotating stylish eyewear—calls himself an “accidental” designer with roots in the music and entertainment business. It’s this non-traditional background and his very hands-on approach that has catapulted The Elder Statesman into an understated luxury brand that guarantees the finest craftsmanship for all things custom and cashmere.

With the help of LA-based studio Commune Design (whose recent work includes the American Trade Hotel in Panama) and contractor Loren Crawford, Chait created his ideal “hang-out” spot from the ground up. source : cool hunting



Line Hotel taken over by Hello Kitty, Los Angeles

Downtown L.A. is currently playing host to the first-ever Hello Kitty convention, the beloved Sanrio character who is definitely not a cat. In honor of the occasion, Hello Kitty Con’s official hotel partner, the Line Hotel, has decked out some of its rooms in full Hello Kitty regalia from interior designer Sean Knibb. via fastcodesign





Fabulous poster designs from the 86th Academy Awards

Mill+’s blog, is the creative studio responsible for the Show PackageNomination Package, and In Memoriam Sequence.

Created by creative directors Manija Emran and Henry Hobson, each poster was “specifically designed to echo the concept and tell the individual story of each nominee”.

My personal favourite…after all it was all about the hair








The colourful world of HASSAN HAJJAJ : My Rock Stars – on going exhibit at LACMA, Los Angeles

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This three-channel video installation by Hassan Hajjaj includes nine separately filmed performances by an international array of musicians. The sitters/performers wear clothes that Hajjaj has designed himself, and pose in spaces covered by patterns he has selected. Clad in traditional fabrics, as well as luxury brand clothes and shoes, the musicians bridge the gap between now and then, us and them, high and low culture, reflecting a fusion of Moroccan craftsmanship and contemporary art.

Hajjaj, born in 1961 in Larache, Morocco, moved to London in 1975, and now divides his time between London and Marrakesh. Best known as a photographer, he also employs video. His work depicts a globalized society that pushes and blurs the boundaries of cultural identity—whether African, Arab, or Western.