Posts Tagged ‘environment’

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Why can’t we design like this here?

November 24, 2014

We’ve long been frustrated by the design of development here in the States. Usually shoddy construction, almost always shoddy design. Bricko and stucco made with spray-crete are not good materials or finishes. Admittedly, the curved roof is not a cheap build. However, the facade is mostly flat, but yet still interesting, mostly due to the […]

2014 | Architecture, Design Basics | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)
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…and the NYC High Line is done!

September 22, 2014

On Sunday, the last day of Summer 2014, the final section of the New York City High Line Park opened to the public. We are building huggers, and we do love to see older structures find adaptive re-use in contemporary society. The High Line is a terrific project. One more reason to go again, and spend […]

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Smart Bricks – A New Way to Build

July 10, 2014

All our Lego dreams may someday be a reality From The Dish: The bricks—which are patent pending—are much like Lego in that they come in a variety of forms for different purposes and can easily connect together, with rows of knobs along the top of bricks that slot into voids along the bottom of other […]

2014 | Architecture, Industrial Design, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)
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Everybody in the Pool! – Kimpton Makes a Dining Splash

February 25, 2014

Kimpton brings a truly unique dining experience to the city overflowing with on trend dining. Pool Farm is a a table in a repurposed roof top pool at Ink48‘s Press Lounge. The Press Lounge is a lovely place to sip a cocktail while overlooking sweeping vistas, and now this roof top oasis is set to […]

2014 | Architecture, From the Road, Gastronauting, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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The present always sucks – here’s a heaping cup of nostalgia by design

February 12, 2014

 Every generation complains about their present time. Almost every adult longs for a simpler time in their lives, maybe it’s childhood or, if you were one of the lucky ones, high school. Why is that? Why do we so often hear, and say ourselves “in my day”? What does that mean? I’ve heard that phrase […]

2014 | Architecture, From the Road | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)
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Gorgeous Aquascapes – Fantasy Aquariums

January 28, 2014

A lovely detour on my research road for a ballet we’re working on brought me to these amazing aquariums. Relax and enjoy these aquascapes of enchanted forests and magic desserts, all done in painstaking, striking miniature. The crazed, detail obsessed model builder in me adores these tanks. The proper fish for each scene would almost […]

2014 | Art for Art's Sake, Inspiration, The Work | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)

Urban Revitalization Basics-Fill the Storefronts.

August 30, 2013

One thing we really believe in is the theatre of life. That is that set design, lighting design, costume design, sound design, presentation aren’t limited to the stage or screen. Restaurants, stores, public spaces all need design. We would certainly prefer to eat in a well designed restaurant, than a poorly designed space. That said, […]

2013 | Architecture, From the Road, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)
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LED vs Incandescent and City Theatrical Dimming…

July 30, 2013

The debate over the death of incandescent will go on. So will the fight to save incandescent. No one, certainly not I will argue against the delicious character of incandescent light. I do think trying to save incandescent light is a bit of fool’s errand. It ail not be long before there is no economic […]

2013 | Design Basics, Theatre | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (1)
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Who needs a car in L.A.? We got the best public transportation system in the world!

May 2, 2013

“Who needs a car in L.A.? We got the best public transportation system in the world!” says private detective Eddie Valiant in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Matt Novak of the Smithsonian Magazine Blog Paleo Future writes about the rise and dominance of the car in Los Angeles. It is a fascinating read […]

2013 | From the Road, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)
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A Striking Visual History of New York City

April 30, 2013

I came across an article by the Associated Press announcing the release of an amazing photo database of 870,000 photos of New York City from the mid 1800’s through the late 20th century.  No one, two or twenty photographers could ever shoot a collection as vast and varied as this, but anonymous municipal workers did, […]

2013 | Architecture, Events, From the Road, Industrial Design | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)
They have a number of energy efficient strategies in place lik, motion sensors and more energy-efficient chiller and freezers. Their spent grain is given to local farmers rather than sent to the landfill and brewery waste water is treated on site.

Drink Responsibly on Earth Day – Sustainable Craft Breweries

April 22, 2013

From Inhabitat – Here’s a list of America’s favorite sustainable craft breweries. We enjoy Sierra Nevada, Harpoon IPA, and Boulevard. Have you tried these or the others on the list? I’m going to check out Fairway to see if they carry these other brews. Kudos to these small craft breweries. They are fine examples of […]

2013 | Events, Gastronauting, Happy Hour | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Good, but sad nonetheless…

March 27, 2013

It was a movie theater, it was used for performance, now it’s a bookstore… in Buenos Aires. This ain’t no Barnes & Noble from out on the highway. The is El Ateneo Grand Splendid. This a temple to the power of the written word in much the way Scribner’s was in

2013 | Architecture, From the Road | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)
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Hot Location, Cool Hotel.

March 25, 2013

It’s not a Kimpton, but we’d stay at the The Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs. These folks are not afraid of color, and the space seems to celebrate the desert, and Palm Springs Modernism. The Saguaro interior and exterior are a riot of bold color that pays homage to the swinging midcentury vibe of this desert […]

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Been There, Done That

March 21, 2013

I bookmark things and keep them together as ideas I want to blog about. Of course, that file gets a bit messy and work always gets in the way of blogging. I looked through that file today and found this post by Modernus about And Bob’s Your Uncle Lighting. Some crazy, wonderful, fun stuff. What’s […]

2013 | Fashion, Industrial Design | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)
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The Tragic Beauty of Abandoned Urban Landscapes

January 18, 2013

Sander Meisner, a photographer who lives in Amsterdam brilliantly captures the interplay of light, shadow and color, breathing life into the often overlooked tragic beauty of abandoned, decaying urban industrial landscapes.         Tweet

2013 | Architecture, Industrial Design, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Fading Memories of a Bygone Era

November 14, 2012

If you’ve spent time in New York, or almost any old industrial city, you’ve probably seen some ghost signs. Glimpses of the past, when women wore corsets, blacksmiths welded carriages, and Coca Cola was sold everywhere for 5 cents ( there’s no cent symbol on my keyboard, another relic of the past, I guess). These signs […]

2012 | Architecture, From the Road, Industrial Design, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , Comments (1)
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A Beau-Arts Masterpiece for the 21st Century

August 27, 2012

When Union Station was designed by Daniel Burnham in 1907, the country was experiencing unprecedented growth in train travel. The elegant Beaux-Arts station quickly gained status as one of the busiest, most important rail stations in the world. After its busiest years during World War II, Union Station fell victim to the passage of time […]

2012 | Architecture, From the Road, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)
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The Black Eggs Project

August 10, 2012

Nature + Technology + Art = Amazing levitating Buddha I am in awe of all the wonderfulness in the world. From Inhabitant: Situated in a 6,000-square-foot pond at Eindhoven’s University of Technology, Vermeulen’s eggs generate solar power that is converted into a magnetic field. The magnetic field makes a Buddha figure, which is encased in a […]

2012 | Architecture, Industrial Design, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Does Design Have To Work?

June 8, 2012

“Designers are artists of real issues. We are not creating art by any means, art is a selfish act and design is a social act.” -unknown. I’ve been contemplating this quote for quite a while. When I first read it, I was a bit put off. I make my living by design, and there’s always […]

2012 | Architecture, Design Basics, Industrial Design, set design critique | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)
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Light Dancing – Natural Light Plays on Modern

May 10, 2012

Here at KLAD we often use specific lighting instruments, gobos, and gels to design lighting for our set design projects. Here, a series of cantilevers and recesses create a rhythm for nature’s lights to show off pattern shadows on a modern home designed by architect David Jameson. The series of cubes, with frameless windows and  edges of the flat roof that […]

2012 | Architecture, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (1)
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Vectorworks Creative Minds Monthly Design Competition

March 28, 2012

Nemetschek Vectorworks has announced their Creative Minds competition that challenges designers, including and especially set designers and lighting designers, to explore multiple options for documenting and presenting your response to a design concept. Each month’s concept can be answered with ANY kind of design response – architectural design, product design, landscape design, entertainment design, or […]

2012 | Architecture, Theatre of Games, VectorWorks, VWX Spotlight and Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Art Director’s Note Book: Modernist Furniture Pieces

December 30, 2011

Here are a few pieces I’ve archived as inspiration research for dressing some of the sets we design at KLAD. These pieces may not yet be available on the general market, they serve as jumping off points for creating a look, mood, feeling and may speak to a character or setting that is essential to […]

2011 | Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Flying into the Future through a Golden Age Doorway

September 12, 2011

As a newly minted salesperson, I flew the Pan Am shuttle to Boston a million times. Ticket book in hand, I’d run through the terminal getting to the gate just in time to jump on the plane. Focused on my client meetings, and trying not to draw the ire of my relentless sales manager, I […]

2011 | Architecture, From the Road, Industrial Design | Tags: , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Set Designers Should Be Preservationists

September 1, 2011

There, I said it. Flame away haters of building huggers, I have an asbestos suit that I throw on when I get riled up and write about Historic Preservation. Why should set designers, or most designers be preservationists? An important reason is that we rely on a combination of  many different tools and techniques to […]

2011 | Architecture, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Indoor Gardening

July 29, 2011

Even though it is 110 in the Shade here right now. And, it seems, generally across the dust bowl of middle America. It is time to begin to think about how much we use fresh herbs preparing winter meals. We really don’t have a lot of dry herbs, they’re just not the same. Of course, […]

2011 | Gastronauting, Happy Hour, Industrial Design, Restaurant Design | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Maybe it wasn’t sepia toned enough to save

June 7, 2011

If you’ve walked around the Village in the past few years, you’re probably familiar with the building at the corner of Greenwich Ave. Before the recent facade change, it housed a restaurant called DAY-O, with its digned up but sort of polished metal storefront. I recently read about this building on a sometimes sad, mostly […]

2011 | Architecture | Tags: , , , Comments (0)
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Set Design Research – Miami to Mexico to the Jersey Shore

April 19, 2011

Always on the lookout for set design inspiration and not being impressed with Spring so far, I’ve been poking around the internet hoping to find a ray of sustained sunshine to brighten things up a bit. We’re designing sets for a client who wants to see shapes and colors that evoke a Miami tropical vibe, […]

2011 | Architecture, Inspiration, The Work | Tags: , , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Bicycles and trains, oh my…

March 24, 2011

COBE Architects (careful theirs is a nasty flash-based website design) recently won an architectural competition with a sexy and bike-friendly new design for the redesign of Copenhagen’s Norreport train station. Slightly retro in style, the architects’ vision of the new station is composed of a series of curved, floating roofs set on dynamic glass pavilions. […]

2011 | From the Road | Tags: , , , , Comments (0)
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RIP Knut and the importance of design…

March 22, 2011

Knut the polar bear died suddenly last week at the Berlin Zoo. Sadly, he died young and in front of helpless visitors to his small piece of the world. He was only four years and three months old. Polar bears are known to live up to 30 years. He was an adorable baby, but we […]

2011 | Architecture | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)
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When is a ruin not a ruin?

March 21, 2011

Green is good. In fact, green may be the new black, but this green looks old. Populous announced this week that its master plan for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China has taken first place in a competition to design the development, including public buildings, schools, exhibition centers, Olympic venues and athlete accommodations. […]

2011 | Architecture, Design Basics | Tags: , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Set Design Inspiration: Modernism Week

February 22, 2011

It’s Modernism Week in Palm Springs, CA! If, like us hard working set designers here at KLAD, you couldn’t get out to CA this year, I’ve added some links to Modernism Week, and the spectacular Dinah Shore house designed by the super talented Modernist Architect, Donald Wexler. I’ll be posting nuggets of information as I […]

2011 | Architecture, Events, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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Preservation and Adaptive Reuse by Design

December 1, 2010

If you’re a fan of the Kevin Lee Allen Design page on Facebook – and we hope you are – you may have seen a link I posted to a weburbanist post on abandoned skyscrapers. That link inspired me to discuss adaptive reuse and historic preservation, as some of these structures are listed on the […]

2010 | Architecture, Industrial Design, Inspiration, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , Comments (1)
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UltraModern Roadside Architecture

August 27, 2010

In the 1950’s, the future was as bright as the SoCal sun. We were living in a post war prosperity, the dawn of the space age and tremendous advances in technology fueled our imaginations of what tomorrow would bring. Designers, architects and engineers boldly explored new materials and processes and were released from the constraints […]

2010 | Architecture, From the Road, Industrial Design, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , , Comments (0)
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A Set Design for What?

August 23, 2010

Art installations are something of a conundrum to me. Sometimes they make sense, other times they fall into the category I call designer masturbation. The same if often true of couture and some furniture design that isn’t about comfort and style. In my opinion, the image at left of ights and umbrellas is amusing. It […]

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Modern Design – Rhythm, Scale, and Green Building

August 9, 2010

(and a Monday morning rant – let me know if I need to cut down on my coffee consumption) Scale. So often I see contemporary new construction or renovation that leaves me wondering what ever happened to the concept of scale? Are today’s home builders familiar with the term fenestration? Why are so many architectural […]

2010 | Architecture, Design Basics, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , Comments (0)
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