Malibu might be known for its extraordinary homes but until this fall, its denizens had to travel east—far east—for design services, furnishings and accessories. That’s changed now, thanks to the opening of Malibu Beach House, a new shop devoted to all things home at the Trancas Country Market, the brainchild of Lisa Houge and Laura Burdge, partners in the design firm Quintessential Designs.
Standard, Silvia Kuhle and Jeff Allsbrook’s LA–based firm, has a portfolio chock-full of compelling retail projects, from James Perse to Maxfield to Jenni Kayne. Recently, they completed another retail design, this time for the beauty brand Hourglass Cosmetics’ first stand-alone store, in a 1920s building on Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
Despite the searing temperatures it really is fall, and the AIA|LA has the line-up of events to prove it. The great minds at our LA chapter have planned tours, seminars, workshops and more to get you inspired and get you thinking throughout the month. Before you do anything, though, be sure to get your tickets to the organization’s marquee October happening—the 2014 Design Awards on the 29th, held at the Million Dollar Theater Downtown. Come out to support your friends and colleagues and have a fantastic evening to boot!
For Hollywood-based 5+design, a global creative design studio, projects skew big and complex. Think retail and restaurant spaces for one of Royal Caribbean’s largest ships, the interiors of Russia’s largest shopping mall and the China World Trade Center in Beijing, home to the country’s tallest office building. Realizing those projects, though, takes creativity–not to mention the ability to harness cutting-edge technologies. For the latter, the firm was an early adopter of 3D printing, which has allowed a new degree of flexibility.
Besides its sustainable bona-fides (it recently received LEED Gold certification), the new tasting room and visitors center at HALL Wines & Vineyards in St. Helena, is a striking mix of old and new. We checked in with St. Helena–based Jarrod Denton, of Signum Architecture, to get his perspective on the design and inspiration for the space.