This past Wednesday I attended one of my favorite events of the business year—the presentation of the Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region. For those of you not familiar with this annual event, Otis partners with the LA Economic Development Corporation to assess the size, breadth, and impact of the creative industries locally. This year it was held in the theater at the Colburn School downtown. It is always at the crack of dawn and preceded by coffee and pastries, a chance for me to catch up with artistic friends that I don’t happen across the rest of the year. Otis President Sammy Hoi is truly one of LA’s treasures.
Brick roads are beautiful and durable, but due to the effort it takes to produce them, they are often overlooked as a time efficient option. What once was a labor-intensive, back-breaking job has now become a snap with this automatic Dutch paver laying machine, called the Tiger-Stone. The device rolls out a beautiful and sustainable hardscape, creating an instant road anywhere it travels. While the process may look magical, the secret lies in a smartly designed gravity-based system.
Spanish Architecture firm A-cero has consistently produced innovative and beautiful architecture for the modern age. Headquartered on the outskirts of Madrid, A-cero is headed by Joaquin Torres, and was established in 1996. Fifteen years later, the firm has four global offices and a new furniture collaboration with Sancal.
The name of their design is Ace, and it transfers over much of the architectural modernism seen in A-cero’s buildings. There are clean lines and soft edges, but Ace is most similar to A-cero’s distinctive modular style.
Whittier is now home to Los Angeles County's first green library, which was dedicated last week and opened at the beginning of October. The Sorensen Library received a LEED silver rating. It is made entirely of steel and 40% recycled materials. The roof reduces heat gain, and the interior lighting is engineered to only turn on when natural light is insufficient. Even the parking lot is built to minimize environmental impact - it absorbs rainwater in order to reduce the toxins in Santa Monica Bay. The library is part of the County’s Sustainable Design Implementation program.
At Tokyo 2010 DesignTide, the LLOVE exhibition includes an entire hotel, with rooms designed by Dutch and Japanese designers. The LLOVE concept was created by Suzanne Oxenaar, Artistic Director of the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam. Visitors to the exhibition can actually stay in the rooms, which are designed to be interactive and immersive. The hotel include a room that is filled with a dominating undulating mattress, a fertility-themed red walled room, a room with a rock-covered floor and trees and more. The exhibition celebrates the 400-year trade-based relationship between the Netherlands and Japan and is running until November 23.