Concrete and other things
Designers from across the country are descending on the La Cienega Design Quarter in LA to Celebrate the 5th annual Legends extravaganza. This year’s theme is Time Capsule: The Past, Present and Future of Design, and 44 of the design shops, galleries in the La Cienega Design Quarter will be imaginatively transformed by the nation’s most creative designers to reflect the LEGENDS theme.
In its 5th year, the LEGENDS of La Cienega is an inspirational celebration of design that has become the most anticipated design event in the country. Designers, authors, editors and bloggers from around the country will join their counterparts in L.A. and descend on the La Cienega Design Quarter for lively panel discussions, high-profile cocktail parties and receptions, personal appearances, exhibitions, book signings and special showroom events. As in past years, the windows up and down La Cienega and on Melrose just east and west will be transformed by designers across the U.S. to serve the theme of LEGENDS.
Prominent designers from New York, including Thom Filicia, David Scott and Alex Papachristidis, with Florence de Dampierre from Connecticut, have accepted invitations to be a part of the time capsule and will join local design powerhouses like Kelly Wearstler, Bravo’s “Million Dollar Decorators” Mary McDonald and Kathryn M. Ireland, Woodson and Rummerfield, Jeff Andrews, and Chris Barrett in using their creative prowess to decorate the La Cienega Design Quarter’s windows.Pay extra attention to 1:24. Who is Joe talking about?
Event partners include the nation’s most prestigious shelter publications, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors + Design and Veranda, along with 1stdibs, Coldwell Banker Previews International, Dering Hall, Merida and One Kings Lane. Contributing Sponsors include Domaine, The I. Grace Company, Angeleno and Interiors California, California Homes and California Home+Design.
About the La Cienega Design Quarter (LCDQ)
Formally established as the La Cienega Design Quarter (LCDQ) in 2008, this unique membership-based collection of more than 50 luxury shops and galleries is committed to representing the highest quality in design merchandise, as well as the preservation of the neighbourhood’s unique and eclectic history. The LCDQ’s member businesses include the city’s most prestigious design stores, kitchen, bath and stone showrooms, antiques dealers and home furnishings retailers located on La Cienega Boulevard (between Santa Monica and Beverly Boulevards) and the adjacent Melrose Avenue and Melrose Place. These businesses have been the cornerstone of the Los Angeles design community for over 50 years.
Good luck to all the designers and business involved with this years LEGENDS celebration. Concrete Cat is with you in spirit, and you can check us at our exclusive LA Stockist Harbinger. For more information of the LCDQ and Legends check out information, visit lcdqla.com.
Give mom something timeless.1 VESTA – Flowers are forgotten, the vase you put them in will be a testament of your love.
2 ECHO – Stand for Eternity. Does your special lady have business cards? An iPhone? A photo keepsake? Give her an Echo, she will use it forever and your love will echo forever.
3 OVID – A small vase to hold a few of Spring’s blooming buds of joy. Ovid can also keep mom company at work and hold her favourite pens and pencils.
4 EUROPA – She tricked Zeus into making her the queen of Crete. Europa is the perfect gift for the crafty woman in your life. Put it on her nightstand and it can catch her jewelry before bed.
5 OCTAVIA – Octavia Agustus (69 BC – 11 BC) was the most powerful woman in roman history. She was respected and admired by contemporaries for her loyalty, nobility and humanity; but feared for her reach and influence. Octavia was a powerful woman in a male dominated culture. Give this gift to the strong woman in your life.
6 VOLUPTA – Moms need relaxing candle time. Volupta is a beautifully sculpted and ultra stable tea light holder. Great to accompany a quiet bubble bath. Volupta also works as a lovely salt/spice cellar in the kitchen.
Your mother is unique, she deserves a unique gift. Every sculpted piece coming out of the Concrete Cat Design House is hand cast and hand finished in beautiful Edmonton, Alberta. Every sculpture is a unique piece that has it’s own character and message. See our full selection of hand made concrete goods HERE or at Alberta Craft Council, AGA Gift Shop, SAAG Gift shop, Barber Ha, HarbingerLA and JoineryNYC.
Come see us at the Royal Bison Art and Craft show May 3-5th, just in time for mother’s day. We will show case our full line of work and some limited run special edition pieces.
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone on the Global team for the opportunity to spread the word about our work.
I didn’t have time to get to it on air so I want to shout out to everyone in Edmonton and abroad that has help our studio grow and explore new frontiers.
Thank you to our creative friends and family for your support! You encourage and inspire us everyday.
Thank you Alberta Craft Council, Habitat Studio & Workshop, Southern Alberta Art Gallery gift shop, Harbinger L.A., Alberta Art Gallery gift shop, Lift Interactive, Furni, Barber Ha and many others; your support has been fundamental to our growth over the past 6 years. We’re just getting started…
Paper marbling is the art of pouring a bunch of coloured inks in water or some other stuff and then dipping paper in it. Paper marbling is the most common form of marbling practiced but the art of marbling can be applied to many different crafts, even concrete. I could run through all the details of the process or you could read it off Wikipedia, I’m more interested in writing about why it is relavant in todays design industry.
I’ll let the pictures in this article speak for themselves but in my opinion marbling is beautiful. Most of the beauty in marbling is tied to the abstract yet mathematical nature of the process.
WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATION
You will never have to say good-bye to the sweetness of Valentines day again. Limited edition of shapes and colours for 2013. Each tiny gem is hand cast and polished to perfection, these “chocolates” will last a lifetime.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Every year I like to make a few production sculptures that deal with concept of transience and waste versus permanence and substance. There is an interesting dichotomy between something that is usually only good for a few days and sculpting in a medium that will last almost indefinitely.
I love chocolates but I find that most of the time I only like a few flavours out of the box and I am disappointed by the rest. The best moment with a box of chocolates is when you first open it up and see the potential for deliciousness. “Memoirs of El Valentino” is about ungratified anticipation. They are designed to be taken in by your sense of sight and feel but never consumed by your sense of taste. If you have any questions or comments send us an e-mail.