MOSHE SAFDIE ENVISIONS ARCHITECTURE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
GE’s Paul Klein opens up about designing a kitchen for the Information Age
The future has changed, and definitely for the better this time. Forget the old future with its Buck Rogers pajamas, robots with flashing lights for eyes and ray guns that go ee-oop! ee-oop! The new future, as envisioned by General Electric’s Consumer and Industrial division, is decidedly low-impact: the style is tasteful minimalism, with sculptured metal handles and brushed steel surfaces that will allow America’s most venerable appliance maker to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with glam European brands.
This fall, as the Fifth Annual Beverly Hills Garden and Design Showcase takes the Greystone Estate on its annual domestic reinvention, Art and Living peeks over the iron fences to take an up-close look at the mansion and the people continuing the glamourous design traditions of this Southern California landmark
Every November, a cavalcade of talented designers and landscape architects descends upon the Greystone Mansion—aptly named for its abundant grey stone work—to restore this extravagant resi- dence to its 1928 glory.The result is a truly unique experience, a trip down memory lane during which no stone goes unturned in an effort to recreate, or even re-interpret, the life and world of a wealthy 1920s family.
A tour-de-force behind Greystone’s new gardens opens up about his inspiration
When The City of Beverly Hills com- missioned landscape designer Brent Green of Green Art Landscape Design to help update a part of the renowned Greystone Mansion’s gardens, Green created what he calls “a garden for all seasons,” using foliage and blooms like an artist uses the colors on his palette.
CHARLES S. COHEN Developing a Living Museum
All of L.A. is well acquainted with the “Blue Whale”. Even if you don’t know it— you know it. It’s the mammoth, six-story, blue structure that lords over the intersections of Melrose and San Vicente. It, along with its nine-story green partner to the north, is what we have all come to know as Pacific Design Center. Sitting on the 14-acre West Hollywood lot, the two buildings combined make up for more than 1.2 million square feet of space that have come to exemplify design excellence in Southern California.