Posts by Marissa Gluck

If you're searching for a gift for the modern architecture aficionado and can't bear the thought of giving another Alessi corkscrew or Taschen book for the building lover in your life, then perhaps you should consider NEXT Architect's Modern Architecture game.Think of it as trivial pursuit for the a

Consider our minds blown. Perhaps L.A. greatest living architect (sorry Gehry), Michael Maltzan is known for his high design sensibility in incredibly modest projects, such as his work for Skid Row Housing Trust and Inner City Arts. Now Maltzan has won a commission in St. Petersburg, Fla. (with landscape architects Tom Leader Studio) to remake the city's waterfront. Maltzan's proposal was unanimously selected. 

As of last night, there is a new gallery populating West Hollywood's crowded gallery row near the Pacific Design Center. Designed by local architect Peter Zellner, the 3,500 square foot white cube is the Matthew Marks Gallery, another New York expansion, joining Perry Rubenstein and L&M Gallery, both recent transplants to L.A.'s art scene.

For the past six months, L.A. has been inundated with great art as it celebrates its place in American art history with the multi-institution, months-long Pacific Standard Time.

A post today on Remodelista reminded us how chic macrame can be when given a contemporary update. No longer the province of hemp-wearing hippies, these wall hangings by Portland-based artist Sally England show how modern and fresh macrame can be. England's hand-knotted pieces can serve as wall decor, room dividers and headboard.

We are big believers in the idea that good design is scaled for the human body, making it both functional and beautiful. But sometimes designers, inspired by  human anatomy, take the concept a bit too far. Even seen as a joke, some of these are eye-searingly awful. Warning: These designs are not—we repeat, not!—pretty.

It's a new year and that means new art. While there are plenty of upcoming gallery and museums shows we're looking forward to (and phase II of Pacific Standard Time focused on performance and public art ), there are a number of great shows that may have slipped through the cracks during all the holiday cheer last month. Here are four shows closing this month worth a look before they're gone forever.

It's not too late to do some holiday shopping for great design in Los Angeles. There are still plenty of pop-up shops, secret sales and open houses this weekend.

Los Angeles is about to get another New York transplant. Haus Interior, owned by Nina Freudenberger and opened in Nolita in 2009, is launching its L.A. outpost this Wednesday, Dec. 14.

It's no secret we're fans of buying locally, or of great independent designers.