FROM Eric Owen Moss
A chef and an architect create Vespertine Eric Owen Moss has spent 30 years turning industrial buildings owned by equally maverick developer Frederick Smith in Culver City's Hayden Tract into a gallery of idiosyncratic buildings with names like Stealth, Beehive, Umbrella and Slash/Backslash. One of them, named Waffle, caught the attention of whizzkid chef Jordan Kahn, who has dreamed up a dining experience to match the building he calls "an alien artifact that's been here for a billion years." Chef Jordan Kahn (L) and architect Eric Owen Moss, creators of Vespertine Photo by Avishay Artsy Kahn has worked with Moss, as well perfumiers, composers and other artists to create a highly sensory, and exclusive, eating adventure called Vespertine. DnA gets a preview of the restaurant, encountering what Kahn describes as "the most incredible banquettes and tables ever made in the history of restaurants" as well as many other delights in a highly creative collaboration between an architect and a chef.
Los Angeles, 2106, and the Holiday Season 2006 At this year's end it's time for reflection. But some architects are looking ahead--way ahead--to Los Angeles, 2106. We’ll also hear from designers about artful books, "limited edition" gifts and an all-American holiday tradition. Also discussed on today's show: Chlorofilia: A fictional documentary about the self-sustaining, living jungle that has taken the place of LA in 2106, created by the team of Xefirotarch and Imaginary Forces . The team won the IBM Engineering Innovation Award. The History Channel's The City of the Future competition will begin online voting on January 2. Read this LA Times article about the Los Angeles competition. Christina Patoski's decorated house pick: 1077 East Gran Via Valmonte, Palm Springs, CA 92262; designed by Kenny Irwin. Jenna Didier's favorite building: AES Redondo Power Station, 1100 Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. The building, which is not open to the public, can be booked for special occasions. Didier and her partner Oliver Hess, did an art installation at the station for the Redondo Beach Art Group, and the Group will host another event there.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”