What’s the Hottest (Most Beautifully Designed) Restaurant/Cafe/Club in Los Angeles?! AIA/LA Winners Announced!

Today they announced the winners today of the American Institute of Architects design awards for Los Angeles! You may remember this old post about the restaurant contenders: Gorgeous Hot Spots in La La Land: Five Restaurant Design Award Contenders A little background from Eater LA: “This is the fourth year the American Institute of Architects (Los Angeles chapter) have recognized the best in restaurant, cafe/bar and lounge/nightclub design, and there were more than 40 submissions with six winners (two for each category): Those decided by the esteemed judges (Joachim Splichal, Los Angeles magazine’s Margot Dougherty, architect David Montalba, and designer Michael Hodgson), and the People’s Choice. This isn’t purely aesthetic—evaluations were based on design concept, operational layout and overall packaging—but it’s kind of just another beauty contest.” Here are the winners! Drum roll, please!….ba da dummmm. Best Restaurant: Blue Velvet

I’ll need to see this place to believe it! Kind of looks like the patio at the W Westwood. Best Cafe: LA Mill in Silverlake

Even the website looks tres chic. Bookmarked on Yelp! (If you’d like you can check out my bookmarks. This is my coveted list of places that will one day show up on theMET!) Best Lounge/Nightclub: Elevate Lounge

If you haven’t been here yet, it’s a must see. Best parts? The spectacular view of downtown and the fact that you can smoke inside (’cause it’s a pseudo-open air patio). Beautiful place! And of course..the people’s choices: Restaurant: Osteria Mozza designed by Kelly Architects, Inc. Cafe/Bar: Kitchen 24 designed by Spacecraft/Torres Architects Club/Lounge: One World Lounge at LAX designed by Gensler Source: LA Times blog Thoughts?

December 7, 2016

15 Must-Have Art Books for the Creative Mind

There’s nothing like flipping through the pages of a beautiful coffee table book to get inspired, and the holiday season is the perfect time to gift the creative person in your life with a book. Fresh from the printing press, this list highlights a wide range of interests—meaning you’re sure to find the perfect gift.

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December 7, 2016

Men in London Are Festively Decorating Their Beards With Twinkling Holiday Lights

Over the years, beards have become an unlikely source for amusing hair trends. We’ve seen guys decorating their whiskers with bouquets of spring flowers as well as silly, bizarre objects. But with the holidays around the corner, it’s the perfect time for men to show their spirit through facial hair. In London, guys can now sport beard lights that illuminate their face with an exquisite fairy glow.

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