crazy early one saturday morning, i interviewed philippe vergne, the newly appointed, but not yet living in la, director of moca. well, it was early for me at least; he was talking to me from a reasonable mid-morning in new york. we talked about la vs ny (of course), debated the center of the art world, economics, and mike kelley, one of his favorite artists, close friends and the subject of the first exhibit under his tenure, me asking questions in my pre-coffee rasp, him answering in his leaves no doubt he’s from paris accent. the full interview is here.
i interviewed sculptor joel morrison for look who’s talking, the back page in angeleno magazine, for their arts & power issue. we met up at laurel hardware in west hollywood and talked about everything from growing up to new technology over drinks (mine) and dinner (his). it was a fun, intriguing, irreverent, freewheeling, quirky evening, just like his work, that spilled so over the expected hour i’d allotted that i had run out to put money in the meter. you can read the full article here.
how often does one get to interview a legend? what do you even ask? so, yo, dvf…wassup? that’s what i was up against when i interviewed diane von furstenberg for angeleno magazine for an article that coincided with the opening of an exhibit at lacma celebrating 40 years of her iconic wrap dress. i untied my tongue; you can read the resulting article here.
i got to talk to some of my favorite people — chefs! — for an article on tinseltown’s top caterers that i did for the hollywood reporter. one of my favorite parts of writing about people and the work they do is getting the chance to give them a shout out in print. yay heirloom! and i love hearing behind the scenes stories, like the one jon shook from animal and son of a gun (who is just as vivid and animated as you’d expect him to be from his food) told me about the time that he handled what could’ve been a disastrous and potentially evening destroying plumbing issue while also serving an impeccable meal at benedikt taschen’s house (aka jon lautner’s chemosphere). it’s no surprise that taschen later became an investor in animal. while not every story makes it into print, or even into my final draft, they all contribute to the — excuse the pun — flavor of the piece. see if you agree; here’s the story.
one of the things that i love about my job is that i’m never bored. of course there are awful parts of my job (hello, transcribing, i’m looking at you!) but those parts are more than balanced out by the fact that every new piece has its own unusual challenges. certainly, coming up with the best and most over the top homes that are done up in high style for halloween was a wild goose chase of scouring the internet, word of mouth, and discovering a whole subdivision of people in la who live to decorate their homes in the spirit of the season. then, as quickly as I’d jumped in, I was out and on to the next thing. Here’s the printed piece.
mixing history into this story of a cocktail was on my list of assignments for my wild week of writing for domaine home. as i said, i never know what i’m going to be writing about but i’m always up for learning something new. even if it’s just a great recipe for a new drink. find the story and the instructions on how to shake up a batch of your own here.
i had a crazy week of writing a bunch of pieces for domaine home. as you’d probably suspect from the name of their website, home profiles figure big in their content. for my week, the spotlight was on designer adam charlap hyman’s home. during our conversation, i was listening for anecdote, that mirrored the playfulness of this home’s decor, that would be my way into the story. i usually know when i hit it — the feeling is weirdly physical. i was wondering if i’d somehow missed it when adam ended the story of how he’d found the space with the words, “i thought it would be a good white box for me to play with.” i felt my whole body shift. to read what followed, click here.
normally i would not head over to brentwood on the friday afternoon of a long weekend but that is exactly what i did recently to review sor tino ristorante for blackboard eats. i ate about eight different kinds of pasta, a pizza, the octopus salad and a few other things. there was probably a lot of traffic but i don’t remember because i was in a food coma. yeah, my job is awesome. you can read the review here.
for traditional home’s annual digital publication, aptly called trad home, i’ve got a byline on three of the newbies in their annual feature on ten designers to watch — katie lydon (there’s a lightness to her rooms that’s particularly appealing), andrew maier (whom i had to convince to take credit for his work. he kept protesting that he was just a curator for his client’s good taste), and kristen rocke (her rooms are elevated by her inspiring lighting choices). i asked each designer the same basic set of questions — so, tell me about how you came to this project and what you thought the first time you saw the space. finding a question that is broad enough that the playing field for the answer feels wild and wide open…as i’ve said before, i love listening to people’s stories.
last wednesday i had to eat a grilled cheese sandwich as part of piece i was doing for blackboard eats. a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to earn a living, right? see the piece here.