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Jack Masey dies at 91, 57 years after he displayed American culture to Russia and the world

In 1959, Jack Masey caused communism and capitalism to collide thanks to his kitchen design that left a bitter taste in the mouths of Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon. His re-creation of a Long Island kitchen at the American National Exhibition amplified American pride and stirred up tensions between Russia and the United States during a difficult […]

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Renato Bialetti interred inside his iconic coffee maker

The creator of one of the most ubiquitous Italian industrial designs of the 20th century, Renato Bialetti, has died and was interred in one of his designs—the octagonal Moka coffee maker. Bialetti acquired the patent for the stovetop percolator in 1933 and promoted it with own image on the side. He eventually sold more than 330 million […]

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Obit> Karol Lautner Peterson, 1938–2015

Los Angeles lost an important figure in the architecture and preservation community last week. News reached AN of the passing of Karol Lautner Peterson, president of The John Lautner Foundation, which plans to host a memorial celebration in the Los Angeles area. The organization shared the following remembrance: Karol Lautner Peterson died early in the […]

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Eavesdrop> Jerde Music: Noted architect gets an exuberant farewell at Los Angeles’ Union Station

One of Los Angeles‘ most influential architects, Jon Jerde, who recently passed away, was known for the ebullience and animation of his designs. So it was only fitting that his funeral be held at LA’s stunning Union Station, inside the Grand Concourse, accompanied by nothing less than a full Mariachi band. When Eavesdrop finally goes […]

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Artist who stacked hundreds of street lights in Los Angeles passes away at age 69

Artist Chris Burden created, among many other things, Urban Light, an installation of 202 antique cast iron street lights outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Metropolis II, a city model inside the same museum immersed with 1,200 matchbox cars. Burden has passed away at age 69, reportedly from a battle with Melanoma. […]

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Pictorial> Austin Kelly, 1966–2015

Austin Kelly, truly one of Los Angeles’ most talented young architects, sadly passed away last month. He was only 49, and the cause of death was cancer. Kelly studied architecture at Yale and worked for Frank Israel, Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss, and DMJM/Keating before founding XTEN Architecture with his wife Monika Haefelfinger in 2000. […]

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Obit> Jon Jerde, 1940–2015

Jon Jerde, founder and chairman of Venice, CA–based Jerde Partnership, died Monday after a longstanding illness. Jerde, whose firm has designed more than 100 urban places worldwide, was known for reinventing shopping centers as energetic entertainment destinations, bringing Hollywood pizazz and big city walkability to the once staid world of retail design. […]

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