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Interview No. 5: Lissa Ziranek (Zita Roma) & Chad Kushner (Linus Bikes)

Lissa and Chad at first seem like an impossibly cool couple, she a designer of clothing line Zita Roma and he a co-founder of the Venice treasure Linus Bikes, and both hailing from South Africa.  We met through mutual friends in the neighborhood—a really sweet collection of people who all have kids the same age and also happen to be people you would hang out with, even if you didn't have the common kid denominator.I experience first-hand how challenging it can be to maintain a decent energy level, not to mention remain creative, while raising a toddler.  And I'm always interested to hear how others, who seem massively productive, manage it.  Here's a glimpse into their morning lives: 1. How many hours...

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Interview No. 4: Peter Zellner, architect

Next up on our Breakfast Club Series (i.e. Proust-meets-wake-up-call) is Peter Zellner.  I first became acquainted with Peter shortly after he designed the Matthew Marks Gallery (West Hollywood) in 2012.  It’s unyielding simplicity struck me as bold, with a visually calming composition of simple shapes.  Peter also happens to be a really nice guy, and a fellow Venice-turned-Mar-Vista resident. It’s worth noting that Peter is well-regarded by the art community in Los Angeles.  In addition to Matthew Marks Gallery, he’s also designed Night Gallery, LAXART and Susanne Vielmetter.  All while serving as a professor at SCI-Arc and now USC School of Architecture.  And just earlier this month, he announced plans to open the Free School of Architecture (FSA) in 2017, whereby...

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