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Mariana Fernandes for Dear DTLA at Ace, Los Angeles
When LA-based artist Brian Roettinger was tasked to create a billboard design at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the result sent a bold message. His “NEVER ODD NOR EVEN” design, with a white angled font on a bright red background, hung powerful...
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Ace Hotel + Tokyobike
The Ace Hotel and Tokyobike go way back: when the innovative hotel chain launched its London outpost back in 2013, it chose the Japanese bike-maker to create custom loaner bikes for guests. This summer, the two companies are taking their close relationship...
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Sweet Grapefruit Soy Candle
Pommes Frites candles don't need fancy packaging or foreign-sounding names. "Sweet Grapefruit" speaks for itself with warn citrus and fruit notes (think peach and mangosteen) and is one of the DTLA-based candlemakers' strongest scents—making it a perfect...
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Robert Vargas Paints the Faces of Downtown LA
Large almond-shaped eyes peek out from the corner of 9th and Flower in downtown Los Angeles. The big, black and white painting—dotted with a glamorous beaded headpiece—watches over the busy intersection near FIDM. The painter Robert Vargas created...
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Scandinavian Design at Austere, Downtown Los Angeles
It was an old auto showroom sitting empty at 9th Avenue and Hill Street in downtown Los Angeles, but as soon as brand consultant Fredrik Carlström—who originally hails from Sweden and now lives in New York—laid his eyes on it, he quickly knew it...