Staff -- Interior Design, 7/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
Aleks Istanbullu Architects
"Guest Appearance," page 264
principal: Aleks Istanbullu.
completed projects: Westchester–Loyola Village Branch Library, Biscuit Company Lofts development, an apartment complex, and residences, all in Los Angeles; residences in Tucson and New York.
current projects: A mixed-use building, town-house and loft complexes, a house, and an eco-friendly studio for interior and furniture designer Jeffrey Alan Marks, all in L.A.; urban-design master plan for the Tucson Department of Transportation.
honors: AIA awards; Los Angeles Business Council Los Angeles Architectural Award; City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Design Excellence Award.
guest: Istanbullu recently stayed at a friend's Paris apartment overlooking the Jardin du Luxembourg.
host: He takes his guests to see L.A.'s St. Elmo Village, an African-American artists' community for which he volunteers and serves on the board.
1659 11th Street, Suite 200, Santa Monica, CA 90404; 310-450-8246; ai-architects.com.
"White on White. . .on White," page 238
principal: Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz.
completed projects: Residences in New York and Miami; Mondrian Scottsdale hotel in Arizona; collections for Phillips and Surya Rugs.
current projects: Residences in New York and Dorado, Puerto Rico; Mondrian New York; Mondrian Los Angeles; a bath-accessories collection for Labrazel.
one: His debut book, Emotional Rooms: The Sensual Interiors of Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, came out last year.
two: He earned master's degrees in architecture from the Universidad de Puerto Rico and Columbia University.
75 Spring Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10012; 212-343-9709; bnodesign.com.
"Letter From Shanghai," page 272
principal: Karen Hui.
principal: Israël Noël.
completed projects: Bistrow restaurant, Wagas café, Logo and Shelter bars, and houses, all in Shanghai.
current projects: Houses in Shanghai; a cabin in Entrelacs, Québec.
cold: The temperature "feels worse than Canada," says Hui, who's not fond of Shanghai winters.
hot: Noël is fascinated by how fast the city changes.
191 Jin Xian Road, 101, Shanghai 200092, China; 86-21-62187489.
Techentin Buckingham Architecture
"Romancing the Ranch," page 224
principal: Warren Techentin.
completed projects: Residences in Los Angeles and New York; Casa Santa Ana School in L.A.; Arcturus in Pasadena, California; One World Distribution in Mobridge, South Dakota.
current projects: Residences in L.A. and Tisbury, Massachusetts.
honors: AIA/LA award; Peerless Prize and Eisner Award from the University of California, Berkeley; Harvard University Faculty Design Award.
summer: Techentin and his wife, Mimi, vacation at their saltbox on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
winter: They snowboard and ski in Sun Valley, Idaho.
201 South Santa Fe Avenue, Suite 102, Los Angeles, CA 90012; 213-437-0181; techbuckarch.com.