Conor Ford Archive

Coachella Part 1: A+R Manager Conor Ford’s Top 5 Festival Hits

By: Conor Ford

It’s that time of year again for the mass exodus to the desert know as the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. I’m looking forward to catching most of this first weekend’s lineup—specifically Outkast, Disclosure and Banks. While the polo fields are trampled under the hordes of tent dwellers, I plan to enjoy the weekend in […]

La Chance pour le Futur

By: Conor Ford

Thirty minutes into a recent conversation with a client about Mid-Century design, we both came to the conclusion we preferred French to Danish. But in my head I wondered, ‘why is that?’ My thoughts must be loud, because the client answered back: “It’s aesthetically better because of the proportions.” Hauling anything up five flights to […]

West Side Home Tour 2013

By: Conor Ford

We’re thrilled to serve as the box office this Saturday morning for the West side leg of the hotly anticipated Dwell on Design Home Tours series. Five homes in A+R West’s backyard, nestled in the beach-side communities of Venice and Santa Monica and selected by Dwell Magazine editors, will open their doors to some 500 […]

Love Dad

By: Conor Ford

It’s only one official day a year that we get a full 24 hours to celebrate the fathers in our lives. Mark the occasion with something the Old Man might actually love. We’ve pulled together a few items that not only make us think fondly of Dad, but when he pulls off the bow and […]

A+R is in Vogue

By: Conor Ford

This week A+R graced the glossy screen of Vogue.com in a roundup highlighting what it calls “the ten most fashionable people, places and things on the west coast.” As the only design source to make the “California Cool” list, we are humbled and honored to represent the left coast in such high fashion. Vogue editors […]

A Celebration of Design+Architecture in L.A.

By: Conor Ford

It’s becoming more and more apparent that Los Angeles is emerging as a mecca for both design and architecture. And may I say, rightfully so. Angelenos have long reveled in the unique mix of historic and contemporary design that our diverse city offers. Each neighborhood, enclave and district offering its own unique architecture, look and […]

High Five to this Hi-Fi

By: Conor Ford

I don’t know about you, but I live 95% of my life against a soundtrack. Music keeps my mind balanced and my soul active. Something with such resonance in my life deserves the best possible form of delivery. Symbol Audio serves up a stunning option with the Tabletop Hi-Fi system. More fine furniture than routine stereo, […]

Time Flies

By: Conor Ford

Peaceful, beautiful, serene. Probably not the first words to pop into our heads when we think about a clock. In today’s world, we’re more likely to have the words “appointment,” “deadline” and “late” flash across our brains in red neon when confronted with a time piece. But what if we replace the clock’s unsympathetic digits […]

Getting Global Vision

By: Conor Ford

For the past 100,000 years, human beings have been literally feeling their way through the world. Our tactile obsession dwarfs that of any other species. Although modernity has reduced us to merely tapping, swiping, and pinching though the day-to-day, we all know there is something to be said for holding a tangible item in your […]

The Future Is Now

By: Conor Ford

The end of the year is here and it calls for a celebration! Having survived the predicted Mayan apocalypse, this New Year’s Eve requires something different. Why not serve champagne out of a painter’s pail? Or set a celebratory mood with a pair of ceramic speakers? After all, New Year’s Eve is the one night […]