You may think the days of a design blogger are filled with poolside daiquiris, mani-pedis, and long leisurely naps. And you’re right. But it’s not every day we get to go to lunch with The Man Most Likely To Be Named the Next Starchitect, David Adjaye.
We were gathered by the lovely people at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver to discuss their new building designed by Adjaye (not to be confused, mind you, with the pointy Libeskind-ized Denver Art Museum). We met curator Cydney Payton who is way excited about the museum’s first show in the new space, “Star Power: Museum as Body Electric,” which could also accurately describe Adjaye’s glowing box of gray etched glass.
As we dipped into our velvety carrot soup on a sunkissed patio at Lucques, we finally met Christopher Hawthorne , who was very nice and quite reserved–not all the cantankerous pot-stirrer we envisioned. But we have to admit we were entertained when Frances Anderton took him to task for his recent piece slamming Lorcan O’Herlihy’s Habitat 825. Thank god for Hawthorne, actually; he’s the only reason we still read the LA Times.
We compared notes with LA Mag’s Greg Goldin about PARK(ing) Day and met two new art friends, Jeff Marinelli of Art and Living and George Melrod of Art Ltd. And far away at the other end of the table was Dana Harris, who writes the sharp blog The Knife for Variety, about dining and the entertainment industry, a delicious little slice of LA life.
When we asked Adjaye what else he was working on, he lit up. Researching a book about contemporary African architecture has taken him to 30 countries, nine of them this summer alone. 30 countries? How many more to go? “23,” says Adjaye with that huge, adorable grin. “There are 53 countries in Africa.”
When you have lunch with David Adjaye, you’re bound to learn something.