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Evan Kleiman: Mayne Was The Only Architect I Knew

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2009-06-angeliVia Dwell's story on Angeli Caffe owner and host of KCRW's Good Food, Evan Kleiman, we find this tidbit on the restaurant's interesting design history: "When it was time for me to open my own place, it was just a coincidence that my roommate in college met Thom Mayne and they were courting....He was the only architect I knew personally, so I could tell him, 'Hey, I have no money, I'm doing this 1000-square-foot space, I have this generalized idea, and I'd like all the reference points to Italy to be like a little church.' I still have the original maquette they did. It was this whole journey going to the studio and working with these amazing artisans. Everything was custom." [Dwell]