With the death earlier this week of designer Deborah Sussman, Los Angeles lost a figure who LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne once called "a key link between the L.A. design world of the '50s and the one that emerged in the 1980s." Though it's true she's considered most famous for her instantly-recognizable work (with her husband Paul Prejza and Jerde Partnership) on LA's 1984 Summer Olympics, she's worked extensively since then, too (and before—she began her career in the office of Charles and Ray Eames). Her firm designed the logo for Santa Monica and graphics for the Big Blue Buses, and created signage and wayfinding for Hancock Park and Downtown's Grand Park. (And of course there's also an immense body of work outside of the area.)
Last year, Sussman's career was the subject of an awesome exhibit at Woodbury University titled Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles, but since it's no longer up, we've collected a few samples of Sussman/Prejza work from around the city. The couple also put their stylish house in Nichols Canyon up for sale last year, and you can see that here.
· Review: A timely look at L.A. designer Deborah Sussman [LAT]
· Deborah Sussman Passes After Long And Vivid Career [KCRW]
· Deborah Sussman Loves LA [Woodbury]
· Stylish Nichols Canyon Home of Eames Office Designer Deborah Sussman and Architect Paul Prejza [Curbed LA]