Straight from Los Angeles,

three design trends stood out. 

1 // Even in the Golden State, it's polished brass, not gold.  

Everywhere I went, I noticed that shiny, reflective and expensive looking gold was outand polished, muted brass is in. Designers are making this choice in every possible setting -- from galvanized metal siding, to bottle openers, to urinals. What does this mean? My guess is that it's a more refined, muted sense of luxury -- gold without being gold.

If I loaded this email with every photo of polished brass I saw in L.A., it would be hours before you got back to that thrilling parking study you're working on, so I'll finish briefly. 

By the time hotels are getting their urinals in this material, you have to believe that it's going to be here for a while. 

And finally, a quick shout out to KC designer Brady Vest at Hammerpress who saved this great piece with his own take on polished brass. OK, this may be more gold... But he's got such great style.

2 // Using Wood Texture as Exterior Finish ... Even in Concrete.

Designers are using rough textured wood in a variety of settings, from store fronts to overpriced coffee trucks. The two concrete examples are really interesting, especially top middle, which is the newest home to WeWork on the Sony Studios campus.

Trend 3 // Analog is apparently really hip.