Friday, May 18, 2018

Tom Wolfe

Author Tom Wolfe passed away this week. “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff” get all the press, but “The Painted Word” is a classic. 

Published in 1975, Wolfe’s alarmingly honest work about the contemporary Art world (capital A) is just as relevant in 2018. My well-worn paperback copy from college (1992!) still commands prime space in my design studio. This is the kind of book you can pick up anywhere and read a single chapter.

Thank you, Mr. Wolfe.

Emilie Pallos Graphic Design
website design / corporate identity / corporate communications

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Friday, February 23, 2018

A message of peace

Opening Ceremony
2018 Olympic Winter Games
PyeongChang, South Korea
Feb. 9, 2018

Visit the official website for the Games here
Soohorang is the white tiger stuffed toy given to medal winners. The cutest mascot in recent years!

About us…
Emilie Pallos Graphic Design creates and produces custom websites, corporate communications (print), publications, corporate identities and branding/signage, among other creative projects. Our work is classic, yet modern, and is designed to be effective across various media. Our philosophy is to create elegant designs, with substance, quality and impact. Our clients represent healthcare, business, the arts and non-profit sectors.

Initial design and project consultations are free.

Contact us…
Phone: (818) 281-5820
E-mail Emilie Pallos, firm principal and creative director.
Visit our website here

Good design is good business.

Saturday, February 10, 2018


LAST WEEK'S SPECTACULAR LUNAR ECLIPSE was a kick-in-the-pants reminder about our wondrous universe. Officially known as a "Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse," this rare phenomenon was stunning seen through binoculars or even the naked eye.

Above is an unretouched photo taken by my associate, frequent collaborator (and dad!), Vic Pallos. 

Canon EOS 6D camera, Tamron 70-200mm zoom lens, 6400 ISO, 1/30th sec. 

Photo credit: Vic Pallos
Date: Jan. 31, 2018
5:32 a.m. PST
Taken in Glendale, California

View time-lapse video of the lunar eclipse on NASA’s website HERE.

The Salk Institute in La Jolla published a stunning shot of the moon which anyone can download as wallpaper for desktop computer or phone. We love the Salk — a gorgeous setting, stunning and iconic architecture by Louis Kahn, and groundbreaking research facility. If you haven't visited the Salk in person, it's definitely worth the drive to northern San Diego county. Architectural tours are given weekly.

A cropped version of Vic's photo shown above:

About us…
Emilie Pallos Graphic Design creates and produces custom websites, corporate communications (print), publications, corporate identities and branding/signage, among other creative projects. Our work is classic, yet modern, and is designed to be effective across various media. Our philosophy is to create beautiful and impactful designs, with substance and quality. Our clients represent healthcare, business, the arts and non-profit sectors.

Initial design and project consultations are free.

Contact us…
Phone: (818) 281-5820
E-mail Emilie Pallos, firm principal and creative director.
Visit our website here

Good design is good business.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dynamic, modern websites for top classical musicians


We are currently designing new websites for Los Angeles-area classical musicians Alex Iles and Jennifer Marotta. Home page designs are shown above.

Alex Iles is principal trombonist in the Long Beach Symphony. He is also member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and has performed on more than 1,000 film soundtracks, including one of our favorites, "La La Land." Alex teaches and gives masterclasses worldwide and asked us to create a site to showcase his work as a performer, clinician and teacher. The site features many audio and video clips, news, and information on seminars.

Jennifer Marotta is a freelance trumpet player based in Southern California. She plays with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and the Music of the Baroque in Chicago, among others. She also teaches at USC's Thornton School of Music and runs a thriving private studio. Jennifer's website is designed to communicate her talent for both playing and teaching.


Please visit Jen's new site here:
Alex's site launched March 31, 2018:

Alex and Jennifer have both been super collaborators. Thank you to musician Marissa Benedict for referrals to her talented colleagues. We enjoy working with artists and helping them shine.


Emilie Pallos Graphic Design is an Los Angeles-area creative studio. We design and develop dynamic, effective, custom websites for artists, businesses and organizations. We also design high-quality printed marketing communications, publications and corporate identities. Contact Emilie at (818) 242-9055 or send a note to us about your project. Initial consultations are free.

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A thousand words

Above: Apple's home page   Jan. 15, 2018

"We will not allow the politics of division to get in the way of the vision of a shared humanity, the vision of what Dr. King called the beloved community, the vision of one nation under God.” 

The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock 
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Atlanta, Georgia
Jan. 14, 2018

The Golden Age of Design


From my collection of vintage department store printed materials

Screen-printed postcard from the early 1960s.


Neiman Marcus
Dallas, Texas

Ladies in hats! Tres chic.


Monday, January 15, 2018

January Design Inspiration: Bullock’s Pasadena

Bullock's Pasadena (now Macy's) exterior (2018).

By Emilie Pallos

As a creative professional who loves architecture, I am particularly drawn to vintage department stores, especially those built in the 1920s through 1960s. Technology rules our lives, so it's nice to put away the computer screens once in awhile and step inside elegant, classic spaces for design inspiration.

Bullock’s Pasadena (1947) is a longtime favorite. From a young age, I remember many shopping visits to the store to purchase back-to-school clothes. Mom would not allow me to wear anything new until September, which seemed like an eternity! Fast-forward a few decades, and the same store is now Macy’s. And I still shop here.

Thankfully, the building retains its original architecture, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. L.A. architects Walter Wurdeman and Welton Becket created the streamline moderne store which features inviting curves and breezeways (see photo above). Mr. Becket also designed gorgeous Bullock's stores for Palm Springs and Westwood, and other suburban branches.

Pasadena’s original open-air parking lot at the corner of Del Mar Blvd. and Lake Ave. has been replaced by Trader Joe's grocery and a multi-level garage, but some of landscape architect Ruth Shellhorn's planter boxes can be seen around the store's periphery. She was well-known for her tropical themes at Disneyland and her taste for exotic plants. Ruth was true maverick in her field. More info on Ruth here.

Current Macy's exterior windows display women's fashion. Bravo to Macy's for keeping these current! Inside, on the lower level, elegant curved cases display glassware and gift items (near the elevators). The Tea Room on the top floor is only a memory — the full-service restaurant closed when Bullock's was bought by Macy's. The Tea Room was the spot for people watching, fashion shows and lunch.

On the main floor, you can still admire the charming Pennsylvania Dutch mural in men’s furnishings, and gaze up at the nautical ceiling in the children's department (top floor). Asian art in the stairwell is a nice touch.

Three sales floors feature art, antiques and decorative touches, so walk through various departments and look around. The store has done an admirable job keeping the building both classic and up-to-date. Signage explains many of the decorative objects on view throughout the store.

Be sure to look for Hungarian designer Paul Laszlo’s elegant square display niches in the cosmetics department (behind the Clinique counter). These are gems!

Macy’s Pasadena
401 S. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101


Emilie Pallos Graphic Design helps clients shine. High-quality, professional graphic design, photography and art direction for clients in a range of professions, from healthcare to the arts. 

We design and develop custom websites and create print design projects of all kinds — annual reports, brochures and publications, stationery and corporate identity, signage and more. Classic, yet modern.

Good design is good business.

Call Emilie 1 (818) 242-9055 or email us here.

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Vintage linen postcard from my own collection. I have many Bullock's postcards!

Pennsylvania Dutch mural — men's furnishings

Designer glassware, lower level

Original architectural rendering by Wurdeman & Becket (artwork located on lower level).

Looking east toward Lake Avenue

Nighttime view — motor court entrance

Lake Avenue view

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Eltham Palace: Medieval Meets Art Deco

🇬🇧 Great British Design Inspiration 
London: A Visit to Eltham Palace and Gardens 

Entrance Hall (1936). Elegant glazed dome bathes room in light.

Medieval masterpiece 
Eltham Palace is located a few miles from the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The land was first settled in 1086 and became a Royal residence in 1307. Jousting tournaments and lavish banquets were held here, and the property was occupied by the Crown into the 16th century. Edward IV, who frequented Eltham more than any other monarch, oversaw the construction of the Great Hall in the 1470s. But Henry VIII, who spent his childhood here, preferred Hampton Court and its proximity to the Thames. Charles I was the last king to visit Eltham in the mid-1600s. Then the property began a sad decline, eventually falling into ruin.

Fast-forward to the 20th century
In 1933, Virginia and Stephen Courtauld leased the former Royal estate from the Crown and built a fashionable Art Deco house adjacent to the medieval Great Hall, which they restored as a music room.

Eltham Palace and Gardens is now an English Heritage property open to the public. Our friend David Thomas suggested a visit and graciously served as guide. Thank you, David!

Once inside, we heard a docent-led talk in the Great Hall, then wandered through the two-story house on a self-guided tour. Stepping into the light-filled Entrance Hall (1936), with period furnishings and details, and the vast Great Hall, are worth a visit alone.

From the outside, you'd never guess the house features Scandinavian modern and Art Deco design throughout. Room after room of stylish, elegant fittings and artwork, much like an opulent ocean liner of the 1930s. Outside, acres of mature trees and plants surround the property, with various flowers in bloom on this warm, spring day (26 May 2017). Garden walls, moat and bridges from Eltham's royal past remain, with spectacular views at every turn.

English Heritage's website contains a detailed history of Eltham here.

We always seek out classic architecture, gardens and design when traveling — inspiration for our creative work. Take a look at a few of our photos of Eltham Palace and Gardens below.


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Print Design / Corporate Communications
Website Design & Development
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Good design is good business.

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Photos by Emilie Pallos and Vic Pallos

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Great Hall (1470s), originally part of the Medieval palace.
Minstrels' Gallery overlooking the Great Hall. With David Thomas.
The Great Hall's hammerbeam oak ceiling was once partly gilded.
David has sung the role of Polifemo in Handel's "Acis and Galatea" here.
House: Sleek Art Deco fireplace in dining room.
House: Leather map features the Woolwich Coat of Arms.
A nod to a former Palace resident.
House: View of the motor court from the first floor.
"Jonggy," Virginia Courtauld's pet lemur, in his own climate-controlled suite in the house.
Stuffed toy for sale in Eltham gift shop!
Mrs. Courtauld's exquisite bath (1936). No expense spared for the lady of the house.
South Lawn. 15th century south moat wall still stands.
Black Tudor bricks in an "X" pattern indicate a Royal residence.
More Tudor bricks, smaller than modern bricks.
Edward IV's 15th century moat bridge.
Rock garden.
Lime tree planted by the Courtaulds. Great Hall on far right.
Left: 15th century Great Hall (constructed of Kentish ragstone) blends harmoniously with 1936 addition.
Vesta, Roman goddess of hearth, greets visitors to the house.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Chelsea Flower Show: California-style gardens and sunshine!

The Morgan Stanley Garden, my favorite from the 2017 show. Southern California-style design.

Chelsea Royal Hospital. Architecture by Sir Christopher Wren. Of course!

Chelsea morning — 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show

As an avid amateur gardener and artist/designer, I've had the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on my radar for many years. This show is spectacular in person, worth braving the crowds and heat. 80 degrees this year! It felt just like Los Angeles where I am from... The show takes place on the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital, just north of the Thames in West London. You will surely see a resident Pensioner or two dressed in ubiquitous red coats.

TIPS: Book a couple of months in advance and plan to be there by 9 a.m. on the first day of the public days. Or, join the Royal Horticultural Society and attend during member days. RHS Chelsea sells out every year. Tickets are reasonable, only about $80 per person for a day of inspiration and beauty. 

Mediterranean gardens were in abundance this year, with California poppies incorporated beautifully into several of the silver- and gold medal-winning gardens, including the Morgan Stanley Garden, a spectacular entry for 2017. This California designer visits the Chelsea Show and is delighted to see so many familiar plants from home!

New client design project inspired by 2017 Show:

Invitation design for September Serenade party

Our studio recently designed a printed invitation package for client Adventist Health Glendale’s Foundation and Dr. Marguerite Marsh. Marguerite is a longtime member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and is hosting a party at her Pasadena home in September to raise funds for the hospital's Cancer Center.

The artwork illustrating the invitation is a photo Emilie took at Chelsea. (We hope the good people at David Austin Roses don't mind.) The horticulture company is a household name in Britain, and grows a spectacular selection of roses in memorable, rich colors. This photo was perfect.

The A7-size invitation and related materials were printed by Chromatic Lithographers in Glendale, CA. Kudos to Mike Sevigny and his team for guiding this project to completion on a tight timeframe.

Dr. Marsh was thrilled with the finished invitations. Elegant typography and fine printing help this piece shine. Modern, yet classic.


Web Design & Development
Corporate Identity
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For a wide range of creative, custom design solutions in print and online, contact Emilie at (818) 242-9055, or send us a note via e-mail.

Good design is good business.

To book your tickets for the 2018 Chelsea Show (22-26 May 2018), visit the official site HERE.

2017 RHS Chelsea Show photos by Emilie Pallos and Vic Pallos

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Some images of the 2017 show

California poppies, tulips and roses in every color, English lavender, Mediterranean gardens, Pimm's, wellies, seed packets, summerhouses, the BBC broadcast centre, ice cream…

The BBC was broadcasting daily from Chelsea.

One of the summer houses on display. An oasis for any garden.

Malvern — the perfect home studio for an artist or architect. British modern. Love it!

This garden features drought-tolerant plants and is a nod to Southwestern and Mexican design.

The Hillier Garden. Spectacular and award-winning entry. Lovely array of blooms and textures.

David Austin Roses — Floribundas are so impressive in an array of colors.