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James Hubbell Exhibition
James Hubbell Exhibition

James Hubbell is a painter, sculptor and architectural designer who has spent 60 years designing and making buildings, artifacts and fine artworks that reflect a deep passion for the ocean and for earth’s gifts. From Ilan-Lael, his self-made home, studios and foundation in Julian near San Diego, Hubbell has created private and public works, including schools in concert with the community in Tijuana, an organic chapel at Sea Ranch and parks that span the cultures of the Pacific Rim. This is the first comprehensive show on Hubbell ever displayed in Los Angeles.

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Welcome to the Tornado Creative shop, a source for beautifully designed objects from us and our friends. We dug through our archives to offer you some very rare, collectible items. Many of these products are out of print and available in very limited quantities. Get ’em while they last!

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Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder | Get On Board
Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder | Get On Board

The Grammy-winning release “Get On Board” by contemporary blues masters Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder, is a remake of the original record by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. Percussion by Joachim Cooder. Art Direction by Al Quattrocchi & Jeff Smith of Tornado Creative, Los Angeles. Photography by Abby Ross.

  • I don’t know why they’re called Tornado. They’re fantastically fun, helpful, constructive, creative, and deliver the goods – which is not very tornadish if you ask me. Maybe they want to be dark and mysterious? Ok, I’ll give them that. Tornado - fonts of creativity on-demand AND, by the way, also super dark and mysterious.
    Lauren McMahonHBO
  • In working with Jeff and Al, I conjure a smile and good fun. You both bring such authenticity and good design to everything project I present to you. I am lucky, and the legacy of the Helms Bakery is superbly fortunate, to have Tornado on-board. Toot - toot!
    Walter Marks IIIWalter N. Marks, Inc.
  • It’s a special gift to work with a team who can take the tiniest seed of an idea or a vague sketch of an abstract concept and not just articulate it – but render something that feels like a refined giant step in your own thinking. Al and Jeff have a command of not just their craft, but a deep intuitiveness and sensitivity that confirms their commitment to each client and each project. That’s what fully engaged collaboration should feel like and that’s what they bring – every time.
    Lynell GeorgeJournalist, Writer & Photographer
  • Tornado is an F5 on the design scale. Behind the scenes, a whirlwind of activity, leaving a wide range of beautiful work in its wake.
    Tommy SteeleCreative Director & Author
  • I've worked with Al and Jeff on about seven projects now, and keep coming back for more! They never fail to deliver beautiful work, the feedback I get on packaging is tremendous, not to mention they are the nicest people to work with.
    Richard ThompsonMusician Extraordinaire
  • I've worked with Tornado for over 21 years now - first and Rhino and for the last five years at Shout! Factory. They continue to be our "go to" designers. They do top quality work in diverse styles and mediums - and are as comfortable with a '50s look as with a completely modern timeless approach. They are extremely committed to what they do and their attention to detail is consistently excellent.
    Garson FoosPresident, Shout Factory

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