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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'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
  • These days, anyone with a computer and some free fonts downloaded from the internet considers himself a designer. That's why I was excited to work with Tornado, because I wanted to work with real designers, people who knew what they were doing. The book they designed, Night of the Tiki, turned out beautifully. The attention to detail and the graphic ideas that Al and Jeff contributed made the book a real stand-out.
    Josh Agle (aka Shag)Artist
  • 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 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
  • True talent, indisputable creative and unfaltering integrity, is what makes Tornado a world class leader. Jeff and Al have fostered a reputation based on their dedication, vision and genuine respect for their craft and their clients.
    Tiffany IinoDisney ABC Network Group
  • 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

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