Anthony “Tony” Lovett is a writer and artist who lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
Matt Maranian was born and raised in Fresno, California; a Central Valley suburb distinguished for the nation’s worst air, its 2009 title as “The Drunkest City in America,” and it’s 1984 ranking as the least desirable U.S. city in which to live. Moving to Los Angeles in his late teens, he spent his formative years in pursuit of an acting career, which consisted primarily of 1980s soft drink commercials and arcane short films, and culminated with a brief recurring role costarring with a goat in the disreputable ABC sit-com “Mr. Belvedere.”
He has canvassed fringe culture for such magazines as Wired, British Esquire, Harper’s, bOING bOING, and the now defunct but once noteworthy Los Angeles Reader. He also penned his own column, “Matt Maranian’s Oddity Odyssey,” which appeared in the Los Angeles style and action magazine Glue.
In addition to L.A. Bizarro, he is the author of the critically-acclaimed PAD (Chronicle Books, 2000); a precursor to the new wave of repurposed and DIY design. Making it to #3 on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List, its success spawned a follow-up, PAD Parties (Chronicle Books, 2003) which elaborated on the theme. He became a popular return guest on shows for the Discovery Channel, HGTV, and the DIY Network, and served has a guest on several NPR programs. His design features appeared in ReadyMade magazine, Budget Living, Make, The Washington Post, and Craft magazine, for which he was a regular contributor.
After giving Los Angeles the best years of his life, he and his wife relocated to the bucolic and markedly leftist community of Brattleboro, Vermont, where they opened Boomerang, a high-style outfitter of new, used, and vintage clothing. Winning raves from The Boston Globe, The New York Post, and The Los Angeles Times, the local institution and destination hotspot celebrated its tenth anniversary in July of 2009.
He is currently sequestered among thirty acres of pristine Vermont woodlands in a groovy 1966 California redwood contemporary originally built as a model “vacation cabin” for Women’s Day magazine, although he sill finds himself in a bumper-to-bumper standstill on the 405 more often than he’d care to admit.