Studio Visit: Nissan Design America

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With an eclectic spirit fostered by the late Jerry Hirshberg, the California satellite studio in La Jolla is a designer’s sanctuary with a storied history

A tiny toy helicopter hangs from the ceiling of David Woodhouse’s office. “Do you know what this is?” he asks, reaching up and gently taking hold of the bright yellow gyrocopter with black-and-white striped tail. “That’s Little Nellie, from the James Bond movie. When I’m here, I feel like I’m on the set of You Only Live Twice.” Woodhouse lets go and we watch for a moment as the little model, complete with machine guns and flamethrowers, swings back and forth from its long wire.

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