It’s hard to beat the La Cienega Design Quarter in Los Angeles for its charming casually chic home shopping venue. And Legends, the annual three day design event centered on the district, has become a must-visit destination for all design aficionados. I was thrilled to finally make it out for the five year anniversary. Although only a quick two night visit, it was abundantly clear why this event has garnered so much buzz.
With a focus on education, creativity and camaraderie, in the alluring indoor/outdoor setting that is southern California, Legends celebrates the best of design and the decorative arts. The opening night gala was hopping with a little West Hollywood glam in the exquisite Therien showroom. Old and new mix effortlessly in this incredible space that really needs to be seen in person to be appreciated.
The phrase monumental grandeur comes to mind.
We returned to Therien for the opening keynote the next morning. It doesn’t get much better than breakfast in their beautiful courtyard.
The theme of Legends 2013 was TIME CAPSULE: The Past, Present & Future of Design. So it was particularly appropriate that Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of the Hearst Design Group, welcomed Carey Maloney to speak about his new book STUFF: The M (Group) Interactive Guide to Collecting, Decorating with, and Learning about Beautiful and Unusual Things. (please excuse the blurry phone shot but wanted you to have a sense of the scale)
Inspired by House Beautiful’s use of DigiMarc‘s amazing technology, Maloney saw the opportunity to create much more than just a beautiful coffee table book of his and partner Hermes Mallea’s work.
In a marvelously entertaining and educational presentation, Maloney explained the connections between his knowledge and love of art history and his layered contemporary designs. As you peruse the printed pages of M Group’s work, the interactive technology allows you access to great museums, galleries and libraries throughout the world, adding greater depth of meaning to the group’s choices. This book is a treasure trove of information that I’m afraid is sure to spark hours of down-the-rabbit-hole investigations and inspiration. I’ll leave you with a little more visual splendor from Therien. Stop back as we explore more from La Cienega Design Quarter’s Legends!
9 thoughts on “La Cienega Design Quarter Legends 2013”
Love Digimarc and the many rabbit holes it takes you down! Must check out STUFF! Next time, take us with you to LA!
I am truly excited about this book! Just had a peek on Amazon..it went right into my shopping cart. Thank you for sharing..looks like a fabulous trip!
Heavens!! Wouldn’t it be fun to live like that!!! franki
Beautiful! I am so sad to miss it!
Gorgeous things, I love that final chair, olive green velvet with gold is such a perfect color combination. Happy Mother’s Day. xoox, ebh
Everything is so absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to order this book. Lucky you to have such an experiance.
Happy Mother’s Day Stacy!
I am sure you were in design heaven for those full 2 days!!! Breakfast at the Therien looks so good…I would have gone just for that!
Happy Mother’s Day, Stacey! I hope all 4 of your darlings are spoiling you today!
Happy Mothers day Stacey! I wish I could have been at this great event! The book sounds like a must have!
Art by Karena
Gorgeous! This is my favorite part of LA. I love walking down the avenue and I actually almost opened a store there.