anyhoo, back to the subject of today's post- y'all know i'm in a complete love affair with my city, right? warts and all (you know, warts like the traffic and pacoima), i just couldn't imagine living anywhere else but los angeles. between the near perfect weather, the beautiful people, the ocean, the year 'round green, and all the cultural amenities that a world class city offers, sometimes it's just downright magical being here in the city of angels, and that is the subject of today's post (though we really aren't going to talk about any of those things).
what we are going to talk about is how inspired we were by an article in last month's house beautiful magazine by david keeps (LA's design writer emeritus) entitled "making it in LA", enumerating all the amazing design resources, current and past, that make this city one of the world's true capitals of design. if you don't have a copy of the magazine, particularly if you live in LA, go out and beg, borrow, or steal one from your dentist's office, as it is a near encyclopedic compendium of all the great people who manufacture and design here in los angeles. as i read it, it made me realize just how lucky i am to be in an interior designer in a city with so many amazing resources literally at my fingertips, and how it makes my job so much easier, as well makes my work so much better, to be immersed in such a fantastic creative environment.
i read the article during the height of westweek, the PDC's annual celebration of design, so i wanted to highlight some "made in LA" favorites also mentioned in the article that i was lucky enough to see in person during market...
|brian ferrick and alex mason, of ferrick mason.|
|lexington by ferrick mason|
|my favorite of ferrick mason's market introductions, "galapagos". curtains in this would be amazing!|
|a ferrick mason old fave, "criss cross"|
|a fuse lighting sconce so new, i don't think i got its name. sure is pretty, though!|
(photo by jill seidner of material girls)
an old favorite from fuse, the acacia bookshelf light. so verstaile and chic. also comes in a sconce, table lamp and chandelier and as fuse is local, the possibilities for customization are limitless!
i have loved the bright and beautiful prints of raoul textiles for years, but until mr. keeps' fabulous house beautiful article, i had NO idea that they too were a "made in LA" item. well, not technically LA, but sally mcquillan has been designing and printing her fabrics 2 hours north of LA in santa barbara for over 30 years, so raoul still qualifies as a local. no wonder sally's fabrics are so quirky and cool- it's easy to be inspired when you live in paradise!
|colorful and bold- see why i like raoul textiles?|
speaking of "making it in LA", i wanted to briefly announce that maison21 is super excited to be designing a window display for this year's la cienega design quarter "legends 2012: windows to the world" event from may 9th to 11th. we are keeping the theme of our window local, and working with some great LA resources, like gina berschneider furniture, to make some items for our vignette, so it should be exciting! we are still planning and finalizing our design (and searching for a local manufacturer to make us a folding screen- anyone have room in their production schedules for a quick job? so far, i'm striking out), and we are super-excited to be involved in such a great celebration of local design, including great los angeles based designers, manufacturers and retailers. again, see why we LOVE our city? more posts to come on this in may!