Legends of La Cienega unfolded over May 6 to 8 with an array of showrooms, parties and events fitting this year’s theme: “Where Muses Dwell.” In its seventh consecutive year, the three-day design event featured happenings from a keynote on designer monographs with Clinton Smith and a seminar on sustainable design with John Turturro to discussions on brand-building with Christopher Kennedy and Jonathan Skow—plus, of course, plenty of parties, showroom openings and meet-and-greets.
As one of the largest design events in the country, says Legends founder Lee Stanton, the fair “is the ‘spring break’ for designers and design enthusiasts, attracting thousands of visitors from over 20 states and six countries. This year, over 10,000 people attended our eight panel discussions and 20 parties/dinners, as well as several special exhibitions and book signings. Even more flocked to the streets in the LCDQ to explore the famous windows created by designers from across the country and around the world.”
A pre-Legends party at the home of LCDQ member and Mansour owner Benjamin Soleimani.
Design fans await entry to the May 6 Gala.
This year's gala was hosted by 1stdibs and Coldwell Banker Previews International at STK.
This year's Blogger Breakfast was held at Renaissance Design.
Window by Barondes Morris for Egg & Dart, "Gustave Eiffel"
Christina Rottman's "Poseidon" at Mansour; Janet Yonaty's "Iran" at Ryan Saghian
Window by Amy Meier at Marc Phillips, "My Mother's Workroom"
Designers shared some of this year’s show highlights with EAL. Sam Allen’s favorite showrooms included Hollyhock, Peter Dunham's new location of Hollywood at Home, Nathan Turner and Elizabeth Eakins. “Right as I walked through the doors I fell into a dream that I was on a lavender farm with beautiful sheep surrounding me,” he says. “The art of mixing and layering different styles and patterns of textiles from across the globe! I fell in love with the selection of Suzanis, durries, and vintage silk ikat pillows at Pat McGann Gallery." Antonino Buzzetta enjoyed "the energy of La Cienega and Melrose. It is one-stop shopping for everything from amazing mid-century vintage finds at Downtown and Dragonette to the very finest textiles at Hollywood at Home and Harbinger. The streets are abundant with the very best in design and decor.”
The Friday Fresco picnic lunch at Woven Accents featured gourmet box lunches.
Programs and events took place throughout LCDQLA's shops and showrooms.
“This year was the strongest Legends of La Cienega to date in my mind,” shared Joe Lucas. “The windows were especially brilliant this year as well. The showroom star was undoubtedly the new Hollywood at Home—Peter Dunham moved his shop across the street and it was the belle of the ball.” But that newly expanded space, located at 703 N. La Cienega Blvd., wasn’t the only harbinger of news breaking over the fair: Merida’s partnership with Harbinger also made headlines.
Merida will open its first boutique showroom at Harbinger in Los Angeles in September 2015.
As Lucas explains, “The new 1,000-square-foot addition will be known as 'Harbinger/By Hand' and will be more a gallery of a curated collection of products from around the world made by hand. Merida will be the anchor of the collection and bring a perfect blend of traditional craftsmanship mixed with a brilliant reimagining of the rug business with new modern designs. Their integrity, not only as a company as a whole but also as the people behind the brand, is the perfect addition to the Harbinger family.” Merida will open its boutique showroom at the new Harbinger/By Hand space in September.