Last week it was Milan, today it’s Los Angeles. The La Cienega Design Quarter’s board of directors has voted to cancel this year’s Legends festival in light of the continued spread of the coronavirus.
“Because we are faced with too many ‘what ifs,’ the board had to make the painful, but ultimately responsible, decision to cancel Legends before window designers, vendors, sponsors and our own members started investing money, and we ended up with a half-attended event. That would be far worse than no Legends event this year,” the board announced in a statement.
The event was scheduled for May 5 to 7. The board announced plans to return next year, and has plans to host one-off events throughout 2020.
This year’s Legends would have been the 12th edition of the annual festival, which draws an audience of thousands to the showrooms in L.A.’s design district on and around La Cienega Boulevard for three days of events. The festival’s signature is the redesign of 50 showroom windows by guest designers and artisans.
Local officials in Los Angeles have declared a state of emergency in response to a spate of recent COVID-19 diagnoses over the past 48 hours. Currently, there are 51 known cases in California, and 152 in the United States overall.
Homepage photo: A 1stdibs event at Hammer and Spear during last year's Legends | Courtesy of LCDQ