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LCDQ LEGENDS 2015: MUSES BEHIND THE WINDOWS

“Where Muses Dwell” was the theme of this year’s highly anticipated LEGENDS windows. 67 designers were invited to present the person, place, era or object that is their muse (or source of inspiration) in the windows of the LCDQ storefronts. For the first time, a contest was held to vote of the best window in three categories.  When looking at the windows, I considered the following criteria…the uniqueness of the idea, the execution of the concept, and the overall aesthetics of the space. The window designers outdid themselves in terms of creativity and originality. The competition was heated with even Kris Kardashian Jenner joining in promoting her favorite designer on social media. A special thank you to all of my friends who rallied the troops to vote! All of the windows can be viewed by clicking here.

Here are the winners and several other windows that caught my eye…

EDITOR’S CHOICE: KEN FULK AT THERIAN

therian-ken fulk Ken FulkPEOPLE’S CHOICE: JEFF ANDREWS AT FULLER & ROBERTS

Fuller & Roberts

 

Fuller Roberts

AMBASSADOR’S CHOICE: SAM ALLEN AT HOLLYHOCK

Hollyhock-Sam Allen

Sam Allen

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Julia Buckingham

Mecox-Burnham

Betsy Burnham

Buckingham

Kristin Buckingham

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Claremont

harbinger

Young Huh

andy

Andy Warhol

Harbinger-Gorrivan

Phillip Gorivan

MC

Madcap Cottage

Marc Phillips Amy Meier

Amy Meier

Compas-Timothy Corrigan

Timothy Corrigan

Sherle Wagner-Cami Wright Cami Wright Dragonette-Cliff Fong Cliff Fong Hollywood at Home-Nicky Kehoe Nicky Kehoe Arteriors Windsor Smith Windsor SmithNathan Turner Serena and Lilly

Serena and Lilly

Tufenkian

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Tuten

LA LOVE: DAY 4

Million Dollar Decorators
via JL Photography
LCDQ Legends has been perfectly described as “Spring Break” for interior designers. The scenery was beautiful, the Los Angeles design community was beyond welcoming, and every event just kept getting better and better. The logistics of pulling off such a large event were incredible and the organizers did an AMAZING job!  Our morning kicked off with a hilarious panel entitled “Don’t Hate, Collaborate” by the cast of the Million Dollar Decorators featuring Martyn Lawrence BullardJeffrey Alan Marks, Kathryn Ireland, and Nathan Turner. The chemistry between these designers was extraordinary as they entertained the crowd with anecdotes about working abroad, filming debacles, and teasing each other about their endearing personality traits.
via JL Photography

The panel was held at the Dragonette Ltd. showroom. Patrick Dragonette opened his showroom in Los Angeles in 1997 nd it quickly became one of the country’s top resources for high-end mid 20th century design. Dragonette, Ltd. specializes in the work of legendary designer Billy Haines. This impeccably curated showroom was definitely a highlight of LCDQ.

Dragonette Vignette
featuring Brian Wilson’s painting “The Black Bear”
“Pedra”Agate Lamps from Dragonette Private Label
with Tony Duquette Snail
Enchanting Sterling Silver Elephant Box at Dragonette
Some Favorite Southern Ladies
Holly Phillips, Leslie Rascoe Newsom and Lisa Newsom
The One and Only Tony Bucola at Veranda Lunch
Owner of Antonio’s Bella Casa

Another favorite was Antonio’s Bella Casa, owned by the charming Tony Bucola. Tony’s stunning shop features period European antiques from Italy and France paired mixed with blue chip modern and contemporary art. I literally had to pinch myself walking through his collection of amazing finds from abroad. His goal with his shop was to create a space where “the unique meets the necessary…where all the elements of European living could be brought together with the elegant flair of the Italians.”

Alexander Calder
Antonio’s Bella Casa
 Fab Faience and Rose Quartz Foo Dog
Antonio’s Bella Casa
Frank Stella
Antonio’s Bella Casa

Next, it was off to another enlightening lecture on Elsie de Wolfe by Hutton Wilkinson. Hutton began his career in the architectural offices of his father and grandfather.  At the age of eighteen, he went to apprentice for the great American design icon,Tony Duquette. Hutton is the Owner, Creative Director, and President of Tony Duquette, Inc. as well as President of the Elsie de Wolfe Foundation.

Hutton Wilkinson
Elsie de Wolfe(center) with Tony Duquette
via New York Social Diary
Wilkinson’s upcoming book, The Walk to Elsie’s, relays the rip-roaring tale of the last ten years of the great designer’s life, as told to him and his co-author Flynn Kuhnert by Tony Duquette. In his lecture, he elaborated on this international icon:
Elsie de Wolfe’s long and rich life spanned for eighty five years from her birth in 1865. She was a true American original…from her rise in turn of the century New York society, her stint on Broadway and her many firsts including being the first woman to fly with Wilbur Wright, the first woman to sue the IRS, and the first woman to charge for taste, thereby inventing the multi billion dollar business of professional interior decorator. 
Prominent in New York society and later in Europe, Elsie de Wolfe married Sir Charles Mendl and designed her storied home the Villa Trianon at Versailles, where she hosted her coterie of international society friends. Among her many friends and business associates were the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Stanford White, Cole Porter, the dress designer Mainbocher, Elsa Maxwell, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Elizabeth Arden. 
After her World War II escape by Rolls Royce, Elsie de Wolfe ended up in Hollywood with the likes of Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford and Tony Duquette, creating an entire new world for herself on the west coast towards the end of her long life.”
Harbinger Vignette
Katie Ridder wallpaper, Coleen and Co. Lantern.

Our day could not have been any more incredible until we entered Harbinger, which now tops my resource list for all things fabulous!  Holly Phillips had raved about her friends Parrish Chilcoat and Joe Lucas who own the showroom. They have assembled an amazing array of artists, fabric, accessory and furniture lines that include Katie Ridder, Ferrick Mason, Coleen and CompanyHolland and Sherry, Bunny Williams Home, and Hillary Thomas just to name a few.

Peonies at Harbinger
Beautifully Dressed Bed at Harbinger
in Front of a Favorite Wallpaper
Another Colorful Vignette at Harbinger
Colleen and Co. Lighting, Art by Alex Mason
By Alex Mason
Holland & Sherry Appliques

In addition to being super talented interior designers, Parrish and Joe also know how to throw a party! They converted their back parking lot into a chic outdoor fete with a quintessential west coast vibe. Moore & Giles also sponsored the event bringing their restored Airstream with them filled with their luxury leathers and small batch bourbon bar. The company was founded in 1933 in Lynchburg, Virginia to create innovative leathers for the high end interiors market.  In 2007, they introduced their line of luxury bags and accessories.

Harbinger Party
via Moore & Giles
Bourbon Bar courtesy of Moore & Giles
Moore & Giles Airstream

The Veranda finale party was held at the gorgeous new showroom of McKinnon and Harris. Understated elegance and exquisite craftsmanship define this brand. Based in Richmond, Virginia, this family owned company is committed to crafting furniture of exacting standards and timeless design. The white and green palette for the evening was translated into all the details, from the floral decor to the food. The whole evening was a work of art.

Fantastical Floral Headdresses
White and Green Vignette
Our last night in Los Angeles was spent back at The Sunset Tower Hotel.  A lively cocktail party with our Design Trust group evolved into a festive last supper before we all went our parting ways.

Design Trust
Supper at The Sunset Terrace
It is so sad to say goodbye, but we always have the next design adventure on the horizon!

LA LOVE: THE WINDOWS OF LEGENDS: NOVEL INTERIORS: STORYTELLING BY DESIGN

The most highly anticipated attractions of the LCDQ LEGENDS event are the showroom windows that are decorated by 40 top designers from around the world. I am in constant awe and delight of the creativity of the design community and these windows were beyond extraordinary! This year’s theme was “Novel Interiors: Storytelling By Design.” 

Now in its sixth consecutive year, the LCDQ LEGENDS event has attracted over 12,000 guests and all funds raised go towards Habitat for Humanity and the La Cienega Design Quarter Beautification Fund. The LCDQ was established in 2008 to promote the flourishing antiques and design community in one of Los Angeles’ oldest thoroughfares. Since the 1950s, it has been a shopping hot spot for designers such as William Haines, Else de Wolfe, Tony Duquette and Frances Elkins.

All of the windows created for the event were spectacular.  Below are a few of my favorites in which the designers truly outdid themselves in terms of originality, execution of the novel idea, and aesthetics. Enjoy!

Hollyhock Windows
Detail via Mark Sikes
Detail via Mark Sikes

Remains Lighting Window

Ralf’s Window

MK Collection Window

Dragonette Window
Dragonette Window Detail
via Quintessence

Once I read the incredible post by Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence  I fully appreciated the effort that went into Doug Meyer’s imaginary dreamworld for his window. Instead of featuring Howard Roark from The Fountainhead as originally planned, Meyer created a fictitious universe at The Enright House, the famed building on which the book is based. In Stacey’s interview with Meyer, he elaborates on the project, “Over its storied 49 year history, the Enright House has been home to some of the world’s richest people. It’s owner self made millionaire Roger Enright, was the seventh richest man when he passed away in 1969.  Notable residents included members of America’s first families, European nobility and Hollywood and Broadway royalty.”

His imaginary world includes stories that may have occurred in the building and depicted in his dioramas as seen in the ballroom diarama above.“One night…regular Willem de Kooning taught Julia (an Enright resident) a new dance called the Cha Cha. She was ecstatic and in less than 24 hours had commissioned Gio Ponti to design a ballroom she would name the Cha Cha Room. Many nights the residents of Enright House would start off their evening at Bar Alfred and end dancing the night away at Julia’s glamorous duplex apartment.” 

Be sure to read the full story on Quintessence here. The fabulous story would make an incredible screenplay!

Waterworks

Harbinger Window

Harbinger Window

George Smith Window

Nathan Turner Window

Woven Accents Window

*All images via Grey Crawford for LCDQ unless otherwise noted.