There are certain individuals that you can tell by their fashion choices that you will absolutely adore how they decorate their home. PR maven Christina Juarez is one of those fashionistas that I always look forward to see what she is wearing at design industry events. Her aesthetic is always impossibly chic perfectly adorned with accessorizes that seem like she has acquired on her travels around the world. I could not wait to see her home featured in this month’s Elle Decor. I love her fearless use of color and pattern along with her incredible art choices and total originality.
I am thrilled to be headed back to Art Basel Miami next week this year for a brief stint to take in the art fairs. Art has always reflected the time and place in which it is made. It is fascinating to see what the artists choose to express and watch overriding themes throughout the fair. Artists have been called the “canaries in the coalmine” reacting to current events before they enter mainstream culture. I have been researching my favorite sources to come up with my “HOT LIST” for this year and wondering how I can cram all this culture into a mere 72 hours.
The main fair, Art Basel Miami, features 267 galleries from 32 countries showing work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall.
Nearby in Collins Park, PUBLIC enlisted 26 artists to create site-specific installations and performances including a monumental deer lawn ornament by Tony Tasset, a jeweled “Healing Pavilion” by Sam Falls; a group of tall chairs from the original production Robert Wilson’s “Einstein on the Beach;” a giant set of red lips by Sterling Ruby.
Located behind the convention center, Design Miami selected a student team from Harvard to design the fair entrance. “UNBUILT,” a collection of foam models of unrealized design projects hovers above fair goers. Yves Behar is the recipient of the 2015 Design Miami “Design Visionary Award” and he’ll be honored with a special exhibit in the D/M venue behind the convention center from December 2 through 6. Expect thirty five exhibitors including Firma Casa from Brazil, showing new works by the Campana Brothers, and Italian gallery Secondome,with hand-crafted limited editions.
Wynwood Walls is featuring “Walls of Change” with 14 new murals and installations and the debut of a new adjacent space called “The Wynwood Walls Garden.” The walls are by Case, Crash, Cryptik, el Seed, Erenest Zacharevic, Fafi, Hueman, INTI, The London Police, Logan Hicks and Ryan McGinness. Over in the “garden,” the Spanish art duo Pichi & Avo are doing a mural on stacked shipping containers and in the events space, Magnus Sodamin will be painting the floors and walls. The VIP opening is on December 1st in the early evening, but then it’s open to the public from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
X Contemporary also joins the crowd with their inaugural edition in Wynwood running from December 2nd through Sunday, and a VIP opening on December 1st from 5 to 10 p.m. Twenty eight exhibitiors will be on hand, plus special projects including “Grace Hartigan: 1960 – 1965” presented by Michael Klein Arts; a look at the “genesis of street art” curated by Pamela Willoughby; and “Colombia N.O.W.” presented by TIMEBAG.
The Rubell Family Collection will present a big exhibition called “No Man’s Land” featuring women artists from their extensive collection including paintings, sculptures, photos and videos by over 100 female artists. Jennifer Rubell will present her twelfth large-scale, food-based installation,”Devotion,” on December 3rd, 9 to 11 a.m. She’ll be using “bread, butter, and a couple engaged to be married” as her media.
ELLE DECOR will unveil its 2015 Modern Life Concept House on December 1. The project will be located in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District at 250 Wynwood, a 6,000 square-foot, one-of-a-kind condominium home, and will feature the work of four leading designers hand-selected by ELLE DECOR editor-in-chief, Michael Boodro The designers—Matthew MacDonald, Elizabeth Martin, Sam Robin and Fernando Wong—designed and decorated the space in a way that fits in with the artistic and creative spirit of the Wynwood district.
Miami’s Wynwood Arts District will soon be home to a “living laboratory” for design, the Wynwood Design Lab, where carefully curated artwork, furniture, decor, accessories and appliances will be showcased for interior designers, landscape architects, and luxury buyers and builders in quarterly vignettes. The multi-purpose mecca for design, opening in November, will be comprised of the lab’s 2,500 square foot indoor space, plus an outdoor garden, a gallery, and a live art demonstration area, which can be viewed from the street.
The Lab has so far partnered with designer Erinn Valencich and landscape architect David Font, who will provide architecture for, design and curate the Lab’s settings, which will be re-envisioned each quarter. “The Wynwood Design Lab is not a retail store, nor is it intended to be a design center,” explains Christi Tasker, co-owner of the Lab. “Rather, it is a living laboratory where a constantly transitioning duo of landscape architects and renowned interior designers will collaborate to give key luxury buyers and specifiers the best that the world of home furnishings and building materials has to offer, and to see it in real lifestyle applications.”
A new residential and arts district by Argentine developer Alan Faena’s between 32nd and 36th Streets on Collins Avenue will be finished in April 2016. For this year’s fair, they’ve planned a series of events including: A roller-disco installation by assume vivid astro focus that will be open to the public daily on the beach and feature local and international DJs; a “theater curtain” installation called “A Site To Behold” by Spanish artist Almudena Lober that lets visitors play alternate roles of “actor” and “performer”; and a site-specific “sand and light” installation by Jim Denevan.
Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow covering more of the satellite fairs and highly anticipated exhibits…For more design inspiration, please follow along on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and subscribe to Bespoke Banter.
The final day of LCDQ certainly inspired all of us to keep the fight going….I was looking forward to some of my favorite showrooms hosting events and taking in all the incredible sources that LCDQ has to offer. The new showroom of Hollywood at Home is a feast for the eyes. Peter Dunham’s gorgeous space makes shopping an absolute delight. We were greeted by the new fabric collaboration of adorable Amy Meier and Peter Fasano. The first lecture of the day included LA designers Jamie Bush, Nickey/Kehoe, Amy Meier and Christos Prevezanos discussing creating custom fabrics for their projects with particular reference to Peter Fasano. The always entertaining Robert Leleux, editor in chief of Domino, led a lively conversation with his usual panache.
The front of the showroom houses fabrics lines organized by designer and the back contains one of the chicest special event spaces I have ever seen.
One of the most highly anticipated keynotes was “The Art of Authenticity” sponsored by Milieu at the sublime showroom McKinnon and Harris. Interiors editor Leslie Newsom Rascoe and renowned interior designers Nicky Haslam and Nathan Turner discussed the definition of enduring interiors in the context of short lived nature of decorating and why some spaces transcend time.
The boisterous banter between these three was highly entertaining. Leslie cleverly dubbed the presentation “The Nick and Nate Show” and the two designers shared their advice and even entertaining tips with the group. Nathan compared the role of a designer as that of a captain and the importance of maintaining control of the ship. Nicky elaborated to never compromise your own design aesthetic because that is why the clients hire you in the first place. He also gave his secret to a great party, “Too much to drink and chocolate pudding.”
Equally as entertaining was Nathan’s precious chocolate lab Nacho, who he referred to as an “attention hound.” Nacho charmed the crowd with his personality and even had the last bark at the end of the presentation.
Next, a picnic lunch at Woven Accents complete with Moroccan rugs in lieu of picnic blankets and dueling DJs to entertain the crowd.
Ginna Christensen, Denise McGaha, Tami Ramsay, Jennifer Mehitidash
After lunch, the next keynote was “Entertaining:The Home as a Social Stage” sponsored by California Homes at the Janet Yonaty showroom. Susan McFadden, editor of California Homes led a panel with Kathryn Ireland, Lulu Powers and Russ Diamond and how contemporary entertaining styles have changed including the extinction or comeback of the formal dining room, chef inspired kitchens and indoor outdoor entertaining.
That afternoon, a flurry of book signings took place along Melrose and La Cienega. Windsor Smith, the Brentwood based design powerhouse, hosted a meet and greet to unveil her new collection at Arteriors.
Mecox Gardens hosted a group signing including design icon Charlotte Moss (Garden Inspirations), Jane Scott Hodges (Linens for Every Room and Occasion), Justina Blakeney (The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes) and Anthony Iannaci (Design in the Hamptons)
The final keynote of the day featured some of my all time favorite design talents. Hosted by the Claremont showroom, “Chasing the Muse” featured designers Celerie Kemble, Schuyler Samperton and Hutton Wilkinson and was brilliantly moderated by Stylebeat founder Marisa Marcontonio. Using the 2015 LEGENDS theme of “Where Muses Dwell,” the designers discussed where they go to find find inspiration and if modern day muses still exist.
Lindsay Fleege, Holly Phillips, Julia Buckingham, Me. Elle Toler, Rafi and Josh of Form LA, Tami Ramsay at Harbinger
Joe Lucas of Harbinger certainly knows how to throw a party especially when he combines forces with Moore & Giles and the Hearst Design Group. Harbinger is another LCDQ favorite. The showroom is always beautifully designed showcasing the latest and greatest from many bespoke fabric and furnishing lines. We always need to stop by at least twice…once to shop and once to socialize.
Holland and Sherry Rugs
Thomas Callaway Fabrics
Hearst Design Group, Harbinger and Moore & Giles Teams in front of the celebrate Moore & Giles Airstream
Jennifer of The Proper Poppy, Danielle Rollins, Paloma Contreras
The last stop on the whirlwind LEGENDS LCDQ tour was attending an intimate dinner at the home of Kathryn Ireland. This was certainly a “pinch me” moment because I have long admired her Santa Monica home and hilarious personality. Every single space from the outdoor seating areas to the guest house to the cozy nooks in the main house made you want to linger all night. Chateau Domingue hosted a stunning alfresco evening complete with craft margaritas, a mariachi band, and an amazing Mexican feast.
And to cap off a perfect night, we had a the chance to meet a favorite character from Million Dollar Decorators, Jacqueline, Kathryn Ireland’s chic confidante and right hand!
Photography by JL Photography unless otherwise noted.
3 days & 30 events…To give a sense of the incredibly content packed schedule at LCDQ’s LEGENDS event, I thought it would be fun to take you through one of the 16 hour days to see just how much creative energy you can absorb at this spectacular event. The logistics behind this event are mind boggling…not only do the organizers recruit and manage multiple speakers at various venues throughout the week, but they also throw amazing parties, each with their own distinct atmosphere. Designers are by nature a very tough crowd to impress and the LCDQ hosts never disappoint.
The La Cinega Design Quarter was founded in 2007 to promote the burgeoning antiques and design neighborhood on one of LA’s oldest thouroughfares. Since the 1950s, it has been the design destination for legends such as Billy Haines, Elsie de Wolfe, Tony Duquette, and Frances Elkins. These creative spirits seem to permeate the atmosphere…especially during LEGENDS.
Scott Meachum Wood, Me, Denise McGaha, Tami Ramsay, Will Taylor, Jennifer Mehditash
Our first official day began at the beautiful Renaissance Tile showroom for the Blogger Breakfast sponsored by Luxe Magazine. Knowing most of the crowd had very late nights, I was pleasantly surprised to see everyone bright eyed early in the morning to greet us.
With fellow ambassadors Jennifer Boles & Paloma Contreras
The first keynote speech was sponsored by Veranda at the Jonas Showroom. Entitled “Page Turners,” editor-in-chief Clinton Smith led a panel with designers turned authors and the highs of lows of publishing. Discussing the creative and business sides of publishing their monographs, they elaborated on how they translated their individual points of view onto the printed page.
Clinton Smith, Markham Roberts, Winddor Smith, Brian McCarthy
Next keynote, “Not Your Mother’s Traditional sponsored by Traditional Home at George Smith. Senior Design and Lifestyle Editor Jenny Bradley discussed the new meaning of “traditional” with entertaining panelists Elizabeth Dinkel, Madeline Stewart and Thomas Callaway.
The Elle Decor Power Lunch at the stunning Compas Showroom is always one of the most elegant events. The courtyard setting beautifully adorned with abundant flowers is breathtaking every year.
Robert Rufino, Michael Boodroo and Guest
Catherine Connelly, Celerie Kemble, Roxanne Hanna, Joe Lucas and Rebecca Dane
The Egg and Dart Showroom hosted “Branding Beyond the Candle” with interior and product designer Christopher Kennedy, photographer turned fashion designer Jonathan Skow (aka Mr. Turk) and moderated by the delightful Kelly Lee of Kelly Golightly. They shared their secrets of building a brand that appeals to a broad audience while staying true to their creative visions.
Matching ensembles with Mr. Turk
Complete with live mermen, the Tufenkian windows were some of the most visited during LCDQ. They hosted “Makers as Muse” moderated by Pamela Jaccarino, Editor in Chief of Luxe Magazine. She lead a conversation with Molly Luetkemeyer, Joe Lucas and Betsy Burnham on the artisans and craftsmen that serve and inspire them and what fuels them to keep their designs fresh and forward thinking.
The final keynote of the day “The Art of Upcycling” was held at the gorgeous Woven Accents showroom. Led by Domaine’s creative director Mat Sanders, actress and Honest Company founder Jessica Alba, Ginna Christensen of Woven Accents, Chairish.com’s Anna Brockaway discussed innovations in green living and the perks of up-cycling in interior design today.
Next up the parties! House Beautiful and the Stark family hosted a cocktail party welcoming Sophie Donelson, the new Editor in Chief in the stunning stark showroom. The gorgeous rugs provided a beautiful backdrop for another insanely attractive crowd!
Lovely Sophie Donelson taking center stage
Sophie Donelson with Nate Berkus
With Tony Buccola, Holly Phillips and Shaun Smith
The Sherle Wagner showroom hosted the Tributes party complete with live jazz, crafted cocktails and hilarious scenarios for photo ops with their products.
Victoira Larson, Amy Meier, Tami Ramsay and Patrick Dragonette
Danielle Rollins and Bill Ingram
Kerry Joyce, Michael Boodroo and Chuck Comeau hosted the official LEGENDS After Party at the exquisite Therian showroom. Knowing that the crowd had experienced and overload of visual stimulation during the day, they made sure to come up with some imaginative and exciting entertainment to capture everyone’s attention.
Fire eating performers…
Dueling musicians perched above the crowd….
And the grand finale…Cirque du Soleil inspired performance artists to cap off an epic day.
And was just the first day! Be sure to check back to read about the final day of LCDQ which was equally as inspiring and entertaining. For more of my design musings, be sure to follow along on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for reading and please come back again!
Photography by JL Photography unless otherwise noted.
Before LCDQ, ELLE DECOR asked us about our favorite summer design trends. Read below for everyone’s most anticipated trends paired with the gorgeous images from Elle Decor.
The ambassadors for this year’s La Cienega Design Quarter (LCDQ) Legends event know a thing or two about design. Here, they share the trends we can look forward to in the warmer months.
“As summer approaches I am most excited about incorporating patterns reminiscent of warmer climates into my designs and wardrobe, such as Balinese batiks, Guatemalan textiles and Indian ikats. I am also leaning towards palettes evocative of fruity cocktails such as chartreuse, citron, and coral, beckoning the carefree days ahead…hopefully to be spent in the sun, surf and salty air!”
“It’s nice to see wicker being used in more sophisticated ways. A lot of the wicker furniture I’m seeing has a high-style, mid 1970s feel to it.”
“India is a great source of ideas, inspiration and design. I love and celebrate fine Indian craftsmanship. I love the delight and surprise of embellished and handwoven Rajasthan fabrics. The randomness and inherent beauty of handcrafted Ikats and sari silks gives rooms character and a charming connection to the past. I’ve just returned from India, which is now the world center for handcrafted fabrics, rugs and weaving, jewels, block-printing, wood carving, quilting, metalwork, and so many centuries-old refined techniques. I love the tradition of exquisite hand embroidery, like those from the Jean-Francois Lesage studio in Chennai. Many American, English and French designers are working on textile design and new product in India now.”
“Summer means a carefree laid back lifestyle, and I am looking forward to entertaining with all the incredible sea-life inspired tabletops and accessories that are made with coral and fish prints. And color, of course! All the vivid bright colors come out in the summertime and stand up to the brighter, longer days and relaxed tome that summer brings. I love the details found in traditional summer settings-rose covered cottages of Sconset in Nantucket, the charming beach escapes along the East Coast. I am ready to enjoy a sandy feet getaway filled with American charm and lots of casual, easy entertaining.”
“I am ecstatic about the return of bold color. It is back with a vengeance with the return of wallpaper and pattern. Say goodbye to neutral walls. My theory exclaiming “beige is boring” has never been more true. Embrace summer with the bold colors of every sunset and sunrise.”
“This summer, I am looking forward to embracing classic design elements that work both indoors and outdoors. Think natural fibers like straw, seagrass, and rattan; blue and white stripes, and pops of vibrant green. These are elements that work as well poolside as they do in a tabletop setting, bedroom or living space. You can’t go wrong with timeless design staples.”
“This summer I am looking forward to a lot of dinner parties on the porch; I’m loving the new enamel flatware that seems to be everywhere. It’s great for casual indoor/ outdoor entertaining.”
“I’m excited about what I’m seeing being done with wood finishes– we’re going back to the classic techniques and finishes of yesteryear and using them in conjunction with more modern shapes and forms. Cerused/ limed oak wood finishes (which originated in England in the 16th century) are becoming even more dramatic with contrasting and non-traditional colors, and are being used in furniture, floors, and wall finishes. Marquetry, the art of applying small pieces of wood veneer in varying wood species and finishes to create a decorative pattern or picture is another summer trend I am looking forward to. The marquetry seen today takes a classic art form and translates it using modern, geometric shapes so that it is relevant to the way we live today. Even though the forms may not be classic, the techniques used to achieve what we are seeing and bringing into our homes are. This goes to show that the past continues to influence the future of design.”
“I’m excited to see blue and white reinterpreted for the 2015 summer season. Influences from Dutch ceramics and classic Chinoiserie are going to be seen alongside graphic geometric patterns, a bold and fresh take on a a classic color combination for a high-summer look.
Identifying design trends from year to year has always fascinated me.The lifespan of a trend has been cut in half due to social media. Fashion typically influences what is seen in the design world. Once a trend hits the runway, it will likely show up in the world of interior design the following season through fabrics, furnishings and accessories. See below for what is “in” and “out” from the design editors and experts…
The images below show recurring themes I saw at Maison & Objet in Paris and High Point Market this fall. I would gladly welcome any of these gorgeous objects into my home…
|Maison & Objet The Real Thing|
|Rattan Animal Heads|
|Resin Animal Heads|
|Taylor & Burke|
|Celerie Kemble for Henredon|
|Ro Sham Beaux|
|Grace & Blake|
|JuJus at Masion et Objet|
|Latin American Textile|
|JuJu, Tusks & Faux Ostrich Eggs|
Our second day of Blogfest begins with breakfast at the stunning Hearst Tower…
High up the the 44th floor, we will hear Veranda‘s elegant Editor in Chief Dara Caponigro discuss the evolution of the May/June issue.
We then get another dose of extraordinary talent from House Beautiful. The charismatic Editor in Chief Newell Turner will share his insights onto what it takes to get published. House Beautiful’s Next Wave Designers, Jon Call, Jill Goldberg and Michael Harold will reveal their secrets on how to take an interior design career to the next level.
After our inspirational morning, we will head to the Elle Decor Modern Life Concept House to meet with the dashing Editor in Chief Michael Boodroo.
The show house is being held at the Dillon in one of their nine townhouses. Eight international designers have created original contemporary spaces in conjunction with modern furniture, fabric and accessory lines.
Next we are off to the D&D building to the Lee Jofa showroom for lunch with Macrae furniture designer Robert Brown and Keith Granet, author of Business of Design. After lunch, we will join Traditional Home Editor in Chief Anne Maine at the Kravet showroom for an interview with the charming and talented Alexa Hampton.
The ladies will define and discuss what the term “traditional” means today and how the design industry has acclimated to keep up with the new “traditional.”
If that were not enough for one day of design, we then head to see a sneak preview of the new Baccarat showroom to meet designer extraordinaire Vincent Wolf.
The topic of Mr. Wolf’s lecture is “Finding New Direction: How People Want to Live in the Contemporary World.”
Thank goodness there is no After Party tonight! Stay tuned for Day 3 tomorrow…