On a recent visit to LA, I discovered Lead Apron Gallery, Jonathan Brown's rare and collectible art and photography book shop on Melrose Place in West Hollywood. Located in the former Rose Tarlow Showroom, the sanctuary-like gallery is set back off the street and fronted by a lovely garden. Double hung windows flood the space with light, illuminating the rare and collectible art and photography books that are Lead Apron's specialty. Also on view: Lichtenstein ceramics, framed lithographs, African spirit masks, and mid-century furniture, fixtures, and lighting. N.B. Across the street is Lead Apron North, Brown's art gallery across the street, open by appointment only. For more information, go to Lead Apron.
Above: A glass-topped white Poliform Beta table designed by Carlo Colombo functions as a display table.
Above: A white metal table designed by A. G. Fronzoni for Cappellini.
Above: Donald Judd–inspired chairs function as display tables for art books.
Above two photos: Benches by Ana Meier (daughter of architect Richard Meier) for Meier Ferrer, a furniture collection launched in fall of 2009.
Photos by Janet Hall