ISSUE 19  |  Working It

Weekend Update: Legends of La Cienega Recap

May 18, 2014 10:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

Last week we headed to LA for the annual three-day Legends of La Cienega design festival, featuring nonstop panels and parties and window vignettes by a range of designers (the theme this year was Novel Interiors, with designers taking inspiration from classics like A Moveable Feast). Here are a few snapshots of things we spotted (and admired).

Some favorite quotes from the panel discussions:

• “I tell my clients that framed family photos don’t count as art.” –Timothy Corrigan

• “Our main job is to educate the public about the power of original design vs. knockoffs. If you’re looking for inexpensive design, Ikea does a great job.” –John Edelman, CEO of Design Within Reach

• “Working with Philippe Starck changed everything. Overnight, we went from the Navy chair to being a design company.” –Gregg Buchbinder, CEO of Emeco 

• “Rooms should look evolved, not installed.” –Timothy Corrigan

• “Don’t start with the carpet. That’s how you end up with a decorated look.” –Betsy Burnham

• “Is the shelfie the new selfie? –Alison Clare Steingold, C Magazine

“A house is like a face. If it’s got good bone structure, you just need a bit of makeup. If it doesn’t, you need plastic surgery.” –Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Above: Waiters awaiting guests at one of the Legends events. Photo by JL Photographers.

Above: The scene at Lee Stanton Antiques.

Above L: A courtyard painting at Lee Stanton Antiques rendered in Benjamin Moore house paint; photo by JL Photographers. Above R: Amy Kehoe and Todd Nickey of Nickey Kehoe at the opening night party at Therien.

Above: A social media panel with Todd Nickey of Nickey Kehoe and David John Dick of Disc Interiors (both are members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory) and Shiva Rose (see Bohemian Glamor with a Santa Monica Stylemaker). Photo by JL Photographers.

Above: A window inspired by Edie: Girl on Fire, a paen to Edie Sedgewick, by Clements Design at Lee Stanton Antiques; photo by Grey Crawford.

Above: Well-shod antiquarian Lee Stanton with dapper Elle Decor interiors editor Robert Rufino. Above R: A whale tie clip sported by designer Joe Lucas of Harbinger and Lucas Studio.

Above: Thomas Callaway’s window for Harbinger was inspired by A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. Photo by Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence

Above L: An arrangement at RTH Shop. Above R: Artist Valerie Sobel, a former interior designer and founder of the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation.

Above: Valerie’s manicure.

Above: Zak Profera’s textile line, Zak + Fox, is now available at Hollywood at Home.

Above: A detail of Zak + Fox’s Uroko pattern.

Above L: Frances Palmer with one of her signature vases at Hollyhock. Above R: Kit Kemp’s Egg and Dart rug at Christopher Farr

Above: Christian May of Maison21 Interior Decoration was inspired by One Thousand and One Nights by Hanan Al-Shaykh in his window for Woven Accents.

Above L: A detail of the Woven Accents window (note the cleat painted the same matte blue as the walls). Above R: A faceted concrete planter outside the Judy Kameon-designed Balenciaga gardens next door to Woven Accents.

Above: Hayes & Howells’ window at George Smith was inspired by The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. Photo by Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence.

Above: I Married Adventure, the zebra-patterned 1940s classic, inspired a window by Better Shelter at Remains Lighting. Photo via Curve Improvement.

Above: Margot took this shot of The Rug Company founder Christopher Sharp and his son. 

Above: Designer Jennifer Dyer was inspired by Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings at the Gina Berschneider showroom; photo via Jeneration Interiors.