Los Angeles for Design Devotees

From its Mid-Century archi marvels to its avant-luxe retail and designer dining, LA is a mecca for devotees of all things design. Here's a round up of the perfect pursuits for a day of designer dreaminess…


SHOP

Discerning (and well-endoughed) nest-featherers should flock to LA’s two most exclusive home hideouts. Casa Perfect is minimal-meets-high-impact furniture label The Future Perfect's first LA outpost, a hush-hush, appointment-only boutique and creative hub for designers. Located in a chic 1950s home-turned-showroom in the WeHo Hills, it’s a new private shopping experience which will appeal to lovers of contemporary design, decorative arts and interiors.

Or, serene, discreet, intimate, expertly curated homeware and womenswear ‘store’ The Apartment by The Line is akin to wandering into someone’s home. These gimlet-eyed globetrotters have rounded up a stash of hard-to-find goodies you never even knew you needed, although it’s the exquisitely placed furniture and decor bobs – such as Tenfold’s Pollock-esque paint-splattered ceramics, Danish Architect Made’s stacking trays, and a Mid-Century-esque glass coffee table by Fritz Hansen – that will have you reaching for your credit card.

Vava-vintage more your bag? One-of-a-kind warehouse, MidcenturyLA, packs more high-quality Scandi-sourced furniture, lighting and decor than you can shake a Danish pastry at. Think 12,000 square feet of drool-worthy movables by renowned designers like Hans Wegner, Erik Buck, Arne Norell, and Johannes Andersen.


EXPLORE

Anyone worth their design credentials will know that LA’s art exhib of the year has already kicked off at The Broad. She of the red wig, wall-to-wall polka dot and giant fruit fame is responsible for The Broad’s first visiting special exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors (until 1 Jan 2018), the most significant North American tour of the Japanese artist’s work in nearly two decades. Unsurprisingly, advance tickets have sold out, so rock up early for limited first-come, first-served entry on the day.

Or archi buffs might want to make time for Schindler House, a pitch-perfect example of a low-slung, concrete Modernist LA residence, the 1922 home of architect R.M. Schindler (designed with creative input from his wife). Originally designed for two families living a la commune, peepers peeled for the sleeping solutions – ergo floating baskets.


EAT

Finally, slink into the opening of the year, Steve Samson’s Rossoblu. If this Italian stallion doesn’t get your design pulse racing, nothing will. Gawp at the Da Vinci-esque full-wall mural, on-trend pendant lighting, and black marble open kitchen or kick back on the ample patio for handmade pastas and signature grill thrills like steak and suckling pig.


The original version of this article was written by LUXE for PenCities.

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    Chloe Jessica Payne



    After spells spent in Mexico, Madrid, Lyon, São Paulo and Hong Kong, Chloe now lives in London with her husband and two muddy mongrels and is currently planning trips to Bruges, Paris, Alaska, SoCal, Romania and Reykjavik. 

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