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ELLE DECOR Presents Legends of La Cienega Design Walk (Page 1)

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All events are open to the public. No registration required.

Kick-off a well-designed summer with this glamorous three-day event — the first of its kind in Los Angeles. Stroll Los Angeles’s preeminent design district, La Cienega Design Quarter — the hub of West-coast interior design for more than half a century. With more than 40 luxurious shops and galleries find everything from antiques, furniture, and fine art to sensational bistros and boutiques.

Let us entertain you as we pay homage to the legendary designers who once frequented the LCDQ and explore the design district that today serves L.A.’s most sought-after designers, A-list, and celebrity clientele — a must for both budding design enthusiasts and the experts.

With a line up of exciting and distinctive programs all open to the public, the Legends of La Cienega Design Walk has something for everyone. Join us to experience tributes evoking the legends of yesterday including designer vignettes in LCDQ-member establishments along La Cienega Boulevard, from Beverly to Santa Monica boulevards.

Enjoy extended hours of operation and exclusive weekend access to LCDQ shops featuring designer vignettes. Friday, May 8, 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. and Saturday, May 9, 11 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Thursday, May 7, 2009
The celebration launches with an invitation-only VIP gala hosted by ELLE DECOR editor in chief Margaret Russell. Guests are sure to include designers, celebrity collectors, LCDQ VIPs, and invited press.

Friday, May 8, 2009

9 A.M. – 11 A.M.
A Morning Tea with Textile Designers Kathleen and Tommy Clements
Woven Accents
525 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Kathleen and Tommy Clements discuss Gypsy/Maturin, their new rug collection. Truly distinct, this line reflects their appreciation for simple folk art imagery and encompasses an array of natural materials, including bleached hemp, mohair, and vintage kilim flatweaves. Details such as hand embroidery, village stitching, and custom painted appliqués make each rug a unique work of art.

9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M
A Seminar on Going Global: Insights and Solutions for Success in the Global Design Marketplace
James Magni, John Finton, and Richard Landry
Moderated by Luxe Magazine Editor in Chief Pam Jaccarino
Rose Tarlow-Melrose House
8454 Melrose Place

This panel discussion explores the opportunities and challenges of designing and managing global projects.

Famed for his “Global Modernism,” James Magni’s award-winning designs are frequently lauded for their sinuous simplicity and strong, sophisticated architectural backgrounds.

Known as the “Indiana Jones of Builders,” John Finton searches the globe for extraordinary materials, designers, and architects. His international client list ranges from Hollywood A-listers to captains of industry.

With ongoing projects in 10 countries, the award-winning Landry Design Group is internationally renowned for its residential estate designs, which range from French chateaux and Andalusian villas to English manor houses and modernist villas.

10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
A Seminar on Reinterpreting Tradition and the Natural Selection of Color by Tim Clarke and Sally McQuillan
George Smith Handmade Furniture & Fabrics
804 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Sally McQuillan of Raoul Textiles talks about new directions in textile design. Tim Clarke of Tim Clarke Inc. speaks about creating timeless color schemes using the colors and textures of the natural world. Following the discussion, McQuillan and Clarke host a Q&A session.

McQuillan is the founding designer of Raoul Textiles, a family-owned design firm specializing in hand-printed fabric. Named an ELLE DECOR Designer of the Year in 2005, Sally is recognized for her unique approach to design and gift for scale and color.

After opening in 1997, Clarke’s company has evolved into a full-service interior design firm, offering a complete package of services that showcase his unique combination of modern beach elegance and vintage luxury.

10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
A Chat in the Garden on Selling Quality Design in the Age of Fast Food Junk Decorating with Designer David Phoenix and Mayer Rus, Writer for LA Times Magazine, ELLE DECOR, Dwell, and Wallpaper
Lee Stanton Antiques
769 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Designer David Phoenix and critic Mayer Rus examine the dynamics of demonstrating value and creating great design in a recessionary market. Topics include the influence of mass-market design on television, the dwindling pool of high-end design magazines, and fluctuations in the market for art and antiques.

David Phoenix’s signature “California Elegance” has earned him a reputation as one of the nation’s most influential designers. An honorable appointee of the (SHRC) State Historical Resources Commission of California, Phoenix’s lifelong passion for America’s cultural and architectural heritage is clearly observed in his projects’ aesthetic.

His design talents are in-demand among the country’s highest-ranking public officials, including the Kennedy family, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Power Lunch sponsored by 1st Dibs
Mingle with Influential Designers and the L.A. Elite
Lee Stanton Antiques
769 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Please Call Lee Stanton to RSVP

1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
A Fireside Chat with Jean Mathison, Billy Haines’ Assistant of 30 Years Followed by a Book Signing for Class Act: William Haines by Co-Authors Jean Mathison and Peter Schifando
756 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Legendary Hollywood decorator William Haines is known as the father of Hollywood Modern for using an exuberant mix of English, Modern and Neo-Classical to style Tinsel Town’s top interiors. Class Act, published by Pointed Leaf Press, is the definitive book on Haines’ history and the celebrities whose homes were enlivened by his custom furniture designs.

Discussing his flair for combining different styles, Haines once said: “I have always found mixing periods quite normal and exciting. I was doing this when to be popular meant having a kind of sameness throughout the décor. Spanish tables with Spanish chairs? Boring. You can mix anything provided it pulls together.”

1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
A Seminar on Art Lighting including Edward F. Caldwell & Company by David Calligeros, Owner of Remains Lighting
Remains Lighting / The Nanz Company
765 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Remains Lighting hosts a seminar and special lighting fixture exhibition featuring Edward F. Caldwell and Company. The Caldwell archive-previously believed destroyed-was brought to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and Library and housed in the former Andrew Carnegie mansion, where an impressive 16-light ball chandelier made by Caldwell and Company greets visitors with a warm glow over the great hall staircase.

Although the name of Edward F. Caldwell may be unfamiliar to some, the lighting fixtures made by his eponymous firm grace some of the best-known public and private architectural commissions in the United Sates during the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Caldwell lighting designs were included in most of the grand Beaux Arts mansions of the early-20th century, including those of Henry Clay Frick, John Jacob Astor, J. Pierpont Morgan, Frederick W. Vanderbilt, and Henry Morrison Flagler. Public commissions included the magnificent chandeliers in the East Room Ballroom and the State Dining Room at the White House, fixtures for the Boston Public Library, and elegant Art Deco chandeliers and wall sconces for Radio City Music Hall. Caldwell and Company’s emphasis on both design and craftsmanship speaks to a time when American manufacturing was at its peak. Paired with the firm’s commitment to electrical technology, its work represents the golden age of art lighting.

2 P.M. – 4 P.M.
A Book Signing for High Style by Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield
Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design
724 N. La Cienega Blvd.

High Style is rich with inspiration and meticulously edited projects by Ron and Jaime Rummerfield, whose signature California-based design style can be found in the homes of noted celebrities.

The book presents gorgeous individual furniture pieces surrounded by photo collages, wallpapers, objects, and fabric swatches. Dynamic and surprising, the glamorous living spaces featured within its pages embody the philosophy that “you can live like a star no matter where you call home.”

2 P.M. – 4 P.M.
A Champagne Reception Presented by Bentley Beverly Hills
Navona Antiques
809 N. La Cienega Blvd.

2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
A Chat with Elizabeth Gill Lui, Author of Open Hearts Open Minds: Reflections on China’s Past and Future on Challenges Facing the Preservation of China’s Architectural and Cultural Heritage
Compas Architectural Stone Inc.
845 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Elizabeth Gill Lui is a true Renaissance woman: acclaimed artist, traveler, writer, professor, and photographer. But the title she prefers is visual philosopher. “I think it’s much more appropriate for me, because it’s more about the ideas behind my work than the literalness of a photograph,” she says. “I think photographs are metaphors and allegories. They should direct our attention to some higher meaning and a higher purpose.”

Open Hearts Open Doors: Reflections on China’s Past and Future is a collection of more than 100 poetic photographs that capture the vernacular architecture and people of rural China. “Vernacular means a style that was not designed; it grows organically out of a cultural context. In China, it’s the courtyard houses. Any kind of Qing- or Ming-dynasty style didn’t have an architect, but grew out of the culture,” she explains

2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
A Presentation by Bret Parsons of Hollywood’s Society Architect Gerard Colcord with Book Signing to Follow of His Book Colcord Home
Bausman & Company
921 N. La Cienega Blvd.

From 1924 to 1984, Beverly Hills-based architect Gerard R. Colcord created a significant architectural legacy in Southern California that includes more than 300 residential estates and 100 remodels. He designed in a variety of architectural vernaculars: Tudor, Country French, Hollywood Regency, Spanish Hacienda, Monterey Colonial, Contemporary, and his signature genre, sprawling Country Colonial farmhouses. These homes are still coveted today, often commanding between 5 and 10 million dollars.

Bret Parsons gained access to Colcord’s complete archives in 2006, writing a lavishly illustrated book about him that includes nearly 10,000 original renderings, photographs, and blueprints. Nearly 300 current and past Colcord homeowners were interviewed for the book, creating a deeply personal and intimate portrait of a charming and gregarious man, who is still remembered fondly by his many clients and vendors.

2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
A Discussion of Home Couture: From the Fashion Runway to Today’s Elegant Home-How Fashion Trends Translate to Interior Textiles
Marge Carson
920 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Christine Rendino, Director of Fashion and Merchandising for Marge Carson, discusses some of the most anticipated trends in the marketplace at the company’s flagship showroom. From the apparel runways to the furniture showroom floor, Marge Carson is known for translating fashion trends to the company’s textiles and trims.

3 P.M. – 5 P.M.
A Book Signing with Fran Drescher, Actress, Activist, Director, Philanthropist and Author of Cancer Schmancer
Jean Marc Gallery
906 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Fran Drescher is not just our favorite nanny. She is also an accomplished actress, comedienne, and cancer survivor who won her battle against uterine cancer.

3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
A Retrospective Followed by Tea on Architect and Interior/Furniture Designer L. Kozma by Judith Hoffman
910 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Preeminent 20th century Hungarian Architect Lajos Kozma was known for his early style, which was influenced by vernacular architecture and the luxuriant Secessionist/Art Nouveau style. To this day, that combination is still known as “Kozma-baroque.”

At the end of the ’20s he turned toward objective functionalism in both architecture and interiors. His modernist designs were at the forefront and written about throughout Europe. After World War II, he was principal and teacher at the prestigious School of Applied Art in Budapest, Hungary.

3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
A Conversation and Book Signing with Carleton Varney, Author of In The Pink: Dorothy Draper
Outside Downtown
725 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Outrageous, controversial, and irreverent, Dorothy Draper was the top decorator of her time; perhaps of all time. She reinvented the profession of interior decorating and shaped what it has become today. Her company-now run by decorator Carleton Varney-has by no means slowed down since Draper’s heyday. Varney, author of In The Pink and Houses in My Heart, recounts fun, behind-the-scenes stories about decorating homes with Draper and demonstrates how to use design ideas in your own home.

4 P.M. – 5 P.M.
A Tea with the Decorative Arts Council and the Consulate General of Hungary
910 N. La Cienega Blvd.

4 P.M. – 5 P.M.
Argentinean Tapas and Wine Tasting
Gustav Carroll Inc.
841 N. La Cienega Blvd.

4 P.M. – 6 P.M.
A Reception Hosted by Donghia
719 N. La Cienega Blvd.

5 P.M. – 7 P.M.
A Toast to T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Dragonette Ltd.
711 N. La Cienega Blvd.

6 P.M. – 8 P.M.
A Cocktail Party
Jean de Merry
927 N. La Cienega Blvd.


10 A.M. – 5 P.M.
VIP Lounge Benefiting Habitat for Humanity Sponsored by Finton Construction and Estate Gardens by Valley Crest. Tickets available at the Door. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity.
Marge Carson

Hang with today’s most-celebrated designers, celebrity patrons of Habitat for Humanity, and the A-list party crowd on La Cienega.

10 A.M. – 5 P.M.
A Salute to Habitat for Humanity
Hollywood Sierra Kitchens
926 N. La Cienega Blvd.

Legends of La Cienega Design Walk Links:

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