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Roman Alonso, Steven Johanknecht, Pam and Ramin Shamshiri founded commune in 2004 as a design collective focusing on enhancing life through design. Their intent is not to dictate but to facilitate through unconventional thinking and creative solutions. Whether the project is a commercial space, a retail environment, a restaurant, a residence or a corporate identity, they approach it holistically.

Their diverse backgrounds allow them to see the same project from many angles and to offer solutions that reflect this open-eyed attitude. With a staff of architects, interior and graphic designers, they assemble the best team for each job and maintain integrity in everything they do.

Clients include ACE Hotels, Andre Balazs Properties, Heath Ceramics, Oliver Peoples, Opening Ceremony and numerous residences.

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In an effort to give you a sneak peek into the highly anticipated window displays at LEGENDS OF LA CIENEGA 2011: CELEBRATE ART, we asked the Legends designers to share the inspiring thoughts and aesthetics behind their Legends window in the La Cienega Design Quarter. "The Legends Style Sheet" sponsored by Jean de Merry, presents a series of fun and unconventional interviews with our participating window display designers.

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David Hockney (1937) is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer, who is based in Bridlington, Yorkshire, although he maintains a base in London. An important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. Los Angeles, where he lived for many years, inspired Hockney to make a series of paintings of swimming pools using the comparatively new Acrylic medium and rendered in a highly realistic style using vibrant colors. He also made prints, portraits of friends, and stage designs for the Royal Court Theatre, Glyndebourne, La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He has worked with photo collage using various small Polaroid snaps or photo-lab prints of a single subject Hockney arranged in a patchwork to make a composite form. He was commissioned by Quantel Paintbox to sketch directly onto a computer screen. Subsequently he has painted hundreds of portraits, still lifes and landscapes using the Brushes iPhone and iPad application, often sending them to friends.

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