A designer since 1979, Donna Livingston’s career quickly excelled from designing model homes to speaking in Japan about interior design, a fledgling industry there, at the time. She returned with an appreciation for Japan’s aesthetic that still informs her work today.
Livingston’s signature mixing of European, Asian and Contemporary styles has made her one of the top designers in the country. Her projects include dramatic coastal penthouses, luxurious Aspen retreats and traditional Beverly Hills estates. All designs incorporate the DLD standards of creativity, attention to detail and architectural integrity.
Livingston is regularly published in Architectural Digest and has been featured four times in the “AD Top 100 Interior Designers & Architects” listings. She has lectured throughout the world and appeared on HGTV’s “Homes Across America”.
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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Kees van Dongen (1877-1968) was a Dutch [painter and one of the Fauves. He gained a reputation for his sensuous, at times garish, portraits. At age 16 van Dongen frequented the Red Quarter seaport area in Rotterdam, where he drew scenes of sailors and prostitutes. Upon moving to Paris he exhibited in the controversial Salon d’Automne, in a room featuring Matisse amongst others. The bright colors of this group of artists led to them being called Fauves (wild beasts). As a fashionable portraitist his subjects included Arletty, Leopold III of Belgium, Louis Berthou, Sacha Guitry, Anna de Noailles and Maurice Chevalier. With a playful cynicism he remarked of his popularity as a portraitist of high society women “The essential thing is to elongate the women and especially to make them slim. After that it just remains to enlarge their jewels. They are ravished.” “painting is the most beautiful of lies).