Known for a strong architectural foundation, an innovative use of color, and idiosyncratic combinations of furniture she collects for her clients, Jane Hallworth has quietly become a go-to resource for Los Angeles tastemakers looking to infuse their homes with imaginative mixes of blue-chip 20th century, cutting-edge contemporary pieces, and rarified antiques. Chief among the things that attracts Hallworth’s choosy clientele is her ability to translate their passions into utterly unique, deeply personal interiors. “I try to find that moment between looking towards the future and looking to the past, between modernism and historicism that is fleeting and so difficult to capture. I don’t have a singular design aesthetic or a typical client. However, my clients do tend to be storytellers in their own right, and that is very exciting. Weaving their narratives with my own creates a certain alchemy. I hope to nurture and feed their own instincts in design, to help them find their own ability to create, and by doing so my own tastes are inspired and evolve.” Today her client list reads like a who’s who of young Hollywood’s most celebrated stars, but Hallworth’s discretion and lack of interest in the spotlight have kept her name largely unknown beyond the perimeters of the city’s most inner circles.
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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William Turner (1789-1862) was an English painter who specialized in watercolor landscapes. Many of Turner’s landscapes depicted te countryside around Oxford. One of his best-known pictures is a view of the city of Oxford from Hinksey Hill. In 1895 the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford held a retrospective exhibition of this work. His paintings are held in national and international collections such as the Tate Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New Zealand Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Turner was born and grew up in Oxfordshire. Because of his interest in drawing he moved to London to join John Varley. In 1807 he had his first exhibition at the Royal Academy and in 1808 became a member of the Watercolour Society. In 1810 he returned to Oxfordshire, married and later designed a Georgian Gothic Revival church. The brass plaque outside the church reads “Erected in memory of William Turner of Oxford, Water Colour Painter and architect of this church”.