Los Angeles-based designer, Peter Dunham, was born in England and spent his formative years in England, France and Spain. His design career began with an apprenticeship under David Hicks while studying International Business Administration. Relocating in 1998 to Los Angeles from New York he began designing homes for high-profile clients as well as many commercial projects including hotels, offices and medical facilities. In 2003, he expanded his business with the launch of his collection of hand-printed textiles, updated designs of vintage prints with Indian, Turkish and Mediterranean influences.
In 2007, Dunham opened Hollywood at Home, a retail outlet that provides design-savvy customers with an extraordinary collection of interior textiles, custom home furnishings and must-have vintage pieces.
Peter Dunham's work has been recognized by the press and by the design community. His style has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “Merchant Ivory Moderne” and by the Wall Street Journal as “restraint with a kick.” Dunham has been named a House Beautiful "Top 100 Designer" five years in a row; House & Garden named him a "New Tastemaker" in 2005. His work has been published in almost every design and shelter magazine in the U.S. and abroad, including The World of Interiors, House Beautiful, Elle Dècor, Architectural Digest, Veranda, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, W, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and C Magazine. In 2009 he received the "Star of Design" award from the Pacific Design Center.
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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Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a French Fauve and modernism artist known for his use of color and his fluid and original draftsmanship. He was a draftsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Although he was initially labeled a Fauve (wild beast), by the 1920s he was increasingly hailed as an upholder of the classical tradition in French painting. His mastery of the expressive language of color and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.