For over 28 years, Cuban born Waldo Fernandez has brilliantly designed projects all over the world. From Merv Griffin’s iconic Beverly Hills Hotel and Atlantic City resort to numerous residences, restaurants, hotels, Hawaiian estates, riding stables, executive offices, yachts and private planes. He manufactures his eponymous furniture line and owned and operated the successful Trumps Restaurant for more than a decade. He recently completed Soho House, a branch of the private London club, located in West Hollywood.
Waldo incorporates many styles and the aesthetics of both architecture and location. “The home is the essence of one’s inner-self.”
His clientele include investment bankers, TV and film producers, studio heads, accomplished actors, photographers, artists and acclaimed recording artists. Waldo’s Designs is comprised of an experienced roster of architectural and interior designers.
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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Konstantin Kakanias (1961) is a contemporary Greek painter and multimedia artist. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles and Greece. Throughout his career Kakanias has created drawings, paintings, sculptures, performances, ceramics and books. Kakanias’ work does not belong to any single style. He is known to explore a range of themes in his work from the light and comic to the dark and psychological. He moved to Paris from Athens in 1979 and studied fashion and art. He worked as an illustrator for newspapers and magazines such as French Vogue and Vogue Italia. He created textile designs for Yves St. Laurent and Christian Lacroix. After moving to New York in 1988, he collaborated with Tiffany and Barney’s. The New York Times and Vanity Fair published his drawings. Kakanias moved to Los Angeles in 1997 and continued working on his fictional heroine, Mrs. Tependris, “a caricature of an art collector” and a “metaphor for the state of contemporary art and its reception by the public”. In 2008 he collaborated with Diane von Furstenberg to create the comic book Be the Wonder Woman You Can Be.