Forced to cancel America’s favorite design festival, LEGENDS, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the La Cienega Design Quarter brought together the design community another way, with a virtual design summit called #LCDQStrong on Thursday, May 21.

#LCDQStrong is the La Cienega Design Quarter’s first digital design festival featuring interviews with creatives, a roundtable of design magazine editors, news and views, and beautiful memories of the La Cienega Design Quarter’s past LEGENDS events.  The event was produced by LCDQ Executive Director Tamar Mashigian.

The event lives online on the @lcdqla Facebook page, under Videos, and can also be accessed from the LCDQ website.

A combination of talks geared toward providing insight into how to make the home a better place, interviews with legends in art, architecture and design, and panel discussions that might feel a bit insidery for those who are not interior designers, the #LCDQStrong program included:

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An insider view of how homebound Hollywood is weathering the pandemic with star designers Sarah Shetter and Martyn Lawrence Bullard in conversation with 1stdibs editorial director Anthony Barzilay Freund

A first! The 3 editorial chiefs of Elle Decor, House Beautiful and Veranda sit down (virtually) with designer and author ​David Netto ​to discuss “The Power of Design in a Virtually Connected World.”

Renowned pop artist Ross Bleckner and architect Scott Mitchell ​discuss crossovers between the worlds of art and architecture​ ​​and share behind-the-scenes stories ​with ​Galerie magazine Editor-in-Chief Jacqueline Terrebonne.

Luxe Interiors + Design ​Editor-in-Chief ​Pamela Jaccarino converses with designer Mark D. Sikes on “Keeping Creative During Covid-19

Traditional Home’s market maven, Krissa Rossbund, who has covered all of the major design fairs in the U.S. and Europe over the years, highlights the newest and most popular designs in the LCDQ shops and showrooms.

An illustrated conversation about creating “The Perfect Kitchen” with design powerhouses Robert Stilin of New York, Beth Webb of Atlanta, who loves to cook, and Michele Trout, along with architect Tom Kligerman, moderated by the author Barbara Sallick.

And a discussion led by Business of Home’s editor in chief Kaitlin Petersen and publicists Joseph Aldrich and Lauren Urband on “Marketing During a Pandemic.”

#LCDQStrong is not intended to replace LEGENDS. The LCDQ Board of Directors and Executive Director, Tamar Mashigian, merely wanted to provide a forum for design ideas and keep the design community together in the face of not being able to travel to popular design festivals such as LEGENDS, design markets and conferences.

Participating magazines and media include Elle Decor, Galerie, House Beautiful, Luxe Interiors + Design, Traditional Home, Business of Home and 1stdibs, along with California Home + Design.

The complete schedule can be viewed here:

#LCDQStrong is graciously sponsored by 1stdibs and The Shade Store, with additional funding from Benjamin Moore.

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ABOUT LCDQ: The La Cienega Design Quarter was founded in 2008 to promote the burgeoning antiques and design neighborhood on one of Los Angeles’ oldest thoroughfares. Since the 1950s, La Cienega Boulevard has been the leading destination for interior design, shopped by icons like William Haines, Elsie de Wolfe, Tony Duquette, Frances Elkins, Chet Chidester, Michael Taylor and Kalef Alaton. Today, La Cienega (from Santa Monica Boulevard to Rosewood Avenue), Melrose Avenue (to the East and West) and Melrose Place continue to be the leading destination for high-end design as top designers, celebrities and selective shoppers source the most unique furniture, antiques, lighting, garden, ironwork, hardware, rugs, fabrics, art and accessories in the world from the 45 shops, galleries and showrooms of the LCDQ. For further information visit

ABOUT #LCDQStrong: Half of the La Cienega Design Quarter’s membership consists of independent shops and showrooms that sell unique furniture, custom lighting, hand-painted tile, specialty fabrics and wallpaper and a variety of home goods made by craftspeople and artisans in America. #LCDQStrong seeks to support the businesses in the LCDQ, which in turn support the artisans of America, from coast to coast and in between, by providing a venue where they can sell their goods.