It’s always a challenge, albeit a fun one, to catch all of the design talk, openings, book signings and soirées in and around LEGENDS each year. That’s why we decided to gather some of our favorite moments and share them here.

In the first of a series, read on to see some of our favorite quotes, quips and musings from the always engaging forums and keynotes at LEGENDS X.

Keynote: Collections from the Past with an Eye on the Future

The mighty design foursome revealing what a collection can bring to a home.

Moderated by Jamie Drake, fellow Thomas Jayne, Timothy Corrigan and Oliver Furth discussing strategies for building a collection and incorporating it into your home for future generations to enjoy.

“You shouldn’t be afraid to own something old.”

— Designer Thomas Jayne

“In Los Angeles, you can be interested in anything and be taken seriously.”

— Designer Thomas Jayne

“Family photos are not art…”

— Designer Jamie Drake

“Our client said, ‘We’d like to have a mobile over our bed using our sex toys.’”

— Designer Timothy Corrigan

“I grew up in ‘80s Los Angeles. There was a lot of white on white on beige.”

— Designer Oliver Furth

“Auction catalogs are the new sleep drug.”

— Designer Oliver Furth

Keynote: Secret Spaces in Private Places

Linda O’Keeffe pressing our design panel to reveal their innermost design secrets.

Linda O’Keeffe led a behind-the- scenes look at beautiful spaces with designers Cliff Fong, Jamie Drake and Lauren Kruegel Siroky as they shared interesting stories of personal spaces that you will not see on the pages of your favorite shelter magazines.

“Ellen (DeGeneres) lives in her vault where she gets to enjoy these things.”

— Designer and Galerie Half Owner Cliff Fong

“There was an island in the pond. It needed something. It looked lonely.”

— Designer Jamie Drake (talking about designing a folly on a client’s property)

Love It or Hate It with Chairish and actress Sophia Bush

LGDQ Love it or Hate It LEGENDS X
Nothing but love here as the design panel weighs in on a love or hate question from actress Sophia Bush.

Celebrated actress, advocate and vintage lover Sophia Bush and Chairish co-founder Anna Brockway led designers Nathan Turner, Mary McDonald, Nate Berkus, Jeremiah Brent, Mat Sanders, Betsy Burnham, Georgia Tapert Howe and Sarah Sherman Samuel in the lively game of addressing past, current and future design trends.

“I love the 80s…”

— Designer Mary McDonald

“If you want people to leave a dinner party, put them in a Parsons dining chair.”

— Designer Nathan Turner

“I feel like we don’t even know each other.”

— Designer Jeremiah Brent (joking with husband/designer Nate Berkus as they disagree on a design trend)

Keynote: Finishing Touches

LCDQ LEGENDS X Finishing Touches
Editor and designers on the pleasures and pitfalls of accessorizing a home until it’s just right.

Ellen McGauley, Senior Editor, Coastal Living led a lively discussion with designers Peter Dunham, Leslie Hunt and Tim Clarke on putting that last touch on a project for maximum effect.

“The accents tell the story of who they are…”

— Designer/Hollywood at Home owner Peter Dunham

“Sometimes we are not showing the people that live there but the designers are… “

— Ellen McGauley, Coastal Living Editor

“I like a collected look, not a decorated look.”

— Designer Leslie Hunt

“It’s our job to help them look sexier than they are, look richer than they are, even look thinner than they are.”

— Designer/Hollywood at Home owner Peter Dunham

“With a Picasso over the mantel, who is going to notice the husband’s toupee?”

— Designer/Hollywood at Home owner Peter Dunham

Henri Samuel: Master of the French Interior

Henri Samuel Master of the French Interior
Designer and author in a tête-à-tête about this long overlooked master of design, Henri Samuel.

Author and journalist David Netto engaged in a lively, illustrated conversation with Emily Evans Eerdmans, author of Henri Samuel: Master of the French Interior, noted design expert and teacher at the New York School of Interior Design.

“You’re stealing my slides. I’m a Virgo. I’m very rigid.”

— Author Emily Evans Eerdmans

“Even Valentino had to be shaken down to pay bills.”

— Author Emily Evans Eerdmans

All photos by Chris + Jenn

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