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La Peer Hotel Opens Summer 2017

La Peer Hotel, a Kimpton brand, will open in late Summer 2017 in the renowned West Hollywood Design District, which will reflect the neighborhood’s incomparable harmony of art, architecture, and fashion. The hotel is designed by Gulla Jonsdottir, who shared her talents with the WHDD as our WestEdge Design Fair co-op booth’s designer in 2015.

 

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La Peer is an elegant and intimate enclave anchored between the famed streets of West Hollywood’s Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. The design-forward hotel evokes a cool style that is quintessential West Hollywood. The locale will appeal to the aesthetics and sensibilities of the Design District while also being its own oasis amidst the City of Angels where locals and hotel guests alike can find their place.

 

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La Peer Hotel will feature 105 guest rooms and suites, a rooftop event space, poolside fitness center and more than 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor dining and lounge spaces. In addition, the property’s pool – while in the center of the bustling city – is an escape in and of itself accented by lush landscaping and handcrafted lanterns hanging from above that set the tone for an urban retreat. Rounding out the project is a new restaurant concept created by Casey Lane, chef/owner of the Tasting Kitchen in Venice, Calif. and Casa Apicii in New York City.

 

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For more information, head to: www.lapeerhotel.com 

La Peer Hotel
627 N. La Peer Drive
West Hollywood
(855) 239-4324
2017 April 9



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That Was Then: The History of Charles & Ray Eames in the West Hollywood Design District

When walking around the West Hollywood Design District, you’ll find yourself stumbling upon plenty of stunning interior design showrooms and high-end fashion boutiques. It is an exciting time to be perusing the district. Despite the treasures you will find inside the stores, some of the real treasures are the buildings themselves.

What was once the Herman Miller Showroom, is now the Domus Design Collection. A whopping 65 year later, the building still stands. More notably this very building was designed by the internationally-acclaimed furniture design team, Charles, and Ray Eames.

Herman Miller Showroom, 1952 © 2017 Eames Office, LLC

Herman Miller Showroom, 1950 © 2017 Eames Office, LLC

 

This dynamic duo is responsible for groundbreaking contributions in the field of architecture, industrial design, furniture design, manufacturing and the photographic arts. Not to mention the famous “Eames Lounge Chair.”

 

This historic building is a pinnacle for the history of the West Hollywood Design District and it is one of the few preserved structures. Today, the building represents the old and the new by housing some of the most contemporary furniture and home accessories in the Los Angeles.

The Domus Design Collection is one of many showrooms in the WeHo Design District, located on Beverly Blvd and N Robertson Blvd. In the Domus Design Collection’s showroom, you will find some of the most cutting-edge furniture designs in the district! Anywhere from state-of-the-art lighting fixtures to ultra mod glass coffee tables, this showroom holds some unique pieces that can transform any space.

Observing the transcendence of the old and the new is what makes this neighborhood so inspiring. This district is adorned with such antiquity and yet maintains a fresh presence of design. It will leave you wanting to learn even more about each store or restaurant you come across. Try not to let it go unnoticed, the fundamentals of design from the 1950’s are being showcased right beneath your nose!

 

Visit the Domus Design Collection in the West Hollywood Design District at 8806 Beverly Blvd




2017 August 7



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The Inspiration Behind Warby Parker in the Alley

Warby Parker is expanding their presence in LA in a big way. The vintage-inspired prescription eyeglass store first opened its Los Angeles location at the Standard Hotel in 2013. Since then, they have opened additional stores in the Arts District and Venice. The fourth Los Angeles location is one of the most exciting ones yet hinging on a Hollywood theme.

The Warby Parker Green Room is located on Melrose Avenue, tucked in the middle of the West Hollywood Design District. Aside from stylish frames, this concept shop includes a full scale green room where customers can record their own :15 videos against quirky, custom made backdrops.

“We’ve finally realized our dream of opening a venue for endless green-screen shenanigans,” says co-founder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal. “Where better to do it than Melrose? While it may not result in a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, we couldn’t be more excited to expand our presence in L.A.”

Step inside the Warby Parker Green Room and make your very own cinematic debut. Once recorded, you can send them straight to your phone for easy access. These fun backgrounds are true Instagram bait. Some of the backgrounds you can expect are a giant pepperoni pizza, palm tree lined boulevard and depths of the ocean, to name a few.

To amp up your green room video you can play around with some props, such as a giant green blanket and opaque green glasses. These props are essential for vanishing bodies and floating heads. You can even have your eyes blend into the background for some cool effects. Search for some video inspiration and share your own by using #warbygreenroom.


Once you’ve gotten your on-screen fix, head over to the marble Reference Desk where you’ll find a movie-theater-style marquee sign and shelves filled with classic clap boards. It is clear that the store’s inspiration playfully pays homage to classic Hollywood.

To the side of the desk you’ll find a colorful original mural by L.A based artist Alia Penner. Penner is also responsible for some of the green room backdrops! The mural’s bold and vibrant shapes are collaged behind the black and white LA cityscape. This mural brightens up the store.

Finding the perfect frame won’t be hard with the Warby Parker advisors standing by to give you great style and fit advice. You’ll be sure to walk out of the store looking fresh in your new frames. Be prepared to step out of the Warby Parker Green Room feeling happy and looking good.

 

Visit the Warby Parker Green Room at 8618 Melrose Ave in the West Hollywood Design District




2017 July 27



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Shape House Founder Spills The Science Behind Infrared Sweats

 

Here in Los Angeles, we’re barely fazed when another wacky wellness and beauty trend (“Vampire” facials, V-steams, and “earthing” to name a few) comes along; in fact, we’re game to try them all. That said, it’s pretty priceless to find something with lasting power. Enter Shape House, an urban sweat lodge in which patrons partake in FAR infrared therapy by laying snugly in heated beds, sipping alkaline water and catching up on your favorite TV shows. Sound too good to be true? There’s actually a lot of science to back up Shape House’s claims of helping you have better and deeper sleep, stress relief, faster metabolism, and more youthful looking skin (among many other benefits). Approaching its 5th anniversary, the business opened its 4th location on Robertson Boulevard earlier this year, will have Montauk pop-up in July, and a home in NYC’s Flatiron District not long after. Considering such expansion, as well as the celebrity testimonials and countless press mentions, it’s safe to say Shape House is not just another wellness trend. We recently chatted up founder Sophie Chiche to get the scoop on why sweating at the studio is so effective, what she loves about being a part of the West Hollywood Design District, and her best client feedback ever.

 

 

The location in the WeHo Design District is your most recent—what do you love about being in the area?

One of my favorite things about specifically being on Robertson is how central that street feels for everybody. It has its own identity where I think people will go, “oh perfect, because I love the restaurant across the street! I can have food right after.” The chamber and everybody in The District has done such a good job at making it such an identified neighborhood, not just another street in LA. We pick areas that have that village-y destination kind of feel.

 

How did you begin your own health and wellness journey?

I lost a lot of weight—about 180 pounds—and when I was on that journey I discovered that sweating was a very integrated part. I’m one of the only people I know who has lost so much weight and kept it off. It’s very hard to maintain, especially with the psychological aspect, but sweating helps with a lot of these angles: you’re not as stressed, you sleep better so you’re not exhausted and you tend to eat better foods the next day, as opposed to piling on coffee and sugar—which actually makes you crash. Then of course there is the hormonal balance; with my hormones I used to crash and then eat and my insulin would be crazy and my thyroid wasn’t doing its job. My internal clock was kind of messed up. Now I’m overall holistically more well-balanced, and sweating is a really a big component of that.

 

 

Can you explain the advantage of infrared sweat versus other types of sweating?

There’s been some research around people sweating more traditionally: they used people that run and bike and measured the toxicity of water that came out of their bodies. It was only around 5% on average. When they did the same thing with people sweating with our infrared technology, it was 29%, so we’re not talking a little bit. It’s becoming very clear that in order to detox, the kind of sweating we do is actually more efficient. If you think about it, when you work out your muscles are engaged, they’re hard; when you lay in our bed you melt like a puddle, so the water that’s carrying the toxins out is able to do so much easier. It’s like a river: when there’s a rock, it has to go around. When there’s no rock, it just goes.

 

What’s the biggest misconception about infrared heat therapy?

For a while a lot of people were comparing us to a workout or to hot yoga, but it’s its own thing. It serves a different purpose that nothing else was before. When yoga came on the scene and people had only been exercising in gyms, it was a different thing. Is yoga better than working out? I don’t know, it’s a different thing. Now we have so many athletes coming in to restore faster so they can train better. The athletic community is starting to recognize the different benefits.

 

Shape House also offers a lymphatic drain: what is this and who is a good candidate?

I discovered the machine because through a friend who had a heart attack—but obviously that’s not what we are using it for here. It works similarly to acupuncture or acupressure in that it gets your blood moving, which helps your body function better all around. People use it like a flu shot: it boosts your immune system and circulates your blood so you have more energy. It helps my eyes, which are very weak naturally. After a session, it makes the colors more vibrant! Not everyone has that experience but I think it says something. Additionally it helps with water retention, digestion, and sluggishness. If you think about it, blood is the key to health—it moves traffic.

 

 

What’s the best feedback you’ve ever heard from a client?

I have two stories: one was a woman who had lupus, and she had the really bad kind where your hands are crooked and you’re really impaired. She said the session made her body relax in a way it hadn’t in so long and she hugged me on the way out and she said, “You know what I’m going do when I go home? I have four children and I’m going to be able to hug them all.” The other was a woman who called me one day sobbing and said she’d been on sleeping pills for 12 years, she’d been to Shape House two times and on the third time she came home at night and laid on the couch to watch TV and fell asleep before she could even take her sleeping pill—and slept through the night.

 

What’s your best “pro tip” for anyone curious to try Shape House?

Try not to do your first sweat after a night of drinking. I don’t tell people this, but it actually really helps with a hangover but in my opinion it makes it too hard on the body and could make you more dehydrated. For the same reason, don’t drink coffee right before; come in as hydrated as possible. We give you alkaline water before, during, and after your session but it’s always good to come already well hydrated.

 

Book an appointment at Shape House‘s newest location at 653 North Robertson in the West Hollywood Design District.

Photos courtesy of @shapehouse on Instagram




2017 July 27




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Crafting Cocktails with Gracias Madre

Watching Maxwell Reis tend bar at Gracias Madre is a beautiful thing to experience. And that is exactly what the West Hollywood plant-based Mexican restaurant is striving for: a full-on mindfully crafted culinary experience. Led by the creative vision of beverage director Jason Eisner, Reis has had the opportunity to explore and expand upon a multitude of bartending principles.

 

At Gracias Madre, the craft cocktail movement is elevated to another level thanks to the benefits of California’s year-round sunshine, which allows for an organic beverage program that is both vegan and agave-based. In the same vein as the artful dishes that grace the restaurant’s menu, the thoughtfully made spirits are created with the best seasonal produce, as well as a top-notch selection of tequilas and mezcals from Mexico and Central America.

Reis has created quite a few of the signature specials on the drink program, including the ‘Mexican Fruit Stand-Off’ and ‘The Local Botanica’. The ‘So Fresa So Clean’, which Reis names his favorite cocktail to make, garnished with a single rose petal, is quite the crowd-pleaser: “Nothing beats seeing a bartender run your drink through a strainer of fresh produce!” When describing his creative process, Reis says deciding on the primary alcohol should come last. The main focus is always on the produce.

 

“What does the fruit or vegetable taste like? What spices and nuances would compliment the flavors? What kind of textural experience is this begging to be?”

 

That attention to detail and mindfulness of pairings comes through in the final presentation. While dining at Gracias Madre among such high profile clientele as Beyoncé or Silicon Valley’s Martin Starr, you might glimpse a visually pleasing spirit on its way to the patio– the edible flower not merely decoration, but the last vital ingredient in a carefully executed recipe.

Reis comments on how one might think a 100% vegan and agave based menu might be somewhat restrictive, but says it more so nurtures creativity than anything.

 

“I think leaving our comfort zone in search of something that fits specific criteria has had amazing results as far as creating what, in my opinion, is the most accessible vegan restaurant in the city,” says Reis. “It’s rare you go into a vegan restaurant whose menu isn’t solely comprised of soy based meat alternative. At Gracias Madre, we’re not imitating meat and cheese, but instead creating something new.”

 

By seemingly limiting themselves to a strictly produce-based menu, the possibilities at Gracias Madre have become limitless. Stop in now to witness the culinary spice and inventiveness.

 

Try Max’s favorite Gracias Madre cocktails at home:

‘So Fresa So Clean’- Strawberry, Rosewater, Lemon, Aquafaba, Tequila Blanco, Cachaca.

 

‘The Local Botanica’- Cucumber, Mint, Micro-Cilantro, Sugar Snap Pea, Bell Pepper, Jalapeno, Lime, Agave, Green Chartreuse, Yellow Chartreuse, Mezcal.   

 

Visit Gracias Madre at 8905 Melrose Avenue in the West Hollywood Design District

Photos by Natasha Lee




2017 July 27



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Know Your Neighbors: Justin Herber

 

We sat down with writer, director and brand consultant, Justin Herber, in his West Hollywood Design District home to talk career, creativity, and what he loves most about The District.

 

By looking at your career track record, you’re undoubtedly a multi-hyphenate (the career of the future!) How do you define what you do?

 

I generally tell people that I am a writer, director, and brand consultant. What that really comes down to is figuring out ways to creatively communicate ideas through a variety of forms and mediums: films, scripts, or brand strategies and campaigns.

 

It is sometimes difficult for even my close friends and family to get their arms around what I do because it is multi-hyphenated and non-traditional. To some people I am a writer, to others I am a painter, to some I am a creative director or documentary filmmaker, and to others I am Jessica’s husband.

 

Take us through your average Monday. We can only assume it starts with coffee…

 

My schedule and responsibilities vary week to week, so every Monday is different. A few things I always try to do are to be at my desk by 9:30 (with a cup of coffee) and fit in a workout.

 

Here is what this past Monday looked like:

 

7:00- 8:00 – Workout (my go to spots are Training Mate, BaseCamp Fitness, LIT Method, and Prevail)

9:00 – 11:00 – Worked from Verve Coffee on Melrose on a pitch for a new client and reviewed a series of edits on some commercials I recently directed

11:00 – 12:00 – Made calls from the road on the way to a meeting

12:00 – 2:00 – Working lunch with a creative agency on a consulting project

2:30- 3:00 – Coffee with an agency producer

3:30 – 6:00 – Worked with editors and creatives at the post house on the commercials

6:00 – 7:00 – Called my writing partner from the car to talk through a few projects and listened to Pod Save America (a Monday must)

8:00- 10:00 – Dinner/Drinks and with my wife and friends at The Ponte

10:30 – Decompress

11:30 – Bed

 

Before moving to The District several years ago, you were living in an old firehouse in the Arts District (before it was a ‘thing’). Quite the change of environment! What brought you to this change of scenery?

 

Living in the firehouse (especially before the Arts District had been exposed) was kind of like living in the Ghostbuster’s Firehouse crossed with the Paper Street Soap Company from Fight Club. It was an amazing bachelor pad, but had certain, let’s call them idiosyncrasies, that I didn’t want to subject Jessica (my now wife) to.  

 

When we started looking for a house together in Venice, Laurel Canyon, and West Hollywood and fell in love with the Design District. There were so many great stores and restaurants were walkable, the neighborhood was predominantly single family homes, and the layout didn’t create a lot of through traffic like in other parts of the city. In many ways, it was the exact opposite of my situation in the firehouse. We have been here for over four years and I tell everyone that this is by far my favorite place I have ever lived (no offense to Floydada, TX).  

 

 

If you were to spend an entire day – on foot – in your neighborhood, where would you start, where would you pitstop and where would you end up?

 

Ideal day would look something like this (it would most likely be a Saturday or Sunday so I could spend it with my wife):

 

Workout (RiseNation – cause Jessica would choose)

Grab Coffee/Tea from Alfred in the Alley

Farmer’s Market on Melrose Place (grab food to grill)

Stop off at house and shower

Late breakfast at Hedley’s

Leisurely walk around the neighborhood

Haircut at Baxter Finley (ask for Anthony)

Meet friends at Zinque for light bites and an afternoon glass of wine

Pick up wine from DuVin or John and Pete’s (secret: Shiner Bock is always on special there)

Have friends back to the house to grill in the backyard

 

One word that describes the West Hollywood Design District: _______.

 

Comfortable

 

Photos by Natasha Lee




2017 July 27



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Summer Tablescapes with Michael Aram

Summer solstice came and went, and we’re smack in the middle of the hottest week this year. A formal dinner party at home may not seem synonymous with a heat wave, but with the right planning, a summer soirée—regardless of the rising temps—can still be totally chic. Besides stocking your fridge with copious amounts of rosé and considering a menu that’s reliant on fresh, flavorful produce so your guests will leave feeling pleasantly satiated (not in the midst of a food coma), you can set the tone for guests to feel comfortable but transported with a stellar tablescape.

We’re adults now, so if you’ve yet to invest in some beautiful dinnerware, it’s about time. And at Michael Aram’s West Hollywood Design District outpost, there are so many beautiful options to choose from. Besides the designer’s beloved classic pieces, the store offers so many colorful and festive plates, glasses, and table accessories to create a tropical, summery tablescape for your dinner party.

Start by injecting a bit of color; Aram’s dip dyed linen napkins are just the right amount of Bohemian, so they set the tone for our inspired table setting. But to keep the dinner feeling formal, the addition of metals took things up a notch. Hammered gold chargers and napkin rings balance some of the more playful pieces, like palm tree candleholders and plates with a butterfly and ginkgo motif. In fact flora and fauna details—like bowls and patterns with leaf-like details—are perfect for affairs al fresco.

But if you don’t want to get too fussy, skip some of the more fine-dining details. Instead of setting your table with every type of glass imaginable, choose a versatile shape that works for holding water, a customized cocktail, tropical iced tea, or a variety of other beverages, like these palm frond textured iced tea glasses. You can even leave off a table linen if you’re dining on your patio table or have a plain, simple surface to work with. Add in a bit of greenery, like a few sprigs of locally snipped bougainvillea or monstera leaves to bring a little more color and life to the table. Then all that’s left to do is chat up your company, savor the food you slaved over (or ordered in, no one is judging!) and—hopefully—enjoy the beautiful summer breeze.

 

Visit Michael Aram at 157 N Robertson Blvd in the West Hollywood Design District

Photos by Natasha Lee




2017 July 27

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Co-Everything: DIEM 2016 Recap

On November 11, DIEM: TALKS DESIGN, Co-Everything kicked off at showrooms across the West Hollywood Design District. Panels offered compelling and timely discussions featuring speakers with unique perspectives and experiences within the fields of design, art, fashion, architecture and more.

For more pictures, head to our Facebook album page.

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DIEM started off with talk 1 “Co-mmunication – A Conversation With Eric Buterbaugh About Creative Branding” at Poltrona Frau, followed by “Co-Working: The Pros and Cons of Sharing a Work Space” with Eckhaus Latta, Ashley Sumner, Lauren Urband and Ava Bromberg at Luxury Living.

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“Co-mmunity: Stores from the Frontlines of Social Media” featured four tweens sharing what’s hot in networking with Mallery Roberts Morgan and Michelle Plantan at B&B Italia.15267759_10154698549788788_8356937019190331656_n

The showrooms were filled with guests eager to hear from design leaders of the community. By the end of the day, DIEM had taken guests all over the district to hear intriguing insights from the panelists.

After a Co-ffee break at Snaidero, talk 4 “Co-mmerce: Is LA Art an Industry, Yet?” took place at The Rug Company with Bettina Korek, Rosamund Felsen, Alberto Cuadros and Aaron Axelrod.

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Panel 5 “Co-nnection: Collective Experience through Programming” included speakers Patrick Shearn, Chris Danton, Liza Cantu, Mark Rios and Anderw Stevens at Woven.

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The final DIEM panel “Co-llaboration: Making Shelter Magic: War Stories From The Field With Mayer Rus And Michael Reynolds” rolled into the closing night party at Design Within Reach. 15181388_10154698925983788_3877795679024337917_n

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Meet the DIEM 2016 Panelists

DIEM: TALKS DESIGN ‘Co-Everything’, curated by Mallery Roberts Morgan and Frances Anderton, produced by Darren Gold, takes place November 11 in the West Hollywood Design District.

Check out this year’s lineup of panelists, and click below to register now!

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Curators: Mallery Roberts Morgan and Frances Anderton

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Talk 1 – Communication: A Conversation with Eric Buterbaugh About Creative Branding

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 Eric Buterbaugh, Owner, Eric Buterbaugh Florals, @ericbuterbaugh

Eric Buterbaugh is a world-renowned floral and fragrance designer with two decades of experience in the business of flower design.  As President and Creative Director of EB Florals by Eric Buterbaugh, he has applied his artistry and expertise to create a collection of scents, exclusively focused on floral scents.


 

Talk 2 – Co-Working: The Pros And Cons Of Sharing A Work Space

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Zoe Latta, Designer, Eckhaus Latta

ECKHAUS LATTA is a bicoastal fashion label designed and executed by Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta. The two met while attending the Rhode Island School of Design, where they each earned a BFA; together in 2011, Mike and Zoe founded ECKHAUS LATTA. 
The Designers release collections bi­-annually during NYFW. In addition to their shows and presentations, Eckhaus Latta has also exhibited projects, videos and collections with the following institutions: the 55th Venice Biennale, Kraupa-­Tuskany Zeidler Gallery, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, The New Museum,  The Museum of Art and Design, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, MOCA, MoMA PS1 and The Hammer Museum.

Ashley Sumner, Partner & COO, One Roof, @ashleyjsumner

Ashley Sumner has built her career on making meaningful connections and creating safe spaces and communities for people to grow and feel vulnerable in. She started her career in the matchmaking space, ultimately running her own brand and focusing on the ways in which people connect in small, intentional groups. Most recently she was the Director of Community Development at Wanderlust, and is now a partner in One Roof, a platform for female entrepreneurs.

Lauren Urband, Founder & President, THE CONSULTANCY PR, @theconsultancypr

Lauren Urband runs the Los Angeles-based strategic communications practice specializing in image development, brand positioning, creative consulting, partnerships/collaborations, marketing and social media. During her 15-year career, Lauren has worked with global brands and start-ups across luxury and mass-market categories, including home and design, fashion, hospitality, beauty, tech, publishing, consumer products and personalities.

Ava Bromberg, Maker City LA @ The Reef, @makercityla

Ava Bromberg builds creative habitats. Since 2010, she has spearheaded new real estate business development undertaken by Los Angeles based private equity firm Kanon Ventures, from the concept stage through leasing and marketing. Ava brings a unique approach to adding value to real estate, which is informed by a deep understanding of the creative economy, the importance of community building, and emerging cultural trends. Ava managed the redevelopment and leasing of Kanon’s Atwater Crossing, a 100,000 sf creative office complex in the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los Angeles. She also managed the transformation of the LA Mart building, an 860,000 square foot building in downtown Los Angeles into The Reef: A Creative Habitat.

 


Talk 3 – Co-munnity: Stories From The Frontlines of Social Media

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Michelle Plantan, Director of Social Media & Content Strategy, Clique Media, @obsessee + @plantan

Michelle Plantan is the executive director of strategy at Clique Media Group, where she focuses on uniting cross-functional teams to build creative, best-in-class content for WhoWhatWear.com, MyDomaine.com, Byrdie.com, and @Obsessee readers, wherever they may encounter the brands.  Prior to this role, she headed up CMG’s social media department and was a founding director for Obsessee, CMG’s social media–only resource for Gen-Z females.

Ben Medansky, Ceramicist, @benmedansky

Ben Medansky is an orchestrator of controlled chaos, a sculptor of hard edges in naturalistic worlds, a refiner of industrial aesthetics that retain rough and human qualities. Ben Medansky is a ceramicist.

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So yesterday. Facebook? What’s that? Instagram?

Sometimes. Snapchat? Duh! Want to know what’s hot in social media? Ask a tween. Three sassy 12 year-olds offer up a video-lecture on what’s now in

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Talk 4 – Co-mmerce: Is LA Art An Industry, Yet? 

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Aaron Axelrod, Artist, @theaxelrod

Influenced heavily by children’s’ fairy tales, psychedelia, and the occult; Axelrod is known for his unique use of the spectacle & aesthetic choices; inspired by Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, donuts, and astrophysics. A practitioner of vast disciplines, Axelrod’s work has been displayed in galleries, museums and public spaces in cities across the country, most recently mounting a major survey retrospective at Barnsdall Art Park in conjunction with the city of Los Angeles, the first time in its history it ever allowed one artist to take over its entire campus.

Bettina Korek, For Your Art, @foryourart + @bettinakorek

Bettina Korek is an American arts advocate, writer, and the founder of ForYourArt, a public practice organization based in Los Angeles. ForYourArt serves as a platform to produce and distribute artists’ work. Korek is also a member of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Rosamund Felsen, Owner, Rosamund Felsen Gallery

Rosamund Felsen Gallery opened in 1978 on North La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles. It has operated since, in West Hollywood, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica and in the Downtown L.A. Arts District. Recently, the gallery office has relocated to Glendale, California. Maintaining a primary focus on L.A. artists, the gallery has represented in the past: Chris Burden, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy and Mary Kelly, Lari Pittman and Richard Jackson.

Alberto Cuadros, Artist, Organizer & Gallery Director, SADE Gallery, @sade_la

Alberto Cuadros is a Los Angeles based artist/organizer and co-founder/director of SADE Gallery.


Talk 5 – Co-nnection: Collective Experience Through Programming 

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Darren Gold, Cultural Creative and Curator, @darrgold

Darren Gold brings together all the talents of a cultural strategist, merchant, marketer, curator, and trend expert. Darren founded Alpha, LA’s first go-to emporium for men, with a chicly curated offering of gifts, gadgets and garb. Currently, Darren is sought after for his expertise as a consultant, with a diverse list of clients that includes, Brookfield Properties, The Malibu Pier, Intel, Lincoln, and Conde Nast.

Patrick Shearn, CEO & Creative Director, Poetic Kinetics, @poetickinetics

Patrick Shearn transitioned from his 30 year career in film as a creature maker and visual effects supervisor to start Poetic Kinetics as CEO and Creative Director. The same passion, imagination and ingenuity that were integral to his film industry success have also fueled an expansive set of non-film related and personal artistic endeavors in sculpting, writing, theatrical and event production.

Chris Danton, Head of Creative Strategy, IN GOOD CO, @instagoodcompany

Head of Creative Strategy for IN GOOD CO, a culture conscious strategic and creative brand consultancy. A creative strategist and marketer with 10 years of creative and design expertise, focused on brand experiences that create truly meaningful connections between brands and their consumers. Hilton, Glass, Refinery 29, Google, Nike, Uniqlo, and Murad are some of the brands where Christina has made an impact.

Liza Cantu, National Marketing Director, Westfield Mall Retail, @retailpop

Liza brings together the worlds of marketing, digital, branding and business development to create retail that resonates. As the National Marketing Director for Westfield Mall Retail, Liza oversees the marketing, digital and merchandising strategies for pop up and short-term activations across the portfolio’s 32 centers, including Westfield World Trade Center. She frequently writes on trends including ‘click-to- brick’ and multi-channel retail for the Westfield POP blog.

Mark Rios, Founding Partner, Rios Clementi Hale Studio, @rchstudios

Formally trained in both architecture and landscape architecture, Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA, has long seen those two disciplines as inseparable. He founded Rios Associates in 1985 with a singular vision: to imagine, design, and build complete environments. Mark’s eclectic interests and ability to see things from multiple perspectives propelled the firm beyond the borders of architecture and landscape architecture to incorporate interior design, graphic design, product design, branding, and urban planning.

Andrew Stevens, We Came in Peace, @wecameinpeace

Andrew Stevens is the Creative Director and Co-Founder of We Came In Peace, a multi-disciplinary design studio that creates fully immersive, highly engaging environments for hotels, restaurants, retail,  residences and eventsIn the 7 years since the company’s inception, We Came In Peace has created environments and experiential campaigns for brands such as Spotify, TD Bank, Lincoln Motor Company, Lexus, Mr. Porter, Virgin Mobile, Interview Magazine, LVMH, Nike, Porsche and Starwood Hotels, as well as smaller emerging brands and non-profit organizations. Andrew’s ultimate goal for We Came Peace is the creation of unforgettable moments in people’s lives – from parties of epic proportion to provocative works of art powered by human interaction.


Talk 6 – Co-llaboration: Making Shelter Magic: War Stories From The Field With Mayer Rus and Michael Reynolds

 

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Mayer Rus, West Coast Editor, Architectural Digest, @archdigest

Mayer Rus is the West Coast Editor of Architectural Digest. He has been a prominent design critic, writer, and lecturer for the past 25 years. Prior to joining Architectural Digest, he was the Design & Culture Editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine. He moved to California in 2007 from New York, where he was the Design Editor of Conde Nast’s House & Garden and the author of its popular Testy Tastemaker column. He lives in Silver Lake with his dog, Linus.

Michael Reynolds, Design Editor, Interiors Editor, Style Editor, Stylist & Freelance Creative Director, @michaelreynoldsnyc

Michael Reynolds is a New York-based creative director who works across many disciplines
 and media as an editorial stylist, exhibition and
 set designer, advertising director, curator and visual brand consultant and book editor. His services have been enlisted by a wide range of high-profile clients, including Calvin Klein Home and Fragrance, Herman Miller, Vera Wang, Aerin Lauder, and many of the world’s leading design, fashion and art publications.

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Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2016 October 13
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The Infatuation’s Guide to Eating and Drinking in the District

The Infatuation LA‘s Bryant Cox explored the Design District, scoping out some of our best food and drink places to enjoy during a day of shopping.

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“Let’s call out the elephant in the room – what exactly is the West Hollywood Design District? Well, it’s an area of town you’ve always spent a lot of time in, now you finally have a fancy name to call it. Spanning roughly from Melrose to Beverly and Doheny all the way to La Cienega, the district isn’t exactly small, and has some major attractions within its boundaries. The world-class shopping on Robertson? The terrifyingly large Pacific Design Center? Kate Hudson sipping Pinot and signing contracts at Craig’s? It’s all here for you.

Also here for you? Great restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. It’s tough spending a full day of dropping money on custom interior furnishings, and sometimes you just need to take a break and recharge somewhere nice. But not every place is created equal. We’ve rounded up the best of the best, giving you exactly what you need to be eating and drinking as you shop your glorious heart out in the Weho Design District.”

For the full story, head to the Infatuation LA’s article here

 

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Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2016 September 7

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A Letter from Our New Chair: Ginna Christensen

Ginna Christensen, Melissa Kite, and Shirley Shivan

The Design District is pleased to introduce our new Board Chair, Ginna Christensen. Currently the Creative Director of Woven Accents, Ginna began her career in fashion and has since cemented herself as an integral and innovative member of the LA design community and beyond. Through collaborations with emerging artists and non-profit organizations, to strategic brand and business development initiatives, Ginna brings a unique skill set and passion to our community.  Read her letter below, and welcome to the board, Ginna!


I am a design nerd.  Whether it’s a beautifully woven rug,  handcrafted piece of furniture, perfectly designed article of clothing, or an artfully plated dish of food, I have complete and total admiration of the finished product and its maker.  I have forged a career, one that began in fashion and transitioned into interiors fifteen years ago, and with every year, I fall more in love with what I do and with the community I work in.

I have always been fueled by a passion to give back, by working with charities like Inner City Arts and the Art of Elysium, by co-founding an organization (WAW) that supports women in business, and by implementing programing at Woven to engage the community in conversation.  It is because of this desire that I am most proud and excited to now be the Chair of the WHDD. 

I look forward to an experience filled with collective brainstorming, innovative problem solving and new programing that benefits the district.  I thank you for trusting me with this great responsibility, and I look forward to doing everything I can to help grow awareness and support the growth of all of our business.

 

Best,
Ginna

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Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2016 August 24
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DineLA invades the WHDD

The West Hollywood Design District is not only a destination for high-end retail, but also a mecca for fine dining. From July 18 through July 31, 2016, DineLA will be showcasing Los Angeles’ top restaurants, offering specially priced, prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. See which design district eateries are participating, and book a table here to take advantage of this tasty opportunity.

 

1. Gracias Madre

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Gracias Madre utlizes organic, locally-grown ingredients to serve up deletactable Mexican, vegan cuisine in an open and pleasant atmosphere. Not to mention, their mescal libations are sure to impress.

Gracias Madre:
8905 Melrose Ave
(323) 978-2170

 

2. Petrossian West Hollywood

Petrossian, located in the West Hollywood Design District

Petrossian Paris Boutique and Restaurant offers the same luxurious Petrossian products and world class Caviar with California-inspired cuisine. Patrons can indulge in the fixed-dinner menu and take home some French delectables from the boutique.

Petrossian West Hollywood:
321 N Robertson Blvd
(310) 271-6300

 

3. Tortilla Republic

West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

Tortilla Republic offers modern, Mexican cuisine in an upscale environment, with an Arroz con Pollo Mole dish not to be overlooked.

Tortilla Republic:
616 N Robertson Blvd
(310) 657-9888

 

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Melrose Avenue
Roberston Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2016 June 29

The West Hollywood Design District and Parachute Market teamed up to produce an outdoor marketplace reminiscent of classic European street fairs, bringing the Eastside design community to meet the Westside, in the heart of the West Hollywood Design District on Saturday, April 30th.

West Hollywood Design District A Street Af(fair) on April 30, 2016 (Photo by Inae Bloom/Guest of a Guest)

West Hollywood Design District A Street Af(fair) on April 30, 2016 (Photo by Claire Bloom/Guest of a Guest)

The fair took place on N. Almont Drive and included environmental design, music, and food for seminal pairing of Los Angeles’ finest in design. Check out the photos below, and click here to view our full gallery!

West Hollywood Design District A Street Af(fair) on April 30, 2016 (Photo by Inae Bloom/Guest of a Guest)

West Hollywood Design District A Street Af(fair) on April 30, 2016 (Photo by Inae Bloom/Guest of a Guest)

West Hollywood Design District A Street Af(fair) on April 30, 2016 (Photo by Inae Bloom/Guest of a Guest)

West Hollywood Design District A Street Af(fair) on April 30, 2016 (Photo by Inae Bloom/Guest of a Guest)

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An Artisan Lover’s Delight: A Street Af(Fair) “East Meets West”

The West Hollywood Design District and Parachute Market teamed up to produce an outdoor marketplace reminiscent of classic European street fairs, bringing the Eastside design community to meet the Westside, in the heart of the West Hollywood Design District on Saturday, April 30th.

West Hollywood Design District A Street Af(fair) on April 30, 2016 (Photo by Inae Bloom/Guest of a Guest)

West Hollywood Design District A Street Af(fair) on April 30, 2016 (Photo by Claire Bloom/Guest of a Guest)

The fair took place on N. Almont Drive and included environmental design, music, and food for seminal pairing of Los Angeles’ finest in design. Check out the photos below, and click here to view our full gallery!

West Hollywood Design District A Street Af(fair) on April 30, 2016 (Photo by Inae Bloom/Guest of a Guest)

West Hollywood Design District A Street Af(fair) on April 30, 2016 (Photo by Inae Bloom/Guest of a Guest)

West Hollywood Design District A Street Af(fair) on April 30, 2016 (Photo by Inae Bloom/Guest of a Guest)

West Hollywood Design District A Street Af(fair) on April 30, 2016 (Photo by Inae Bloom/Guest of a Guest)

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It’s an Affair Not to Be Missed: A Street Af(Fair)

The West Hollywood Design District and Parachute Market are producing an outdoor marketplace reminiscent of classic European street fairs, bringing the Eastside design community to meet the Westside, in the heart of the West Hollywood Design District. The Parachute Market team will curate the event for the West Hollywood Design District, taking place April 30, 2016 on North Almont Drive between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard.

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Parachute Market’s Creative Director, Coryander Friend, has given each edition of the fair a thematic concept around which the show is developed, curating the space itself, referential to the theme alongside the exhibitors to create a spatial conversation for the patron to ponder. Past Parachute Market participants include Atelier De Troupe, Clare Vivier, JF Chen, Matin, Please Do Not Enter, Reform Gallery, The Window and more. Parachute Market began in 2013, and has produced half a dozen pop-up markets, making it an established curator of craft markets.

Parachute Market & WHDD A Street Affair

The design fair will honor the two historic and influential design movements of Southern California: European inspired Hollywood glamour, and California Modernism, as they are exhibited today in the current Los Angeles designer and maker community. The fair will bring some of the best of the Eastside and Westside design community to the West Hollywood Design District for a European-style street fair with California flavor, including environmental design, music, libations and food for seminal pairing of Los Angeles’ finest in design.

For more information, please head to www.AStreetAffair.com.

 

West Hollywood Design District
N. Almont Drive
Between Melrose Avenue
& Santa Monica Boulevard
2016 April 25
Roche Bobois
8850 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA
310-274-6520
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Auction Alert: Aaron Axelrod’s Roche Bobois Pieces

Aaron Axelrod‘s mixed media creation from the DIEM 2015 Opening Night Party at Roche Bobois – West Hollywood will be placed on auction through The Art of Elysium on April 28th. The auction will go live on Paddle8.

DIEM Talks Design 2015 Opening Party at Roche Bobois. November 12, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

Harnessing the notion and theme for DIEM 2015 – “The Future is Now” – artist Aaron Axelrod and Roche Bobois collaborated to showcase a live two-hour performance art piece in the West Hollywood Design District’s Roche Bobois showroom.


Accompanying the performance was a live solo harpist who played in tandem while Axelrod created his mixed media painting across the four panels – 8 x 20 – and two Roche Bobois Badiane Armchairs.

DIEM Talks Design 2015 Opening Party at Roche Bobois. November 12, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

DIEM Talks Design 2015 Opening Party at Roche Bobois. November 12, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

 

Roche Bobois
8850 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA
310-274-6520
2016 March 31
Poltrona Frau
8950 Beverly Boulevard
West Hollywood
(310) 858-1433
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A Celebration of Talent: MAISON&OBJET at Poltrona Frau

On Tuesday, March 29th, the Los Angeles design community gathered at Poltrona Frau to celebrate the Rising Talent of the West Coast for MAISON&OBJET Americas.

M&O West Coast Designer Celebration at Poltrona Frau

M&O West Coast Designer Celebration at Poltrona Frau

The special gathering, sponsored by LIGNE GROUP and the West Hollywood Design District, honored Ben Medansky and his work in ceramic design.

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Ben Medansky

View more photos below by Carolina Korman Photography:

M&O West Coast Designer Celebration at Poltrona Frau

M&O West Coast Designer Celebration at Poltrona Frau

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Ben Medansky receiving his award from Gaston Isoldi

Ben Medansky Ceramics

Photo Credit: Carolina Korman

Poltrona Frau
8950 Beverly Boulevard
West Hollywood
(310) 858-1433
2016 March 31

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8833 Beverly Boulevard
West Hollywood
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Larger Than Life: Luxury Living Expands in the WHDD

The Italian luxury brand Luxury Living Group, which specializes in the production and distribution of high quality furniture, chose the heart of the West Hollywood Design District to relocate its new showroom.

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Luxury Living Opens New Showroom in West Hollywood

With this change of address, from Robertson Boulevard to the more central 8833 Beverly Boulevard in the West Hollywood Design District, Luxury Living Group presents a flagship store designed by its internal team which is totally developed on a ground level covering a surface of more than 9,500 sf. The display includes all the main proposals of the Fendi Casa, Bentley Home, Trussardi Casa and Paul Mathieu brands.

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Corey Pernicano, Thomas Lavin, David Dalton, Thomas Diehl

This furniture boutique is the expression of a contemporary lifestyle with a refined and eclectic mood, and is enriched by fresh tones and precious materials.

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Luxury Living Opens New Showroom in West Hollywood

The showroom, conceived to welcome architects, interior decorators and designers, provides a complete view of the Luxury Living Group production, assuring an excellent design service and customer assistance.

Atmosphere== Luxury Living Opens New Showroom in West Hollywood== Luxury Living Showroom, West Hollywood, CA== February 24, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - DAVID CROTTY / PMC==

Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan Photography

Luxury Living Group
8833 Beverly Boulevard
West Hollywood
2016 March 20
West Hollywood Design District
Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
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Oui Oui! Two New Restaurants Bring Flavor to the District

Two highly anticipated restaurants are opening their doors this March on Melrose Avenue. Located near many notable design district eateries, Au Fudge and Le Relais de l’Entrecote will bring both flavor and fun to the block.

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Owned by Jessica Biel and designer Estee Stanley, Au Fudge is an organic, kid-friendly restaurant concept that will begin lunch service on March 4, 2016. Featuring an indoor tree house and marketplace, Au Fudge caters to both kids and parents alike. The airy, white design of the restaurant creates a welcoming atmosphere to enjoy fresh fare. The team intends to offer programming and activities  to make it “LA’s very first premium social club for families.”

 

Visit Au Fudge:
9010 Melrose Avenue

West Hollywood, CA 90069

 

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2. Le Relais De l’Entrecôte

 

The rumors are true… The infamous Parisian steak frites restaurant is opening its first US restaurant in the design district! Expect the same menu (steak frites with a side green salad) and lively atmosphere that the Parisian restaurant offers. Le Relais De l’Entrecôte will be opening its doors on Monday, March 7th. Stay tuned!

 

Visit Le Relais De l’Entrecôte:
8755 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069

 

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Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2016 February 26
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Loud and Proud: A Bold Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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While there may be plenty of ways this Valentine’s to show someone your love, we’re certain that these bold gifts available in the West Hollywood Design District will help get the message across.  Adorn your loved one’s home, arm, or head this holiday with one of these items from our gift guide below. And yes, you can thank us later.

 

  1. Exclusive Sexy Red Lip Pillow Case; $100; Available at Duroque, 634 1/2 N Roberton Blvd

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The Robertson Boulevard boutique offers home décor and furnishings that embody all that West Hollywood is: hip, modern and forward, sprinkled with a taste of nostalgia from Hollywood’s glamorous golden age. Help your giftee make a statement on couch or bed with this loud pillow, or peruse Duroque’s Valentine’s Day Gift Shop to find the perfect piece for them.

 

2. “To The Moon and Back” Neon by Lauren Baker; Price upon request; Available at Art Angels, 9020 Beverly Blvd

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There’s no better way to tell someone you ‘love them to the moon and back’ than through a limited edition neon. Art Angels, who recently relocated to a stellar new space at 9020 Beverly Boulevard Unit B, specialize in finding the perfect statement piece. Check out their killer Instagram account for more gift-giving inspiration.

3. Bel Air Smoothing Conditioner by R+Co, $25, Available at Selects, 8908 Melrose Ave

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For the animal-loving, environmentalist that appreciates a good hair day, R+Co’s smoothing conditioner will make the perfect gift. Formulated without parabens and sulfates, this vegetarian, cruelty-free product softens the hair and keeps itgrowing  healthy. If you want to couple it with a shampoo, mousse, balm or spray, head to Selects Apothecary for a mix of carefully curated beauty products.

 

4. Love Moschino Bag, $250; Available at Moschino, 8933 Beverly Blvd

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For the fashionista in your life, gift her a red, faux-leather handbag that matches Cupid’s holiday color palette. Check out the Moschino store on Beverly Boulevard and choose from an array of statement pieces to make the outfit whole.

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Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2016 February 6

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Hollywood Glamour: WHDD Beauty Party

Beauty enthusiasts joined the West Hollywood Design District for an evening of all things glam, hosted by Maxine Tatlonghari of Vanity Girl Hollywood, at the Phyllis Morris showroom.

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Guests enjoyed makeup application by MAC Cosmetics, blowdrys by Andy Lecompte Salon, manicures & mini-facials Kinara Skin Care Clinic and Spa, hair color consultations by Marco Pelusi Hair Studio Inc. and hair extension demos by Bellami Beauty Bar.

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Thank you Zinque, Du Vin Wine & Spirits and Domino Magazine for your support. Click here to view all event photos. Photo Credit: Carolina Korman.

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Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2016 January 28
Sunset Strip Half Marathon brings runners through the Design District
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Robertson Boulevard
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LA Marathon 2016 Road Closures

The 2016 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon will be making its way through West Hollywood on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Sunset Strip Half Marathon brings runners through the Design District

Please note the following road closures occurring February 14th from 4:00am-2:00pm. 

  1. Sunset  Boulevard between Marmont Lane and Clark Street/North San Vicente Boulevard will be closed on Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 4: 00 a. m. to 2: 00 p.m.
  2. North San Vicente Boulevard between Sunset Boulevard and Melrose Avenue will be closed on Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 4: 00 a. m. to 2: 00 p. m.
  3. Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and North Doheny Drive will be closed on Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 4:00 a. m. to 2: 00 p. m.
  4. North Doheny Drive between Santa Monica Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard will be closed on Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 4: 00 a. m. to 2: 00 p.m.

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For more information, please head to the City of West Hollywood’s website here.

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Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2016 January 22
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4 Ways to Spend ‘El Nino Days’ in the WHDD

Wet weather got you down? While getting around California’s most walkable city on foot may be less desirable, exploring the West Hollywood Design District still holds the same allure. From renowned art galleries to cozy coffee shops, the design district is the perfect locale to enjoy a rainy day in LA.

 

1. Get Inspired

De Re Gallery, in the West Hollywood Design District

De Re Gallery, in the West Hollywood Design District

While grey clouds and overcast skies are a rarity in LA, it does provide the opportunity to seek inspiration, indoors. The design district boasts 20 art galleries, each uniquely distinct from one another. Visit renowned and established fine art galleries, such as Denenberg Fine Arts and Louis Stern Fine Arts.

To view more recent works of contemporary and emerging artists, check out De Re Gallery‘s Tania Dibbs’ We Were Here exhibit opening January 14th (details here), or make a stop by 101/Exhibit‘s newest exhibition space, opening its doors January 16th with Ian Ingram’s Ash and Oil show (details here).

 

2. Get Rejuvenated

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The Face Bar, West Hollywood Design District’s newest business

Brighten your gloomy day with a little self-indulgence at one of the district’s many spas. From the A-list celebrity hot spot Kinara Skin Care Clinic and Spa to the quant and cozy Lulur Day Spa and Ma Masion De Beaute, WHDD offers some of the city’s best urban oases. For those looking for a quick refresh, Skin Laundry and WHDD’s newest business The Face Bar both offer individual facial treatments that will have you out of the door glowing in no time.

 

3. Get Caffeinated

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Verve Melrose, in the West Hollywood Design District

Nothing quite beats drinking a warm cup of gourmet Joe inside a WHDD coffee shop. The influence of design penetrates the neighborhood, and our coffee spots are no exception. Check out Verve Melrose, designed by WHDD’s own Commune Design, and enjoy sustainably-sourced coffee inside the chic, industrial atmosphere. For a quiet work session, we recommend the charming and minimalist The Assembly. Alfred {In The Alley} also packs a punch with its strong brews and bold aesthetic, in addition to its ever-so hip and fit crowd.

 

4. Get Fit

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Cycle House, in the West Hollywood Design District

Forgo your daily Runyon Canyon hike with Fido in exchange for a high-intensity workout at one of the Los Angeles’ hottest fitness studios. After dropping your pooch off at The Club Beverly Hills, LA’s “members-only country club” for dogs, clip-in at Cycle House for a 30 or 45 minute, high-energy cycle sesh. For a low impact but high-octane workout, head to the beauty-studded Carrie’s Pilates Plus for a try at the reformer. If you’re looking for individualized attention, book an appointment at Rise Movement for private training or an intimate yoga class.

 

West Hollywood Design District
Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2016 January 8

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Put your Best ‘Face’ Forward: Two New Beauty Businesses Arrive

The holiday season brought with it more than festive spirits and a shopping frenzy in the West Hollywood Design District. We’re pleased to welcome two new beauty and skincare businesses to complement our existing luxury retailers.

1. MAC COSMETICS
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Photo Credit: Racked LA

With only one other store offering the company’s Pro line, the new MAC Cosmetics boutique on Melrose offers an extensive array of their beauty and skincare products. The store features makeup stations utilized for training and educational make-up tutorials, in addition to a private room for exclusive sessions. If the offerings aren’t enticing enough, the friendly staff and technicolor décor will surely make your shopping experience a favorable one.

Photo Credit: Racked LA

Visit MAC Cosmetics:
8507 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069

 

2. THE FACE BAR

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Co-founded by renowned aesthetician Tricia Dikes, who boasts over 19 years of professional experience, The Face Bar offers Dikes’ signature chemical peel that have “become one of the most trusted and sought after facial treatments in the country.” With treatment and packaging options available, clients can indulge in the signature peel or a Glow on the Go in the beautiful and comfortable new space on Beverly Boulevard.

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Visit The Face Bar:
9020 Beverly Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90048

 

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Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2015 December 17
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Holiday Gift Guide: Design District Style

Finish your holiday shopping at the unique retailers in the West Hollywood Design District.

Lulu and Georgia, Holiday Gift Guide WHDD 2015

Check out our curated gift guide here to find one-of-a-kind pieces for everyone on your list. Here are some top picks below:

 

Elder Statesman Italty Smoking Jacket, WHDD Gift Guide 2015

Italy Smoking Jacket from The Elder Statesman

Online Holiday Gift Guide, West Hollywood Design District

ACC Collar Stays from Seize Sur Vingt

 

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Pashli Medium Satchel from 3.1 Phillip Lim

Cutler and Gross, WHDD Holiday Gift Guide 2015

1206 Camoflage Sunglasses from Cutler and Gross

Be sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date on all of the holiday sales and events happening in the WHDD.

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Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2015 December 7
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LA Design, Dogs & Millenials: DIEM 2015

On November 13, DIEM: TALKS DESIGN, The Future is Now kicked off at showrooms across the West Hollywood Design District. Panels offered compelling and timely discussions featuring speakers with unique perspectives and experiences within the fields of design, art, fashion, architecture and more.

For more pictures, head to our Facebook album page.

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Panel 1: “Is LA Losing Its Cool As It Becomes Cool?” panelists Nicolas Libert, Ann Friedman, Christopher Farr, Darren Gold and curator Frances Anderton at Design Within Reach

DIEM Talks Design 2015: Is LA Losing It's Cool As it Becomes Cool? at Design Within Reach. November 13, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

DIEM Talks Design 2015: Is LA Losing It’s Cool As it Becomes Cool? at Design Within Reach. November 13, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

The six panels took place within various backdrops of design showrooms including Design Within Reach, Woven Accents, Amadi Home, Poltrona Frau/Cappellini, and MASS Beverly.

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Panel 2: “Taste in Flux: What is Luxury to the Country’s Biggest Demographic?” curator Mallery Roberts Morgan and panelists Katherine Ross, Christiane Lemieux and Eric Vecchione at Woven Accents

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Panel 4: “Dog Day Afternoon” panelist Madeline Stuart and curator Frances Anderton at Amadi Home

DIEM Talks Design 2015: Forever Glam, and Tales of the City at Poltrana Frau/Cappellini. November 13, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

Valerie Von Sobel, curator Mallery Roberts Morgan and panel 4: “Forever Glam” panelist Beatrix Ost at Poltrana Frau/Cappellini.

The showrooms were filled with guests eager to hear from design leaders of the community. By the end of the day, DIEM had taken guests all over the district to hear intriguing insights from the panelists.

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Panel 6: “Tales of the City” panelists Barbara Bestor, Rick Corsini, Elizabeth Timme, Ilaria Mazzoleni and curator Frances Anderton at Poltrona Frau

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Panel 6: “Why Art?” panelists Carolina Miranda, Stefan Simchowitz and Stephen Goldberg at MASS Beverly

The evening ended with a closing night party at Christopher Guy, where attendees and panelists  mingled and said their goodbyes.

DIEM Talks Design 2015 Closing Night Party at Christopher Guy. November 13, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

Closing Night Party at Christopher Guy

For more pictures, head to our Facebook album page.

West Hollywood Design District
Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2015 November 19

Roche Bobois
8850 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood
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DIEM 2015 Opening Night: Art, Music & Design Collide

DIEM: TALKS DESIGN 2015 kicked off its 4th annual symposium with an opening night party Thursday evening at Roche Bobois, the international French luxury furniture  showroom located in the West Hollywood Design District. The party reflected DIEM 2015’s theme, The Future is Now by collaborating with artist Aaron Axelrod to create an interactive two-hour performance art piece in the showroom.

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Aaron Axelrod is known for his unique works featuring inspiration from Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, donuts and Wu-tang. While guests mingled, Axelrod created a mixed medium across four 8 x 20 panels and two Roche Bobois Badiane Armchairs. His performance was accompanied by a live solo harpist. By the end of the evening, Axelrod’s blank canvas was transformed into a work of art.

The Badiane Armchairs and painted canvas will be auctioned off for charity, benefiting The Art of Elysium, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of artists and hospital youth.

 

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The DIEM: TALKS DESIGN curators Mallery Roberts Morgan and Frances Anderton were in attendance along with many of the symposium’s panelists. After a design-inspired night, the DIEM: TALKS DESIGN panels began the next morning in various West Hollywood Design District showrooms.

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DIEM Dog Days

Just how much does your pooch shape your life – and your space? Join Madeline Stuart, Owner of LA-based interior design firm Madeline Stuart & Associates and 2014’s Architectural Digest AD 100 at this year’s DIEM: TALKS DESIGN panel, Dog Day Afternoon November 13, 2015. 

 

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DIEM Panelist Madeline Stuart and Mr. Peabody

 

While DIEM attendees enjoy lunch, the dog-loving designer Madeline Stuart will riff on how canines shape our environments, against a sizzle reel of snaps of dogs kicking back at home.

 

Want to have your dog be featured? Hashtag #DIEMDogDay on social media to have your pooch on our sizzle reel at DIEM.

 

Don’t forget to register now for DIEM: TALKS DESIGN on November 13, 2015. Space is limited!

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Nathan Turner @NTurnerDesign, #DIEMDogDay

 

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Lulu & Georgia, @luluandgeorgia, #DIEMDogDay

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Ryan White, @ryanwhitedesigns, #DIEMDogDay

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Whitney Leigh Morris, @whitneyleighmorris, #DIEMDogDay

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2015 October 27
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Meet the DIEM 2015 Panelists

DIEM: TALKS DESIGN The Future is Now, curated by Mallery Roberts Morgan and Frances Anderton, takes place November 13 in the West Hollywood Design District.

Check out this year’s lineup of panelists, and click below to register now!

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Talk 1: “Is LA Losing Its Cool as it Becomes Cool?”

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Nicolas Libert, Founder, Please Do Not Enter; @plsdonotenter

Nicolas is a founder and curator of Please Do Not Enter, a gallery and retail space of contemporary goods targeted towards progressive minds. Nicolas and his co-founder Emmanuel Renoird moved from France to Los Angeles to create their non-traditional retail space.

Ann Friedman, Journalist; @annfriedman

Ann writes about gender, politics and culture as a freelance journalist. She has recently published features in The New Republic, The Guardian, and The Gentlewoman. She is also a columnist for New York Magazine and a co-host of the podcast “Call Your Girlfriend.” Every Friday, she sends out a popular newsletter.

Christopher Farr, Designer

Christopher has established himself as one of today’s distinguished rug designers. After being exposed to pre-Colombian textiles while travelling in Peru, Chrisopher found his passion and transitioned from abstract painting to textile design. He learned the ancient techniques of designing and making rugs in Peru and Western Turkey and perfected the craft of textile art. Recently, he has designed a new rug collection with Commune, a Los Angeles based design studio.

Darren Gold, Owner, The Cultural Curator; @alphamanla

Darren is a cultural strategist who brings together the talents of a merchant, retail programmer, curator and trend expert. Darren is the founder of Alpha, one of the first lifestyle boutiques to enter West Hollywood and LA’s first go-to emporium for men. Currently, he works as a retail and fashion consultant for diverse clients such as Brookfield Properties, The Malibu Pier, Intel, Lincoln, and Conde Nast. Darren also serves on the boards of West Hollywood Magazine and the West Hollywood Design District.


 

Talk 2: “Taste in Flux: What is Luxury to the Country’s Biggest Demographic?”

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Katherine Ross, Fashion Consultant

Katherine is a communications and branding consultant in the fashion and luxury market. She has consulted for entertainment organizations and luxury brands such as Balenciaga. She curates the ongoing Wear LACMA fundraising project for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Katherine began working in business development as an executive at Sotheby’s and then transitioned into the fashion world working as Senior Vice President of Communications for Prada and a former executive at LVMH Moët Hennessy · Louis Vuitton.

Eric Vecchione, Director of Business Development, Uhuru Design; @uhurudesign

Eric is a designer with experience in the areas of project management, design and business development. Eric began working as a project manager and landscape designer. He currently oversees the growth and retail strategy of Uhuru Design, a growing multi-disciplinary design firm. Since joining Uhuru in 2012, the company has grown over 300% in size and revenue and was named this year as one of Inc Magazine’s “5,000 Fastest Growing Companies.”

Christiane Lemieux, Founder, DwellStudio; @clemieux

Christiane is a design entrepreneur, Creative Director of DwellStudio and Executive Creative Director of Wayfair. Lemieux authored her first book Undecorate to critical acclaim in 2011, and is publishing her second book in the spring of 2016. She recently entered the television space as one of the judges on “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” a furniture design competition show on HGTV. Lemieux was recently selected as one of Fortune’s 2012 “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs” and as one of New York Moves’ “Power Women of 2015.”


Talk 3: “Dog Day Afternoon”

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Madeline Stuart, Owner, Madeline Stuart & Associates; @madelinedstuart

Madeline is a leader in the Los Angeles design community and founder of Madeline Stuart & Associates. Her projects reflect a collaborative relationship between architecture and furniture, function and form, client and designer. Madeline Stuart & Associates has been featured in numerous publications including, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House & Garden, House Beautiful, Town & Country and Veranda. The firm’s inclusion on Architectural Digest’s list of the top 100 design and architecture firms led to its distinguishment. In 2010, the inaugural debut of Elle Décor’s A-List featured Madeline as one of the leading 25 designers in the country.


Talk 4: “Forever Glam”

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Beatrix Ost, Muse, Artist, Writer, Designer & Actress; @beatrixost

Beatrix worked as an accomplished sculptor and painter for years, just a few of her many talents. To name a few others, Ost is a writer, interior designer, director, and actress. She moved from her homeland in Germany to New York in 1975 where she was recognized for her dramatic personal style and flare. Her interest in the visual arts and fashion design is deeply rooted in her life. Recently, she has been the style muse for the Olsen Twins fashion line. Beatrix has also written the works My Father’s House and More Than Everything.


Talk 5: “Tales of the City: New Lifestyles for the Less Young” 

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Rick Corsini, Principal, Corsini Stark Architects; @corsinistark

Rick brings over twenty years of professional experience to his leadership role at Corsini Stark Architects. His work has been published nationally and internationally, and the firm has recognition including design awards from the Los Angeles Business Council, Southern California Development Forum, and the Los Angeles Chapter of the AIA. In addition, he has held faculty appointments at schools of architecture including Cal Poly Pomona, Woodbury University, and most recently, the University of Southern California.

Elizabeth Timme, Co-Executive Director, LA-Más; @mas4la

Elizabeth is co-founder and co-executive director of LA-Más, a non-profit design firm that seeks to establish the potential for design-based outcomes in Los Angeles. Elizabeth focuses on projects that critically engage systematic problems and provide solutions based on research and community engagement. She also teaches at Woodbury University’s Architecture & Civic Engagement (ACE) Center and serves on the Zoning Advisory Committee of Re:Code LA, a city-led effort to transform the city’s outdated zoning code.

Barbara Bestor, Principal, Bestor Architecture; @bestorarchitect

Barbara is a founder of Bestor Architecture, a firm working to redefine Los Angeles architecture through design, art, and urbanism. Some of her projects include Beats by Dre headquarters and Intelligentsia Café. Her architectural style explores form through experimentation, research, graphics and color. Bestor shares her talents as faculty at Woodbury University of Architecture and executive director of its Julius Shulman Insitute. Bestor is also the author of Bohemian Modern, Living in Silver Lake.

Ilaria Mazzoleni, Architect, Founder of IM Studio Milano/Los Angeles

Ilaria Mazzoleni is an architect, biomimicist, and the founder of IM Studio Milano/Los Angeles (www.imstudio.us). Her conceptual work has been published globally, and her built work can be found in Italy, California, and Ghana. Ilaria has gained attention in the fields of sustainable architecture and bio-inspired design. Ilaria is a founding member and designer of InHabitLA (www.imstudio.us/inhabitla/) a group working to develop a cohousing community in Los Angeles.

 


Talk 6: “Why Art?”

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Carolina Miranda, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times; @cmonstah

Carolina is a staff writer reporting on arts and culture to the Los Angeles Times. Prior to her work at the LA Times, she worked as a staff reporter for TIME Magazine and as an independent journalist, contributing to outlets such as NPR, ARTnews and ARCHITECT. She has covered everything from the urban design of Los Angeles to the cuisine scene of Lima Peru.

Stefan Simchowitz, CEO, Simcor LLC; @simcosclub

Stefan currently specializes as an art curator and consultant for public and private contemporary art. His work has resulted in supporting shows at countless institutions and galleries including Palais De Tokyo, Moca, Kunsthalle Zurich, Public Art Fund NYC, Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome and The Italian Cultural Institute. Stefan has produced 15 feature films, including titles such as the award winning Requiem for a Dream. He previously co-founded of MediaVast, a delivery platform for photographic imagery that was sold to Getty Images.

Stephen J. Goldberg, Attorney

Stephen started his own legal practice specializing in entertainment and the arts. He represents fine artists, galleries, collectors and independent film producers. Stephen is a member of the California bar and the New York bar. He also writes as a regular columnist for the West Coast art magazine, “Artillery.”

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2015 October 23

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DIEM 2015: Register now!

DIEM: TALKS DESIGN– Design Talks Not To Be Missed. Click below to register.

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Drawing and engaging design enthusiasts in Los Angeles and beyond, the 4th annual DIEM: TALKS DESIGN offers culturally resonating discussions, panels and keynotes from leaders in the fields of design. As an incubator for relevant, cutting-edge design dialogue, DIEM is dedicated to producing a brand new experience– a platform where the exchange of ideas reign supreme.

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Presented by the West Hollywood Design District, the one-day event offers guests a unique and unpararalleled educational experience in the heart of the West Coast’s design hub, located on Melrose Avenue, Robertson Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard.

Curated by Mallery Roberts Morgan, Design Writer and Curator, Los Angeles Correspondeont for AD France, with Frances Anderton, Host and Executive Producer of KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture, DIEM

 

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Panelists for this year’s DIEM event include:

 

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The six featured design topics include:

  • Is LA Losing Its Cool As It Becomes Cool?
  • Taste in Flux: What is Luxury to the Country’s Biggest Demographic?
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Forever Glam
  • Tales of The City: New Lifestyles For The Less Young
  • Why Art?

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & Pinterest and stay up to date with #DIEMevent.

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2015 October 20
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Secret Garden Tour with Louise Roe

Within the bustling city of West Hollywood lie clandestine gardens and urban oases. On September 24, 2015, Louise Roe hosted an intimate gathering for influencers, exploring these hidden spaces in the West Hollywood Design District in partnership with Domino Magazine.

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at RH The Gallery on Melrose Avenue. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at RH The Gallery on Melrose Avenue. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

The tour began at RH West Hollywood, The Gallery on Melrose Avenue, where 15 digital influencers enjoyed prosecco, provided by Du Vin Wine & Spirits, on the rooftop garden.

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at RH The Gallery on Melrose Avenue. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at RH The Gallery on Melrose Avenue. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

Courtesy of Black Exclusive, the attendees took a Mercedes Sprinter Van to the second stop, Kinara Skin Care Clinic and Spa. Owner Olga Lorencin welcomed the girls to the spa’s back garden, where she gave a demo of her infamous Red Carpet Facial.

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at Kinara Skin Care Clinic. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at Kinara Skin Care Clinic. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

The guests crossed Robertson Boulevard and enjoyed an outdoor, dressing room lounge in the back garden space at 3.1 Phillip Lim. The lounge was furnished and designed by Niche.

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at 3.1 Phillip Lim. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at 3.1 Phillip Lim. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at 3.1 Phillip Lim. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at 3.1 Phillip Lim. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

Following 3.1 Phillip Lim, the guests arrived at Stacey Todd Boutique where they took part in a floral headpiece tutorial by BloomNation, led by florist Magical Blooms, in the spacious, string-lit courtyard.

 

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at Stacey Todd. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at Stacey Todd. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at Stacey Todd. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at Stacey Todd. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

The tour culminated at Gracias Madre, where guests enjoyed bites and cocktails, created table side by their notable Beverage Director, Jason Eisner.

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at Gracias Madre. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

West Hollywood Design District Garden Tour with Louise Roe at Gracias Madre. September 24, 2015. West Hollywood, CA.

View photos from the event on Instagram and Facebook.

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2015 October 1