West Hollywood Design District’s Retrospective: “Decades of Design”

the West Hollywood Design District is pleased to present “Decades of Design,” the first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery showcases design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product. The retrospective was on display at the West Hollywood Library from November 19, 2014 through March 17, 2015, and is now available here online.

“There is so much design history found on Melrose Avenue, Robertson Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard alone that deserves to be recognized,” says show curator Gregory Firlotte, a 33-year veteran of the West Hollywood Design Dist­rict scene. “How many people know that one of the few surviving buildings designed by the internationally-acclaimed furniture design team Charles and Ray Eames was the Herman Miller Showroom that can still be found on Beverly Boulevard 65 years later?” he points out.

The “Decades of Design” exhibition celebrates not only the remarkable businesses and designers of the past, but also those who carry that legacy forward to a new and global audience. “There is no other place I want to be,” says superstar interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard about the West Hollywood Design District. “The positive energy here, its artistic atmosphere and the colorful characters who populate this city make my creative juices flow, and my business flourish.” Bullard’s sentiments echoes those of the multitude of interior designers, stylists, architects, craftspeople, and fashion designers, who like Bullard, have come to this most unique city over the past six decades.

“This is an exciting opportunity,” notes Ryan Farber, executive director of the West Hollywood Design District, “to showcase to the community at large what many of us close to the design profession have known for many years — that West Hollywood has always been, and continues to be, a thriving and creative hot spot whose cultural impact has global implications.” And when one ties in all the various trades, professions, cultures and styles spanning all age groups and lifestyles found in the West Hollywood Design District, it is a mix unlike any other anywhere in the U.S.


Herman Miller showroom in 1949 at 8806 Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood, designed by Charles and Ray Eames.
Photo credit: Charles Eames, courtesy of Herman Miller Inc.

Cecconi’s restaurant on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood with indoor and outdoor spaces designed by London-based interior designer Martin Brudnizki.
Photo Courtesy: Soho House Group

Phyllis Morris in her 1953 pink Eldorado Cadillac delivering her pink poodle lamps with pink-dyed poodles Pamela and Scherzo in the front seat.
Photo courtesy: Phyllis Morris

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