La Peer Hotel | 627 N. La Peer Drive | West Hollywood | (855) 239-4324

La Peer Hotel Opens Winter 2017

La Peer Hotel, a Kimpton brand, will open this Fall 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.


La Peer Lobby_Gulla Jonsdottir


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.


La Peer Meeting Room_Gulla Jonsdottir


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.


La Peer Bar_Gulla Jonsdottir

For more information, head to: 

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


West Hollywood Design District welcomes Frieze LA 2019

West Hollywood Design District businesses will be celebrating alongside the first annual Frieze Los Angeles contemporary art fair February 15-17, 2019. Frieze Los Angeles 2019 will bring together 70 of the most significant and forward-thinking contemporary galleries from across the city and around the world, alongside a curated program of conversations, site-specific artists’ projects and film. Learn more at

Frieze Week & Ongoing Activations in the Design District


Oliver Peoples will host “Who is Oliver?,” an exhibit curated by artist & photographer Tasya van Ree featuring a series of portraits in honor of Frieze. Exhibit is invitation only. For more information contact

Details: Wednesday, February 13, 450 N Robertson Boulevard

MOCA Pacific Design Center

On view through February 24, 2019, MOCA Pacific Design Center presents One Day at a Time: Kahlil Joseph’s Fly Paper, a companion exhibition to One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art currently on view at MOCA Grand Avenue, featuring Joseph’s recent film Fly Paper

Details: Now through February 24, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (open until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays), 8687 Melrose Avenue

West Hollywood Design District Block Party

Download PDF Invitation

The West Hollywood Design District will be hosting a block party on Melrose Avenue featuring:

  • special exhibits
  • live events
  • Synergy Organic Kombucha Truck
  • Art work by Mr. Brainwash will be on display
  • See more below

Details: February 16, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Melrose Avenue between San Vicente and Norwich.

Art After Dark at La Peer Hotel

The celebration will continue with Art After Dark at La Peer Hotel with live paintings and prints signing by Risk, Robert Vargas, Lionel Deluy, Billy Zane, Val Kilmer, James Peter Henry, and Andre Haagen. There will also be limited edition furniture by Gulla Jonsdottir and canapes & cocktails from Viale dei Romani, Cecconi’s, Craig’s, and Gracias Madre.

We are very fortunate to have an incredible line up of artists:

  • Risk – godfather of West Coast Graffiti – showcasing a custom painted 1970’s Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
  • Blek le Rat – godfather of stencil art and Banksy’s mentor
  • Robert Vargas – currently painting the world’s largest mural by a single artist in downtown Los Angeles
  • Val Kilmer- actor/artist
  • Billy Zane – actor/artist
  • Lionel Deluy – celebrity photographer
  • Andrew Haagen – celebrity photographer
  • James Peter Henry – artist featured in Viale Dei Romani within the La Peer hotel
  • Limited edition furniture by Gulla Jonsdottir
  • Opportunity to have limited edition prints signed by some of the artists in attendance

Details: Saturday, February 16, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., 633 N. La Peer Drive
To RSVP for the Art After Dark cocktail event, please email

Denenberg Fine Arts

Denenberg Fine Arts will open the doors to its private gallery to the public on February 16 for the exhibition of contemporary artist Valerie von Sobel. A sculptor, legendary designer, and fashion icon, Sobel will also sign her most recent book, ““American Originals/Creative Interiors,” photographs by William Abranowicz, New York and London.

Details: February 16, 417 N. San Vicente Boulevard

Gracias Madre

Relax after a day of stimulating your mind with a Purista Margarita from Gracias Madre. Present your Frieze ticket on February 16 to receive your free cocktail.

Details: February 16, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 8905 Melrose Avenue

Hamilton-Selway Fine Art

Hamilton-Selway Fine Art and the Whitney Museum’s acclaimed Retrospective “Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back again” will launch “Andy Warhol—Three Decades of Fame” during Frieze LA. The exhibition will run from February 16 to March 8.

Details: February 16, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., 8678 Melrose Avenue


Knoll will have an artist meet-and-greet with Renee Torres of Mojave Art, showcasing her new photography on display in the showroom. Starting on January 16th, you can also take advantage of their Classic Sale for 15% off and free shipping.

Details: February 16, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., 314 N. Robertson Boulevard


Three Star Books will have the book, “The Artist is Everything” on sale at LeadApron.

Details: February 16, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., 554 Huntley Drive


Leclaireur Los Angeles will be celebrating Frieze with an aperitivo to celebrate the unveiling artist & sculpture Ben Medansky’s large-scale sculpture “Stacks.” For more information, email:

Details: February 16, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., 450 N Robertson Boulevard


Retrospecs will have two collections on display: Karin Katt: A Mini RetroSpecs-tiveand The Art of Color: 1970-1980 Rare Christian Dior Frames.

Details: February 16, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., 555 Norwich Drive

Robert Kuo

The Mad Hatter Tea Party by Valerie Confections will happen at Robert Kuo from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. There will also be a book sale and signing by Valerie Von Sobel from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. William Abranowicz’s “American Originals.” The Marcel Waffle Truck will also be on-site.

Details: February 16, 8686 Melrose Avenue


Soolip will host a Calligraphy demostration with Kathy Tanabe of Heart and Soul Lettering, a Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class with Debbie Lash, free Cryo Facials, Norma Tech, Thera Gun experiences from BR Cryo, and the Yogaland the Experiential Boardgame for the Yoga Enthusiast.

Details: February 16, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m, 555 Norwich Drive


Rugs by Woven will be on display outdoors for a special yoga experience. The In-N-Out Burger Truck will also be on-site.

Details: February 16, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., 8674 Melrose Avenue

2018 December 18
Luxury Living Group
8833, Beverly Boulevard
West Hollywood
1 310 854 1008

Luxury Living celebrates 30th Anniversary of FENDI Casa

Luxury Living is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of FENDI Casa with a special window installation from October 22nd to November 5th.


Luxury Living Group honors the 30th Anniversary of FENDI Casa by paying homage with the reproduction of three iconic products, each embodying one decade of the FENDI Casa heritage by reinterpreting them into new pieces. Luxury Living Los Angeles will feature the three iconic pieces: the Cosima dormouse, Eros sofa and One Sofa from October 22nd through November 5th.

The first re-edited piece is the Cosima dormouse (1994), a living proposal of timeless elegance, characterized by soft volumes and deep-buttoned leather upholstery. Expression of a sophisticated style, it is reproduced with a seat upholstered in blue nabuck leather combined with the Claudio armchair and the Ripetta pouf.


The innovative essence of the FENDI Casa design is embodied by the Eros sofa (2004), which immediately became an icon of style for its versatility and balanced design, enhanced by its minimal line of the metal base. Initially presented with crocodile-effect leather upholstery in a delicate powdery shade, today it has been proposed with beige leather upholstery and contrasting blue details.


Finally, the new One sofa, a synthesis of stylistic rigor and contemporary composure and emblem of the impeccable FENDI Casa production of 2018.



Visit Luxury Living Los Angeles to see these iconic styles.

Luxury Living Group
8833, Beverly Boulevard
West Hollywood
1 310 854 1008
2018 October 10
Unplug Meditation
8500 Melrose Ave, Suite 201
West Hollywood
(424) 382-1116

Be Here with Unplug Meditation

We can all agree that our daily lives are full of various stimuli. From our careers, to social obligations, to the rabbit hole that is social media, to our daily grind — it feels like our minds never take a breather. As this truth becomes more accepted, we’re seeing a rise in spaces that offer an oasis and acknowledgement of the benefits of meditation.



One of the most raved about resources for meditation is Unplug, which opened its doors this year in The District. Unplug was founded by Suze Schwartz in 2014 and is the world’s first drop in secular meditation studio.  We were lucky enough to sit down with meditation superstar, Nicholas Pratley, to share more about Unplug.



“Meditation has so many amazing benefits”, Nicholas, Unplug’s Wonder Guide, shares with us between speaking at the Milken Institute Global Conference and leading a meditation class at Donna Karan’s Sag Harbor store in NYC. From the CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, to local yoga teachers, and students from 6 – 96, Unplug hosts an array of classes and meditation styles that are sought after by people from all walks of life. Some of the benefits of meditation include drops in blood pressure, the reduction of chronic pain, and an overall elevated happiness; so it’s easy to understand why Unplug has people joining classes from all over the world.



So what exactly does a meditation studio look like? People may expect fountains, wooden features, and decor that evokes a sense of calm. Not for Unplug. “At first I thought, wow it’s so plain. But then I learned that Suze designed it this way to reflect your mind — super clear. She has these plain white canvases put up in the studio because she wanted them to understand that meditating really lets you feel like you have a clean slate…a blank canvas. I thought this was absolutely spectacular and I knew Unplug was the home for me!



“Meditation is an opportunity to get quiet. To unplug from the outside world and plug into the inside world”. Getting into the practice of meditation may seem daunting, but it’s just that – a practice. Nicholas explains, “The first thing we can do in the practice of meditation is be graceful with ourselves – to accept exactly where we are and not judge ourselves”. Have you ever tried to recall a story for a friend – or have a detail completely slip your mind? You think, it will come back to you, and sure enough a few minutes later it pops right in. “Right before you remember is when your mind is quiet. It doesn’t mean that thought it gone, it means that you’ve let it get quiet enough and let go enough for the mind to surrender and for the thought to come through. This is meditation – it creates space and allows your mind to let go and surrender.”



“We’re at a turning point on the planet. With the #metoo movement, young people taking a stand against the NRA, Roseanne, a top rated TV show being cancelled, we’re all making a choice to Be Here. Things are renewing themselves, and finding a new way to accomplish this. With all this change, the more people meditate, the more those big changes will be supported because meditation allows space to open up in your mind, heart, & body. You start to experience yourself and the world in a very different space. What an incredible thing for the world to be doing together – opening up and creating space.” 

Visit Unplug’s West Hollywood Studio today!

Unplug Meditation
8500 Melrose Ave, Suite 201
West Hollywood
(424) 382-1116
2018 June 14

La Peer Hotel
627 N La Peer Dr.
West Hollywood

LA Staycation at the La Peer Hotel

Living in the City of Angels has its perks, but sometimes we all need to step away for a little vacation. If you’d like to avoid braving the traffic to the desert or the long haul up the coast, tucked into the heart of the West Hollywood Design District is the newest member of the Kimpton Hotel family, The La Peer Hotel. Managed by Nick Rimedio, the District’s Vice Chair and designed by Gulla Jonsdottir, the District’s Architect and Design Director, the La Peer has everything you love about LA while helping you escape with breathtaking art, architecture, a delicious food and drink menu, and rooftop patio.



“Imagine a space where art, music, fashion, poetry, film and architecture intertwine to a cacophony of spatial harmony,” says Jonsdottir. “With this project, we’re taking design cues from our neighbors—from fashion to high-end furniture, artists, and poets—in addition to the array of creative visitors who gather from all over the world”, Gulla Jonsdottir shares with Forbes. It’s easy to see why the La Peer Hotel is quickly claiming its place as one of the most breathtaking spaces in Los Angeles.



Once you get settled into your suite, outfitted with a deep soaking tub and separate shower, you’ll head down to the lobby where you can enjoy complimentary wine by the pool or at the courtyard bar. Casey Lane, the renowned chef of their Italian trattoria Viale dei Romani, will whip up a delicious dinner of course followed by dessert.



After a restful night’s sleep, head down to the lobby where you can borrow one of La Peer’s custom-designed PUBLIC bikes available to borrow for a ride around town, or their Tesla House car for adventures within a 1 mile radius to other establishments in the District.



Book your LA Staycation at the La Peer Hotel today!

La Peer Hotel
627 N La Peer Dr.
West Hollywood
2018 May 22
West Hollywood Design District

West Hollywood

Meet the District’s Newest Board Members

The West Hollywood Design District is excited to announce the latest board leadership of 2018! We would like to welcome Chairman, Nick Ingate, Vice Chair, Nick Rimedio, Bookkeeper, Darci MacNab, and Architect & Design Director, Gulla Jonsdottir. Learn even more about our new board members below!


Chairman, Nick Ingate is a partner at the projects*, a brand consultancy working with clients such as Equinox, Target, Moet & Hennessy, Calvin Klein, and Coach. More recently, Nick has partnered with the Australian Government and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to nurture, develop and accelerate young innovators looking to expand globally. In his spare time, Nick plays rugby with the Beverly Hills Rugby Club He also started the West Coast chapter of the Cyclones Bicycling Club, a not-for-profit bicycle riding tribe that recently raised $45,000 for a bike share program in Tanzania, Africa.



Vice Chair, Nick Rimedio is originally from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and now resides in Beverly Hills. He attended the American University of Paris as well as the University of Akron with a major in International Business Administration. Rimedio is a seasoned hospitality veteran bringing twenty years of industry experience as the General Manager of La Peer Hotel. Previously he’s held management positions at L’Ermitage and Avalon Beverly Hills. Rimedio also has experience in restaurant industry where his breakthrough in luxury came under famed chef Charlie Trotter, first at his iconic restaurant in Chicago, and then as general manager for Trotter’s “Restaurant Charlie” in the Palazzo Las Vegas.

Some of Nick’s hobbies include supporting the Ohio State Buckeyes, film, entertaining in his home, and actively participating in the communities where he works and calls home. When La Peer Hotel opened in January 2018, is was designed as a true community gathering place. Rimedio felt compelled to join the district to lend support in the renewal and activation of a stronger neighborhood.


The board welcomes Gulla Jonsdottir as the Architect and Design Director. Jonsdottir was born in Iceland where she studied mathematics before moving to Los Angeles to study architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Before starting her own firm in 2009, she worked for Richard Meier, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Dodd Mitchell Design. Jonsdottir is the principal of Gulla Jónsdóttir Architecture & Design, a Los Angeles-based design studio with a reputation for holistic work across the fields of architecture, design, and brand management. She has designed residential, commercial and hospitality projects worldwide, as well as having her own furniture line. She is an award winning architect and some of her most notable project are the 2 Michelin star Le Grand Restaurant, by Jean-Francois Piege in Paris, La Peer hotel in West Hollywood, The Macau Roosevelt hotel in China, Comal at Chileno Bay, Los Cabos, Mexico and the Renovation of the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Her work is always echoing the integration of organic beauty and function.


Meet the board’s new Treasurer, Darci MacNab. She holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin and is a licensed CPA in the state of California and started her career in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has held the title of CEO of Rose Tarlow since 2013. Previously MacNab served as the Director of Finance for European based fashion label, Dept BV, where she was brought to turn around US operations, including distributions facilities, restructuring existing IT platforms and creating business processes. Prior to that she spent 12 years at Kraft Foods, Inc, and Kimberly-Clark.

Please join us in welcoming them to our district. We are excited to see what creative ideas they have in store for us!

West Hollywood Design District

West Hollywood
2018 May 4
Flexform LA
308 N Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles

Attend the Grand Opening of Flexform’s New LA Showroom

Flexform and Luxe Interiors + Design invite you to celebrate Flexform’s Los Angeles Showroom Grand Opening with an industry panel discussion and cocktail reception on Thursday, February 1.


The evening will kick off at 5:30pm with a panel discussion on the topic of “The New Luxury.” The panel will be moderated by Frances Anderton, host of KCRW’s “DnA: Design and Architecture.” Panelists include Ron Radziner, FAIA design principal, Marmol Radziner; Jamie Bush, founder of Jamie Bush + Co; and Lisa Bingham Dewart, Luxe Interiors + Design homes editor.


The panel will be followed by a cocktail reception where you can mix and mingle with panelists and other guests, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.


Kindly RSVP by email to or by phone at 310-424-5460.

FLEXFORM is an Italian industrial company that relies on deeply rooted expertise in the production of finely crafted sofas and furnishings, with an innate focus on design culture, a past of outstanding collaborations with the best designers and creative talents, a capillary, efficient international commercial and distribution network, and major investments in the areas of communication, research and innovation. The company’s identity and success are based on a system of shared values that form the true core of the corporate project: Made in Italy, Timeless Elegance, Comfort, Quality, Coherent Design, Contemporary Character, Beauty, Durability. This is the strategic map that has brought Flexform to its position, recognized all over the world, as one of the historic brands of Made in Italy of the highest quality in the field of furnishings.

Flexform LA
308 N Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles
2018 January 25


Your Guide to Health & Wellness in West Hollywood

With the New Year upon us, the time has come again to make our resolutions. Lucky for us the West Hollywood Design District provides excellent choices to build a fresh daily regiment. Below you can find the ultimate healthy guide from finding where to get your cardio in, to places to eat clean, everything you need is right here!

Get Your Sweat On At….

Carries Pilates Plus


Address: 7960 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Carrie’s Pilates Plus, a woman-owned business, was founded in 2013 by Los Angeles model Carrie Minter. Carrie’s Pilates Plus is a high intensity Pilates/Cross Training workout; a combination of weight training, cardio and Pilates. The workout is designed to strengthen, lengthen, tone and reshape the body; creating a strong, lithe and lean physique in less time than standard Pilates or weight training alone. They offer classes everyday of the week, as well as private training, and have over 10 certified, amazing instructors on their team.

Cycle House


Address: 8511 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Cycle House offers the most intense cardio workouts with motivational instructors and high-energy music. Classes burn between 500 and 1,000 calories in just under an hour. Cycle House rides incorporate interval training for a full-body workout, helping to strengthen and tone the core, arms, back and legs. The studio is also focused on improving the world around you—for each class you take, two meals are donated to a person in need.

Rise Nation


Address: 8906 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Rise Nation is cardio climbing studio that will seriously kick your butt. This high intensity climbing workout utilizes your primal nature and is said to be one of the most effective work out if you’re looking to burn calories. At only 30 minutes per class, you have no excuse but to try it out for yourself.

Shape House


Address: 653 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
This urban sweat lodge is where ancient tradition and modern wellness meet to burn calories, deepen sleep, and improve skin!

Pick Your Perfect Skincare Regimen At….

Skin Laundry


Address: 8789 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Skin Laundry offers a safe and accessible laser and light therapy that greatly improves skin health. The treatment is quick and effective, and best of all, has no downtime.


The Face Bar


Address: 465 N Roxbury Dr Suite 750, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Take a visit to The Face Bar and get yourself a “Signature Peel” that will visibly transform your skin with a bright, dewy glow, leading to in smoother and firmer skin. Clients often see a 40-50% change in their skin with their first visit and even more dramatic results with regular visits.

Facile Skin


Address: 638 1/2 North Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Facile is a cross a dermatology office, a spa and a beauty boutique. They personalize every service to meet your needs on any given day from facials and peels to laser treatment and micro-infusions.

Kinara Skin Care Clinic & Spa


Address: 656 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Kinara is a refuge for A‑list celebrities and savvy, skin care enthusiasts. Home of the original Red Carpet Facial, Kinara continues to serve as a working laboratory for Olga Lorencin’s greatest passion: transformative skin care.

Eat Clean At…

Joe & the Juice


Address: 8532 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
This is a chain from Denmark is the go-to place for health-conscious people who like their fresh-pressed juice served with a side of edgy. At Joe & the Juice the food, coffee and juices are important, as they specialize in fresh, but the ambiance is their magic.

Alchemy Health Food


Address: 638 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
The experts at Alchemy Cafe are here to inspire healthy lifestyles. Through their partnerships with local farmers they provide organic health food & desserts and nutrient-rich juices, wellness shots, and elixirs.

Gracias Madre


Address: 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Gracias Madre serves organic, farm fresh, locally sourced food, full of flavor and love. The cuisine is inspired by the kitchens of Mexico sourced from locally grown organic ingredients right here in California.

2018 January 16
8933 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood

The Ultimate Moschino Holiday Gift Guide

Tis’ the season to treat your loved ones with some ace presents for the holiday’s. Step away from a lackluster gift-buying routine of socks and tree adorned PJ sets, and follow our ultimate Moschino curated holiday gift guide. These sensational Moschino selects will be unforgettable and guaranteed to wow your your friends and family. Be sure to pop by the Moschino store located in the West Hollywood Design District to snag some of these stunning items.

For Her
This Red Gold Studded B-Pocket Bag will look stunning on your girlfriend when strutting down Melrose Ave. 

For Him
The Black Monochromatic Logo Bomber Jacket will make any man look sleek for the New Year!

For Kids
You daughter or little sister will adore the My Little Pony Backpack!

Keep your son or little cousin warm and cozy in a Grey Teddy Bear Sweater.

For Baby
What baby girl wouldn’t look precious waking up Christmas morning in this Pink Teddy Bear Sweater! Same for baby boys waiting for Santa in their Teddy Bear Sweatsuit.

Your Bestie
Your girlfriend will definitely be whipping out this Classic Black & Gold Cosmetic Travel Bag when getting ready for your NYE festivities

Your guy friends will love having a fresh Classic Black Backpack to rock to the office in the new year!

Your Boss
Cheeky yet sheik you boss will LOL & love the  “Couture is An Attitude” Black Sweater, and the Moschino Suitcase will be swanky for your their next work trip!

Your Co-Worker
Step your work friends scent game up with the Moschino Gold Fragrance.

For Dad
Skip a new tie, you dad will love cozying up in this Long Sleeve Sweater.

For Mom
Treat your mother to this classy Black Handbag.

For Sister
Your sis will look glisten over the holidays in this bold Moschino T-shirt Dress.

For Brother
These Moschino Slides will be your bro’s perfect companion when off to his next pool party or beach vacay.

For Significant Others
Your wife or girlfriend will be edgy and elegant when rocking their new Classic Motorcycle Bag and your husband or boyfriend will be styling in their new Leather Motorcycle Backpack.

Secret Santa
Don’t leave your Secret Santa hanging! The Moschino Phone Case is the perfect people-pleasing holiday gift.


Shop these pieces and more at Moschino at 8933 Beverly Blvd in the West Hollywood Design District.


8933 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood
2017 December 15
Nicky Rising
8625 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood

Nicky Rising: How Travel Inspired this West Hollywood Interior Design Showroom

Upon stepping into Nicky Rising’s eponymous interior design showroom in the West Hollywood Design District, it’s easy to felt swept away into another world. Or rather, many different worlds—an aesthetic it comes by honestly. The longtime design enthusiast was born in England, raised in Nigeria and Libya, and lived in France before finally settling in Los Angeles, where she ultimately opened her shop in 2011. And as if that wasn’t enough globetrotting, Rising has made pit stops all over the world along the way. Her showroom, which offers fabrics, wallpaper, furniture, and accessories from a unique array of vendors, draws an elite, design savvy clientele who turn to Rising to help them find the details that make their spaces stand out. We caught up with the shop owner to learn more about how her travels have inspired her, what she loves most about living in Los Angeles, and more.


Have you always been interested in interior design? What’s your earliest memory?

My early memories of shopping with my mum in the souks must have left an indelible mark on me! The last few years I have been going to Marrakech and I feel so at home: the smells, noise, and colors all feel so familiar to me. Growing up in Tripoli and Lagos definitely molded my taste for anything and everything you would find in those markets. Hand-dyed cloth from Mali, Nishapur bowls with years of dust, and Berber silver make me giddy! And as a child it was fascinating.



What’s the most rewarding aspect of your work?

I am so lucky to represent the best hand-painted wallpaper in the world, de Gournay Ltd. There’s nothing more beautiful and decadent and it’s exciting to see this company taking 18th century chinoiserie and giving it purpose in today’s world. Besides wallpaper, I represent some wonderful fabric companies. The passion and talent behind them is amazing and it’s so rewarding to see them doing well.


Many of your finds are inspired by your travels. In terms of nearby getaways, what are a few of your favorites?

I recently visited Santa Fe, and I loved the slower pace and spirit of the town, with everyone draped in Indian silver jewelry. That’s my kind of place!


What fabrics are trending for interiors of late?

Blues, indigos, reverse-dyed fabrics made in far away places. With today’s printing technology, people like Rebecca Atwood, Adam Jones from Quercus and Co, and Bruce Slorach at Utopia Goods can translate their painting onto fabric. It’s all so exciting!


What do you love about having your business in the West Hollywood Design District?

A million years ago I used to work in the Pacific Design Center and would take a lunch break and walk over to Bodhi Tree, grab a juice at Elixir café, and wander into Details. I never dreamt I would one day have a shop of my own in that spot! One of my favorite parts of the neighborhood now is Gracias Madre, which was beautifully decorated by a client of mine, Wendy Haworth. She really epitomizes Southern California in her design style.



How are you inspired by living in Los Angeles?

It took me a few years to fall head over heals in love with LA. I arrived at a terrible time; riots, earthquakes, fires, the OJ Simpson saga. There was no rosé, no French cheese…the city has come along way! That said, who doesn’t love the beautiful light in this town, I know it sounds silly, but it’s so white! You have to remember my place of birth has “grey” light—I really notice the difference!


Visit Nicky Rising at 8625 Melrose Avenue in the West Hollywood Design District

Nicky Rising
8625 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood
2017 December 1


5 Tips to Designing the Home of Your Dreams with Rose Tarlow

Rose Tarlow has been located on Melrose Avenue in the West Hollywood Design District since 1976. Tarlow’s small shop was the most ideal location imaginable back when it was Melrose Place, and is still coveted today.  

A staple of the neighborhood, Tarlow’s aesthetic has been a timeless treasure for those looking for eclectic pieces to add to their home. After catching up with Rose, we were able to hear her take on optimizing your home decor. Take a gander at these famous Tarlow Tips to help guide designing the home of your dreams!

The Perfect Treasure (Antique/Heirloom)
An antique you have picked up at a vintage store or an heirloom passed on from generation can be the perfect statement piece for any home. Having something that no one else has can be very personal when placed in provocative surroundings. Tarlow says, “it is the unexpected, whimsical touches that often give a room its charm”.

Earth’s Color Palette
Tarlow believes that designing with God created colors in nature is the optimal choice, while borrowing accents from a painters palette. Color in a home is like visual nourishment, so you use it with great discretion and respect.  Another Tarlow tip, is to try using various shades of one unifying color throughout the main rooms. This gives you a neutral canvas to work with. You can now use color as if it were jewelry: provocatively.

A Resting Place
A place to set your head at night and a place to seat yourself during the day, according to Tarlow, are two important pieces to the interior design puzzle. As sensical as these places sound, they can sometimes be overlooked. We may find ourselves focused on the outer appearance of our homes for guests to ogle at.  It’s important to remember that  behind the facade, you must set your resting place, as these are the places we frequent the most.

A Place to Dine by Candlelight
Having a table to dine by candlelight was an unexpected tip from Tarlow, but what a beautiful notion. Why not create a place to indulge in serenity while having your night time meal? These simple pleasures allows for gratification and well being. Find time to treat yourself to a dinner by candlelight with your significant others and bask in the luxury.  

Creating Harmony
The cohesion of functionality and style are both a necessity in creating beauty, but Tarlow’s concentration is with harmony. Harmony is an important sense when designing interiors.

Finding a peaceful place to retreat is what every person deserves. Familiarity with your space is key to harmony. Tarlow says “ there are those who spend lifetimes in houses that have nothing to do with who they really are. They may be perfectly designed, yet if they fail to reflect the personalities of the people who live in them, the very essence of intimacy is missing, and this absence is disturbingly visible.”

This notion is important to reflect on when developing your home’s aesthetic, make it your own and harmony will follow.

Visit Rose Tarlow Melrose House at 8540 Melrose Avenue in the West Hollywood Design District

2017 November 20
9006 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood

Italian Influence: 50 Years of Lighting With Artemide

Located on Beverly Blvd in the West Hollywood Design District’s, lives one of the most seasoned Italian design firms around, Artemide. Artemide hails from Italy, and over the past 50 years, has been an industry leader in innovative lighting manufacturing. Artemide stands out from the rest with its “Human Light” philosophy placing people and the pursuit of their well being at the core of their research.


Artemide was founded in 1959 by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza, by the guiding philosophy, places humanity at the foundation of their design. Artemide’s quest is to satisfy the human need for lighting in the most ingenious ways. The phrase ‘made in Italy’ signifies a level of quality and unique design.


Stepping into Artemide’s showroom you will find that their products do not conform to trends. Their designs are the perfect blend of technological innovation and traditional hand-craftsmanship. Artemide also has 3 main collections: Design, Outdoor, and Architectural products.

Artemide lighting is used for an array of applications, including residential and commercial use. They have also created many custom projects, working closely with architects and designers. Some of which, have been award-winning collaborations with some of the world’s most talented designers including Naoto Fukasawa, David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Karim Rashid and Herzog & De Meuron.


Artemide’s most recent collaboration on display in the West Hollywood Design District Showroom include Ameluna, designed in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Style, and Discovery, designed by Ernesto Gismondi. The current window installation features photography by Pierpaolo Ferrari, an Italian photographer known for his surreal images and work with fashion brands such as Kenzo and MSGM.


Aligned with Italian tradition, Artemide makes their own glass utilizing the knowledge and techniques of centuries. Using both cutting-edge technology and time-tested traditions, Artemide is able to create sustainable designs.


Their exceptional manufacturing ability was developed over time and clearly translates into their work. Vision, values, research, and their humanistic approach in their work translates into beautiful pieces.  When looking for your next statement lighting piece be sure to explore the Artemide Showroom.


Visit the Artemide showroom on 9006 Beverly Blvd in the West Hollywood Design District.


Photos by Pierpaolo Ferrari

9006 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood
2017 November 12


The Secrets To Mass Founder Mary Ta’s Style And Success

The West Hollywood Design District’s home décor connoisseurs trust high-end store and showroom MASS Beverly for premium furniture and accessories that will make their house a stylish stand-out. But this design mecca wouldn’t have earned such a reputation without the vision of its founder, Mary Ta. A long-term design enthusiast, Ta became both informed by and enamored of Italian design during Milan’s Salone del Mobile, an annual furniture fair. Specifically intrigued by the work of the Minotti family’s work, she eventually opened the brand’s first monobrand showroom in Los Angeles in 2004. This experience ultimately prepared her to open Mass nearly a decade later.


Equal parts showroom and storefront, Mass specializes in luxury modern pieces by the most sought after international designers. The success of both Mass and Ta herself inspired us to learn more about what it takes to be a female entrepreneur in such competitive—often male-dominated—industry, so we chatted her up to learn a bit more about how her interest in interior design was first sparked, how she curates her own home, and what she loves most about being a hub of the Design District.

How would you best describe your design aesthetic in three words only?

International, sophisticated, artistic.


How was your interest in interior design first sparked?

When I was 11, I first realized that one’s environment directly affects not just their own mood, but everyone else around them.

What makes your store/showroom different than most?

My products, concept, application, and my talented international team.


What is the most satisfying part of your work?

When something I imagine—after much hard work—materializes into reality.


What things inspire you most as a design enthusiast and business owner?

Color, nature, technology, changing mindsets and the different ways we live today with access from technology, the ease of travel, and the independence of people.


What challenges do you face as a woman in the industry?

With European manufacturers, it is still a traditional world. However, my clients are successful and illuminated to appreciate diversity and contribution of women.

Let’s talk about your own homes. What’s the design aesthetic there and what are a few favorite pieces you’ve acquired?

One of my homes is purely Mid-century modern with a mix of organic/Nakashima pieces and European modern. And a lot of artwork! The other is a work in progress that is nearly completed: a mix of Mid-century modern, European marble, and Japanese with some of the best pieces from the showroom and one-of-a-kind vintage and artwork. Some of my favorite pieces are my timeless Hamilton four piece endless sectional by Minotti— which many of my friends have slept on—my photograph of a Thai fruit stand by Christian Voight—which shows the vibrancy of life—and my Stealth dining table by Henge.


What do you love about your location in the West Hollywood Design District?

West Hollywood is very dynamic and open-minded with complete acceptance of religion, sex, and race and it’s also full of creativity including fashion, interior design, architecture, entertainment, and great food.

2017 October 26

Ed's Coffee Shop
460 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood

Know Your Neighbors: Ada of Ed’s Coffee Shop

Amid the West Hollywood Design District’s posh passerby’s and chic shops, sits Ed’s Coffee Shop on North Robertson Blvd. While there are plenty of high-end boutiques and restaurants in the neighborhood, Ed’s has remained the essential breakfast place for locals for over 50 years!

Ed’s Coffee Shop is a family run business that is currently managed by the late Ed’s daughter, Ada. Like so many neighborhoods, there are always special places that help foster a community. Ed’s is certainly one of those special places. With the friendly staff and the welcoming energy, you truly feel like you’re eating at your home kitchen. With the walls lined with old family photos, Ada says they treat their customers like family.

Growing up at the restaurant, Ada has seen the West Hollywood Design District evolve. There is so much social activism that brings the city together. Ed’s Coffee Shop continues to thrive by giving the community access to a genuine and relaxed setting.

Ed’s has become home to many regulars, as well as a place for groups to meet. Three nights a week they hold AA meetings, they also come together to drive local food donations and attain gift certificates for National Night Out. A few week’s ago they even hosted the new Sheriff for a meet and greet with some members of the community.

It is truly inspiring when we as a community can give back and support each other and that is what makes Ed’s Coffee Shop so special. Ed’s secret to having so many loyal patrons is the atmosphere of friendship and acceptance that Ada’s parents, Sybil and Ed, instilled when opening up in 1960.

Next time you are in the West Hollywood Design District, be sure to swing by for a hot coffee and some tasty huevos rancheros!


Visit Ed’s Coffee shop at 460 N Robertson Blvd in the West Hollywood Design District.

Ed's Coffee Shop
460 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood
2017 October 23
Marco Pelusi Hair Studio
636 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood
+1 310-967-0999

In the Salon Chair with Marco Pelusi

Marco Pelusi’s salon in the West Hollywood Design District has seen its fair share of famous tresses: actresses, models, and TV personalities head to the Pittsburgh native’s hair haven for a brighter blonde, richer brunette or any number of multi-dimensional, healthy (with the help of his own collagen-fortified haircare collection) colors. We recently got the chance to chat up Pelusi about some of his high profile clients, the biggest mistake women make with their color, and what he loves most about being a bonafide hair guru.

What’s your earliest memory of having interest in the beauty realm?

My mom asked me to help style her hair one evening and she liked what I did. Also during my freshman year at Penn State, the gals I sang with in the choir wanted me to do theirs—I’m sure they all trusted me because they knew I had a talented hairstylist uncle with a chain of salons!

When was your biggest “made it” moment?

I think it was seeing my hair color work on Stacy Keibler on the cover of Maxim in 2008. That was pretty fantastic to have my work on a cover, especially with someone so famously beautiful.


You’ve worked with some high profile heads of hair. Anyone you can mention by name?

Yes I’ve been privileged to work with some amazing people. Some of the men who don’t mind a mention are James Brolin and Carson Kressley. Jim is a legendary start for decades, and Carson is a celebrity stylist and TV fashion icon. Some of the women are supermodel and actress Carol Alt, with whom I’ve been on TV several times, and also The Young and The Restless star Tracey Bregman. Some I just can’t mention here, but if you visit me for hair services at my studio I might divulge more!




You have your own line of hair care products with collagen. How did you that come about?

Marco Collagen Color Guard HairCare was born out of my love of hair color and of this industry. When I opened my salon, I didn’t want to order with any of the manufacturers; I wanted to make my own products. I spoke with a long time family friend who happens to be a chemist and told him I wanted to do something to specifically preserve hair color. We both decided that collagen should be our leading ingredient and we included some form of it in each product to maintain the quality and integrity of color treated hair.

What’s the biggest mistake women are making with their hair color? And what can they do to fix this?

The first mistake is coloring their hair at home with brown color and pulling it all the way through. This leaves the roots looking bright and hot and the ends dull and dark. It can be easily fixed by adding some highlights to brighten up the ends. Probably the second biggest mistake is wanting to make huge changes immediately with color, rather than going on a six-month plan to maintain the integrity of their hair. A client came to consult with me the other day and wanted to immediately go from being dark brunette to bright blonde. I told her we could begin lightning her slowly, gradually, naturally and eventually work her into blonde, while maintaining her hair. But she just wanted a quick fix. I hope that she can keep the hair on her head while she pursues that color! The better choice would be to go with someone who will keep your hair healthy while you make a color change.


Is there a current hair color trend you’re loving right now and can you give any tips on trying it?

I am in love with a modified ombre, when the top of the hair is deeper and richer and gradually gets lighter and brighter through the ends. It’s an easy way to try to change color because you can ask your hairstylist to add a few lighter pieces towards the last few inches of your hair and see how you like it!



What do you love about your location in the West Hollywood Design District? And what are some of your favorite neighborhood spots?

I always feel I am in the center of the universe being located on Robertson near Melrose. We are the epicenter of fashion. Our district and West Hollywood is a supportive, business-friendly area, who wouldn’t love it? Craig’s restaurant is perhaps my very favorite in the area, I also love Tortilla Republic. La Peer Hotel will open in the winter—only a block away!—and some of my favorite people are involved. My studio will be handling all of the beauty services there.


What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

There’s an instant gratification that occurs several times per day with my clients feeling better about themselves as they leave my salon. It’s the relationships that mean everything: with my staff, with my clients, with the people who buy my products, and with my colleagues, family, and friends. I have so much to be grateful for inside and outside of my business.


Visit Marco Pelusi Hair Studio in the West Hollywood Design District at 636 N Robertson Blvd

Marco Pelusi Hair Studio
636 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood
+1 310-967-0999
2017 October 16
8826 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood

An Inside Look At Craig’s with Craig Susser

A little over 6 years ago, Craig’s LA opened its doors in the West Hollywood Design District. Craig’s made a splash back then, and the restaurant is just as notable today. The question beckons, what keeps patrons coming back?


We recently caught up with Craig Susser, and gained an inside look on his background, inspirations, and the ethos behind his business, which has contributed to his success.


What was your favorite homemade meal growing up?

It is easier for me to remember the things I didn’t like – liver, most vegetables and tomatoes. I hated tomatoes until I was 15 but liked tomato sauce, go figure. I remember liking chicken parmigiana, meatloaf and mac and cheese.


I’ve learned that you used to wait tables when you were in college, when did you realize you wanted to continue to work in the restaurant industry?

I would have to say when I took over as Maître D at Dan Tana’s was when I thought this might be my calling. I can’t tell you why – but I knew I was good at it, I could see the room and all the chaos and instinctually knew how to make it work.


When did you fall in love with the restaurant industry?

I am not sure when I feel in love with the restaurant business, but I do know I am a lucky person because I get to do something that never really feels like work – I love my work.  It’s an incredibly difficult business so you better love it and enjoy the process, otherwise you will go crazy. There is nothing better than walking through the restaurant at about 8pm and feeling the energy in the room. It feel as if the room is alive!


What drew you into opening your own restaurant in the West Hollywood Design District?          

The West Hollywood Design District is the perfect location for a restaurant in Los Angeles. The diverse nature of the people, the wide array of different and creative businesses (art, furniture design, fashion and food) and the fact that the District is perfectly situated at the base of the Hollywood hills right in the middle of the Pacific and Downtown.



Why Italian American cuisine?

Craig’s is really an American Restaurant. The menu has influences from many regions and cultures of the world. Latin, Italian and underneath is a great deal of traditional French techniques. I worked very closely with our chef Kursten Kizer to have a varied menu so that whatever you were in the mood for, you could find it at Craig’s. Most importantly, we wanted the food to be accessible.


What are your biggest inspirations behind Craig’s?

The most influential inspirations are the classic old-school New York Restaurants. We kept asking ourselves, if a famous 1940’s restaurant was reinvented in 2011, what would it look like? However, we had to balance that concept with how we eat today.


Why did you decide to incorporate vegan options into your menu?

The decision was simple, really: our regulars started to request vegan options. We are in the hospitality business, and I want to give our clients what they want. I also want to see them as often as possible. We started out making one composed vegan dish, not your average plate of vegetables but a well thought out dish. People would walk by as someone was eating it, and they would ask what the food was and if they could have it as well.  One dish became 2, and so on.


What inspired the new vegan ice cream option on your menu?
Again, the inspiration came from the desire of our customers. There was nothing on the market we were excited about, so we decided to make something exciting ourselves. It’s a collaborative creation from myself and Chef Kizer. We are now working on making the ice cream available for sale as a standalone product called “Craig’s’ Vegan,” which will be available online and in select markets.



What will always put a smile on your face when opening your doors each day?

Every day that I have the opportunity to open the doors of Craig’s puts a smile on my face. I never take for granted the amazing gift of having a restaurant people call home.


What story do you want to tell at Craig’s?

Our mission has never varied. I wanted to create a warm inviting restaurant, with great, accessible food, an accommodating and diverse menu for all appetites and a gracious floor staff. Furthermore, we want to keep evolving our sense of food and hospitality to match the desires of our clients.


8826 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood
2017 October 10

50 N Robertson Blvd


Inside the LECLAIREUR Residence with Founder Meryl Hadida-Shabani

LECLAIREUR, the French fashion and design mainstay from Armand and Martine Hadida, has forged its way from their four stores in Paris, all the way across the pond to its first U.S. location in West Hollywood helmed by the Hadidas’ daughter Meryl.



Since LECLAIREUR was founded in 1980, Meryl has always been immersed in the fashion world surrounding her, being exposed to designers like Commes des Garcons, Ann Demeulemeester and Dries Van Noten (although she admits to having a feminine style in L.A, dominated by a mainly white color palette that is decidedly non-Parisian), but with this new venture outside of Paris, the focus is now on interior design and furniture rather than fashion.



Before moving from Paris to Los Angeles two years ago, Meryl’s childhood and teen years were informed by her parents’ showroom appointments and temporary jobs at the LECLAIREUR locations in France, where she developed the same keen eye, that she chose to focus on design in L.A.


“I observed the direction the city was taking when I arrived in L.A.: art galleries opening everywhere, artists moving here, museums growing like mushrooms,” Meryl said. “I thought that an interior design gallery with very rare pieces, one of a kind and custom made items, would be the right fit.”



Located on Robertson Boulevard in celebrity florist David Jones’ repurposed former home, LECLAIREUR’s “Residence” is a beautifully curated and shoppable gallery with both one-of-a-kind and rare finds to more affordable home accent pieces for the discerning shopper. It has also been stripped down to be a multipurpose space for everything from art exhibits, sought-after fashion lines (“We represent three clothing lines, and intend to keep it that way!”), and an exquisite private event space on the top floor.



The goal and mission of the new Los Angeles design residence: to surprise design-impassioned customers with artful collector’s pieces that likely have not been seen elsewhere, and above all to welcome everyone to experience such rare finds while not becoming defined and restricted by a single concept.


The current show still on exhibition is Pierre Bonnefille’s “Meditations,” a collection of paintings and furniture pieces worked only with bronze minerals on metallic mesh.


For more from LECLAIREUR, visit and follow @LECLAIREUR on Instagram.


50 N Robertson Blvd

2017 September 27
The Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Ave
Santa Monica, CA

DIEM Talks Design is Coming to the WestEdge Design Fair in Santa Monica

This year we’re excited to partner with the WestEdge Design Fair happening October 19-22 down the street in Santa Monica!


WestEdge features the latest products and design inspiration from 150+ premium furnishings brands. Design seminars and exhibitions, culinary demonstrations, book signings and special events, including an opening night party to benefit Los Angeles Ronald McDonald, round out the experience—all in an environment that will engage, entertain and inspire you.



“LA has seen extraordinary growth within the design, architecture, art, fashion and culinary industries over the past 10 years and the desire for great design is only increasing.” says co-founder, Troy Hanson. “There is no denying that LA is now the focus of attention within these categories for the trade, press and design-savvy consumers and we’re fortunate to drive the conversation forward through all that WestEdge offers.”


More than 40 new exhibitors will join the fair in 2017, highlighted by brands such as Koncept, Foscarini, M2L, Neutra Furniture Collection by VS America, Croft House, PELLE, Brizo, TRUE Residential, Monogram, Fyrn, Juniper House (which represents the globe’s leading exterior furnishings brand) and dozens more.


“We’re proud to see the level of participation grow year over year, and the fact that more organizations and companies want to be a part of WestEdge is a testament to our longevity in LA and the broader West Coast market” said co-founder, Megan Reilly. “Our ability to support, both established brands and emerging brands as they build and grow their businesses is what makes us most proud as we celebrate our fifth year in 2017.”



And this year, DIEM Talks Design comes to WestEdge on Friday, October 20. Curated by Frances Anderton and Mallery Roberts Morgan, and presented in partnership the West Hollywood Design District, this symposium explores the theme: “EVERYTHING IS DISRUPTED.” Here’s the full schedule:


10:30-11:30 AM
Shaky Ground: The Shifting Cityscape of Los Angeles
There is a struggle for the soul of LA over growth. Does it threaten the architectural creativity that has made LA famous? DIEM opens with a conversation between Frances Anderton and Michael Maltzan, architect of many pivotal LA projects including the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project and One Santa Fe, and editor of No More Play: Conversations on Urban Speculation in Los Angeles and Beyond.

Moderated by: Frances Anderton, KCRW
Featuring: Michael Maltzan, Michael Maltzan Architecture

11:45 AM-12:45 PM
The Great Retail Revolution
Despite ongoing retail shake-ups, and the meltdown of malls and main street shops nationwide, inventive shopping destinations are cropping up in Socal. Hear more from their creators.

Moderated by: Mallery Roberts Morgan, AD France and LALA Magazine
Featuring: Rose Apodaca, A+R; David Fishbein and Joseph Miller, Runyon Group; and Anna Brockway, Chairish and DECASO

1:45-2:45 PM
The Green Rush: Is High Design Taking The Edge Off Marijuana?
Design is entering the picture as Cannabusiness seeks to shed its hippy image. Do we want to get our hit in shops that resemble coffee bars or eyeglass stores? Who’s driving the new look and feel of marijuana marketing?

Moderated by: Mayer Rus, Architectural Digest
Featuring: Alex Halperin, Weedweek and L.A. Weekly; and Megan Stone, The High Road Design Studio

3:00-4:00 PM
Hot Wheels: The Transportation Revolution
From the streets to the skies, mobility is being reimagined. But how much are smart ideas improving mobility in LA right now? We’ll talk about the transit revolution taking place in the city that the car built, the great disruptors behind it, and how city-makers turn the imaginary into reality.

Moderated by: Frances Anderton, KCRW
Featuring: Ashley Z. Hand, LA CoMotion; Francie Stefan, City of Santa Monica; and Daniel Sturges, College for Creative Studies (Detroit Michigan)

4:15-5:00 PM
Riding the Wave – Tools For Managing Disruption
When disruption is the new normal how do you stay ahead of the game – or at the least stay in it? A conversation about managing massive change.

Moderated by: Mallery Roberts Morgan, AD France and LALA Magazine
Featuring: Suze Yalof Schwartz, Unplug Meditation

5:00-6:00 PM
DIEM Champagne Reception

Make plans to join the design community at WestEdge 2017 by registering HERE.

The Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Ave
Santa Monica, CA
2017 September 12


5 Places to Work Remotely in the West Hollywood Design District

For all those freelancers, screenwriters, and artists in Los Angeles who have the freedom to work remotely, it can get a bit mundane setting up shop at home each day. Wouldn’t it be nice to sprawl out in a hidden oasis with free WiFi? Look no further than the West Hollywood Design District. We’ve got you covered! Check out our top spots to work remotely.

West Hollywood Library
The library is the classic quiet space to nestle up with your laptop and work. The WeHo library is clean, organized, and decked out in modern furniture. Enjoy plenty of natural light from the many wall to ceiling windows. Grab a spot with a grand view, looking over the Pacific Design Center, or you can even reserve a private room! You get 3 hours of free parking with validation. When leaving, don’t forget to check out the elaborate art murals on the parking structure by the famous Retna, Kenny Scharf, and Shepard Fairey.

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photo by @masonmhughes

Alfred Coffee & Kitchen
Step into Alfred Coffee for a chic atmosphere with wood walls and modern art featured by new artists every month. With the baristas toward the back of the shop a few steps down, you can distance yourself from the bustling Melrose Place shoppers, passing by for their daily caffeine fix. You will find plenty of fellow freelancers, collaborating on projects at the farm table or posted up on the patio with their pup. There is 2 hour metered street parking and I suggest you get a spot early.

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Photo by @alfred

Restoration Hardware
Once you are past the extravagant furniture and take the stairs up 3 flights past dozens of ornate gold framed mirrors, you have made it.  Prepare to be stunned by breathtaking panoramic views of the West Hollywood Design District. This 10,000sq ft rooftop park is complete with plants, shade canopies, and the most lavish lounge furniture around. Need a lunch break? Head down to Urth Caffe across the street and bring your food back up to the roof! With a soothing playlist in the backdrop, this hidden oasis is the perfect remote office. . There is plenty of metered street parking and free Wi-Fi.

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Photo by @collinclouds

Verve Coffee Roasters 
Verve is one big, bright space with plenty of seating options. Enjoy a cup of coffee outside on the great patio. Get there early and plant yourself by an outlet, as this is a popular spot with free WiFi. The super mellow vibes and stylish decor will keep you coming back.  You can find lots of metered street parking spaces.

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Photo by @vervecoffee

The Assembly
This minimalistic hipster haven is perfect to get your creative juices flowing. The shop has a Scandinavian aesthetic that is super Instagrammable. The Assembly has a great snacks and coffee for purchase as well as friendly staff. There is even an garden in the back with outdoor seating. With free WiFi and plenty of metered street parking, what more could you want?

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Photo by @theassemblycafe


Where do you love to work remotely? Tag us in your next Instagram @wehodesigndistrict.

2017 September 4


Summer to Fall: 3 Wines To Drink as the Seasons Change With Du Vin Wine & Spirits Founder René Averseng

Looking for a great bottle of wine for a special occasion, look no further than Du Vin Wine & Spirits.

Du Vin Wine & Spirits is a destination shop where customers regularly visit from across the US, Europe and Asia. This gem has been located in the West Hollywood Design District for nearly 40 years! Just around the corner from Zinquestep into a quaint gold mine for some of the best wine selections in Los Angeles.

The founder and proprietor of Du Vin Wine & Spirits, René Averseng, hails from France. His shop has remained in the same location for decades, housed in a turn of the 20th Century dwelling. At Du Vin, prepare to escape to Europe while finding quality wines at reasonable prices.

Enter down a brick driveway past the main residence and you will be greeted by an enclosed, secret garden, adorned with a fountain and luscious greenery. The windows of the shop are embellished with lace curtains, as glass doors welcome you to a fortress of wines from around the globe.

Each section of the shop is denoted for it’s region: Champagne, Bordeaux, Italy, Spain, California. While browsing the wine bins, have yourself a locally roasted espresso, exclusively available at Du Vin.

Du Vin is best known for its specialization in unique and hard-to-find European wines. While René sources the European wines, Du Vin’s fellow wine specialist, Robert, remains the California & Oregon authority.  

We touched base with René at his shop to gather his top recommendations for this time of year. Here are his selects of the best wines to drink as we transition from summer to fall in Southern California.

Pétale De Rosé, Provence  –  $15.99

Third generation winemaker Régine Sumeire, is one of the first female winemakers in Provence and the recipient of many accolades. She created “Pétale de Rosé,” made of two rosé cuvées, produced using a specific vinification process—unique in Provence—that results in a particularly pale “diaphanous” color of rosé. The taste is of raspberry (framboise), herbs and a crisp, lip-smacking finish.


Chill down and drink this rosé when the sky turns the same color as the wine in your glass!


Pieropan Soave,  Veneto, Italy –  $19.99

From the Veneto, the Soave Classico region of Italy. This is hands-down the most famed version of this wine. Made primarily from the local grape, Garganega, this is a pale yellow-gold wine with aromas of lemon blossoms, lime zest, and the minerality of rocks. Once you taste, the mood changes to a citrusy custard. Finishes dry and crisp.

Henri Bourgeois, Les Baronnes, Sancerre Rouge, Loire Valley, France  –  $ 24.99

Why should white and rosé wines have all the summer fun. From the area of France known for its romantic castles and estates comes this Red Wine ready to chill out your summer. This Pinot Noir has a luscious ruby color. Aromas of wild raspberry and Morello cherries, red fruits, rounded with soft tannins from both the grape skins and oak barrels.

2017 August 23


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


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


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


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


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: _______.




Photos by Natasha Lee

2017 July 27


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
West Hollywood Design District
Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard

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.


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.


“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.


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


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

West Hollywood Design District
Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2016 December 7
West Hollywood Design District
Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard

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!

Register for DIEM 2016

Curators: Mallery Roberts Morgan and Frances Anderton



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


 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


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


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,,, 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.

4 Tweens


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


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


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 



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



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.

West Hollywood Design District
Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2016 October 13

West Hollywood Design District
Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard

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.


“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


West Hollywood Design District
Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2016 September 7
West Hollywood Design District
Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard

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.



West Hollywood Design District
Melrose Avenue
Robertson Boulevard
Beverly Boulevard
2016 August 24