LA for Design Devotees
From its Mid-Century archi marvels to its avant-luxe retail and swish see-and-be-scene dining, LA is the ultimate mecca for devotees of all things design. Here, LUXE rounds up the perfect pursuits for a day of designer dreaminess…
Discerning (and well-endoughed) nest-featherers should flock to LA’s two most exclusive home hideouts. Casa Perfect is minimal-meets-high-impact furniture label The Future Perfect's first LA outpost, a hush-hush, appointment-only boutique and creative hub for designers. Located in a chic 1950s home-turned-showroom in the WeHo Hills, it’s a new private shopping experience which will appeal to lovers of contemporary design, decorative arts and interiors.
Or, serene, discreet, intimate, expertly curated homeware and womenswear ‘store’ The Apartment by The Line is akin to wandering into someone’s home... a very elegant and refined someone at that. Are you the homeowner who has everything? Well, The Line may just prove you wrong. These gimlet-eyed globetrotters have rounded up a stash of hard-to-find goodies you never even knew you needed, although it’s the exquisitely placed furniture and decor bobs – such as Tenfold’s Pollock-esque paint-splattered ceramics, Danish Architect Made’s stacking trays, and a Mid-Century-esque glass coffee table by Fritz Hansen – that will have you grabbing for your credit card.
Vava-vintage more your bag? One-of-a-kind warehouse, MidcenturyLA, packs more high-quality Scandi-sourced furniture, lighting and decor than you can shake a Danish pastry at. Think 12,000 square feet of drool-worthy movables by renowned designers like Hans Wegner, Erik Buck, Arne Norell, and Johannes Andersen.
Anyone worth their design credentials will know that LA’s art exhib of the year has already kicked off at The Broad. She of the red wig, wall-to-wall polka dot and giant fruit fame is responsible for The Broad’s first visiting special exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors (21 Oct – 1 Jan), the most significant North American tour of the Japanese artist’s work in nearly two decades. Unsurprisingly, advance tickets have sold out, so rock up early for limited first-come, first-served entry on the day.
Or archi buffs might want to make time for Schindler House, a pitch-perfect example of a low-slung, concrete Modernist LA residence, the 1922 home of architect R.M. Schindler (designed with creative input from his wife). Originally designed for two families living a la commune, peepers peeled for the sleeping solutions – ergo floating baskets.
Finally, slink into the opening of the year, Steve Samson’s Rossoblu. If this Italian stallion doesn’t get your design pulse racing, nothing will. Gawp at the Da Vinci-esque full-wall mural, on-trend pendant lighting, and black marble open kitchen or kick back on the ample patio for handmade pastas and signature grill thrills like steak and suckling pig.Casa Perfect / West Hollywood Hills / +1 877 388 7373 / by appt only / address on request / thefutureperfect.com
The Apartment by The Line / 2/F / 8463 Melrose Pl / +1 323 746 5056 / 10am-6pm daily / theline.com
MidcenturyLA / 5333 Cahuenga Blvd / +1 818 509 3050 / 10am-5pm daily / midcenturyla.com
Yayoi Kusama / The Broad / 221 S Grand Ave / +1 213 232 6200 / Tue-Sun / thebroad.org
Schindler House / 835 N Kings Rd / +1 323 651 1510 / 11am-6pm Wed-Sun / makcenter.org
Rossoblu / 1124 San Julian St / +1 213 749 1099 / dinner daily / rossoblula.com