Built in 1926, the Richard J. Riordan Central Library offers one of the most interesting plotlines in Los Angeles, starting in 1872 with the launch of the library system, and featuring chapters where the library is the focus of a nationally important preservation battle during the 1960s and ‘70s that led to the founding of the Los Angeles Conservancy, and a showplace for significant works of art.
The story is one worth telling in large part because of characters like librarian Mary Jones, who, when the library outgrew its space in the 1889 city hall, drew up enthusiastically received plans for a new one.
But City Librarian was a patronage not a Civil Service job, so Ms. Jones, though incredibly competent, could be fired, and was.
She was replaced by the politically well-connected literary figure Charles Fletcher Lummis. Outraged, local feminists and influential women’s groups withdrew their support and the project stalled.
Still bound and determined to get their books, folks found variations of the library in various downtown commercial buildings downtown, “including at one point on two floors in Hamburger’s, the city’s first department store,” says Los Angeles Public Library docent Kenon Breazeale.
In 1911, the city received a $210,000 Carnegie gift [and] began building branch libraries, but complicated political wrangling delayed the creation of a Central Library until the early 1920s.
Architect Bertram Goodhue devised the new master plan, departing from traditional styles of the time to work with more modern—early Art Deco—ideas.
“The library’s combination of modern design and a very traditional art form—architectural sculpture—makes it unique,” says Beazeale.
“Goodhue was one of the last American architects to believe that important public buildings need important sculpture to articulate their function for the larger world. . . architectural modernism was eliminating decoration from the exterior of buildings in favor of industrial materials and purely functional design.
Little remains of Goodhue’s original grounds; much of it was eliminated to accommodate the new Tom Bradley Wing.
Maguire Gardens is best considered a reproduction of Goodhue’s original landscape/hardscape, reworked by Lawrence Halprin and Douglas and Regula Campbell, with several important public artworks.
Art and letters, art and architecture—these convergences continue to make Central Library a cultural touchstone in L.A. and a tribute to one of the most monumental institutions in America, the library itself.
The Central Library is one of the final major public buildings constructed in the U.S. to utilize full-scale sculptural decoration.
Free walk-in library tours offered Monday through Friday at 12:30 PM, Saturday at 11AM-2PM, Sunday at 2 PM. No reservations needed. Meet at the lower-level bookstore. lapl.org
Photographs: courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library (current) and Security Pacific Bank Collection/Los Angeles Public Library (historic)
This custom Manhattan Beach home is a real classic, showcasing the ideal coastal lifestyle and plenty of room for a large family
Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of Paul Jonason
This classically beautiful Mediterranean-style home in the prestigious and sought-after Hill section of Manhattan Beach personifies the ultimate coastal lifestyle—from its easy jaunt to the beach to a backyard spacious enough for a pool, outdoor kitchen or simple Zen garden. “This is the ultimate beach home,” says Ed Kaminsky of Strand Hill/Christie’s International Real Estate, who is listing the stunning abode at 701 N. Dianthus Street for $3.195 million. “It is close enough to enjoy the beach and fantastic shops and restaurants year-round, without dealing with traffic.
You could walk to the beach, all of the restaurants on Sepulveda are nearby, and downtown Manhattan Beach is either a nice stroll or short bike ride away. “There’s also plenty of room to spread out after a long day, or to enjoy a cocktail and the sunset from your backyard or balcony,” he adds. With the stroke of a paintbrush, the new homeowner even has the ability to alter the house’s exterior and interior hues with relative ease.
“The entire look of the home can be changed to meet your personal style,” says Kaminsky, who has rendered images of its façade to depict the popular white color scheme splashed across the pages of today’s designer magazines, more reminiscent of a Santa Barbara Mission or Spanish touch. “This could be accomplished for less than $10,000, or you could leave the existing color, which has a Tuscan feel,” Kaminsky says. “The owner has also changed some of the colors on the inside, lightening the appearance to today’s more coastal colors.”
Crafted in 2005 by notable South Bay high-end custom builders Mike Zivec and Rick Farnham, the three-level home features more than 3,000 square feet of finely-honed living space highlighted by vaulted beamed ceilings, custom stonework, designer lighting and rich, wide-plank hardwood flooring throughout. The home’s free-flowing, open floor plan downstairs features a guest bedroom that also could be converted into an office space. A large gourmet kitchen is anchored by a sizable center island, stainless steel appliances and opens to formal dining and living areas, as well as a welcoming family room with a cozy fireplace. Stepping outside, a massive 5,204-square-foot lot offers a private, sunny, west-facing backyard with mature trees, a grassy lawn perfect for kids and pets, and a peaceful pergola with a sitting area and fireplace.
The upstairs is rife with bright, naturally lit environs and four bedrooms—including a gorgeous master suite with a sitting area boasting a fireplace, a balcony and a relaxing spa-like bathroom, along with a guest room with a private bath and two additional guestrooms that share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. A convenient laundry room with a sink and plentiful storage space also is located on this upper level.
“This home is beautiful both inside and out, and there is a great flow from the front of the home all the way to the back,” says Kaminsky. “The floor plan is what today’s home buyers are looking for, with the family room and kitchen facing the backyard, ideal for both entertaining guests and monitoring the kids and family.” Upping the home’s customization factor even further is an oversized garage with space for three cars and a bonus room/office area that could also be used to create additional space for a four-car garage. “Because of the slope of the lot, the builder was able to tuck the garage under the home,” adds Kaminsky.
“This allows not only for a larger garage, but also for the entire house to be pulled toward the front of the lot to create a much larger backyard and also give a phenomenal elevation by creating the look of a three-story home. “It really comes down to value,” continues Kaminsky. “There are very similar homes that have sold for more money, and if someone wants to make a few style adjustments to suit their own tastes, there is an opportunity to do that and still be in at a great value. This home has a fantastic floor plan, a large backyard and is ideally located in the prime Hill section; that combo for $3.2 million is a rare find. Homes like this in the Hill section have recently sold between $3.7 and $3.9 million, making this a great opportunity for adding future value.”
One thing’s for certain, while this home is the perfect beach abode as is, there could still be a Manhattan Beach masterpiece just waiting to be realized.
Written by Abigail Stone | Photography Courtesy of Paul Jonason
Presented by: Santiago Arana, The Agency
List Price: $30,000,000
Brentwood, which runs as far south as Wilshire Boulevard, is ideally situated to enjoy the creme de la creme of Los Angeles. Here, you’ll find some of the city’s best public and private schools, the popular Brentwood Country Club, dozens of fine restaurants (where regulars quickly become family) and plenty of trendy boutiques. With the 405 on its eastern border and the 10 on its southern border, the entire city is within easy driving distance of almost everything.
In fact, for many, Brentwood is the very definition of living well in Los Angeles. Within this enclave, the streets north of Sunset that wind up through the Santa Monica Mountains are the setting for many of the area’s most coveted properties. Of these is a lower Tigertail address considered among the most prestigious. It’s here that Santiago Arana and David Herskowitz of Cutting Edge Development, Inc. created one of the most vibrant homes currently on the market.
Pooling their combined experience in the luxury home market, Arana (who has the distinction of being named the premier agent west of the 405, fourth in California, and 11th in the country by The Wall Street Journal, as well as an elite top agent five years in a row by both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety) and Herskowitz (who has built homes all over the area, including that of E! host Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill) incorporated everything one might wish for in a new build.
From quality materials and craftsmanship to five-star amenities, like a 10-car garage, pool, roof deck, elevator, front and back staircase, and service entrance, this eight-bedroom and 11-bath house easily tips over the line from outright beautiful to downright breathtaking.
Of course, a great home begins with a great location. Perched above nearby houses and accessible via a long majestic driveway, the home offers stunning, unobstructed views from each of its three levels.
Here, sight lines to the ocean and Catalina. There, an outlook of Downtown L.A. and Century City’s glittering towers. Every space—from the expansive roof deck, to the lushly landscaped backyard, to the bedrooms, to the courtyard at the top of the driveway— seems to frame a view tailor-made for sharing on Instagram.
“From quality materials and craftsmanship to five-star amenities … this eight-bedroom and 11-bath house easily tips over the line from outright beautiful to downright breathtaking.”
A home of this magnitude is often the setting for lavish parties, so Arana and Herskowitz have designed it with grand and frequent entertaining in mind, from casual parties to black-tie events. You might welcome guests at the front door and send them upstairs to the roof deck via the home’s elevator to enjoy aperitifs while the sun struts its daily drama; then, when its descent into the Pacific is complete, direct them down to the dining room for a sophisticated, chef-prepared supper.
The kitchen is outfitted with everything a professional might need to serve up a sumptuous feast, including two Sub-Zero refrigerators, multiple dishwashers and a capacious marble island, ideal for rolling out pastries. No worries if guests linger over a course. Warming ovens and an entire walk-in refrigerator area in the pantry ensure that every morsel is maintained at the ideal temperature. A wine cellar holds over 140 bottles and a butler’s pantry keeps behind-the-scenes preparations hidden from view.
If informal entertaining is on the calendar, consider an afternoon barbecue by the pool. There’s plenty of room for lounging on the large lawn and enjoying the afternoon rays. Sun-shy guests can escape the heat and still feel a part of the party, hanging out in the den that abuts the exterior. Later, when most of the guests have said their good-byes and only the inner circle remains, invite them downstairs for a cocktail.
A full bar is the centerpiece of the lower entertainment level. The moniker “game room” seems too diminutive for this expansive space, while “recreation room” seems too archaic a term to christen an area that boasts not only a state-of-the-art gaming system with a larger-than-life monitor, but also a ventilated cigar room; screening room; sauna, steam and massage room; gym; and more than enough TVs for watching multiple games at once.
Thoughtfully, Arana and Herskowitz have even provided a full-size regulation pool table. A laundry room, complete with two washers, two dryers and a pet bath, as well as two fully finished suites, ideal for live-in assistance, makes up the rest of this floor.
The third floor houses the bedrooms, including the spectacular master suite. There are few luxury hotel rooms in the world that can rival its amenities.
A fireplace, sitting area and vast deck that mimics the sweeping view of the ocean and downtown seen from the main floor are expected. What’s not: his and her dressing and powder room areas. His, which includes a spacious steam shower, also features abundant room for an extensive sneaker collection and sports equipment, as well as a full year’s worth of both casual and formal clothing.
Her quarters are even more generous. A freestanding spa tub sets the tone, harkening back to a time when getting dressed was a lesson in self-care. Smart glass windows, which frost at the touch of a button, offer an extra note of privacy during morning ministrations while a built-in vanity and a closet rivaling the finest boutique in Beverly Hills astounds. Created by Häfele, the foremost name in closet design, it includes sophisticated details from cold storage for furs to soft close drawers and closet lifts.
In a house of this caliber, where even the most mundane details have been created with meticulous care, such luxury is a given. You expect the best in life. Why should you expect anything less in your home?
With four bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and 18,000 square feet, the Omni Group’s newest high-rise at LEVEL Furnished Living, is said to be an entertainer’s dream. As the most expensive luxury penthouse in the Los Angeles market, this well appointed and fully furnished penthouse is set to transform high-end residential living in downtown Los Angeles. “This is an exclusive opportunity for a high-rise lifestyle above any other in L.A.,” shares Javier Cepeda, Regional Vice President of LEVEL Los Angeles.
Set atop LEVEL’s 34th and 35th floors, with 13-ft floor to ceiling windows, and a panoramic view of all of Los Angeles, this sprawling floorplan offers two formal dining rooms, an oversized living room, family room, a lounge with full bar set up, and four separate kitchens – each equipped with gourmet Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. Prominently wrapping this spectacular home is 8,000 square feet of unparalleled outdoor living space. “Downtown LA has been reimagined as a chic new hub for culture and entertainment. For this reason, the penthouse has been meticulously and lavishly designed for someone aspiring for more than the modern conveniences. You won’t find anything else like it in LA,” says Cepeda.
It’s located at 888 Olive in Downtown LA’s South Park neighborhood where there is an artful blend between a luxury lifestyle and a boutique hotel.
The developers of Beverly Hills’ newest luxury boutique apartment complex like to think that they have thought of everything a sophisticated tenant could possibly desire when it comes to a world-class living experience. A lobby beckoning visitors and residents to sit and relax by the fireplace and flat-screen TV. A garden terrace that calls for a relaxing coffee break. A rooftop terrace ideal for sunbathing with friends and taking in the sweeping views of the city. An on-site business lounge to forego a busy commute. And, a fitness center rife with cutting-edge equipment. There’s even a gated dog run and grooming center, not to mention a wealth of stylish and spacious floorplans finished with modern touches of concrete, wood, steel and glass.
“From the start, we knew this property was going to be special,” says Craig Berberian, founder and managing partner of L.A.- based Empire Property Group, the project’s developer. “We always strive to balance luxury and convenience with great design. It’s about more than just having a prime location; we have a passion for building boutique luxury residences, focusing on the details and catering to our residents’ lifestyles.”
Found at 9265 Burton Way—in the heart of Beverly Hills, next to the Viceroy L’Ermitage Hotel and within walking distance of the area’s high-end shops and boutiques—the new Levin-Morris Architects-designed development will feature more than 39,000 square feet of residential space, with prices starting at $5,800 per month. Included is more 23 units—a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments, plus a trio of penthouses—ranging from 975 to 2,360 square feet. Construction began in spring 2015 was completed in September 2017, with the building already half-leased and occupied. Eleven spacious floorplans are available, complete with wide-plank wood flooring, soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows; open-concept kitchens, dining and living spaces; master bedrooms featuring customizable walk-in closets and spa-like baths; private balconies and terraces; and keyless-entry and alarm systems. Among the amenities: the aforementioned rooftop terrace boasting a retractable trellis, dog run, gaming area, plentiful areas for relaxing and sunbathing, as well as two levels of parking with access to electric charging stations, storage and guest parking.
“We focus on balancing luxury and convenience with thoughtful design,” says Berberian. “Our goal is to provide our residents with a truly exceptional living experience, and we’re excited to finally share this completed project with the community. This property is special; there is nothing quite like it.”
EMPIRE AT BURTON WAY
9265 BURTON WAY
LOS ANGELES, CA 90210
310.820.0066 | EMPIREATBW.COM
Fashion tycoon and film producer Sidney Kimmel and his wife, Caroline, have listed the former Johnny Carson estate in Malibu for sale at $81.5 million.
The longtime “Tonight Show” host, who died in 2005 at 79, bought the Point Dume estate in 1984 for about $9.5 million, The Times previously reported, and owned the property for more than two decades. The Kimmels acquired the home and two adjacent parcels from Carson’s widow, Alexis, in 2007 for about $46 million.
The estate, on a bluff of slightly more than 4 acres, centers on a modern showplace designed and built in 1978 by Malibu architect Ed Niles. Its 7,083 square feet include a living room with a copper-and-glass sunken fireplace, an updated kitchen, a media room and a wine cellar. A 30-foot-high glass ceiling filters natural light in the indoor arboretum.
Chris Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker and Linda May of Hilton & Hyland hold the listing.
Written by Abigail Stone | Photography Courtesy of Paul Jonason
It’s true that Los Angeles County offers many beautiful homes. Whether you’re looking for a beachside condo or a woodland cabin, its vast terrain contains something for everyone. For discerning buyers, however, the list shrinks considerably; true luxury demands that elusive combination of location and amenities that dovetail to facilitate one’s lifestyle. The ideal home must be within easy driving distance of work and the best that the city has to offer, from multi-star restaurants to world-class museums, beautiful beaches to wild hills. For frequent travelers, a swift commute to the airport is a necessity. It should offer an elegant setting for opulent entertaining on a grand scale and amenities such as a butler’s pantry, a pool and spa, housekeeper’s quarters, and parking for at least three cars too. It must be private and secluded. If security is a prime concern, a gated community is best. Suddenly, the inventory of available properties dwindles to a trickle. Throw in the desire for a stunning view of the water and only a handful of homes remain. Of these, 16300 Shadow Mountain stands out as exemplary.
Located in the desirable Ridgeview Country Estates, just west and north of Pacific Palisades, the home is situated close to the top of a beautifully landscaped winding road whose every turn seems to ease the stress of daily living. The exclusive gated community, one of a small fraction in the area, includes only 46 homes, each custom built, with two guard gate entrances, one at Bienveda Avenue and the other at Shadow Mountain Drive, ensuring access from both the east and west side of Los Angeles.
Architect Dan Lang, whose motto is “elevating experience in daily life,” put that credo to work when he created this house, one of few in this exclusive neighborhood whose design offers panoramic ocean views, front and center. It’s there, framed across the vast living room, from the moment you step inside the more than 7,000-square-foot property. You find it while relaxing in the master bathroom’s soaking tub; and again in one of the bedrooms. It’s visible from across the elegant terrace and from the stepped garden, whose vineyard slopes down the hillside, culminating in a large grassy plain that offers a space for sunbathing or perhaps a bocce ball or tennis court. And, of course, it’s the mesmerizing focal point of the family room and the grand living room.
It’s a home that impressed agent Cindy Ambuehl of The Agency, who quickly grabbed the listing. “Rarely,” she says, “do you find a home of this quality in a 24-hour guard gated community that also boasts sprawling views from the Palisades vineyard to Catalina island. This home offers luxury and serenity in an A-plus location.”
Befitting a home created in the modern Mediterranean style, sunlight suffuses its spacious interior. Melded with the imposing 31-foot height ceiling and the open-concept design of the first floor, the first impression is one of elegance and grandeur, a feeling the home’s details reinforce. There’s the beautifully balanced exterior with its arched doorway. A spiral staircase gracefully that swirls up from the entryway to the second floor. A row of Italian marble columns that not only elegantly define the boundaries between the front entry and the living room, but also create a gently arched arcade that steers one towards the other rooms on this floor. Tucked into the spacious corner to the left of the front entrance, a library lacquered in a deep and vibrant emerald green takes its cues from those in aristocratic English country estates. Gracefully arched windows, built-in shelves and a grand fireplace produce a sumptuous and regal setting that elevates the home office. There’s a family room/den, a spacious spot for watching television or casual entertaining. Boasting a long bar and plenty of space for a long sectional, you’d be hard pressed to find a better backdrop for a Super Bowl Sunday party.
With its gracious proportions, this home was designed with lavish grand-scale entertaining in mind. For a serious business dinner, there’s the dining room to the right of the entryway. More casual events might suggest brunch or supper al fresco on the large patio that stretches across the back of the house. And the terraced back garden is a dramatic locale for a charity event. Certainly with its impeccable views up and down the coastline, from Santa Monica to Malibu, a New Year’s party is a must, whether it’s a sit-down dinner for 200 or a cocktail party for twice that amount. The chef’s kitchen is certainly well equipped for a crowd, enviable not only for its design, which brings a beautiful rhythm to cooking, but also for its rare Brazilian blue lapis granite countertops, creating a sensual setting.
Upstairs, the private rooms are equally opulent. The master bedroom flaunts sweeping dual walk-in closets and a secluded master balcony; the master bathroom is oriented towards the sweeping panorama. Three other en-suite bedrooms feature similar luxuries. And as to be expected in a house of this caliber, there’s a separate space, complete with a pullman kitchen, ideal for live-in assistance. It might also function as a mother-in-law suite or place for extended-stay guests.
Sometimes, especially on the weekends, while sitting on the terrace and reading the paper, you have to remind yourself that you’re not in the secluded Tuscan countryside but in Los Angeles, a city of more than 10 million people. If this is what they must mean by having the best of both worlds, you’ll take it.
CINDY AMBUEHL OF THE AGENCY
424.321.4947 | LIST PRICE $8,750,000
Written by Wendy Bowman
Building resilient communities is high on the agenda at the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2017 Fall Meeting, set for Oct. 23-26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The gathering—which unites internationally renowned land-use and urban-development experts for four days of networking and education—will focus on various issues such as housing affordability, gentrification and social equity, technology advancements and demographic shifts, as well as DTLA’s resurgence as a highly sought-after place to live and work.
“ULI’S FALL MEETING IS A MUST-ATTEND EVENT FOR PEOPLE AT ALL STAGES OF THEIR REAL ESTATE CAREERS, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO ARE NOT DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN REAL ESTATE BUT WHOSE WORK AFFECTS OR IS AFFECTED BY REAL ESTATE.”
The event, expected to draw more than 6,500 industry leaders from around the globe, will feature a different focus each day. Among the highlights: tours of some of the metro area’s most innovative developments (Monday, Oct. 23); lessons learned from experts in the real estate industry and beyond (Tuesday, Oct. 24); and industry trends, including what’s next for the residential, hospitality, office, industrial and retail sectors, as well as the impact of driverless transportation technology on all property types (Wednesday, Oct. 25). On Thursday, Oct. 26, real estate “deal day” will feature the chance to explore and initiate development projects and to share best practices in the art of making deals.
Also of note is the impressive lineup of speakers, including NBA basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, chairman and CEO of the investment conglomerate Magic Johnson Enterprises; Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan; and globally renowned architect Frank Gehry, designer of L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Findings from ULI and PwC’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2018 survey also will be discussed during a general session spotlighting the most favorable markets for investment and development in the coming year. (Last year, L.A. ranked fifth out of more than 75 markets.) “ULI’s Fall Meeting is a must-attend event for people at all stages of their real estate careers, as well as those who are not directly involved in real estate but whose work affects or is affected by real estate,” says Boyd. “There is no better place for sharing knowledge, ideas and lessons learned about creating communities that are resilient, prosperous and livable.”
Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography Courtesy of SCG America
Once a street struggling to survive, Broadway is back and better than ever. Now adding to the historic thoroughfare’s resurgence is the first new large-scale development in more than a century. Named PerLA—Spanish for pearl—the $300 million, 35-story CallisonRTKL-designed condo, residential and business tower promises to be an extravagant and stylish discovery in the heart of the city, much like the precious gem found in an oyster.
“Under Bringing Back Broadway—a recently completed 10-year initiative spearheaded by City Councilman José Huizar—the area has experienced a surge in new development,” says Hamid Behdad of developer SCG America. “This project will be a catalyst for further redevelopment in the neighborhood, as well as an integral part of [the] plan to revive this historic corridor. The project will also finally fill a void in the market by catering to first-time millennial homebuyers.”
Situated at 400 S. Broadway St., on the corner of 4th Street—on a .85-acre parcel that previously held 1980’s-era retail storefronts—PerLA on Broadway will offer 7,000 square feet of ground level retail and commercial space, as well as 450 residential condo units ranging from 400 to 1,300 square feet, priced from the mid-$400,000s. Groundbreaking was held in late September, with the project slated for completion in 2020. Presales are set to begin in spring 2018.
Expect contemporary Hirsch Bedner Associates-designed environs that recall the area’s historic roots, replete with textured metal screens inspired by the ornate wrought-iron grilles and vintage railings of adjacent historic buildings complemented by modern materials, technologies and finishes. Yet other highlights include a lavish lobby boasting intricate art-deco details (such as a floating registration desk finished with a deep-rich lacquered green), along with a four-story, sky-lit atrium holding a fitness center, yoga/Pilates rooms, media room and WeWork office spaces.
“HBA’s finish selections incorporate creative ways to utilize classical materials in a contemporary application,” says HBA associate Richard Tennill. “Luxurious veined marbles laid in a playful manner share the space of the lobby with textural painted corrugated metal panels expanding the full height of the space. Rich wood floors fold up the walls to create a wainscot element, which in instances, creates a ledge or hides warm LED up-lighting. Patterned tiles create graphic repetition in an art-deco manner, yet with a contemporary look.”
Other standouts at PerLA on Broadway: 48,000 square feet of outdoor space spanning the roofs of the lower podium and tower. There one will find a pool deck offering sweeping views of the city; decks and kitchens; cabana lounges and seating areas; and fire pits and grilling areas. There’s even a dog walk, complete with an owner’s lounge and grooming station.
PERLA ON BROADWAY
400 S. BROADWAY ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90013
Written by Jenn Thornton | Photography Courtesy of WestEdge Design Fair
Now in its fifth year, the WestEdge Design Fair in Santa Monica is, much like the design scene in Los Angeles itself, expansive and exciting—a bastion of what’s new and what’s next. For the Oct. 19-22 design extravaganza, this means more than 150 exhibitors, visited by throngs of design enthusiasts, during a weekend of inspired events.
“SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, AND L.A. IN PARTICULAR, HAS SUCH AN UNEXPECTED AND EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF DESIGN TALENT RIGHT NOW.” – Co-founders Megan Reilly and Troy Hanson
One predicts a sweeping scene—particularly as WestEdge co-founders, Megan Reilly and Troy Hanson, have commandeered the vast Barker Hangar to hold the event, which will require all 35,000 square feet of the venue to accommodate its ongoing swell in event participation (some 95 percent, in exhibitors, and more than 100 percent, in turnout, since its inception). Though an atypical setting for a “tradeshow,” no ordinary convention center will do for a design fair that is anything but. As Reilly and Hanson see it, the combination of sunny California weather and historic shelter “blends together a perfect casual, cool vibe with great design and creative people who do amazing work”—designers, influencers and makers staging their wares and sharing their insight.
While some WestEdge happenings are returning for another run, including the Opening Night Party benefitting Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, where attendees of the Oct. 19 bash can preview and shop one-of-a-kind pieces of artist-created luggage at the Samsonite-sponsored Street Art Auction, there also will be the DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and the Thrive Tribe Foundation auction featuring bespoke wine buckets by two dozen artists and designers.
Also fresh for WestEdge this year is DIEM: TALKS DESIGN. Presented in partnership with Architectural Digest, LALA, and the West Hollywood Design District, the daylong symposium featuring KCRW’s Frances Anderton and writer and designer Mallery Roberts Morgan will explore the theme “EVERYTHING IS DISRUPTED” to foster conversation about the shifts in our social and physical landscape. New too is the Milk Stand, a Design Milk pop-up with modern design merch, from home décor to architectural-inspired jewelry. The buzzy design blog host is also presenting one of WestEdge’s featured areas, MADE:MODERN, which will highlight the work of independent designers while fostering a coveted meet-and-greet between makers and attendees, allowing the former to share the stories behind their products that one can also purchase.
Design lovers will find no shortage of spaces for socializing, including the Indoor Lounge, sponsored by Foscarini, Bolon and the Botanicals Wallpaper Collection by Resource Furniture; Outdoor Lounge backed by Juniper House in collaboration with the Venus Williams’ helmed V Starr Interiors and offering cocktails, gaming tables and outdoor grilling; and the Culinary Pavilion, serving up culinary demos and tastings.
“Southern California, and L.A. in particular, has such an unexpected and extraordinary amount of design talent right now,” say Reilly and Hanson. “There is no doubt that L.A. is now a major focus of attention within these categories for the trade, press and design-savvy consumers, and we’re extremely fortunate to drive the conversation forward through all that WestEdge offers.”
Written by Alisha Henson | Photography Courtesy of Steve Magner
As part of the brand’s expansion in the Western Region, the leading luxury real estate brokerage represents one of 21 locations in California and will help to better accommodate Elliman’s top roster of agents to service home buyers and sellers within the Malibu area. “As the coastal jewel of Los Angeles, Malibu attracts a sophisticated, high-end clientele and we are excited to join the Malibu community,” says Stephen Kotler, CEO of the Western Region for Douglas Elliman. “With offices now in Brentwood, Pacific Palisades Manhattan Beach, Santa Barbara, and Carmel the opening of a Malibu office is in sync with Elliman’s commitment to being the leading real estate brokerage on the West Coast,” continues Kotler.