Everybody needs a little Personal Space—and it’s near Manhattan Beach Pier. In the heart of downtown on Manhattan Avenue, a lifestyle home store offering unique designer furniture and home accessories presents something different from the norm.
Owner Laurie Wiluan, who recently relocated to Manhattan Beach after 25 years in Singapore, is the founder and curator for the shop, Personal Space MB. She has a sharp eye for original design and importing designer wares from around the world, infusing a freshness into typical Southern California decor.
“My desire with Personal Space is to bring meaningful pieces from Asian designers and craftsmen to the community,“ shares Wiluan.
With a commitment to sourcing excellent design and a quality product, the boutique offers products of comfort and function that will also cause a reaction.
Take the rattan collection. Though rattan is familiar to beach communities, the collection here is completely reimagined. The Malya Oversize Chair is an incredible round indoor-outdoor cocoon-like chair that seats three people. Its striking features and curvilinear lines are sexy and original.
The Sedan, a classic armchair of leather and rattan, was designed exclusively by Singgih Kartono and completely handcrafted in Indonesia, on the island of Java, where rattan furniture has been made for hundreds of years. The shape is fresh with an island-meets-mid-century vibe.
Wiluan also carries a few collections of beautiful avant-garde dinnerware. The incredibly designed Full Moon Tableware Collection by Chaehoon Moon has an etched rough surface with a shiny alloy serving side.
The unique dinnerware—an authentic Korean bronze called Yugee (known as “The Material of Life”)—is rich and can fit well with any style. Interestingly, the use of alloy in Korean dinnerware is traditional because it has a strong antibacterial ability. “I’m half Korean and it is very common in our culture to use alloy and certain metals in our tableware,” Wiluan explains.
Along with an extensive repertoire of beautiful, streamlined furniture, Personal Space MB also offers almost abstract-like shelving and eco-friendly recycled rugs and floor pillows. “I love working with designers and companies that are conscious of the raw materials they use,” explains Wiluan.
“For example, Ong Cen Kuang creates the most amazing lamps, some of his most famous ones are made out of zipper material.” Great gift items are available too, like cashmere throws, quirky products such as a bamboo rocking horse and beautiful jewelry by Simone Chen for both men and women, and created exclusively for Personal Space MB. With a collection of curated, consciously crafted items that one does not find everywhere, Personal Space MB is something truly special.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF PERSONAL SPACE
Written by Wendy Bowman
The eye-catching octagonal structure at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier, Roundhouse Aquarium has been the star of several movies—from the original Point Break to Starsky & Hutch. It’s also served as the site of free environmental and oceanographic programs for countless L.A. schoolchildren. Now the 96-year-old building is undergoing a much-needed transformation, with the Harrison Greenberg Foundation Beautification Project set to restore, redesign and modernize the popular attraction.
“It has been over 15 years since any renovations have taken place on the Roundhouse Facility, and like any structure near the ocean, there are repairs and updates needed on the equipment to keep it in working condition,” says Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers and the Harrison Greenberg Foundation, who is spearheading the renovation efforts in honor of his 19-year-old son Harrison, a South Bay resident who passed away in 2015. “The time is now to make it a state-of- the-art facility that the community will be proud of.”
While the exterior of the aquarium will remain the same, the Beautification Project aims to modernize the building’s 2,000-square-foot interior with state-of-the-art equipment, experimental learning stations, multimedia visuals, and new exhibits and experiences. Expect a new entrance on the east side of the building that leads to a kelp forest complete with multimedia panels displaying sights and sounds of the Pacific. A goldfish tank, an exhibit space and a children’s discovery nook will highlight an updated and enlarged mezzanine—all with ocean views at every turn.
Architecture firm Cambridge Seven Associates—best known for the New England, Tennessee and Baltimore National aquariums—will design the new environs for the Roundhouse Aquarium, which is owned and operated by the City of Manhattan Beach and Oceanographic Teaching Stations. Construction is expected to start early next year, with the new facility slated to open in June 2018. To help jumpstart the project, the Harrison Greenberg Foundation has committed $1.25 million to a $3.5 million capital campaign.
“The Beautification Project is all about polishing the diamond already out there at the end of the pier,” says Greenberg. “The new Roundhouse interiors will bring a state-of-the-art aquarium and teaching facility to Manhattan Beach and the surrounding communities; it will be a great source of pride to the community.”
PHOTOGRAPH: RENDERING COURTESY OF CAMBRIDGE SEVEN ASSOCIATES
AQUATIC ROUNDHOUSE AQUARIUM
Manhattan Beach Pier
Photo Courtesy of Silicon Bay Development
A spectacular contemporary single-family home can be found at 212 16th Street. Set on adjacent walk streets, with sweeping ocean views from Malibu to Palos Verdes. The home features exterior brick imported from Denmark, Kolbe Vista Luxe doors and windows, Lutron Light system, complete Home Automation, Automatic Drapery and Shades, Miele Appliances, and imported stone throughout. It is only steps from The Strand and Downtown Manhattan Beach. It is one of the many captivating projects out of Silicon Bay Development. 212 16th Street is planned for an expected completion of Summer 2018.
Silicon Bay Development | 1300 Highland Ave #102, Manhattan Beach, Ca 90266 | (310) 546-1010
Written by Alisha Henson | Renderings Courtesy of The Puccini Group for Cambria LAX
Meticulously designed for a personalized and illustrious experience, Cambria hotel—152 lavish guestrooms and suites—boasts a modern and upscale aesthetic, the latest innovations in technology, and is within close proximity to LAX, Dockweiler Beach, and Manhattan Beach Pier. Tailored for an individual experience, each room features trendy bluetooth audio enabled bathroom mirrors, an interactive roomioTV streaming service, and high-quality Wi-fi bandwith. “Cambria hotel is a game changer,” says Drew Berry, General Manager of Cambria hotel and suites – LAX. “We’re overly enthused to be the 1st Cambria hotel on the West Coast.”
Written by Michelle Lyn | Photography Courtesy of Two Guns Espresso
The Goat Hill shopping center got a dose of modernity when two New Zealand natives set up shop in the aging, old western-style building. Andrew “Stan” Stanisich and Craig Oram spruced up the timeworn space making it light and airy, and decided to call it Two Guns Espresso. For coffee aficionados, Two Guns was a welcome addition to the South Bay, and a strong local following has allowed Stanisich and Oman to expand their footprint from the flagship store at Goat Hill to include an outpost in the Roundhouse at the end of the Manhattan Beach pier, and another located in Downtown L.A.
Their signature drink is the ‘flat white,’ a coffee beverage said to originate in either Australia or New Zealand (depending on who you ask) in the 1980s. Simply put, it consists of two shots of espresso covered with velvety steamed milk, or micro-foam, minus the froth. Serving breakfast all day and lunch until 3pm, Two Guns has quickly become a local favorite, churning out authentic coffee drinks with an international touch.
TWO GUNS ESPRESSO
350 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Manhattan Beach
310.318.2537 | TwoGunsEspresso.com