2015 Legends Windows at the La Cienega Design Quarter
This year’s Legends event at the La Cienega Design Quarter has come and gone, but not without more than its fair share of memorable moments. Legends, now in its seventh year, has become one of the most enthusiastically anticipated design events of year and is often referred to as the fashion week of design where design editors, designers, and design aficionados flock to the streets of the La Cienega Design Quarter to celebrate design. Although much of what is talked about are the 3 days of design panels highlighting the who’s who of design, the power lunches, and the many cocktail parties, one of the events I look forward to each year is the unveiling of the LCDQ Legends windows that line the streets of the La Cienega Design Quarter. Each year the windows of the LCDQ members are decorated to reflect a common theme, and this year’s theme was “Where Muses Dwell”. Celebrated designers from around the country presented their muse or inspiration by decorating 67 LCDQ member showrooms, and or the first time, the editors, LCDQ ambassadors, and general public were able to vote on their favorite windows via an online voting poll and the results are in:
The People’s Choice
In his window for Fuller and Roberts, Designer Jeff Andrews showcased a pair of #852 chairs from his recently unveiled collection, Jeff Andrews for A. Rudin. These two chairs, along with Ralph Lauren mirrors are surrounded by a sea of yellow tape measures on all sides. Equally as thought provoking as it was captivating to the eye from both near and far, it is no wonder why Andrews’ window was selected as the People’s Choice award.
Words from Ken Fulk, designer of Therien’s window, whose inspiration was The Movie Inside My Head : “I have an imaginary reel going on in my head whenever I start a project, I can see the “movie” of it in my head before anything else comes together…This swirling tornado represents the creative process…” Fulk’s dizzying yet intriguing depiction of his creative process truly shows his imagination at work.
The Ambassador’s Choice
Sam Allen was inspired by the the color blue and the rich and vibrant colors of Bali for his window for Mecox. Having lived in Bali off and on for many years in my former life, I can attest that the mix of ethnic ikats, tribal patterns, and Chinese ginger jars, and western design sensibility seen in Allen’s window is a true reflection of the melting pot of cultures seen on the island.
In addition to the three big award winners, the 2015 Legends Window designers seemed to find inspiration in people with similar backgrounds (architects, literary marvels, socialites, fashion designers, to name a few) and places, and here are a few:
Many stories have been told that portray the sea as a mystifying place – Jonah and the Whale, Moby Dick, tales of mermaids. This mystifying place was also where two LCDQ window designers found their inspiration and where there muses dwell.
Geoffrey De Sousa finds inspiration from the sea, and as stunning as the window was at night when the photo above was taken, it was even more so during the day, with fanciful mermen lounging around and sensuously flapping their tails on demand.
Poseidon, Greek mythological “God of the Sea” was the inspiration for Christina Rottman’s window for Mansour, which featured a lone chair, presumably that of Poseidon, centered and sitting below four bewitching photographs of the sea.
Inspired by the Allure of Rock and Roll
Those who are not in the music industry have always been intrigued by those who live their lives immersed in what us outsiders see and refer to as a world of “sex, drugs, and rock and roll”.
Paul L’Esperance and Daelen Cory, the dynamic duo of L’Esperance Design paid homage to David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust period for their window at Dragonette. Images of Bowie were displayed throughout with custom designed lucite seating superimposed with translucent images of Bowie. Custom mylar wall coverings printed with oversized images of Bowie covered each wall surface, and a large scale video monitor centered in the rear of the space and reflective surfaces throughout made sure that was not going to be any shortage of Bowi in the space.
Female rock heroines fuel designer Maya Williams’ creativity and have “played a significant role in influencing [her] personality, and [her] work.” Instruments and props strewn throughout and a monitor playing a continuous reel of sets from Williams’ favorite rock muses play on the screen in the rear of the window. To add a touch of glam to the space, Williams utilizes a lucite and brass pendant by Arteriors and an architectural brass spider chair.
Inspired by Exotic Locales
Designers always venture to faraway places to seek inspiration – do you blame them? Other designers, such as is the case with Christopher Kennedy, find inspiration in their own back yard.
Marrakesh was where designer Anthony George finds his muse residing. His window design for MK Collection is a depiction of Tea Time in Marrakesh, where he uses modern design elements that still stay true to tradition.
According to Christopher Kennedy, “Palm Springs is not just about midcentury architecture …from the celebrities who made it famous to the hipsters who have recently reignited the party scene, Palm Springs is a place of glamorous and decadent escapism.”
And of course the most exotic locale that a designer could possibly think of is “Eden” and is portrayed by Stephen Shutts in the window for Jamals, complete with many fallen apples strewn on the ground and one lone apple remaining on the tree.
Inspired by Animals
While many designers opted to go a more serious or thought provoking route when approaching the design of their windows, two designers opted to take it as an opportunity to show their more whimsical side and used animals ir even their own pets as their design muses.
Among other muses that this year’s LCDQ window designers chose were literary marvels, architects, and designers. Perusing the streets of the LCDQ is always one of the highlights of Legends, as I love seeing all the different interpretations of a common theme and how each designer executes their ideas. If you didn’t have a chance to see the LCDQ windows in person, head over to check out the full collection of LCDQ Legends 2015 windows. Better yet, see the windows in person next year at Legends 2016!