Hello, design aficionados!  As I ready myself for a whirlwind trip to New York, I leave you with highlights and eye candy from Legends 2013 at the LCDQ.  I’ll be off the grid for a few days, but rest assured – as always,  I’ll have a lot to report once I return.
If you missed my post last week on the designer decorated windows at Legends , I am following up now with yet more pictures to leave you pondering this year’s  theme of “TIME CAPSULE: Past, Present, and Future Design”.
Karina Oldemans’ window for Tufenkian was a sure treat and in my opinion, ingenious in its execution.  I did not see this particular window in person, nor did I read the board out front which discusses the  designer’s inspiration behind her window design.  Instead, I let the design and what I saw through the pictures below tell the story and left it to my own observations to interpret the story.
Well, let me tell you what I see.  You know the old saying of “what is old is new again” and that “design is cyclical”? Well that couldn’t be more true when analyzing Oldemans’ window design.  In the center is an image of “The Tea House”, which once sat on the Malibu estate of legendary Hollywood designer, Tony Duquette, before it tragically burned to the ground in the 1990s.  Oldemans’ keen eye to the past realizes that even though Duquette’s “Tea House” was executed in the 1950s, it is everything that is trending in design today: chinoiserie, red lacquer, brass, honeycomb, malachite (emerald, afterall, is Pantone’s color of the Year!).  In fact, the mirrors on the honeycomb screen almost serve as portals to the past…or present, depending on which way you are looking.  Ingenious, wouldn’t you say?  As designers, we oftentimes reference the past as inspiration for our designs, as Oldemans does with hers.
{Tufenkian Artisan Carpets, window designed by Karina Oldemans}
Legends had its fair share of windows that made reference to the ancient past up to the present using images from classical Greek and Roman antiquity to convey their message.
{The Rug Company designed by Kelly Wearstler}
{Reborn Antiques, window designed by Bonesteel Trout Hall}
{Nathan Turner, window designed by Eric Hughes}

The other extreme opted to reference the not so distance past to the future with their comparatively more modern, futuristic design elements.

{Mehraban Oriental Rugs, window designed by Sandra Espinet}
{Fuller + Roberts Co., window designed by Jane Hallworth}
{Ralf’s Antiques, window designed by Chris Barrett}
{Downtown, window designed by Jeff Andrews}
Photo credits: All Legends 2013 windows via LCDQ
Regardless of how each designer interpreted this year’s theme, all the windows of Legends 2013 were fabulous and displayed that each designer has their own unique point of view and their own unique way to tell their story.
And now, photos from the keynote events of Legends 2013…
Photo credits: All Keynote panel pictures by JL Photographers:  www.jl-photographers.com
All in all, Legends 2013 was a huge success.  The LCDQ and the many sponsors of Legends 2013 continue to foster a great sense of community and sharing, where we are all reminded that in order to receive, we must all give back.  Being relatively new to the interior design community, it was refreshing to hear the stories and anecdotes of all the panelists and moderators who took part in Legends 2013.  Each panelist and moderator has clearly made their own unique impression on the world of design, and their many insights serve as an inspiration to us all.  They took time out of their busy schedules to share their experiences to benefit the education of others in the design community, and their efforts do not go unnoticed.

A huge thank you to Rich Pedine of RPpr, who made this post possible by reaching out and providing me with the official images from LCDQ Legends 2013. Rich, you ROCK!

And there it is-Legends 2013 at the LCDQ.  Off to bed before I’m off to my old stomping grounds of NYC in the early AM.  Wish me luck!