If the event’s theme “Where Muses Dwell” was posed as a question, then the answer would be obvious: muses dwell at Legends. Now in its seventh year, La Cienega Design Quarter’ three-day architecture, home, fashion and art extravaganza in Los Angeles kicked off on May 6, 2015 at STK on La Cienega Boulevard (naturally) with the Coldwell Banker Previews International® program as its co-sponsor.
“We have been involved with Legends for the last three years, and it has been a rewarding success,” said Ginette Wright, vice president of marketing for Previews®/NRT. “Legends has been a welcome format for us to present our luxury expertise to a globally inspired audience and some of the most recognized names in the home décor space.”
True to tradition, the opening gala was jam-packed with over 500 interior design luminaries and enthusiasts who traveled from as far away as New York, San Francisco, Chicago and London to see merchants dress up their shop windows, industry panel discussions, art exhibitions, product introductions and book signings. Shelter magazine heavyweights such as Newell Turner, editor in chief of Hearst Design Group, Michael Boodro, editor in chief of ELLE DÉCOR and Clinton Smith, editor in chief, VERANDA mixed and mingled with designers-to-the-stars like Cliff Fong (featured in the January edition of Previews Inside Out), Erika Brunson and Jeff Andrews. Our favorite sighting of the night, however, was Nicholas “Nicky” Haslam, an English interior designer and socialite with royal family ties. Beverly Hills-based Previews® all-stars Jade Mills and Christophe Choo also stopped by to pay homage to home design—and snap a few Instagram shots.
Following the opening gala, the next two days consist of a dizzying array of keynote presentations. Book signings include Linda O’Keefe, author of “Heart & Home: Rooms That Tell Stories (Rizzoli), Justina Blakeney of the Jungalow, the legendary British decorator Nicky Haslam and Los Angeles designer Windsor Smith. Highlights like “Spellbound,” an exhibition of rare poster art from Alfred Hitchcock Films at Fuller + Roberts and a preview of new products by Herman Miller, Jens Risom and Egg Collective at Design Within Reach give the show its edge. There is also a philanthropic element this year: a presentation of eight one-of-a-kind interpretations of the Promemoria Bilou Bilou chair, which will be in a Chairs for Charity auction benefitting Habitat for Humanity.
For those who are hoping for a more leisurely experience (or if they simply missed the above events), the shop windows on La Cienega Boulevard will be on display until May 17. Remember the theme, “Where Muses Dwell”? Look for rooms where Gertrude Stein, Edith Piaf, Yves St. Laurent, Wes Anderson and Debbie Harry might dwell. And if you’re looking for a place to dwell, visit www.coldwellbankerpreviews.com.