Designers and bloggers alike can agree that LEGENDS is the design event of the West Coast. Held May 8-10 at the La Cienega Design Quarter, the event brought design enthusiasts together for high-profile cocktail parties, book signings, showrooms and more. One of the most popular attractions was the window displays that selected designers created based on the theme, Time Capsule: The Past, Present and Future of Design. Social media ambassadors, Alissa Swedlow of Swedlow Design, Kelly Lee, founder and editor of Kelly Golightly, and Megan Arquette of Megan Arquette Design, give us the scoop on their favorite displays.
Alissa’s favorite display was by Tamara Kaye-Honey of House of Honey at the Waterworks showroom. “I wanted every item in that window to come live with me in my house, including the giant tassel,” she says.
Mary McDonald’s design for Dragonette Ltd. was Megan’s top pick. “Bringing in space travel — which at one time seemed so futuristic — and combining it with classic elements was a fun yet beautiful way to incorporate Mary’s signature style, while keeping with the theme,” Megan says.
Kelly loved Designer Jeff Andrews’ display at the Downtown showroom because “it was simple, graphic, bold and impactful. Plus, I’m a sucker for black and white,” she says.
Designer Brian Patrick Flynn partnered with Jamal’s Rug Collection for his window display. Before moving to Los Angeles two years ago, designing a window was merely a dream for him. “It’s pretty surreal to be in the company of these designers whose coffee table books are sitting in my living room,” he says.
Brian’s design inspiration was a 1950s nuclear family combined with the present-day family. “I decided to stay authentic to the aesthetic of the 1950s, but tweak the overall idea of what today’s nuclear family would look like.”
Designer Sheldon Harte, a three-time LEGENDS window designer, took an artistic approach with his design. His inspiration was “a timeless chair being unearthed from a time capsule, with a bit of Salvador Dali whimsy.”
Aside from the window displays, the event is a great learning experience for design enthusiasts. Seminars, a sneak peek into up-and-coming trends and mingling with industry experts make this a memorable event for all who attend. “LEGENDS is a great source for information about design. It’s almost like a series of continuing education classes rolled into one or two days,” Sheldon says.
For more photos and inspiration from the event, search #Legends2013 on Twitter and Instagram.