In the 1950s, Los Angeles saw a major population boom, beckoning Americans from across the country to its sun-kissed beaches and sleek, modern homes. The city, which played a pivotal role in the mid-century design movement, quickly developed a reputation as the most stylish and innovative hot spot on the West Coast. As Los Angeles emerged as a design haven, it was only natural that a bustling design quarter develop along with it. Brimming with shops, galleries, and showrooms, the area, now known as the La Cienega Design Quarter, was frequented by the most influential tastemakers of the twentieth century. Today, the La Cienega Design Quarter—a verdant thoroughfare spanning La Cienega Boulevard and Melrose Avenue—remains one of the country’s top destinations for interior designers and discerning shoppers thanks to its wide range of high-end offerings, including one-of-a-kind antiques and contemporary design
For the past eight years, thousands of design professionals, editors, and enthusiasts have celebrated the La Cienega Design Quarter as well as Los Angeles’ vibrant design community as part of LEGENDS. LEGENDS has become the most anticipated design event in the United States. It is a celebration of design that brings together thousands of notable personalities and trend-setters from the worlds of interior design, decor, art, fashion and architecture. LEGENDS takes place over three days and features receptions, panel discussions, cocktail parties, book signings, personal appearances and numerous other activities. Each year LEGENDS embraces an overarching theme, this year’s theme was “One of A Kind.”
LEGENDS kicked off on in May at Fig & Olive. The Tuesday night opening gala was one of a kind too! Over 600 interior design luminaries and enthusiasts and our dear friend world renowned designer, James Magni traveled from 21 states across the nation and five countries for their annual dose of inspiration and networking. The new 8,000 square-foot light-filled, indoor/outdoor space at Fig & Olive proved to be a far more appropriate venue for the rapidly growing event, now in its eighth year.
The cornerstone of the LEGENDS event is the windows of the LCDQ, which are transformed on the year’s theme. Berkus, along with celebrated British designer Nina Campbell of London, Robert Stilin from New York, designer and author Jay Jeffers of San Francisco, Bravo’s “Million Dollar Decorator” Jeffrey Alan Marks, Andrew Brown from Birmingham, Ala., Ellen DeGeneres “Design Challenge” collaborator Jane Hallworth of Los Angeles, and rising design star Brian Paquette from Seattle are among the 60+ interior designers selected to transform the LCDQ windows on the theme of “One of a Kind.”
Programming was centered on eight keynote panels curated by the LCDQ board. While esteemed national and regional magazine editors will helm the panels as in past years, this year some keynotes will take a slightly different twist with designers actually moderating, instead of being a guest participant. In addition to the keynote panels, a number of industry luminaries took part in LEGENDS’ program of book signings and discussions.