The Thomas Lavin Showroom Teams Up with ACME. Gallery

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Thomas Lavin high-end design showroom teams up with ACME. gallery to show how contemporary fine art can look with custom home furnishings collections.

"By having the art in the showroom the customer experiences the art in different ways. People can now see a range of fine, collectible and important art in situ.” – Thomas Lavin

The Thomas Lavin showroom in the Pacific Design Center has entered into an exclusive representation agreement with ACME. – one of Los Angeles’ foremost contemporary art galleries known for showcasing powerful and evocative art.

While Thomas Lavin has made art part of his showcase from the day he opened his showroom 13 years ago, the collaboration is a first for ACME. The union, however, is a natural one.

ACME. showcases new and emerging artists as well as some of the most sought-after names in art who draw from a broad spectrum of media and experience. Thomas Lavin is a leader in bringing exclusive home furnishings and fabrics from around the world to Los Angeles and has always recognized the importance of a complete design experience. By working with ACME., this experience has now been elevated to include today’s most relevant and exciting artists.

“We have a lot of the same design customers as ACME. By having the art in the showroom the customer experiences the art in different ways,” says Lavin. “People can now see a range of fine, collectible and important art in situ.”

Lavin says he has been working with ACME for several years and has bought several paintings himself. The artists represented in the showroom include Amir Zaki, whose work is in several museum collections, most notably the Whitney Museum of Art; Martin Kersels, whose sculpture has been the subject of many exhibitions from Los Angeles to Paris, and Justin Beal, who is having an opening at LA.

“I’m a huge ACME. fan,” says Lavin. “They represent outsider L.A. art, which is so important, while the artists in their stable increase in notoriety and collectability. They also continue to introduce new artists, and their point of view is unerring.”

Randy Sommer, ACME. co-owner, says his team jumped at the chance to collaborate with Lavin. “Given Thomas' reputation and passion for collecting contemporary art, it seemed only natural. It is a great opportunity for serious art to be integrated with top-quality furniture as one would encounter in many homes. Neither the art nor the furnishings are shown in a sterile environment.”

The Lavin / ACME. collaboration is already causing a buzz among local collectors and dealers, and a local nonprofit arts group has approached Lavin to participate in an upcoming program featuring Justin Beal.

“Hopefully,” says Sommer, “visitors to the Thomas Lavin showroom will come away with new ideas and grow in their confidence to push boundaries. We all stand to grow from this experience.”

Thomas Lavin
Thomas Lavin, the design tastemaker for whom the showroom is named, has a reputation for aligning discriminating Angelenos and designers around the world with sought-after international furniture, lighting and textiles. The showroom opened in 2000 and currently represents more than 50 high-end home furnishings lines including Christian Liaigre, Magni Home, Madeline Stuart, Jiun Ho, Fuse, Wendell Castle and Erika Brunson. The fabric collections he carries are among the finest in the world and include Romo, Zimmer + Rohde, JAB, Creation Baumann, Suzanne Tucker Home, de Le Cuona, Christopher Farr│Cloth, and C+C Milano.

ACME. opened in in 1994 in Santa Monica. The gallery was created by Robert Gunderman and Randy Sommer who had worked together at FOOD HOUSE – a well-known alternative art space in Santa Monica that exhibited challenging new work by LA artists. ACME. relocated to its Wilshire location near the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1998. ACME. is dedicated to evocative and thought-provoking art by established and emerging artists including painting, drawings, prints, sculpture, video, and installations.

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