La Cienega Design Quarter Presents LEGENDS 2013: Time Capsule

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LEGENDS of La Cienega 2013 features windows decorated by high-profile designers, lively programs presented by the top interior design magazines, high-profile cocktail parties, book signings and more, all in the La Cienega Design Quarter, the leading destination for inspired design and decorative arts on the West Coast.

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The La Cienega Design Quarter announces its 5th annual LEGENDS extravaganza, from May 8 to 10, 2013. This year’s theme is Time Capsule: The Past, Present and Future of Design, and 44 of the design shops, galleries in the La Cienega Design Quarter will be imaginatively transformed by the nation’s most creative designers to reflect the LEGENDS theme.

In its 5th year, the LEGENDS of La Cienega is an inspirational celebration of design that has become the most anticipated design event in the country. Designers, authors, editors and bloggers from around the country will join their counterparts in L.A. and descend on the La Cienega Design Quarter for lively panel discussions, high-profile cocktail parties and receptions, personal appearances, exhibitions, book signings and special showroom events.

As in past years, the windows up and down La Cienega and on Melrose just east and west will be transformed by designers across the U.S. to serve the theme of LEGENDS.

Prominent designers from New York, including Thom Filicia, David Scott and Alex Papachristidis, with Florence de Dampierre from Connecticut, have accepted invitations to be a part of the time capsule and will join local design powerhouses like Kelly Wearstler, Bravo’s “Million Dollar Decorators” Mary McDonald and Kathryn Ireland, Woodson and Rummerfield, Jeff Andrews, and Chris Barrett in using their creative prowess to decorate the La Cienega Design Quarter’s windows.

Event partners include the nation’s most prestigious shelter publications, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors + Design and Veranda, along with 1stdibs, Coldwell Banker Previews International, Dering Hall, Merida and One Kings Lane. Contributing Sponsors include Domaine (, Angeleno and Interiors California, California Homes and California Home+Design.

A sampling of event highlights that have become hallmarks for LEGENDS are:

  •     Fantastical window displays
  •     Provocative panel discussions, presentations and programs
  •     Invitation only Opening Night Gala, May 8
  •     Tribute Party, May 9
  •     Finale Celebration, May 10
  •     The Power Lunch

Confirmed keynote panels reflect state-of-the-art presentations on the past, present and future of design. Highlights include:

o STUFF: An Interactive Guide to Collecting and Decorating
House Beautiful Editor in Chief Newell Turner in conversation with New York interior designer and author Carey Maloney on bringing the design book into the information age. STUFF: The M (Group) Interactive Guide to Collecting, Decorating with, and Learning about Beautiful and Unusual Things transports readers into cyberspace using digital recognition software linking the reader to over 500 curated topic links. With this state-of-the-art presentation, Newell and Carey will bring the beautiful and informative printed content we all crave into the Digital Age.

o Past Present
How and why legendary designers from the past influence today's top talents.
MODERATOR: Pamela Jaccarino, Editor in Chief, Luxe Interiors + Design
PANELISTS: Philip Gorrivan (New York), Mark D. Sikes (W. Hollywood), Jaime Rummerfield (L.A.), Ron Woodson (L.A.)

o Integrity vs. Ingenuity: Buy New or Buy Vintage?
A panel of leading designers joins Traditional Home Editor Ann Maine to discuss the pros and cons of designing with authentic antiques versus inspired reproductions – and how availability, accessibility, cost, and integrity of design affect the decision.
MODERATOR: Ann Maine, Editor in Chief, Traditional Home
PANELISTS: Oliver M. Furth (L.A.), Thom Filicia (New York), Molly Luetkemeyer (L.A.)

o Blue-Chip Interiors: The Fine Art of Living with and Designing Around Important Works of Art
A panel of art-world insiders and top interior design talents join Anthony Barzilay Freund, editor of 1stdibs' Introspective Magazine, to explore the exciting nexus of art and design.
MODERATOR: Anthony Barzilay Freund, Editor, Introspective Magazine
PANELISTS: Cliff Fong (L.A.), Peter Fetterman (L.A.), Richard Shapiro (L.A.)

o Crossover Creatives: Can Designers Really Have it All?
Join Mayer Rus, West Coast editor of Architectural Digest, as he explores the challenges for designers extending into neighboring markets without diluting their brand's integrity or creative vision.
MODERATOR: Mayer Rus, West Coast editor of Architectural Digest
PANELISTS: Natasha Baradaran (L.A.), Chris Barrett (L.A.), Jay Jeffers (San Francisco), Christopher Sharp (London)

o Cycling Through History
Why certain periods come into (and go out of) style repeatedly – and what’s next on the horizon.
MODERATOR: Michael Boodro, Editor in Chief, Elle Decor
PANELISTS: Kim Alexandriuk (L.A.), Timothy Corrigan (L.A.), Alex Papachristidis (New York), Madeline Stuart (L.A.)

o All Access Design
A panel of top designers joins Peter Sallick, co-founder of Dering Hall and CEO of Waterworks, to share insights about the business of expanding beyond private clients, and speaking to the fast-growing and ever-evolving audience of savvy trade and consumer shoppers through a new breed of retail and online experiences.
MODERATOR: Peter Sallick, co-founder of Dering Hall and CEO of Waterworks
PANELISTS: Tim Clarke (L.A.), Jane Hallworth (L.A.), James Huniford (New York)

o The New Luxury
How high-end design has changed since the recession and where it's headed.
MODERATOR: Samantha Brooks, Senior Contributing Editor, Robb Report Home & Style
PANELISTS: Joan Behnke (L.A.), Grant Kirkpatrick (L.A.), David Wiseman (N.Y.)

o Go West Young Man
Creative gay men from around the globe flocked to West Hollywood in the 1940s to create iconic movie sets. Their impact extended far beyond the silver screen: Elaborate, and often fantastical, architecture sprang up in the neighborhood. California Home+Design Editor in Chief Erin Feher discusses the influence of the gay community on West Hollywood with Los Angeles designers who have been part of the recent experience.
MODERATOR: Erin Feher, Editor in Chief, California Home+Design
PANELISTS: James Radin (L.A.), Trip Haenisch (L.A.), and Jamie Bush (L.A.)

For a more detailed list of events and window designers click here.

To purchase LEGENDS VIP passes click here. Proceeds from the sale of the VIP passes go to Habitat for Humanity. Last year about $40,000 was raised for Habitat for Humanity from the sale of the VIP passes and the post-LEGENDS One Kings Lane sale.

Window Designers

Kim Alexandriuk – Downtown (north window)
Tom Allardyce – Janet Yonaty, Inc.
Jeff Andrews – Downtown (south window)
Tim Barber – Renaissance Design Studio
Brett Barrett – Gina Berschneider, Inc. (north window)
Chris Barrett – Ralf’s Antiques, Inc. (north window)
Bonesteel Trout Hall – Reborn Antiques
Robert Brown – Baker Furniture (south window)
Carter Truesdale – Gina Berschneider, Inc. (south window)
Chuck Chewning/Donghia – Outside Downtown
Timothy Corrigan – Studio Workshops
Florence de Dampierre – Hollyhock (north window)
Lori Dennis, Inc. – Stark Home
Steven Ehrlich – Soli Architectural Surfaces
Sandra Espinet – Mehraban Oriental Rugs (both windows)
Thom Filicia – Harbinger (south window)
Brian Patrick Flynn – Jamal’s Rug Collections (both windows)
Cliff Fong – Dragonette Ltd (north window)
FORM – Antonio’s Bella Casa
Jane Hallworth – Fuller & Roberts Co.
Sheldon Harte – Lee Stanton Antiques (south window)
Wendy Haworth – Ralf’s Antiques, Inc. (south window)
House of Honey – Waterworks (both windows)
Christopher Howe – Woven Accents
Eric Hughes – Nathan Turner
Kathryn M. Ireland – Scalamandre (all windows)
Annie Kelly – Antique Rug Company & The Rug Affair
Molly Luetkemeyer – George Smith (2 south windows)
Maine Design – Jasper
Susan Manrao – Baker Furniture (north window)
Mary McDonald – Dragonette Ltd (south window)
Andrea Michaelson – Marge Carson
David Michael Miller – Lee Stanton Antiques (north window)
Matthew O’Dorisio – George Smith (2 north windows)
Karina Oldemans – Tufenkian Artisan Carpets
Alex Papachristidis – Claremont Furnishing Fabrics Co.
Lawrence J. Rizkowsky– Compas
Wendy Schwartz/CuffHome – Harbinger (north window)
David Scott – Hollyhock (south window)
June Scott/DWG Design Studio – Off The Wall Antiques
Frank Pennino & Scott Shelley – Szalon (north window)
Mark D. Sikes – Mecox
Hillary Thomas – MK Collection
Kelly Wearstler – The Rug Company
Woodson & Rummerfield – Szalon (south window)

About the La Cienega Design Quarter (LCDQ)

Formally established as the La Cienega Design Quarter (LCDQ) in 2008, this unique membership-based collection of more than 50 luxury shops and galleries is committed to representing the highest quality in design merchandise, as well as the preservation of the neighborhood’s unique and eclectic history. The LCDQ’s member businesses include the city’s most prestigious design stores, kitchen, bath and stone showrooms, antiques dealers and home furnishings retailers located on La Cienega Boulevard (between Santa Monica and Beverly Boulevards) and the adjacent Melrose Avenue and Melrose Place. These businesses have been the cornerstone of the Los Angeles design community for over 50 years. For more information, visit

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