Legends of La Cienega: Meet Up With L.A.’s Ultimate Designers

The La Cienega Design Center’s annual celebration features the best and brightest in interior design, and gives you a peek inside L.A.’s trendiest home fashions.

Roundtables and presentations aren't held in stuffy conference rooms at Legends of La Cienega, an annual design celebration in Los Angeles. The designers, of course, put their wits to work creating pleasant, open-air spaces with plenty of light.

Anyone who’s anyone in the Los Angeles interior design scene frequents the La Cienega Design Quarter in West Hollywood, and on May 8-10, the rest of us can get an insider introduction to it, at this year’s “Legends of La Cienega” celebration. This year’s theme is “Time Capsule, the Past, Present & Future of Design.”

The event involves three days of window displays curated by leading designers, panel discussions and keynotes with the international design elite, cocktail parties and soirees where you can mingle with trend setters and style icons, a Power Lunch, and more than 50 chic showrooms and galleries puttin’ on the Ritz.

More than 10,000 designers, media and design enthusiasts from all around the world are expected to attend the event that helps raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. One of the sponsors, One Kings Lane, is also donating a portion of its proceeds that come from the event, to the cause.

In addition to the lavish window displays the event is known for, this year there will be panel discussions on topics such as:

  • Stuff: An Interactive Guide to Collecting and Decorating: with House Beautiful Editor in Chief Newell Turner
  • Integrity vs. Ingenuity: Buy New or Buy Vintage? A panel of leading designers discuss the pros and cons of designing with authentic antiques versus inspired reproductions.
  • 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 explore the exciting nexus of art and design.
  • Cycling Through History: Why certain periods come into (and go out of) style repeatedly – and what’s next on the horizon.
  • The New Luxury: How high-end design has changed since the recession and where it's headed.

And that’s just to name a few. To get full roster of events and presentation, visit lcdqla.com/legends-2013.

Of course, the area is worth a visit anytime, even if you’re just thinking of redoing one room. It’s been a leading destination for inspired design and decorative arts for more than half a century. It’s located in an unusual little pocket of Los Angeles, in that it features romantic courtyards inspiring window displays and treasure troves of unique antiques, furniture, rugs and art.

Add that to the fact that the La Cienega Design Quarter is adjacent to some of L.A.’s hottest restaurants, boutiques and salons, and you can see how much fun it would be to make an entire daylong excursion out of your visit.

And if window shopping is more your style, check out  our gallery of some of the most noteworthy displays of window displays of the past.



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