This has been a very festive week for the LA design community.“West Week”  gives designers the opportunity to enjoy educational and creative presentations put  together by showrooms and manufacturers to inspire. This year was packed with interesting thought provoking talks and presentations. We began the day with an inspiring and engaging panel discussion presented by Margaret Russell for Architectural Digest. Its focus: how professional photography relates to AD’s quest for translatable imagery. The talk focused on her approach to this iconic shelter publication, presented with a fresh modern eye toward the future while honoring the integrity of the past. She was great!

A new look for AD

Image from AD, Ralph Lauren new flagship

Another great chat was at Thomas Lavin, a sensational showroom that always inspires – and today was no different. Alexander McKenzie discussed his journey through exotic museums, villages, and the world’s textile markets as he developed his passion for the glorious textiles that have inspired the Mark Alexander line for Romo.

These glorious vegetable dyed hand block indigos are stunning

The fabrics are testimony of fine craftsmanship transcending the ages

Mitchell Owens, also with AD gave a very inspirational talk on the precision of hanging art, gallery style. With splendid examples and his exceptional eye and description the talk was fun and he was fabulous. So enjoyed the presentation. Hosted by Janus et Cie- we joined everyone for a lovely light lunch. The tables were beautiful!

This is just pretty – displayed so well (via)

The perfect gallery built in, meant for constant movement (via)

The luncheon tables, lovely (via)

Gorgeous! (via)

After viewing several new releases at different showrooms we scurried to the theatre for a panel discussion with world famous designers including Kathryn Ireland and Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. It was packed and standing room was scarce but we stayed for a few….entertaining.

Then we returned to TL for a discussion with iconic sculptor designer, Wendell Castle. I have adored his work since 2000. What a pleasure to listen to him speak and to view several pieces from his early work. As you look at the Molar chair from the 60‘s through today’s organic shapes and finishes, Wendell Castle furniture is simply timeless.

Moulded fiberglass, a first when Wendell produced his now icon (via)

Love the organic shape, these can be custom finished in colors (via)

At this point it is only 4:00 pm. We have another fabulous function. I’ll be back to tell you all about it.