Last week, La Cienega Design Quarter, the main thoroughfare for design showrooms in Los Angeles, held its annual Legends Week, a three-day celebration of design and style that invites interior designers to create elaborate window vignettes. This year’s theme, Novel Interiors: Storytelling by Design, encouraged designers to choose a literary work as the inspiration for their show-stopping window displays, and showroom passersby and spectators visiting from near and far took in over-the-top-displays inspired by celebrated tomes like Sherlock Holmes, Valley of the Dolls, and Memoirs of a Geisha. We hate to pick favorites, but, well, we’re going to. Here are a few stunning vignettes that truly made us want to pick up a book (or a chair).
|Designer: Kelly Sutton
Showroom: Antique Rug Co.
Novel: The Great Gatsby
Vignette: Antiques, a real zebra hide, and tufted chairs recall the opulence of the flapper era, while mustard fabric hangings echo the original book’s vivid yellow hue.
|Designer: Catherine Kwong
Showroom: George Smith
Novel: Mrs. Dalloway
Vignette: A trail of red paper flowers was inspired by the first line of Virginia Woolf’s novel: “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.”
|Designer: Thomas Callaway
Novel: A Moveable Feast
Vignette: Cardboard blowups of Ernest Hemingway and his compatriots, a well-stocked bar cart, and early 20th century paintings recall Hemingway’s years spent hanging in Paris with fellow ex-pats like Gertrude Stein.
|Designer: Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Showroom: Nathan Turner
Vignette: A chicly outfitted four-poster bed is prepped for a man on the go — James Bond — with a suitcase full of black leather accessories.
|Designer: Tyler Dawson
Showroom: Ralf’s Antiques
Novel: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Vignette: A curvy modernist wooden side chair mimics the shape of the iconic yellow brick road, while a luxe Louis Vuitton trunk suggests the voyage to Oz will be stylish.
|Designer: Christian May
Showroom: Woven Accents
Novel: One Thousand and One Nights
Vignette: Flying carpets looked and piles of gilded books looked nothing short of magical in this rug store vignette.
For a good laugh and a few meaningful design lessons, be sure to check out the best quotes from the Million Dollar Decorators’ panel during LCDQ Legends Week!
Photographs: Grey Crawford