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Beyond the Mall: Design Districts Neighboring The South Bay


w r i tte n By: pa m e l a co r a n te - h a n S e n

Sometimes, the quest for a perfect headboard, sofa or lighting fixture calls for a change of scenery. Here are six L.A. County design districts that are within 20 miles of the South bay. that elusive Venetian mirror or Moroccan side table may be just a car trip away.

Ab b ot Ki n ne y
Venice’s eclectic boulevard, voted “the coolest Block in america” by gQ magazine, is home to a diverse collection of offbeat, retro and custom furniture stores. Surfing cowboys has anything from Swedish modern tables to navajo rugs and 1950s travel posters. get your shabby chic on at tumbleweed and dandelion, and shop with music, fashion and film darlings at plantation.

Santa Mon ica Desig n Distric t
Bordered by ocean avenue, pico, Wilshire and yale Street in Santa monica, this district features 11 showrooms where you can find mostly contemporary furnishings, design collectives and a shop specializing in architectural books. check out neoporte if you are shopping for a statement glass or steel door. at linea, contemporary furnishings in bold colors transport you to the future, as envisioned by 1960s italian tastemakers. find substantial coffee table books on anything from la architecture, modern art and cooking, and enough journals to keep you scribbling for years at hennessey + ingalls art and architecture bookstore.

L a Cienega Design Q uarter
Spanning Beverly hills and West hollywood, this design district has been a favorite of interior décor legends including tony duquette, elsie de Wolfe and michael taylor since the 1950s. find rare antiques, classic furnishings and elegant rugs and textiles at 50-plus boutiques and showrooms along la cienega and melrose ave. modern-day design icons Barclay Butera and rose tarlow are based here. 62 | 9.21.2012

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Retro Row, Long B e ach
long Beach’s 4th Street between cherry and Junipero is home to more than 40 independent shops, boutiques and restaurants. true to its moniker, the district features plenty of vintage fare, but there are some contemporary choices, as well. trebor/nevets combines both new and vintage art, custom furniture and interior design. if you’re intent on scoring a Barcelona ottoman, a Selig danish modern sofa or a 1968 signed curtis Jere mirror, Xcape may be right up your alley.

he l ms bak ery district, culver cit y
Situated on the 1930s-era campus of a former bakery, the helms Bakery district is located between Venice and Washington boulevards, just off national. once again, eclectic is the word for this collection of just about everything you need to outfit your home, from contemporary kitchen and bath appliances at apd, inc., to antique and modern lighting fixtures at rejuvenation. h.d. Buttercup’s Southern california location is housed here and includes a diverse collection of furniture and home accessories vendors where you’ll find treasures such as vintage elementary school wall maps from france and a section of steampunk furniture that blends 1920s english boarding school with old school sci-fi.

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The Avenues, West Hol ly wo od
melrose, Beverly and robertson are the main “avenues” that comprise this West hollywood shopping district. although the area is not limited to interior decor, you’ll still have nearly 100 home design stores from which to choose. high-end, internationally-recognized companies including roche Bobois, fendi casa, alexandra Von furstenberg and Baltus all have outposts here. Smaller independent stores sell rugs, top-of-the-line mattresses, garden furniture, antiques and ironworks. also, several noteworthy architectural and interior design firms call this district home.

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