Celebrating the LaCienega Design Quarter | 268 | Part 2 of 4

The LaCienega Design Quarter exists and functions as a design hub where lovers of design can find what was, what is, what’s new, and what’s next. This design district is special and has seen Los Angeles change from trendy studio town to a global creative powerhouse. It’s not just because there are showrooms with beautiful works displayed, no, it’s more than that. LCDQ is a social glue that bonds this vibrant and diverse community. It is a place to gather, meet, and see. That is exactly what is missing in the Spring of 2020 and what will be again soon, hopefully in the not so distant future. For the past 11 years, Legends has been a celebration of design, showcase for amazing design talent, and social gathering for anyone who loves design. 2019, Convo By Design was an official media sponsor and I cannot tell you how amazing this was for me and how saddened I was to learn that because of the coronavirus pandemic, the event was canceled this year. 

I think what saddens me most is that I personally will miss seeing all my friends and I imagine that many of you listening feel the same way. So, I wanted to take a look back and share some of the amazing designers from last year’s event. I also wanted to share the conversations that came out of an eight-day journey that had me riding my bicycle up and down LaCienega, Melrose and Melrose Place securing interviews with these amazing creators, some of whom were in from out of town and had small windows of time for me to hit. But we did it, and you can hear all about it here.

My hope is that this gives you a little bit of joy, I will republish this in a series of episodes so you can hear all about the 2019 designs and showrooms whose windows served as the canvas for these amazing designers. I would also like to remind you how special the LaCienega Design Quarter is and suggest that when this is all over, please go visit the LCDQ showrooms again.

Emily Summers

Emily Summers Design Associates


Dallas, TX.

Showroom: McKinnon & Harris

ICON: Robsjohn-Gibbings

Melissa Warner Rothblum

Massucco Warner


Seattle & Los Angeles

Showroom: Hollywood at Home

ICON: Sister Parish

Mary Ann Schicketanz

Studio Schiketanz


Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA.

Showroom: Mansour

ICON: Josef Hoffman

Jeff Andrews

Jeff Andrews Design


Los Angeles, CA.

Showroom: Dragonette

ICON: Billy Haines

Ohara Davies Gaetano

Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors


Carona Del Mar, CA.

Showroom: Barakat

ICON: Françoise Catroux

Jake Alexander Arnold

Jake Arnold Interiors


Los Angeles, CA.

Showroom: Hollywood at Home

ICON: Rose Cummings

Sasha Bikoff

Sasha Bikoff interior Design


New York, NY.

Showroom: Marc Phillips

ICON: Madeleine Castaing

Neal Beckstedt

Neal Beckstedt Studio


New York, NY

Showroom: Woven

ICON: Pierre Jeanneret

Catherine Casteel Olasky & Maximilian P. Sinsteden

Olasky & Sinsteden


New York, Houston & London

Showroom: Mecox Gardens

ICON: John Fowler

That is a wrap on this episode of Convo By Design featuring the amazing creatives who decorated and designed the windows of the LaCienega Design Quarter in 2019. I hope hearing from these creators brings you a little joy and I look forward to Legends of LaCienega returning in 2021.

Thank you LCDQ for having me, thank you, Walker Zanger, for your continued support and thank you for listening to the show, downloading each podcast episode, and engaging through the socials. Make sure you never miss an episode of the podcast, ask Siri to help you, say, “Hey Siri, play Convo By Design podcast.” And she will! Thanks for listening and until next week, keep creating.

Build Your Design Brand | 253 | The Firm Upgrade Master Class

This is a panel conversation from the WestEdge Design Fair called The Firm Upgrade, part of the Brand Development Series. It featured journalist, Alex Abramian, Project M+ Cleo Muranane, Designer Jeff Andrews and Xander Noori’s, Keon Khajavi-Noori. This conversation is about growing your design or architecture firm’s brand, your profile, doing more, doing better and increasing the productivity of your brand development, an afterthought for many creators. This is the whole conversation and it covers many of the questions you probably asked yourself before working on your resolutions for 2020.  Get off to a fast start… It starts here. This conversation was hosted by yours truly and I do hope you enjoy it.

Thank you for the time, Alex, Cleo, Keon and Jeff and thank you for listening, downloading, subscribing, emailing and coming out to our events. Without you, there is no Convo By Design. Please follow the podcast on Instagram, ConvoXDesign with and “X” and make sure you subscribe everywhere you find your favorite podcasts. That way, you will receive new episodes on your mobile device the moment they are published.

Convo By Design is presented by Walker Zanger.

Until next week, keep creating.

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