In the Know at Los Angeles Design Festival

Parachute Market

1. Parachute Market is like Coachella, but for designers! The market of handmade goods was located in an open loft in downtown Los Angeles close to the architecture school, SCI-Arc. Inside the loft were booths for local furniture designers and fashion designers. You could even snag fresh juice and snacks from Moon Juice in Venice.

2. Moon Canyon is not your typical floral arrangement company. Their arrangements have a bohemian and whimsical look that positively radiate. They were also celling handmade ceramics and vases at the market.

3. You may remember furniture designer Tanya Aguiniga from ICFF. She was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and uses her experiences living at the border to inspire her sculptural collection. Shown here are her Soft Rocks pieces.

4. Los Angeles designer Tracy Wilkinson has a great eye for interiors, furniture, pottery, and fashion. TW Pottery is her own line and is handmade in her Los Angeles studio. 

5. Christi Jay makes jewelry and art inspired from the geometrics in nature, using mostly repurposed or salvaged materials in her work. She lives locally in the hills of Echo Park.

Dwell on Design

The recent Dwell on Design event in downtown Los Angeles hosted some of the best designers from around the country. The exhibits included a handful of product lines from big brands to small local lines. A popular attraction at the event was a 3-bedroom prefab home.

6. 100% CA shows off the best of artists and designers who produce their products in California. I left Dwell on Design with my own piece of California design - a small vase by Sara Paloma.

7. The Good Flock makes each Aurora Lamp by hand in Aurora, Oregon. The lamp was designed to create a lighting solution for people with limited space. It can either sit on a surface similar to a table lamp or can be installed on the wall or ceiling.

8. Local artist Seth Parks creates custom hand-blown glass lighting and sculptures. The chandelier shown is his Bella Fiore chandelier, which is an interpretation of a soft hanging flower.

9. EcoWalls paired up with Miele to show off their vertical herb planters inside kitchen cabinets. This exhibit was the dream kitchen, boasting the latest Miele kitchen stove with beautiful natural cabinetry. Can you find the refrigerator?

10. Noa Living believes that every culture is important and tries to present its unique designs in an interesting and relevant way. The fufu stools are offered in many different colors, including blue and pink.

11. Living Home paired up with interior designers David, John and Krista of Disc Interiors to create the feeling of a real home for their prefab structure. The LivingHome prefabs are designed by architect Ray Kappe, architecture firm KieranTimberlake, and designers at LivingHomes. They are offered in both single level and two-story options.

Never Built

12. Curious to know what Los Angeles might have looked like had some of the architects’ plans for the city been completed? LAX airport would look even more futuristic, and Southern California architect John Lautner had plans to design a Griffith Park Nature Center. During the L.A. Design Festival, Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin hosted a preview to the Never Built A+D Museum exhibition at the historical Union Station.

Chinatown Design Event

13. The L.A. Design Festival’s closing party was held in downtown’s Chinatown. It was a summer evening of lanterns, dragons, design, and great food. Shops stayed open late to welcome their design enthusiasts and celebrate design in the city. In case you missed it, CA Home+Design hosted the closing reception for the special exhibit, Craft+Design.

I am exhausted from all the great design events, but excited to see what next year will bring!