Guest Curator: Trina Turk

The fashion, fabric and residential accessories maven maps out her must-see spots across the state for serious architecture and design junkies.

By California Home And Design
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Trina Turk

With a few of her favorite products. 

Photo credit: Joe Fletcher
Sea Ranch

"This coastal colony of sheep barn–inspired modernist homes shows what a few architectural parameters can do for a community. Rent a house for the weekend, and you’ll find yourself debating the merits of shingles vs. planks."

Photo credit: Sculpture by Anne Ricketts, Photo By Amber Nolan
OK, LA

"This great little store in Silver Lake is where I go to buy all my gifts. They have books, jewelry and design objects for discriminating Angelenos and visitors, and the owner is a font of knowledge when it comes to the California design scene." OK Store, 1716 Silverlake Blvd., LA.

Photo credit: Christopher Chan
Union Station, LA

"This 1939 train station demonstrates the beauty of mixing influences—Spanish Mission, Moorish and Streamline Moderne styles. The LA Conservancy gives tours once a month, or just wander on your own."

Photo credit: Courtesy of Fat Chance Los Angeles
Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale

"Dealers, collectors and designers flock to this show every February to purchase (or simply admire) midcentury furniture, ceramics, jewelry, art and decorative accessories." Palm Springs Modernism Week, Feb. 16-26.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Reform Gallery, LA
Reform Gallery, LA

"Owner Gerard O’Brien is truly informed and enthusiastic about what he sells, including many one-of-a-kind artisan-made pieces by all the names you know—and some you don’t." 6819 Melrose Ave., LA.

Photo credit: Courtesy of LACMA
“California Design, 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way” exhibit at LACMA

"A must-see exhibit for design aficionados, this inspiring survey of local work, installed in the light-filled Resnick pavilion, makes you proud to be a Californian." Through June 3 at LACMA.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Lotusland
Lotusland, Santa Barbara

"Fans of garden fantasia will love the exotic plants and quirky touches at Ganna Walska’s Lotusland. Three words: giant clamshell beach." Ganna Walska Lotusland, 695 Ashley Road, Santa Barbara.

Photo credit: John Ellis
Trina Turk Boutiques, LA and Burlingame

"Not just for my creations—the LA store was designed by Kelly Wearstler, and architect Barbara Bestor was behind the Burlingame shop." Trina Turk LA, 8008 W. 3rd St., LA; Trina Turk Burlingame, 1223 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame.

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