The Agenda: Legends, Las Alcobas Napa Valley, and Norden LivingAuthor:Allison McCarthy
Every May designers, manufacturers, and design enthusiasts flock to the La Cienega Design Quarter to share ideas, discover new collections, and take part in the Legends design conference. But let’s be honest—we’re all most excited about seeing this year’s creative window displays. There are 60 and counting, spread across LCDQ’s shops, showrooms, and galleries. With a “True Colors” theme, you can expect interesting interpretations of originality and diversity. Designers we’ve got our eyes on: Amy Meier at Hollyhock, Annette English at Lee Stanton Antiques, Cathy Kincaid at Farrow & Ball, and Clint Nicholas + Lene Schneider at Woven.
When: Tues. 5/9–Thurs. 5/11
Where: La Cienega Design Quarter, Los Angeles
Wine Country gets a taste of Mexico City hospitality with the opening of Las Alcobas in St. Helena. Designed to feel like a home away from home, the hotel dials up the romance with fireplaces on outdoor terraces overlooking verdant vineyards in its 68 guest rooms and outdoor soaking tubs on private balconies in 10 special suites.
When: Now accepting reservations
Where: 1915 Main St., St. Helena
A taste of Scandinavia comes West with the opening of Norden Living’s new showroom in the Mission. Longtime San Franciscans and natives of Denmark and Norway, respectively, Christopher Sharpe and Terje Arnesen have scoured the Stockholm Design and Lighting Fair for the past three years, sourcing a curated selection of designers and manufacturers who create timeless pieces that fit right into the laid-back California lifestyle. Think furniture, lighting, and accessories that reflect a fresh, modern approach to classic styles. We’ve got our eyes on the Dancing Pendant, a fanciful felt cone pendant that’s pleated to perfection and made mostly out of recycled soda and water bottles, and the simple but sleek Tailor Sofa, which looks gorgeous from every angle.
When: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Wednesday–Friday; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday–Sunday
Where: 3618 17th St., San Francisco
Blink and you’ll miss it. This one-night-only show of works features new editions by renowned artist and innovative printmaker John Baldessari. The artist has been working with Mixografia for more than 20 years, using the studio’s printing techniques to explore texture, volume, and subject. More than two dozen pieces on display act as a study in dimensionality and the illusion of perspective through the use of bold colors, noticeable brushstrokes, and simple composition.
When: Sat. 5/20
Where: 1419 East Adams Blvd., Los Angeles
The folks behind the beloved Sparrows Lodge (Palm Springs) and Casa Laguna (Laguna Beach) have had their way with the quaint Holiday House, which was originally designed by noted architect Herbert W. Burns when it opened in 1951. They hired celeb designer Mark D. Sikes for the job, and the result is a midcentury-inspired space with a whimsical edge. You’ll notice tilework in the bar area inspired by Italian designer Gio Ponti, and art by David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, and Herb Ritts, plus a Donald Sultan garden sculpture. Sikes chose a palette of bold patterns and shades of blue for the 28 guest rooms, each of which features Waterworks hardware in the bathrooms and curated art. The one thing missing: TVs, which means you’ll have to enjoy some peach and quiet.
When: Now accepting reservations
Where: 200 W. Arenas Rd., Palm Springs
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