On the Block: Coup d’Etat Opens In Los AngelesAuthor:Gelareh Mizrahi
Since 2004, when furniture impresario Darin Geise opened his first shop in a small space on 18th Street in San Francisco, interior designers and decor aficionados alike have delighted in the stylings of Coup d’Etat. Setting trends in contemporary design with its mix of high end furniture, exclusive collaborations with cutting edge artists and impressive vintage finds, Geise’s eye for curating an impeccable, inviting mix has wooed—and wowed—everyone from Jeff Andrews to Kelly Wearstler.
Now, with the opening of their first shop in Los Angeles—on Robertson and Alden, just across from the Ivy, in the midst of bevy of home decor shops that include Visionnaire, Herman Miller and Molteni&C | Dada—Southern Californians will get an up close look at Geise’s ability to juxtapose inviting and tactile pieces that range from the sublime to the fanciful to the sculptural in a way that feels magical and inspirational. “LA just felt right,” says Geise. “There’s a risk taker mentality to Los Angeles that we’re excited to explore.”
In addition to pieces from artisans around the world, from California to Brooklyn to Wales, the shop also sells its own line, Coup Studios. From Infinite Butterflies: Thousands and Hundreds, a mesmerizing mirror created in collaboration with Jocelyn Marsh, to the buoyant Sea Urchin pendant, the sensual Maverick Console and Mekong coffee table and the voluptuous Biomorphic Sofa Grand (recently featured in this award-winning project by Legaspi Courts Design) these staple, captivating pieces perfectly illuminate Geise’s playful, sensuous and welcoming vision of home.
To illustrate this attitude for its customers, the showroom creates “Coup Editions”, reimagining the showroom floor several times a year. Pieces are arranged in cozy groupings that seamlessly integrate vintage, Coup Studio and highly-crafted works that mimic how they might actually be used in a client’s home.
While the store is by appointment, its location on Robertson makes it available and welcome to customers who happen to be in the neighborhood. “I think, especially in Los Angeles, because we are still trying to introduce the community to who we are and what we do, we invite people in to get an understanding of what we’re doing,” says Geise’s colleague, Allison MacKie. “It’s a real experience coming into our space: we’ve got good music, we’ve got candles burning, we’ve got an incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable staff, we have these beautiful works of art, furniture and lighting, we’re going to offer you a coffee or champagne. The space is always evolving and breathing and changing, in the best possible way. They’re going to be dazzled.” That’s for sure.
Coup d’Etat, 100 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 892-4340
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