LA Design Festival’s Splendor + Coziness

From ROW DTLA to activations across the city, a true celebration of design

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick Through 10 June, Los Angeles celebrated the LLA Design Festival, an activation of the city’s illustrious community. Primarily housed within ROW DTLA, a retail and restaurant destination that reimagines Downtown LA’s historic Market District, the festival offered moments of Southern Californian design by way of gallery showrooms and experiences. From Design is for Everyone’s gallery presentation of works by multi-discipline designers …

NoMad Hotel, Los Angeles

A luxurious new property in a historic downtown building

Push open one of the heavy metal doors on 7th Street to enter a sun-filled court lounge filled with fresh flowers and tropical print fabrics. There, behind the host stand for the lobby restaurant, sit chairs covered in jewel-toned velvets. Look up to see the fully restored Italianate ceiling of the original Giannini Place that originally opened to house the Bank of Italy in 1923. …

Interview: Adam Eastwood and Franco Wright of Scent Bar

The destination for independent and niche perfume shopping opens a new location in LA's new retail space the ROW

Walking into Scent Bar, egg-shaped and gem-colored The House of Oud bottles draw the eye. The Oriza L Legrand bottles evoke a historic era and Fueguia 1833 features a more modern apothecary style. But it’s what is inside all of these vessels that captured the imagination of Adam Eastwood and Franco Wright, who began the first chapter of their perfume journey 15 years ago. In …

The Wheelhouse, Downtown Los Angeles

A new hub for bicycle culture, coffee and community stocked with vintage-inspired bikes and accessories

Tami and Chase Spenst wanted to build a one-stop shop for the everyday bicycle rider. After finding a space in the heart of Los Angeles’ creative community, they designed a warm and approachable indoor/outdoor space (with a service center and coffee bar) and filled it with vintage-inspired bicycles and accessories. Just opened last month in DTLA’s Factory Place is the Spenst’s two-story 3,700 square foot …