Robert Vargas Paints the Faces of Downtown LA

The mural artist reveals his passion for his neighborhood, painting live portraits and the importance of community

Large almond-shaped eyes peek out from the corner of 9th and Flower in downtown Los Angeles. The big, black and white painting—dotted with a glamorous beaded headpiece—watches over the busy intersection near FIDM. The painter Robert Vargas created this elegant detail of a woman’s face in a matter of hours, with a model he found by chance working in the WaterMarke Tower where the new …

Scandinavian Design at Austere, Downtown Los Angeles

The new concept retail space brings Sweden's classic aesthetic to SoCal

It was an old auto showroom sitting empty at 9th Avenue and Hill Street in downtown Los Angeles, but as soon as brand consultant Fredrik Carlström—who originally hails from Sweden and now lives in New York—laid his eyes on it, he quickly knew it would become the home for his brand new Scandinavian design store, Austere. This “magazine you can walk through” is a new …