Neutral objects balance out the abundant greenery.
Suzanne Lovell's window design was inspired by literary journeys.
Soft yellows and cozy chairs will make viewers want to curl up and read on the spot.
Nate Berkus' window display channels Mexico city.
Last week, the shops of the La Cienega Design Quarter temporarily proffered control of their front window spaces to interior designers as part of the fourth annual LEGENDS of La Cienega event. Although in the past exclusive to local LA designers, this year’s LEGENDS broadened its scope to include top designers and a few up-and-comers from around the nation and even the world—among them Nate Berkus and Suzanne Lovell of Chicago. The expansion pays appropriate homage to the 2012 theme, Windows to the World.
For his display, Nate Berkus channeled Mexico City behind the window of antiques and furniture shop Hollywood at Home. In true Berkus style, the display draws on vibrant colors, with neutral geometric objects balancing out the floor-to-ceiling greenery. The result is a space that literally brings the outdoors in.
Just a few blocks north, Suzanne Lovell designed a display at Hollyhock, an eclectic antiques and decorative arts store. Rather than spotlighting a single location as her muse, Lovell was inspired by literary journeys—the places discovered when reading a book. Her space reflects that idea with soft yellows and cozy chairs, just begging for a relaxing book read. The window displays will remain up until May 18.