LCDQ Legends 2019: Everything Designers Need to See

Jessica Ritz
Here’s what you need to check out during the LCDQ LEGENDS, taking place May 7-9 in Los Angeles

LCDQ Legends, the relatively brief but densely packed celebration of the Los Angeles interior design community, is coming up next week. Since 2008, the member showrooms and businesses of the La Cienega Design Quarter collaboratively host a series of lectures, panels, signings, social gatherings, and fundraisers, starting with the Shop the Quarter and Breakfast in Bed kickoff at Kreiss on the morning of Tuesday, May 7. Registration fees start at $95, and festivities continue through Thursday, May 9. With so much packed into just a few days, AD PRO outlines everything you need to be sure to check out to make the most of this year's Legends.

Learn from the Masters

Legends will celebrate Bunny Williams and Suzanne Rheinstein as LCDQ's first “Living Legends” honorees. Both designers will be fêted during the opening celebration at Fig & Olive on the evening of Tuesday, May 7. On May 8 at 11 a.m., Williams will be in conversation with Elle Decor's Whitney Robinson at Dragonette Ltd., preceded by a book signing of Williams's latest tome, Love Affairs with Houses. Rheinstein will appear with Jill Waage of Traditional Home at Jonas on Thursday, May 9, at 11 a.m.

Who better than Peter Shire, a Los Angeles native, irreverent creative force, and the lone American originally affiliated with the Memphis Group, to catalyze a discussion about the relativity of taste? Interior designer Oliver M. Furth and Sean Yashar of communication agency The Culture Creative will present "Peter Shire: Good Taste" at the Farrow & Ball flagship showroom. Shire, Furth, and Yashar will offer an artist and curator tour of the installation on Tuesday, May 7, at noon. This temporary exhibition is part of the duo's ongoing Furth Yashar & curatorial project, and is open to the public through May 11.

Get Your Summer Beach Read Now

Designers and authors will be scattered around the LCDQ, talking about and signing recent publications. Hammer & Spear hosts Adele Cygelman (Arthur Elrod: Desert Modern Design), Penny Drue Baird (On Interior Design), Patrick Sutton (Storied Interiors), and Landry Design Group (Modern to Classic II: Residential Estates) as part of the “Meet the Authors” series on Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 765 N. La Cienega Boulevard. On Thursday at 2:30 p.m., "Meet the Authors II" takes place at Mecox at 919 N. La Cienega Boulevard, with Kerry Joyce (The Intangible), Margot Shaw (Living Floral), Jeff Andrews (The New Glamour: Interiors with Star Quality), Veere Grenney (Veere Grenney: A Point of View on Decorating), and Suzanne Kasler (Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity). Tim Street-Porter and Annie Kelly will sign copies of Splash: The Art of the Swimming Pool during the happy hour cocktail reception on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at the Martyn Lawrence Bullard Showroom, alongside a celebration of Bullard's new collection for Corbett Lighting.

Study Up

The event will include information aplenty regarding various areas of professional development for designers. On Wednesday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. at Christopher Farr at 748 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Annie Kelly, Thomas Jayne, Madeline Stuart, Lee Ledbetter, and Jeffry Weisman discuss "Navigating the Book Publishing World."

A media-savvy panel, including publicists Christina Juarez and Lauren Urband, designer Jeffrey Alan Marks, and others, will discuss the topic of "Pro or No: Do You Need to Hire a PR Agent?" on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Marc Phillips.

Thursday's calendar offers a working lunch session that focuses on "Designing Your Digital Brand," with Helen Millson of 1stdibs, at 910 N. La Cienega Boulevard, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Leave Some Time for Fun

Sharp opinions will fly during “Love It or Hate It” with Anna Brockway at Marc Phillips. The Chairish cofounder will pose a series of quick-fire questions to panelists Mary MacDonald, Bobby Berk, Nate Berkus, Jeremiah Brent, Leanne Ford, Robert Rufino, and Nathan Turner on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. The event is always a crowd favorite, and the hot takes on what may be in or out are sure to surprise viewers.

Bring your sense of humor to the “Design Dating Game” on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Alt for Living and Remains Lighting, featuring a Legends twist on the classic game show. Alt for Living owner Analisse Taft-Gersten sets up designer Drew McGukin to pick his own interior designer from a mystery contestant pool with competing contenders Jamie Bush, Sasha Bikoff, Meg Joannides, and Neal Beckstedt. Tacos, margaritas, and mariachi music will follow the big reveal.

The Save Iconic Architecture Project promises good fun for a great cause at its first disco benefit. “A Night for Preservation” will be held on Wednesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available, and proceeds support the historic architecture advocacy and activist efforts of the organization, which was cofounded by designers Jaime Rummerfield and Ron Woodson.