Sunday, June 20, 2010

"EYE" for Design

I had a great weekend visiting with friends and family, celebrating my birthday and honoring Father's Day...a lot of things packed into 3 days! Thanks to all of you who made the weekend extra special, and to the loving fathers out there - you are appreciated!

In honor of Father's Day, I am paying tribute to a father-son team that has great eye for design. Larry Leight co-founded Oliver Peoples Eyewear and opened the first shop in L.A. in 1991 with two shops following in New York. Recently, Garrett Leight followed in his father's footsteps and opened up his own "optical eyewear gallery" in California - A. Kinney Court. The shop not only features stylish eyewear but also music, books, clothing and footwear. Also like his father, Garrett hired designer Ilan Dei who designed all three of the Oliver Peoples shop locations. Dei brought in many natural elements and shapes that mimic the beach and surf, and handmade displays and fixtures give this space a hip (yet peaceful) atmosphere. I think I may have to invest in some new shades for summer!

A plywood display is the main focal point, and the checkout counter features
a mirror top and vacuum-formed front and side panels.

Redwood trunks make up the stools and base of table.

New and used books fill the store.

The existing concrete floors were sealed.

A large, painted sphere serves as the shop's signage.

A displasy case with mirror cladding wraps around a structural column.

Images from Interior Design Magazine. View article here.

I just love this space! Hope you had a great weekend!

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