At first glance, the Parachute Market, last weekend's curated collective of directional design resources, could easily intimidate the uninitiated. Nifty food truck out front, check; attractive hipsters with beards and hats (not necessarily worn together), check; dialed in DJ spinning perfect soundtrack for browsing high end design, mimosa bar, juice bar and artisanal snacks check, check and double check.
However, in spite of the fact the designers and architects represented included many of the southland's most impactful and prominent, the vibe remained friendly, inclusionary and most notably passionate. Honestly, I've seen more attitude thrown around at the Gap.
The premiere artists, designers and curators showing inside the cavernous JF Chen showroom in West Hollywood were eager to talk about what they do, how they do it and why.
Jill Elizabeth, the artist and creator behind the company Untitled Rug, explained she began working with textiles after being diagnosed with toxic poisoning as a result of working with a previous medium.
Greg Wooten, co-owner of The Window gallery in Los Angeles happily discussed the construction of mid-century wooden sculpture and furnishings; Aeryn Shein enthusiastically presented his sculptural art and jewelry; and the twin Koharik brothers at Collected patiently answered my questions about the limited edition leather desk (sold!), inspired lighting, and a table top that turned out to be constructed from sliced pine cones.
Puppy love. This piece was part of the contemporary art shown by Alexandre Huygevelde of San Francisco's Gallery 925.
Reflecting on design: A birdhouse from The Field Research Studio of the Otto Design Group.
Leather tote ($550) from Alchemy Works...it is described as a "Men's Bag" designed by Stephen Kenn -but since when did that stop me? LOVE!
Los Angeles darlings of design, Scout Regalia were in the house to showcase their super-fun furnishings, fixtures, lean-to's and bikes.
Stripes are always classic. Paper mache zebra and stacked Louis Vuitton trunks (below) were shown by Big Daddy's Antiques.
Perforated steel Mathieu Lanterns ($525) from Atelier de Troupe.
The concept behind the biannual event is to showcase iconic, period pieces alongside work that is destined to represent the era in which we live. Organizers Bianca Chen and Coryander Friend are hoping to reinvent the typical design show into something with more of a gallery feel. If you ask me, it worked.
I'll be sure to let you know when they are planning their next show, until then, Friend and Chen have created a brand new e-commerce website for virtual browsing.