Hot Interior Designers Take Over La Cienega for Design Fest

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The La Cienega Design Quarter event, Legends, fetes the design district and the industry's top movers and shakers, with a special panel being led by THR culture editor Degen Pener on Friday.

Legends, La Cienega Design Quarter’s annual celebration of all things interior design, descends upon the district on Wednesday, shining a spotlight on some of the most influential players in the worlds of architecture, home, fashion and art. Marking its sixth year, the three-day event runs today through May 9 with a roster of design-centric events held on the avenue between Beverly and Santa Monica Boulevards.

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The festivities kick off with this evening’s invitation-only gala, and continue with a number of sold-out panel discussions, including Thursday’s “Glamour: A Timeless Narrative” moderated by Architectural Digest’s West Coast editor Mayer Rus, who will explore today’s definition of glamour with interior designers Madeline Stuart, Shawn Henderson and The Rug Company CEO Christopher Sharp.

Tickets were also quickly snapped up for Friday’s keynote events, including the “Don’t Hate, Collaborate” discussion with Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators stars Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn Ireland, Nathan Turner and Jeffrey Alan Marks, moderated by Anthony Barzilay Freund, editor of 1st dibs’ Introspective Magazine.

Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter culture editor Degen Pener will lead a panel on Friday titled "Smoke and Mirrors: Hollywood’s Public/Private Residences," discussing the evolution of public and private spaces in Hollywood with architectural designer Scott Mitchell and interior designers Trip Haenisch and Natasha Baradaran.

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This will be followed by “Grand Estates: The Art of Building Big” with moderator Susan McFadden, editor-in-chief of California Homes, with panelists designer William Hefner, builder John Finton, interior and product designer Kerry Joyce and Russ Diamond, president of luxury kitchen appliance purveyor Snyder Diamond, later in the day.

No tickets? No problem. Design buffs can also get their fix at two days' worth of meet-and-greets, book signings and previews, including a sneak peek at Jacques Garcia’s collection for Baker Furniture on Thursday, and a show of Hollywood photographer Timothy White’s work featuring the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Brad Pitt, on show today through Friday at Gallery GO.

And no Legends event is complete without the annual showroom displays along La Cienega. This year’s takeover showcases the talents of more than 40 luminaries and their interpretations of this year’s book-inspired theme, “Novel Interiors: Storytelling by Design.” Participants include Diane Von Furstenberg, whose Out of Africa vignette commands the windows at The Rug Company, and Timothy Corrigan’s interpretation of Valley of the Dolls for Fuller Roberts. On Thursday and Friday, Lee Stanton’s interactive display at Stanton Court invites viewers to become part of the vignette, and use a selection of antique objects to style their own snapshot-worthy moment for the interactive photo booth.