West Edge Design Fair with #BlogTourCali

This is the view from The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica that I woke to on Day 1 of Blog Tour California (aka #BlogTourCali on social media). Recently I was lucky enough to join a group of designers and design bloggers on the inspiration-packed trip organized by Modenus, a web hub that connects designers and suppliers. The sight of palm trees, mountains and the Pacific was a suitable visual kickstart to five days of great food, wine, stunning scenery and tons of design news.

Here’s the whole group at our first stop, a scrumptious lunch at the Miele showroom in Beverley Hills.

The dishes prepared in Miele’s high tech Combination Steam-Convection Ovens were as pleasing to the eye as to the palate. Steam cooking is fast, allowing foods to retain their colour and nutrients.

Next it was off to the West Edge Design Fair, held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Without a doubt Tracey Hiner’s Black Crow Studios booth was an eye-popping highlight. These wallflowers sure are anything but shrinking violets!

The folks behind the web site Design Milk pulled together a stunning booth comprised of artisanal goods by makers based along the West Coast, dubbed SuperPAC (Pac for Pacific). There was so much goodness in this booth it could be its own blog post, and in fact it is. Check out the Design Milk post for more info and links.

Here’s a closer look as the luscious fibre creations of Tanya Anguiniga on the back wall of the SuperPAC booth. Definitely not your Momma’s macramé!

West Edge wasn’t my first glimpse of American Standard’s latest brand extension called DXV, but it solidified this sweetie as my favourite in the line. I like the historical design references of the Landfair faucet and it comes in the most stunning platinum nickel finish. I’ll choose a shiny nickel over a warm metal every time.

Here’s a lesson in simple but effective booth design. Doris Leslie Blau. Wow.

A glamorous modern chandelier, the Helios by Zia Priven. Lovely people, beautiful designs.

Love the mix of materials and texture in the Burlap collection from Sun Valley Bronze.

And finally, why not a $70,000 glass pool table? The folks at Calma e Gesso once again prove that the Italians know luxury.

I have so much more to share about Blog Tour California. Hope you’ll come back for the next installment.

Photo credits:
1, 3-6, 8-12. Photo by Margot Austin

2, 7. Photo by Chasen West 

Margot Austin