West Coast chill was the vibe throughout the Santa Monica Airport’s retired open-air Barker Hangar for the second installment of the WestEdge Design Fair. Founders Troy Hanson and Megan Reilly hosted a curated selection of independent local California designers, a few from the New York hipster scene, some international up and comers, and a diverse group of established brands that made the show comfortable and edgy. The hangar’s cozy indoor/outdoor experience felt more like a backyard BBQ than a stuffy trade show. The fair featured a color-changing cabana bar by Café Bella, exterior furniture by Wayfair, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres grilled by Kalamazoo Outdoor Grill. Entertaining us in between the opening night party for Heal the Bay and the A+D Museum’s cocktail soiree was Mr. Delicious himself – Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Troy Pennington, and the fabulous Kathryn Ireland. Here are a few of the booths and attractions that turned heads:
Who says you need to live in an weathered urban loft or warehouse to have exposed cement walls? Resource Furniture didn’t. Their CONCRETEWALL cement-looking wallpaper is amazing! Custom printed, washable, non-flammable, and UV resistant this cement feels like the real thing down to the touch and scrape of a cinder block. With over 50 styles to choose from you can change your boring drywall into a textured authentic landscape.
Elish Warlop – Hoop Sconce
The Hoop Shade wall sconce we discovered was both playful and elegant – everything that a thin indirectly lit brass tube wall sconce could be. The energy-efficient LED lamps are thoughtfully concealed in a small cavity inside the brass tubing creating an affair between the light and shadows on the back wall. Sophisticated and deep with a touch of whimsy.
Cerno – Fortis Sconce
Nick Sheridan of Cerno and Caleb Siemon of Siemon & Salazar don’t live far from each other unless you count the congested downtown Laguna Beach traffic the summer brings. Their first major collaboration, the Fortis sconce, unites Cerno’s energy-efficient LED technology, with solid brass, reclaimed walnut wood, and a multi-layered bubble glass sheet by Siemon & Salazar. The result is a work of art that is entirely designed and made in the USA, using responsible manufacturing and energy-efficient technology incorporated in a stunning piece of craftsmanship and design.
Who thought refrigerators could be so cool? Please excuse the pun. Smeg, the Italian upmarket appliance maker, turned the refrigerator into the latest got-to-have fashion accessory with fun punchy colors to cheer up any office. Our top instragram post from the WestEdge Design Fair proves it’s a crowd favorite and that people don’t mind the name Smeg.
Maurice Connolly – Orbit Chandelier
The winner of our reclaimed art award is none other than Maurice Connolly’s Orbit chandelier. Weighing in at 40lbs was the 36” diameter Orbit comprised of interlooping wine barrel stays (rings) riveted together, creating symmetrical shapes and patterns. This is not a do-it-yourself reclaimed project but rather a study in geometry, shadows, and light. Maurice’s work emphasizes the energy of light and dark and their effect on space.
Pelle – Bubble Chandelier
Brooklyn based Oliver Pelle has a keen attention to detail that is witnessed throughout his neatly tailored leather wrapped Bubble Chandeliers. The delicate and airy blown-glass globes are attracted to each other like an invisible magnetic relationship. The incandescent G40 clear glass lamps hide within the hand worked glass to create depth and brightness that reminds us of crystal reflections. Look for their proprietary LED G40 lamp to hit the market soon.
David Trubridge – Coral Pendants
The New Zealand native rounded out his US exhibition by showcasing his suite of colorful bamboo fixtures in different shapes and hues that bring us back to nature. The bamboo comes in natural, caramel, or black and can be done with a variety of fun colors on the inside including matching any paint color you have for a slight upcharge. These are the perfect fixtures for creative environments and public places. Each fixture is responsibly manufactured and flat-packed in a responsible manner.
Niche Modern – Crystalline & Pointelle Pendants
Designer Jeremy Pyles and Becky Gordon of Niche Modern showed their newest collection from this past summer, Crystalline, with it’s retro shapes and funky colors. Also unveiled was the Pointelle series of pendants with a contemporary spin on classic Italian style glass. Long in length and with a continuous flow of glass, these fixtures look great layered together with their dusty deep colors of blue and brown. With a closed bottom these would make the perfect entry-way or stairwell type chandelier. Made to order by American glassworkers in Beacon New York.
Siemon & Salazar – Happy Kiss Pendants
Caleb Siemon and Carmen Salazar’s Happy Kiss pendant chandelier makes us smile:) Made of lead-free crystal, hand beaten glass, and love, the indentations create a wavy reflection that mimics how sunlight and water play with each other on the horizon. Available in many different colors, configurations, and lengths, this could be the perfect dining room centerpiece or an awesome entry way light. Contact Lightopia for customization sizes and specifications.
Bocci – 28 Series
Omer Arbel’s 28 series of hand-blown glass pendants and copper wiring looked like a fine piece of museum art that glowed with the innocence and quiet that beauty can bring. The dark Oxblood shiny translucent glass paired with Nutmeg and Amber nestled interestingly alongside raw copper and glowing white orbs, evoking a magical sense of free flowing vines of light. The stems can be moved and bent during installation to get the perfect play of curves. With over 50 choices of glass the 28 series of hand-blown glass pendants come in either opaque, translucent, or satellite style glass. With all the options available, Lightopia can help consult with you to build a complimentary fixture suited for your space.
Ames Ingham – Lanterns
Simple lanterns and simple lines are difficult to find. Ames Ingham focuses on creating streamlined frames of glass with a degree in clean straight welding. The metal and glass work silently together to create lanterns that feel completely united and singular in their form and existence. The cross frame designs and small socket work are smart and well detailed. These fixtures intend to be in a room to help quiet down a space and maintain calm and order while staying elegant and refined. Made by hand in Los Angeles.