Connecticut-based Interlude Home looks to make a stylish splash with its first West Coast showroom
Words by JAKE HEDDAEUS
Good things come to those who wait. After a four-year search, Interlude Home has established residence on a prestigious block of Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood, joining the likes of interior designer favorites Cassina and Diva, among other luxury furniture showrooms.
When the Connecticut-based furniture and custom upholstery company began looking for a space on the West Coast, Wendy King Philips — who serves as creative director alongside her husband, Carl, Interlude Home’s owner and president — knew that location would be everything. Having started the search nearly half a decade ago, the brand’s first foray into the Los Angeles market came in the form of a shop-in-shop at H.D Buttercup in Helms Bakery District, already a Culver City hub for interior design.
“It proved that we were going to be successful,” Wendy says of the positive response to the shop-in-shop. “But we needed to be able to design our own space and be very fashion-forward with how we do it.” Now, with a stand-alone showroom all its own, Interlude is ready for its Golden State vision to be actualized.
The newly opened showroom in West Hollywood boasts high ceilings and 2,500 square feet to not only display a wide range of furniture and accessories, but also to create a world that articulates the brand’s vision. Sectionals and daybeds have soft curves, taking the shape of a teardrop motif you might see on a paisley-printed frock fresh off the runway. Casegoods, like dressers and nightstands, are fabricated with animal hides, resulting in a perfect marriage of fashion and function. Accessories are abundant, offering sculptural decor ranging from interlocking bronze rings to knotted acrylic candlesticks to molecule-shaped objets with blush marble details.
“We needed to be able to design our own space and be very fashion-forward with how we do it”
WENDY KING PHILIPS
Partners in life and business, Carl and Wendy make a dynamic duo. Wendy was working in fashion advertising when she met Carl, who owned Interlude Home, then a homegoods company that was selling mostly accessories at the time. Together they decided the brand needed to recalibrate to develop a distinct voice and began the journey of what Interlude Home has become today. While Wendy oversees the creative vision, leveraging her years of experience working in luxury markets at W Magazine and Women’s Wear Daily, Carl handles the operational side of things but retains a keen eye for design.
Explaining the brand’s mantra of “fashion-inspired living,” Wendy says interiors are similar to garments in that colors and textures have an inherent impact on the way people feel. The showroom’s predominantly neutral palette has a calming effect, but upon closer inspection, textural details such as plush sheepskin and charcoal ceruse-finished woods delight the senses.
With its 2006 acquisition of an upholstery manufacturing company based in Virginia, Interlude Home also offers American-made, custom furniture range in myriad fabrics. Acrylic has proven to be an enduring material for the brand — as seen in its extensive range of dining chairs and coffee tables — resulting in designs that manage to simultaneously make a statement while blending in. In a sea of beige, ivory and taupe, the earth tones are complemented by hardware details and shiny accessories — like an ensemble that’s been polished off with the perfect piece of jewelry.
With its versatility and balance of details both subtle and dazzling, Interlude Home is poised to thrive in L.A., a city where laid-back SoCal living is contrasted with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Just like the city it now calls home: “It’s glamorous,” Wendy says of the decor and furnishings brand. “If you want it to be.”
8900 Beverly Blvd., Ste. 106, West Hollywood.
Sept. 25, 2020
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