From Brunello Cucinelli’s latest outpost in the Palisades to the General Store’s less-is-more design philosophy, here’s what’s catching our eye
Words by PHOEBE DOHENY, ELIZABETH VARNELL, MARIE LOOK and NANDITA KHANNA
SPHERES OF INFLUENCE
Two Los Angeles-based creative teams, eyewear authorities Barton Perreira and jewelry innovators Spinelli Kilcollin — both devoted to the constant pursuit of spare architectural shapes — have teamed up to produce two styles that can be adored with various fine jewelry annulets. Customizable Lennon-esque limited-edition Kiso metal frames and Kuma metal-and-Japanese acetate designs launch this April with a groovy circular silhouette yet read thoroughly modern.
Brunello Cucinelli’s boutique is the latest addition to the Palisades Village. The starkly modern, 1,268-square-foot shop housing the Italian brand’s knitwear has opened with airy womenswear in natural fibers and earth tones: houndstooth double-breasted linen blazers, paper-bag belted cotton pants and shorts, and diaphanous silk skirts. For men, there is a dapper twist to tailored blazers with trim waists in lightweight cottons and textured linens, available in beach-ready sandy hues, and casual sportswear staples. 15225 Palisades Village Ln., Pacific Palisades.
Georg Jensen, Denmark’s heritage crafter of Scandinavian home wares, and West Coast interior design star Kelly Wearstler join forces for Frequency, a new contemporary decor collection of six sinuous polished steel pieces. Ranging from elegant hurricanes with handmade glass candleholders to sleek bowls, each features a wave-like ribbon motif, evoking the energy of the ocean. 351 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310-273-4741.
GET THE GENERAL IDEA
Mixing handcrafted objects, abundant plant life and elemental materials in a light-drenched, neutral-washed space, San Francisco- and Los Angeles-based design and lifestyle shop General Store is the modern Californian aesthetic in action. Its masterminds, married couple Serena Mitnik-Miller and Mason St. Peter (who have fine art and architectural practices, respectively), have pioneered this brand of warm minimalism since opening in the Outer Sunset 10 years ago. Now, three stores, one Instagram-famous home makeover (#ourtopangahome) and two children later they unpack their design philosophy in a new book, co-written with C senior editor Melissa Goldstein. Abode: Thoughtful Living With Less (Abrams Books, $35), makes a case for stripping your environment back and curating meaningful beauty; the title chimes with Marie Kondo-mania as well as the pursuit of the West Coast lifestyle made manifest.
For the last year, Sunrise Ruffalo (who is married to Academy Award-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo), has been running Sunny’s Pop, a jewel-box-like shop in the Catskills, where she and her husband live with their three children. From April 18 through May 19, she’s bringing her wares west to friend Maria Cornejo’s Melrose Place boutique. The four-week-long residency will include a selection of Ruffalo’s smartly sourced home goods and midcentury modern antiques, including handwoven alpaca throws from Madrid and glazed tableware from Philadelphia-based Felt+Fat. And exclusive to the L.A. pop-up, Sunny’s Pop collaborated with artist Benjamin Gillespie of Ovuud Design to create a scaled-down version of the artists’ Arc lamp, which is crafted out of lightly stained ash wood and illuminated by LEDs. “As a friend, I’ve always admired Sunrise’s style and amazing taste,” Cornejo says. “It makes it easy to collaborate.” Zero + Maria Cornejo, 8408 Melrose Pl., Los Angeles, 323-782-4915.
April 29, 2018