You've all heard the old maxim: good design never goes out of style. Want proof? This week in Los Angeles, some of the country's top designers paid homage to legendary decorators before them, incorporating their signature styles in new and exciting ways. In over 40 windows throughout the city's La Cienega Design Quarter, designers from all over the country created vignettes that prove the lasting style of design icons from decades (and some, even centuries) before them. Click through to become acquainted with 43 of the most important designers in history—and today's creatives who admire them.
The Grand Dame of preppy interiors, Draper outfitted such iconic spaces as the Greenbrier and Arrowhead Springs hotels, both of which feature her beloved Brazilliance wallpaper. In the window at Serena & Lily on Melrose Avenue, California-based took a break from her usual neutral interiors and channelled Draper's resort chic with rattan, stripes, topiaries, and a photograph featuring a retro poolside scene.
Paris-based Pinto was "the master of converging cultural aesthetics," explains of the late designer's penchant for finding inspiration from far-flung parts of the globe. To pay homage to that, she outfitted the window at Janet Yonaty on Melrose with rugs, pottery, and accessories found in Morocco, custom Iskel wallcovering, and Schuyler Samperton fabric inspired by a home Pinto designed in Lisbon. Altogether, the space—and Pinto's mastery of mixing—embodies the belief that "all cultures can harmoniously coexist," Austin says.
Indisputably one of the greatest architects of all time, Dame Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-British talent and the first woman to receive the prestigious Pritzker Prize for architecture, also dabbled in interiors. At the Una Malan showroom, designer filled a window with organic shapes in metal finishes, both trademarks of Hadid's work. She dubbed the space "Icons in the Shadows" in a nod to how often creative women of color are overlooked.
Founder of beloved Bennison Fabrics, Geoffrey Bennison was a renowned British designer and antiques dealer. In his window at Jonas, designer Alex Papachristidis reflects both Bennison's talent for fabric design (with a Bennison pattern on the wall) and his knowledge of art and antiques, which fill the space.
"Madeleine Castaing was known for mixing colors and pattern she was truly a woman before her time," explains designer Sasha Bikoff, who commissioned custom screens in Castaing's trademark pairing of floral and leopard print for her window. " I live by her design philosophy that spaces should inspire, be unique, and have a great sense of creative energy. I referenced classic Castaing interiors using European antiques, a French Aubusson, and silk drapery and paired it with aqua neon lights and custom screens that reflect more of my 1980s deco revival aesthetic which highlights this idea that traditional interiors can also feel modern, young, and fun."
French designer Pierre Paulin became famous for his uniquely-shaped furniture pieces, which, at the time, were seen as daringly modern. Today, they fetch high prices at auctionplaced a Paulin bench in the window of Kelly Morris's shop and hung a sculptural light by Neptune Glassworks above it, then flanked it with art pieces that emphasize its shape.
"He’s one of my design idols," gushes New York-based Fuller of Henri Samuel, the French designer whose clients included fashion icon Hubert de Givenchy. "He’s known for doing classic interiors and mixing in avant garde, and I do that in my spaces as well," says Fuller. In her window, the designer paired églomisé (painted-glass) panels by MJ Atelier with a rug by Alexander McQueen, a modern chandelier from Maison Gerard, and contemporary artwork.
Australian-born Rose Cumming arrived in New York in 1917 with her sister, a silent film star. Soon, she had a successful business as a decorator, fabric designer, and shop owner. She became famous for her shop's window displays, which were left lit overnight and featured an array of furniture and more humble accessories—much like the imaginary café created by Jake Alexander in his window.
After a successful career in acting was halted by scandal involving Haines being gay, the onetime screen star took up interior design, creating interiors in Los Angeles for some of the era's biggest stars, including Joan Crawford and Gloria Swanson. Like Haines, designer Jeff Andrews also had a starry former career (he was once a backup dancer for Janet Jackson) and boasts a roster of celeb clients (Kaley Cuoco and the Kardashians among them).
Danish talent Verner Panton was known for his creative use of plastic and his embrace of bold color, both of which are on full display inwindow at Mehraban.
In the window at Arteriors, designer Dan Mazzarini paid homage to Gibbons, who was not an interior designer—he was a set decorator, one of the most famous ones of the mid-20th century. His most famous design? The Oscar statue. Mazzarini recalled this heritage in his windows with vintage film equipment and movie posters.
Toronto-based also honored Gibbons in her window, dubbed "Dinner at Eight," which featured an all-white set of fringe, ostrich features, and flowers, plus an architectural folding screen and rug backdrop (from hist Marc Phillips) that recall Gibbons' style of Art Deco-esque architectural decoration.
Though not a trained designer, avid horticulturalist, gardener, art collector, and philanthropist Bunny Mellon made indelible marks on the field of landscape and garden design (in fact, she even redesigned the White House's Rose Garden on a request from John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy, friends of hers). In their LCDQ window, the husband-and-wife duo behind recall Mellon's love of both plants and patina.
Founder, with Kennedy White House decorator Sister Parish, of the legendary design firm Parish Hadley (where some of today's best designers trained), Hadley devised interiors for the likes of Babe Paley, Oscar de la Renta, Brooke Astor, and Al Gore. Despite his star-studded client list, Isbell notes, Hadley "was passionate that style didn't have a price point. He would take something that was the equivalent of Costco and put it with a valuable antique."
Isbell decided to pay homage both to Hadley and the design process in his window at Gracie. "I had an Albert hadley sketch I bought at Gerald bland and I made 650 copies and crumpled them," Isbell says. Meanwhile, the scenic wallpaper on the back wall starts out as a sketch on the left and then becomes more complete as the eye moves right.
Tammy Connor similarly honored Hadley, opting for simplicity and timelessness in her neutral, textural space.
Speaking of Sister Parish, the designer to the Kennedys (and many more) got her own window design by who devised a wallpaper to look like bookshelves full of Sister-approved tomes and accessories, then installed updates on the classic peacock chairs and a table covered in a Sister Parish pattern, part of the textile line recently reintroduced by Sister's granddaughter and great-granddaughter.
British-born Gibbings was known for his modern furniture designs, which Emily Summers reflects in her windows at McKinnon & Harris.
Though best known as a photographer (he shot such icons as Queen Elizabeth and The Duke and Duchess of Windsor), Beaton was multi-talented, also dabbling in painting, costume design, and, yes, interior design. Designer captures Beaton's penchant for extravagant interiors and his love of gardening in a subtle, monochrome in this chinoiserie panel-backed space.
Architectural pioneer van der Rohe, onetime director of the famed Bauhaus school, pushed the design world towards a super-simplified style. Designer Kari Arendsen reflects this vision with clear, geometric rectangles in which she's placed carefully-selected furniture pieces against a backdrop of trees, to mimic the interaction with nature found in many of van der Rohe's glass-walled houses.
If you're wondering just how influential Elsie de Wolfe (aka Lady Mendl) was to design, consider the fact that The New Yorker once proclaimed that "interior design as a profession was invented by Elsie de Wolfe." She began her practice in New York around the turn of the 20th century, where she worked for families with such illustrious names as Vanderbilt, Morgan, and Frick. In 1913, she published her thoughts on design in The House in Good Taste. Designer Kelly Schandel presented a modernized take on de Wolfe complete with a neon sign depicting one of her (many) famous quotes.
This American designer was best known for his interiors at for the Elrod House in Palm Springs, California, designed by legendary architect John Lautner. The space became iconic in its own right, playing host to fashion shows by Bill Blass, Playboy parties, and as a backdrop in the 1971 James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever. Designer Kenna Mazaros pays homage to this disco-era fame with modern furniture and a glitzy, graphic backdrop.
Irish architect and furniture designer Gray pushed the boundaries of modern furniture design. In their window at Hammer & Spear, Klein Agency pays tribute to this aesthetic with a setup of simple, Gray-inspired chairs against a gold backdrop.
Italian architect Renzo Mongiardino also found success in the film industry, earning two Oscar nominations for set decoration. Unlike many of his peers, Mongiardino resisted modernism, choosing instead to use antiques in new ways. Designer Kristi Nelson channelled this style, pairing furniture and accessories from various eras in her window. "Renzo Mongiardino's richly layered patterns, textures and colors draw you into his rooms to thoroughly investigate and experience them," she explains. "Details abound big and small. He also references the past and present in ways that I relate to greatly."
After Turkish-born Aliton moved to Los Angeles, he became an important figure in California design in the 1980s. He designed homes belonging to Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra, always prioritizing hte needs and behavior of his clients. vignette, the designer says, "pays homage to his quietly layered, worldly, and distinctly masculine aesthetic."
Another famous California designer, Taylor was an early pioneer of the now-ubiquitous look of open, airy spaces, organic touches, and lots of white—as well as the concept of indoor-outdoor living. —who also exceed in creating comfortable outdoor spaces—paid tribute to Taylor's world with natural materials, greenery, and light.
The ultimate maximalist, Tomny Duquette studied under Elsie de Wolfe before moving to Los Angeles and finding success as a stage and set designer. Martyn Lawrence Bullard seems the perfect present-day creative to channel him—Bullard's penchant for over-the-top exuberance is clear from this window.
Meanwhile, Phillip Nimmo paid homage to Duquette's penchant for repurposing objects in his designs, crafting a layered, textural space from shells, beads, and more.
Though Syrie Maugham, the British decorator of the 1920s and 30s, was best known for her use of all-white, designer Nicole Gordon chose to imagine a different type of room in her window: the home Maugham created for legendary fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, which was never photographed. This space makes use of bold color, unexpected texture (like in a furry Haas Brothers sculpture) and shapely furniture.
As cofounder of the Wiener Werkstätte, Viennese architect and designer Hoffmann believed in the intersection of craft, art, and design. In her window, Maryann Schicketanz nods to this belief by hanging furniture pieces as art—against a graphic background that recalls the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements the Werkstätte inspired.
Mexican designer Luis Barragan is best known for his use of saturated color (if you're in Mexico City, stop by his magenta house) and modern lines, both of which prove inspiration in Max Humphrey's ode to the Pritzker prizewinner.