Behind LEGENDS 2016

May 3-5, thousands of design and architecture enthusiasts, tastemakers, and editors from across the country and around the world will descend upon Los Angeles for the annual LEGENDS event. Over 60 international, national, and local designers will transform La Cienega Design Quarter’s (LCDQ) romantic courtyards and alluring storefront windows inspired by the theme, One of a Kind. Now in its eighth year, LEGENDS has attracted more than 50,000 attendees, and this year’s event is slated to be even larger, playing host to over 33 activities including keynote panels, cocktail parties, book signings, presentations, and more.

We recently caught up with Lee Stanton, president of LCDQ, ahead of the event’s kickoff to get the inside scoop on this must-attend design event.

LCDQ sponsor deck_2016The LEGENDS event is now in its 8th year. How did it become such a phenomena among the design community?

The success of LEGENDS is based upon spirit—the spirit of the event itself, the spirit of LCDQ and our design community, and the spirit of Los Angeles. People from around the world come to LEGENDS to connect, collaborate, and get inspired. There really is no other event anywhere in the country quite like it. Beautiful people, beautiful weather, and beautiful design all in an energetic and creative space that I call the “Main Street of design.” The LEGENDS event started during the recession to pull together, motivate, and raise the disposition of our colleagues in the design community. Eight years later it continues to do just that and, as time evolves, so does the LEGENDS event.

Each year, LEGENDS embraces an overarching theme. Last year, we explored the world of muses. What can we expect from this year’s theme, One of a Kind?

The LCDQ is a unique community made up of showrooms with one-ofa- kind antiques and textiles, custom furniture and lighting, and original art. L.A. is a diverse, creative, and talented community. Therefore, One of a Kind is such an appropriate theme for the LEGENDS event. Today, designers are rejecting mass production and conformity, choosing to celebrate originality, diversity, and artisanship. Expect to see provocative displays with unique and rare objects.

Check out the video from last year!

One of the most anticipated design events, LEGENDS is 3-day celebration of design and the 2016 lineup features over 30 activities. If you had to pick just one event to attend, what would it be?

That is a tough one, but why not kick the celebration off with the Opening Gala sponsored by Coldwell Banker Previews International® at Fig & Olive? While at the Quarter, be sure to check out the 60+ window displays created by the most talented designers in the country. Get inspired and exchange ideas with design editors and icons at keynotes and panel discussions on trending topics.

We hear that Nate Berkus and Robert Stilin will be designing windows for your showroom this year … any secrets you can disclose?

I am fortunate to have two very talented and creative designers working on my windows. I don’t know exactly what they are each doing, but I can tell you that there is serious competition to outdo the other.

La Cienega Design Quarter is a leading destination for interior design, not to mention a treasure trove for exceptional finds. Will there be time to explore the shops and showrooms?

Realizing that the LEGENDS event is packed with lots to do, this year we decided to start the event a day earlier to provide guests the opportunity to come back on Friday and properly enjoy the 60+ showrooms on their own time.

As chair, what are your major contributions to the event?

My energy really goes into the planning for the event. Once I prepare my showroom, the actual event is my time to enjoy the creativity and inspiration from the hundreds of talented window designers, moderators, panelists, artisans, and book authors contributing to the event. LEGENDS, has been referred to as the “spring break for designers” and I intend to mingle, network, and enjoy the company of my fellow design enthusiasts. I hope you do the same!

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