L.A. Design Discoveries

The sun-bleached metropolis is more design friendly than ever with these unfussy finds. 

Downtown Los Angeles gained a new concept store this summer in the Good Liver (705 Mateo St.; 213-947-3141; good-liver.com). Owner Bert Youn stocks a range of classic international housewares, including Danish horn cutlery, English gardening tools, and Japanese amber glassware in a wonderfully minimal setting. The global flavor continues in Helms Bakery District, where Danish manufacturer Carl Hansen & Søn (8745 Washington Blvd., Studio B; 310-842-8656; carlhansen.com) recently opened its first L.A. showroom. For local discoveries, design doesn’t get much more West Coast than that of fashion-turned furniture-designer James Perse (8687 Melrose Ave., Ste. B130; 323-606-7660; jamesperse.com). His casual beachy collections of furniture with names like Malibu and Brentwood are displayed in a 3,854-square-foot showroom in the Pacific Design Center. Family-owned trimming company Samuel & Sons (8687 Melrose Ave., Ste. B609; 310-893-3330; samuelandsons.com) also opened a new showroom at PDC, for all the finishing touches, including tiebacks, tassels, borders, and braids. Lastly, California titan Restoration Hardware (8772 Beverly Blvd.; 424-281-1326; restorationhardware.com) has redesigned its space in West Hollywood for its new and comprehensive RH Modern collection.