Designer Derek Lam's Favorite Los Angeles Shops
Fashion designer Derek Lam now lives in New York City, but he was born and raised in California, and still makes frequent trips to the state for both work and play. "One of the reasons I go out West is to get a different perspective on housewares and furniture," Lam says. "There’s this kind of fantasy of living on Big Sur—a little organic but very chic. I love that very Californian mix: nature and rusticity, but also this incredible refinement and warmth." Here, Lam shares his go-to home design shops in Los Angeles.
"For anybody who’s in love with design, JF Chen is a mecca. You feel like you’re in the most incredible flea market, but everything has a pedigree. I’ll find something from William Haines next to club chairs from Sweden that are destroyed and perfect. You could lose several days browsing here."
"Lief is so refreshing. It has a Scandi feel: cozy and quiet. They make amazing outdoor furniture. Go here after JF Chen—it’s a nice palate cleanser." Viggo Boesen lounge chair, $33,350.
"I love the laid-back L.A. vibe. I go to Galerie Half for inspiration. I like how they mix pieces. You’ll see furniture from names like Kjærholm, but they bring in rustic and ethnic pieces, too. It’s an eclectic, Midcentury style."
"The pieces at Lucca Antiques are so inviting. It’s the furniture equivalent of buying the most beautiful basic T-shirt—it’s all about the proportions."