Stellar Works launches LA showroom, Miami outpost for Aerin and more
With spring fast approaching, design brands are preparing for the end of winter hibernation by sprucing up existing showrooms and opening new spaces. In our monthly recap, BOH brings together all the expansions and openings to have on your radar.
Showroom Spotlight: Stellar Works Launches New Outpost in Los Angeles
Just months after opening a New York flagship, Shanghai-based design brand Stellar Works has established itself on the country’s sunny coast. In mid-February, the company opened a new showroom in Los Angeles, located at 1701 West Pico Boulevard. Located between the Koreatown and Downtown neighborhoods, the former 1920s warehouse has been redesigned by Jagar Architecture, with the firm now sharing the space with Stellar Works.
Courtesy of Stellar Works
The idea of making the spot a joint venture between the two brands began when the director and founder of Jagar Architectures (and collaborator of Stellar Works) Jose Antonio Gonzalez approached Stellar Works to collaborate after purchasing the emptied 7,000 square foot industrial space. For Stellar Works, the bid provided the perfect opportunity to grab another major design center in the United States, one of the fastest growing markets for the brand in the world. Inside, the space features high ceilings with wide beams and opening front windows for an expanded entrance, a feature the brand hopes to use when hosting outdoor parties and events. . In addition to showcasing Stellar Works’ core collections, the showroom hosts a variety of recently launched furniture and lighting from Nendo, OEO Studio, Neri & Hu and Space Copenhagen, as well as the American debut of Michele From Luccathe new Float sofa system and Sebastian HerknerReception cabinet.
“As with all showrooms in New York, we don’t have the ability to show a full selection of our Stellar Works collection, but in Los Angeles we certainly have the ability to have a very wide range of pieces, ranging from sofas, lounge chairs, bar chairs, tables. It really shows the breadth of the Stellar Works range,” says Andrew Yang, US CEO of Stellar Works. “It’s been a great opportunity for both companies to be in one space – and a space that has been so painstakingly renovated by [Gonzalez].”
Southern California-based modern lighting design studio Cerno has opened its first showroom in Aliso Viejo, California. Located in the same facility as the company’s 20,000 square foot factory, the new space showcases Cerno’s latest designs, classic items and new ideas, while serving as the brand’s venue for hosting events for interior designers, architects and sales reps.
Britt Marie Alm, founder of gardening and fiber brand Love Fest Fibers, has opened a new studio space and retail store in San Francisco. The Britt-Marie Alm Design Studio showcases a range of handcrafted yarn products in knit, crochet and hanger styles using a weaving technique Alm learned from Tibetan artisans.
Luxury lifestyle brand Aerin has opened its fourth storefront in the Miami Design District. With interiors designed by a French designer Jacques Grange and architect based in Florida Jeff Smith, the space was inspired by the Mediterranean of the 1960s and 1970s, with wood accents and a pale color palette providing a bright and airy backdrop for a vibrant selection of home decor and lifestyle items . As well as Aerin’s classic collection, the new store features offerings from Alix de Bohême, Lisa Marie Fernandez and Johanna Ortiz – highlights include a bright green linen Jacques Grange sofa and a vintage Portuguese console table topped with blue tiles and white Jose Canudo.
Sustainably sourced hardwood furniture company The Source has launched its new 4,500 square foot flagship showroom in New York’s Flatiron District. Fitted with 18-foot high ceilings and hand-crafted light fixtures by a Bali-based designer Ong Cen Kuangthe new space houses a design center and build your own table area accompanied by a display wall of vivid tile table tops, as well as a wide range of products made from reclaimed materials and a selection of soft goods from Toronto – based on the Gus Modern brand.
Architecture and residential design firm Studio SFW, co-founded by Erin Fearins and Ward Welche, has opened a design boutique in Rhinebeck. The new House SFW retail store offers a selection of handcrafted furniture, tableware and linens from around the world, in addition to a selection of art, lighting, collectibles, books and curiosities.
Zuo Modern has moved into a new, expanded showroom at the International Home Furnishings Center in High Point, NC. At 30,000 square feet, the updated space is nearly 30% larger than Zuo’s previous showroom and opens directly into a brightly colored candy store designed to look like a speakeasy at the old, where visitors can buy sweets like cotton candy. Beyond that, the brand offers a wide range of products, showcasing upholstered seating and accent pieces in a mix of modern, contemporary and industrial chic mid-century styles.
Upholstery and accents resource Spectra Home has expanded its High Point location in the 200 N. Hamilton building, adding 6,500 square feet of space to its existing 9,500 square foot showroom. With the additional space, the brand will showcase a wider assortment of products, including Christina @ Home showcases, created in collaboration with the HGTV star Christina Hackand new designs from Spectra USA, Spectra Leather and Spectra Upholstery.
Room & Board has unveiled its new showroom in Austin, where a 12,000 square foot space houses the brand’s range of home décor items, as well as bedroom settings and a design center. Visitors can also participate in free design services at the new center, including virtual video design appointments.
Homepage Photo: Inside Stellar Works’ New Los Angeles Showroom | Courtesy of Stellar Works