Sunday, May 12, 2013


 It has been a great honor and a huge pleasure to design a window for Tufenkian Carpets at the La Cienega Design Quarter Legends event. The theme is "Time Capsule, the Past, Present and Future of Design". In my opinion Tony Duquette, the legendary Los Angeles designer, perfectly represents this theme. Hutton Wilkinson, president of  Tony Duquette Studio, has been an invaluable help by opening Dawnridge, Tony's Beverly Hills estate, his warehouse and fabrics designed by him for Jim Thompson Silks to me.
The window is huge, 37' wide, so I created vignettes representing each three phases. Above and below is Past, with a Tony Duquette Original green velvet sofa and coral table lamps, all circa 1950. The photo above the sofa is by Tim Street-Porter, the floor lamp by Tony Duquette for Remains Lighting.

The velvet covered chairs are reproductions of ones Tony owned, originally from a Venetian Palazzo. The red accent pillow is by OCARINE.

These are "Jewels for the Garden". They create a unique glow of shimmering gold at night. The area rug is Tufenkian.

This vignette, representing Present, shows furniture designed by Tony Duquette for Baker Furniture; the Biomorphic Console, the floor lamp, the pair of table lamps and the Insect Man. The glass pagoda is a Tony Duquette original.The black mirrored screen is my design, the area rugs by Tufenkian Carpets.

The Future is represented by Tony's "Phoenix Rising from its Flames" and the Crystal ball from Crystalarium.
Undoubtedly Tony Duquette will continue inspiring future generations keeping his magic spell alive.

The window is located at 501 North La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles. It is one block south of Melrose, on the west side of the street. It will be up for viewing until May 20. All photos are by Alexander Vertikoff.