11:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday – Saturday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sunday
To continue on our theme of LA Cool that was started in the inspiring design store Twentieth, a short jump across town brings us to Maxfield. A concept store, Maxfield is home to a fantastic selection of obscure avant-garde fashion designers as well as high fashion labels. To house this collection of high fashion combined with Vintage and Gothic Rock jewelry, exquisite candles and a variety fashion and home accessories the LA Architecture firm Standard created an austere concrete block building that is a part of the full vision of the store created by owner Tommy Perse. Nearby is sister store “Maxfield Bleu” where the sale items are housed.
Amongst the brands represented are: Thomas Wylde, Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, Margiela, Rick Owens, selected Prada……..
Unfortunately we were not allowed to take interior photos, but there are many absolutely fabulous items to enjoy inside.
10:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday 12:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday
So in today’s age of ikea knock-offs and expensive DWR reproductions, where can you go to achieve true contemporary design? The answer is the Twentieth Store / Gallery (founded by Stefan Lawrence in 1999. Twentieth is on the forefront contemporary and innovation design working with many artists to bring anything you can dream of. That is, If you dream of Sci-fi pod beds to horse hair covered bar stools, melted hand-blown functional amber glass, giant animal shaped lamps, unique porcelain accessories, stylish Credenzas, contrting Sofas, Sculpted Chairs…….
What made this a wonderful experience for us was the truly welcoming staff that just loves design and are happy to share their knowledge and chat design history with you. It was inspiring to see so much creativity. There are many design stores posing as galleries these days and Twentieth is the best mix of eclectic design, signature pieces and pure style!
Some of the designers represented from around the world include: Italy – Mattia Biagi (with his Tar creations), California- Ron Reihel, Marcel Wanders, Tom Dixon, Zaha Hadid, Mexico – Alberto Fria (the creator of “transport” pod bed) as well as Jasper Morrison, Ross Lovegrove, Amanda Levete, Maarten Baas, Piet Boon, Bertjan Pot, Jurgen Bey, Sergio Rodriguez ……
William Earle Hal dining table and chairs
Right side wishbone container in rosewood by Skram
Hivemind’s Rune Bed
The Diz Armchair by Brazilian designer Sergio Rodriguez in eucalyptus wood is supremely comfortable!
in the background Tejo Remy rag chairs
(1) 323 – 245 6400
6400 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
( Downtown Hollywood) www.amoeba.com
10:30 am – 11:00 pm Monday – Saturday
11:00 am – 9:00 pm Sunday
In this day and age where digital music is daily increasing its reign – there are still a few places where the music lover can go and enjoy the physicality of CDs & LPs. Rising above any music store I’ve ever been to is the Los Angelas Branch of Amoeba Music. Since 2001 it has been a mecca to music lovers, a complete departure from today’s corporate chain stores and online retailers. Here you can find any rhythm in any movement from all epochs and every corner of the world. From obscure and underground beats to mainstream pop, tribal grooves, jazz, classics this is the place to discover your next favorite!
On top of all the wonderful new, used and vintage CDs, DVDs and Vinyls, Amoeba Records is also a record label, a blog and hosts a series of in-store concerts. An absolute must on any visit to Los Angeles.
There are three stores, the original in Berkeley (created in 1991 by Marc Weinstein) as well as the one shown here in Hollywood and another San Francisco branch. Of the three, LA is definitely the best – not only for their endless amount of content but also the atmosphere. There you can browse for hours, go to the listening booth, browse some more or just allow your eyes to delight with the amazing collection of rock posters and t-shirts that cover every visible space. The real beauty is that during all your glorious music perusing hours, no one will interfere with your selection rhythm.
Chef Tadashi Ono’s wonderful Matsuri transports you directly into the Edo period- giant paper lanterns vaulted ceiling, dark wood floors, jade-green ceramic tiles all create an ambiance to rival a movie set. Born in Tokyo, Chef Ono started his career at age 16, and then moved to Los Angeles to train at La Petite Chaya and L’Orangerie. He then moved east to NY heading up the kitchens at La Caravelle Restaurant; nine years later he opened Sono on 57th Street and now we are so lucky since 2003 to have Matsuri. Where, in the lushest of environments, Chef Ono presents authentic Japanese comfort food. Flying in organic grains daily from Japan and offering more than 200 kinds of sake.
Special items for us include:
Kinpira – Sauteed and Simmered Burdock
Hijiki salad in soy and sake
Kampach sashimi with yuzu and green pepper sauce
the shishinto peppers in dashi
Mushrooms baked in parchment paper contain all their juices and flavour (ordered everytime)
Nasu Shigiyaki – Japanese eggplant grilled with miso sauce so sweet and delicious
Black Cod marinated in sake paste and then grilled so perfect each bite falls effortlessly
18 grain rice
Lotus roots, the perfect snack with a fresh Aldentéd sake crunch
The sushi and the sashimi are very fresh and clean
on the sweet side, the warm chocolate cake melts with every bite
Keep an eye out for Chef Ono’s new book: Japanese Hot Pots; where he directs you to the creation of hot pot meals. Recipies from the book will be featured in the restaurant’s menu as of late September 2009.
9:00am – 9:00pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday
6:30am – 7:00pm Tuestays & Thursdays
6:30am – 1:00pm Saturday
there are different days for men and women
Built in 1563 by the The Pasha of Buda during the Ottoman occupation
As you settle into the main pool and tilt your head back, you gaze up at the octagonal domed roof and the tiny circular windows that filter gentle rays of sunlight onto the stone and water. If you ever saw the original 3d modeled video game MYST, you can imagine the lighting gives and its magical atmosphere.
The main pool is surrounded by smaller baths, each with different water temperatures. The divine thermal water is piped directly from the Lukács Baths. This is a truly relaxing bathhouse – with no crowds or stress. 400+ years of stress washed away.