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
The Hungarian State Opera House first opened its doors in 1884. Designed by Miklós Ybl, one of the most renowned Hungarian architects of the 19th century, the construction was created in an eclectic, neo-Renaissance style. There are many baroque details and frescoes by the top Hungarian artists of the time, including Bertalan Székely, Árpád Feszty, Mór Than and Károly Lotz. On either side of the risalit are statues of Ferenc Liszt and Ferenc Erkel, two of the outstanding artists of Hungarian music. Both being the work of Alajos Stróbl.
A wonderful place for listening as well as viewing, the Hungarian State Opera House is home to the third best acoustics in al of Europe! With only the Scala in Milan and the Paris Opera House creating a more detailed sound environment.
If you are not able to attend a performance, then try to take the guided tour. The tours are given twice daily in many different languages. Although they are bit formulaic and the guide may be on the weak side- they are definitely worth it just to have the chance to explore the interior of this magnificent concert hall.