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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.
Located in Santa Monica’s Green Light District, the precious ZenBunni boutique adheres to green principles and is adorned with recycled and hand painted architectural remnants, vintage jewelry, curiosities and reclaimed objects. The more time you allow yourself to captivated by the eclectic artistry of Zen & Bunni Nishimura, the more treasures you will find.
ZenBunni is a beautiful combination of shop and gallery created by two artists. Collecting both their own works and creations by those they admire, a feel has been created that is unique. Mediums that appeal to the senses are the guiding principle, with representations of Sight~ photography, painting, sculpture, Touch~ jewelry, furniture, clothing, Smell~ house blended incense from Indonesia, and Taste~ one of the best raw chocolates we have had!
Bunni is a fine art photographer shooting film and printing her own work – this physical approach is easily seen in her pieces. The framing is a collaboration with Assemblage artist Zen and is remarkable in itself.
The chocolates followed the same pattern to the shop as the incense. Personally used items that friends, family and customers pushed them into selling! The raw chocolates came from their transition to raw foods and the lack of an acceptable raw chocolate. Zen & Bunni then set out to create one for themselves with the help of a neighbor who was a raw chef. Six months of tasting and tinkering has produced one of the tastiest (if not the best) raw chocolate bar. Once in personal production, they were quickly in high demand and sold out! Now taking it on as a product, they have packaged the perfectly creamy and delicious bar as a product in its own right with three flavors: Italian Almond, Black Lava Sea Salt, Rose Mint, Lavender Sea Salt, Gypsy Spice, and Haiku Coconut. If you are into chocolate, let alone raw foods, – this is definitely for you! and you don’t need to go to Santa Monica, they will be available across the US in the near future
On a personal note: I would like to express our deepest love for Zen & Bunni and what they have created. We have yet to meet you in person,but already admire and adore you!