West Hollywood’s Design History Goes on Display

Herman Miller showroom West Hollywood
Herman Miller Inc.

The Pacific Design Center, aka the Blue Whale, has always loomed as West Hollywood’s beacon of architectural and interior design. But the upcoming exhibit Decades of Design 1948-2014 should go far to demonstrate the rich design history of the city, which officially split from L.A. in 1984.

The exhibition, which kicks off Nov. 19 at the West Hollywood Library, is being billed as the “first-ever” retrospective dedicated to the architectural history of a burg known for its progressive politics and thriving gay culture.

Show curator Greg Firlotte, a 33-year vet of the West Hollywood Design District scene, points out that few people know that the Herman Miller Showroom on Beverly Boulevard is one of the few surviving buildings conceived by legendary furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames.

But organizers say the exhibit is not only a nod to the past, but a celebration of the talents who excel today as interior designers, architects and fashion designers. As Martyn Lawrence, star of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Decorators,” states, the city’s “positive energy, artistic atmosphere and colorful characters make my creative juices flow.”

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