Go inside the worlds of art, fashion, design, and lifestyle.
While you’re in Los Angeles for Frieze and the surrounding events, check out some of these top shops all over the city.
Synonymous with luxury lifestyle, Poliform delivers design lovers quality and a contemporary sense of style. The collection offers a full range of home furnishings, kitchens, and walk- in closets, as well as modular systems for the entire home. Here, guests can explore the Poliform lifestyle without limitations.
Whitewaller recommends: “Testing” the sofas.
Please Do Not Enter
In 2014 two French art collectors, Nicolas Libert and Emmanuel Renoird, founded this one-of-a-kind curated store and gallery. The shop features an eclectic array of timeless contemporary pieces, including art, high fashion, accessories, fragrance, and design items.
Whitewaller recommends: Checking out the new sister store, UN.plugged, on Melrose Avenue.
Arcana: Books on the Arts
In Culver City since 1984, Arcana: Books on the Arts has specialized in new, rare, and out-of-print books, catalogues, and ephemera on 20th- and 21st-century photography, art, design, architecture, fashion, and cinema. With more than 100,000 exclusive items, the store welcomes visitors to a Mecca of curiosities.
Whitewaller recommends: Not overlooking the music offerings.
MAOR – The Space
After much success with his first accessories brand, jewelry designer Maor Cohen opened in 2018 MAOR – The Space, a new immersive retail luxury experience to provide visitors and Californians alike with a unisex fine jewelry line meant to last a lifetime. MAOR – The Space was designed entirely by Cohen to reflect the brand’s philosophy, offering special guests a sense of exploration while they discover unique gold and diamond pieces.
Just One Eye
Drawing guests into a curated space full of art, fashion, jewelry, and design objects, Just One Eye is a gem in Los Angeles, located in a Howard Hughes–designed landmark building. The shop fosters creative relationships between artists and designers, allowing for its gallery and website to launch exclusive collaborations. For co-founder Paolo Russo, it’s all about a luxurious, inspiring environment.
Whitewaller recommends: Trying on the unique fine jewelry selection.
Tortoise General Store
Timeless Japanese home goods can be found at Tortoise General Store—a gallery-meets-boutique dedicated to improving daily life with a “slow and steady” philosophy. The store also serves as a gallery shop, featuring furniture, art, vintage pieces, and one-of-a-kind finds.
Whitewaller recommends: Checking out the Hasami Porcelain pieces designed by owner Taku Shinomoto.
Apparatus Los Angeles
In November 2018 the New York–based design studio Apparatus opened a showroom in Los Angeles. For their third location, and first time out West, co-founders Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson are renewing some creative energy. The space’s architectural design and palette—which is informed by the art of de Chirico—welcomes guests to lines of furniture, lighting, and objects, in addition to works from the by JF Chen collection and from artists Robert Moreland and Amir Nikravan.
Whitewaller recommends: Admiring the gorgeous “Talisman” sconce and pendant collections.