LA’s booming art and design community has sparked a magnifique migration of Parisian talent that is selling its own brand of savoir-faire.
The whimsical Bloom Room Studio.
A veritable profusion of world-class ateliers with roots in Paris have opened in Los Angeles over the last few years. Nicolas Libert and Emmanuel Renoird of Please Do Not Enter and Unplugged (549 S. Olive St., 213.263.0037, pleasedonotenter.com); Galerie Carole Decombe’s (8629 Melrose Ave., 424.335.0111, galeriecaroledecombe.com) namesake; Meryl Hadida Shabani of Leclaireur (450 N. Robertson Blvd., 310.360.0262, leclaireur.com) and Marc Ange of Bloom Room Studio (1200 S. Santa Fe Ave., Unit 450, 424.382.6735, bloomroomstudio.com) are the curators of these luxe laboratoires that have introduced Hollywood’s heavy hitters to a bevy of local, national and international artists, designers and innovators at a very elevated level. Their collective taste and spirit has earned LA the moniker, “Paris among the palms.”
Why the “Far West”—Libert and Renoird’s nickname for Los Angeles? For them, it’s about Angelenos. “The people here are positive and openminded,” says Renoird. “They listen.” “Our business is based on the concept of slow shopping,” Libert adds of their unique retail and high-art gallery concept, “which people here take the time to embrace.” For Ange, who has an impressive design résumé that spans the globe and who created his first interior design-art piece, “Le Refuge,” in Downtown’s Arts District, it’s all about the city’s vibe and energy. “LA is the new place to be,” he says. “It is the city of hope and deception, where everything is possible!”
The fact that Paris and Los Angeles are physically and environmentally polar opposites has been a motivating factor for this exodus as well. “I appreciate the lack of an identifiable center,” says Decombe, whose West Hollywood gallery focuses on 20th century modern art and furnishings. “There’s a certain breaking away from European stereotypes that involves a deep interest in individual expression.” Hadida Shabani was similarly stimulated by the disparate landscape, as well as the flora of SoCal, when she opened Leclaireur last year. “The green, the green, the green... everywhere!” she exclaims. “Los Angeles couldn’t be more different than Paris. The beautiful works of art Mother Nature allows us... that is what inspires me.” Naturellement.