Downtown LA
The gesamtkunstwerk is alive and thriving. LA Chapter’s Exquisite Surfaces x Commune tiles honor the Viennese secession and issue a loving send-up to the Modernists who forever altered Los Angeles in the ‘20s. They function as angle-driven visual consorts rather than adornments, suggesting you follow their broken lines from the restaurant’s floor, across its walls to the ceiling and back down again. Like petroglyphs from a history that’s yet to be written.  

Downtown LA

The gesamtkunstwerk is alive and thriving. LA Chapter’s Exquisite Surfaces x Commune tiles honor the Viennese secession and issue a loving send-up to the Modernists who forever altered Los Angeles in the ‘20s. They function as angle-driven visual consorts rather than adornments, suggesting you follow their broken lines from the restaurant’s floor, across its walls to the ceiling and back down again. Like petroglyphs from a history that’s yet to be written.  


Downtown LA
Now playing at LA Chapter.

Downtown LA

Now playing at LA Chapter.


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Downtown Los Angeles

Simon and Lukas. The Haas Brothers. These true LA darlings and dear, new friends evidently didn’t get enough of us while outfitting LA Chapter and our mezzanine bar with smart pencil drawings of deeply-plumbed references to LA’s social history. Here’s some evidence of their enduring and inspirational presence. If you see them, say hello.


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With a nod to his Los Angeles-inspired Sky Backdrop series, indigenous artist Alex Israel outrigged our building-adjacent billboard with something that mimes the magic-hour cityscape and gilds our hearth. Central to the piece is an inset of the logo for the LA Dance Project, an intimate working partner of Israel’s. The LA Dance Project bring their magic to the Theater at Ace Hotel with shows on the 20, 21 and 22 of this month.


Photo by Lauren Coleman


United Artists Theatre, Downtown Los Angeles
Truly a memorable night.
Photo by @superstar_gorg.

United Artists Theatre, Downtown Los Angeles

Truly a memorable night.

Photo by @superstar_gorg.


Right now it’s quiet. The only sound an atmospheric hum of anticipation, the final parts coming together as preparation comes to a close and Spiritualized takes the stage to officially reopen this historic theatre. 
Photo by Spencer Lowell.

Right now it’s quiet. The only sound an atmospheric hum of anticipation, the final parts coming together as preparation comes to a close and Spiritualized takes the stage to officially reopen this historic theatre. 

Photo by Spencer Lowell.


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Downtown Los Angeles

Portland-based Tanner Goods officially opened their second flagship store Saturday. After considering many locations for the project they fell in love with Downtown LA’s rich manufacturing history – something that fits well with their own ‘under one roof’ philosophy. Like the original Portland location, the LA store will embody the geography and personality that surrounds it, reflecting elements of art deco architecture, mid-century modernity and the SoCal sunshine. Their new women’s collection also debuts this year. 

Congrats TG friends! And welcome to the neighborhood, the water’s nice.

Photo of the Ninth and Broadway building and a piece by AK Vintage commissioned for the LA shop.


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Downtown Los Angeles
"Look, but don’t touch" — a universal directive aimed at both young and old, the phrase has the power to reduce curious souls and fledgling gallery-goers to puddles of anxiety when in the presence of fine art. Fabric artist, furniture maker and Los Angeles resident Tanya Aguiñiga, however, is having none of it.

To help tame rising decibels deflecting along the stone-heavy length of the rooftop bar at capacity, Tanya and her crew recently installed a 40-foot tapestry of composite fiber. In its full expanse, the installation folds in on itself non-directionally amidst braids of macramé shapes, descending downward with the weight of their knots, a play of fuzzy asymmetry that naturally absorbs the compounding frequencies of voices thickening as the night arcs toward its peak.

Downstairs, another one of Tanya’s creations is allowed a freer existence. Wild swirls of dun sheep wool climbs the hall behind the front desk, spreading out and ceasing unpredictably like ivy reaching for light — a pleasing sight made even more so when we discover that the animal from which the wool was sheared bears the charming name of Mary.

Many artists struggle with function’s push against the seductive pull of form. Tanya’s work is wholly other, eradicating the boundaries altogether in the simple and enthusiastic pursuit of the new, dismissing the old rules of polite appreciation in the process. Go ahead, it’s okay to touch it. Tanya said so.

Both works will be dedicated by the Public Works Improvements Arts Program of the City of Los Angeles.


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The Theatre
Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Works by John Baldessari, who joined Meg Cranston and Hans Ulrich Obrist at Ace DTLA this past weekend for Surface Magazine’s Design Dialogues.


Downtown Los Angeles, February 5th, 1927
95 years ago Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D. W. Griffith founded United Artists. They took their destinies into their own hands and began something the world would never forget.

Downtown Los Angeles, February 5th, 1927

95 years ago Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D. W. Griffith founded United Artists. They took their destinies into their own hands and began something the world would never forget.


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