Boutique Design Events and Trade Fairs

With exactly one month to go until Boutique Design West (BDwest), we decided to enlist the experts— designers who call Los Angeles and the surrounding areas home—in compiling this mini go-to guide of fun pit-stops to make along the road to the fair. Whether you need some peace and quiet, a dose of inspiration, or are tracking down the latest and greatest in trends and openings, there’s a little something here for everyone during their stay.

If you do try any of these spots out, don’t forget to tag us on social media so we can share the fun. And check this post regularly for updates as we’ll continue to add to it in the coming weeks.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Los Angeles Convention Center March 13-14!

Jennifer Johanson, president, EDG Interior Architecture + Design, says go experience…


The Broad Museum


The arrival at the top of the escalator at The Broad is marvelous. The pristine white volume contrasted with the blast of color from the Koons balloon sculpture and Murakami mural is mind blowing.”


Jennifer will take part in a panel at BDwest entitled “ROI of Design: Convincing Clients to Invest in Your Vision,” on Wednesday, March 13 at 10 a.m. Be sure to come hear her tips and insights on how to achieve that ever-illusive buy-in. View the rest of the conference agenda here.

Dane Quay Snyder | Project Designer | HBA

Dane Quay Snyder, project designer, HBA, says to go have a drink at either…


Broken Shaker


A laidback rooftop escape with some of the best views of the downtown skyline around. The cocktail program is one of the best in the country, they are fun and innovative and feel like an LA pool drink. Get there a bit before sunset to grab a seat around the pool and watch the city lights come to life.”


Or if you’re a homesick east coast native…


Slipper Clutch


“A hidden New York punk rock bar with great music, classic arcade games and enough room to let loose. Slip through a door at the back of Bar Clacson by Grand Central Market into a high energy escape for creative misfits. Find the stairs in the back and head up to the 2nd bar at the top and try one of the best classic mixed drinks you will have with their house made soda.”

Alexis Readinger | Founder | Preen, Inc.

Alexis Readinger, founder, Preen, Inc. says to skateboard to…


The Spoke Bicycle Cafe


It’s a fun, frog town destination on the LA River bike path!


Or take a tour at…


The Spirit Guild


Can do a distillery tour but I like to pop in, chat a bit and buy a bottle of gin made out of California oranges from the owner’s family farm.”

Anastasia Ovtchinnikova | Senior Designer | HBA

Anastasia Ovtchinnikova, senior designer, HBA, says to sneak in a hike at…


Solstice Canyon


You can see the historic mansion home that burned down and a small creek running through it. If you want something more adventurous you can take the winding road all the way up to the Circle X hike with a stone rock grotto.”


Just make sure to give a call over to the Santa Monica Visitor Center (805-370-2301) before you go to see what areas are open and which are still closed due to the wildfires last year.


Or cruise up the…


Pacific Coast Highway


“Rent a vintage car and ride up the coast on the PCH for some hidden gems. You’ll pass two iconic modern Richard Meier houses on your way.”


Trifon Metodiev | Founder | Vulkan Designs

Trifon Metodiev, founder, Vulkan Designs, says go gawk at…

Newport Harbor Bay

See the homes and establishments not visible from the street. If someone wants to see what real money looks like, there is nothing like it. One of John Lautner’s last projects can be seen on Balboa Island and it’s possibly the last undeveloped lot to be built there. You’ll also spot John Wayne’s old boat (Wild Goose) cruising around.”