CURATED: THE CALIFORNIA BESPOKE EXHIBITION

by Marisa Marcantonio

As a contributing editor to The Editor at Large, I was asked to curate an assortment of California made home furnishings and accessories for an exhibition last week called California Bespoke for the CA Gift Show. The 1,200 square-foot gallery featured the region's most influential designers, artists and craftsmen in a juried collective of custom furnishings, one-of-a-kind home accessories, jewelry and fashion accessories, stationery goods, hand-crafted objects and original works of art. "Curated and merchandised with this aspirational customer in-mind, California Bespoke cultivates a vibrant mix of regional, new-to-market offerings and time honored designs, creating a relevant and inspired buying experience to serve the modern retailer." The variety and depth of the choices on display were so amazing. I loved the idea of great homegrown talent, and embraced the opportunity to showcase artisan products that looked high design without being crunchy granola. And yes, California is at the forefront of many great design trends today from up-cycling to block printed fabrics, so it was really fun to participate in. Along with Vanessa Kogevinas, Get It! Consulting; Jason Oliver Nixon, John Loeke Interior Design; and Jennie Nunn, jennienunn.com, we searched for innovative designs in every corner of Northern and Southern CA. Christopher Gaona, christopher gaona, inc., created a stunningly produced display area that integrated the varied items, giving them a meaningful setting.
Take a look at what I chose here:

What is display in CA without bringing a little outside in? The California Gift show bespoke area stood out with giant faux topiary lettering.

Joe Cariati, the LA glassblower, makes some of the best hand-blown glass pieces. This smoky glass assortment of vases is from his Angelic collection.

I had to have something from West Hollywood's Hollywood at Home! The Chameleon Desk Lamp is a handmade ceramic lamp with Peter Dunham fabric insert.

A dog bed from Ferrick Mason textiles in Lucas Check brings a little canine style to the floor.


Their pillows add a kick of color to upholstery, this is Calliandra in green.

Hillary Thomas's Rock n' Rolla Finials of semi-precious stones from her Finial Touch collection through Chic Shop.

A selection of San Francisco-based Agraria scented candles in Petite Crystal Cane vessels. These are great if you want to make a hotel room seem fresh.

San Francisco potter Alex Marshall Studio's ceramic white nesting bowls have an imperfect, artisinal feel.

LA-based letterpress stationery purveyors Sugar Paper do personal, party paper as well as prints.

PANEL DISCUSSION: JOIN ME AT THE CA GIFT SHOW 11am SATURDAY

by Marisa Marcantonio

If you are in LA, be sure to come to hear me moderate the Editors’ Roundtable: A Retailer Business Review for Editor at Large. We will discuss who today's savvy consumer is, how to best reach them and what the new world of retail and e-commerce looks like.
I am so excited to check out this market and find new sources!

Here is the scoop:
Moderator: Marisa Marcantonio, stylebeat.blogspot.com
Panelists: Caroline Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief, Gifts & Decorative Accessories; Jenny Heinzen York, Editor-in-Chief, Home Accents Today; Krissa Rossbund, Senior Design & Style Editor, Traditional Home
South Hall, Los Angeles Convention Center
July 23 I 11 am – 12 noon

The modern, well-informed and discriminating consumer has radically transformed the business of commerce … radically altering product trends and purchasing patterns forever. Navigating the complexities of this unprecedented influence, the nation’s leading trade and consumer publications convene on an Editors’ Panel addressing a range of issues from both industry and end-user perspectives. Learn the latest on economic and lifestyle choices affecting product trend, reinterpreting the value of traditional goods, the popularity of brands defining individual expression, sustainability and the regional, hand-crafted movement, retail in the digital age, and more.

Immediately following the panel, the Editors will be available for 15 minute, one-on-one Q&A sessions with buyers. First come first served.

Click here to RSVP for Editors’ Roundtable: A Retailer Business Review.