A de­sign show­room with an eye on L.A.

Los Angeles Times - - HOME & DESIGN - — Jes­sica Ritz Ham­mer and Spear | 255 S. Santa Fe Ave., Suite 101, Arts Dis­trict; (213) 928-0997, www.ham­merand­spear.com.

From a cor­ner of Santa Fe Av­enue and East 3rd Street, in­te­rior de­sign­ers Kris­tan Cun­ning­ham and Scott Jar­rell have had a spe­cial van­tage point from which to ob­serve the dras­tic changes hap­pen­ing in the down­town Arts Dis­trict since they opened Ham­mer and Spear in March 2013.

Nearly two years later, Cun­ning­ham and Jar­rell took the leap from oc­cu­py­ing 1,500 to 6,000 square feet on the ground floor of a his­toric brick-clad build­ing op­po­site SCI-Arc and the newly com­pleted mixe­duse One Santa Fe devel­op­ment. Ham­mer and Spear re­opened in March with room to ac­com­mo­date broader in­ven­tory along with of­fices for their busy in­te­rior de­sign firm.

“The more time we spent here and met more amaz­ing peo­ple,” Cun­ning­ham ex­plained, the show­room “be­came more rep­re­sen­ta­tive of L.A.-based de­sign­ers” and less about be­ing vin­tage-fo­cused. “We want to help sup­port all th­ese artists we be­lieve in,” she noted. That in­cludes Arts Dis­trict res­i­dent Jonn Coolidge, who once men­tioned he makes ce­ram­ics when he can find time be­tween his pro­fes­sional photography as­sign­ments. Cun­ning­ham and Jar­rell work closely with lo­cal mak­ers such as (Wh)ore Haüs Stu­dios by Meyghan Hill, a model-turned-welder. Designer Sabin Ousey’s Sabin fur­ni­ture is an­other fa­vorite, with many of his pieces in­te­grated into the shop’s in­tensely neu­tral pal­ette.

The store’s an­tique dis­play sur­faces and new shelv­ing are stocked with an ar­ray of oth­er­wise hardto-find apothe­cary items, sta­tionery, bar­ware and ed­i­ble goods. Some con­stants re­main as Ham­mer and Spear con­tin­ues to ex­pand, how­ever. Whether it’s find­ing a new home for 1980s Gae Au­lenti so­fas and chairs, stock­ing a line of groom­ing prod­ucts, or cham­pi­oning work by emerg­ing lo­cal tal­ents, “We take the sto­ry­telling se­ri­ously,” Cun­ning­ham said.

Pho­tog raphs by Jonathan Ven­tura

HAM­MER AND SPEAR grew from 1,500 to 6,000 square feet in the down­town Arts Dis­trict.

THE STORE’S broad in­ven­tory fea­tures items old and new, in­clud­ing tubs, so­fas and chairs, groom­ing prod­ucts, sta­tionery and ed­i­ble goods.

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