More room to play

Los Angeles Times - - HOME & DESIGN - By Jes­sica Ritz

Fur­ni­ture de­sign­ers and vintage re­tail­ers Grant Fen­ning and Glenn Law­son, who started their busi­ness in 1997, have worked hard to bal­ance their retro- inspired sen­si­bil­ity with con­tem­po­rary aes­thetic flour­ishes. Now that bal­ance is on dis­play at a new f lag­ship store, Law­son- Fen­ning, on Mel­rose Av­enue.

With more than 8,000 square feet to play with, “We have room for ev­ery­thing in the line, whereas in the old store we ro­tated [ pieces] in,” Law­son says. On the store’s sec­ond level, there’s a sec­tion that fo­cuses on tex­tiles, with prod­ucts from Noon and Ferm Liv­ing pil­lows and kilim rugs from Den­mark. In­ter­spersed among Law­son-Fen­ning’s vintage in­ven­tory and epony­mous fur­nish­ings are light­ing pieces by lo­cal de­sign­ers Jason Ko­harik and Robert Lewis. A new ad­di­tion to the store’s of­fer­ings is De Jong & Co. fur­ni­ture, a line that the L. A.- based wooden goods com­pany re­cently de­buted at the In­ter­na­tional Con­tem­po­rary Fur­ni­ture Fair.

Also en­sconced up­stairs is what Fen­ning and Law­son de­scribe as their shop- within- a- shop, where the shelves and ta­bles are art­fully stocked with func­tional and dec­o­ra­tive ac­ces­sories: Jonathan Cross’ com­pact Bru­tal­ist-inspired sculp­tures; ce­ram­ics by Vic­to­ria Mor­ris, Mt. Washington Pot­tery and Mered­ith Met­calf; Made Solid leather trays; 100xbet­ter’s wood bowls; Co­rian coast­ers.

The f loor- to- ceil­ing win­dows up­stairs frame the city in a f lat­ter­ing man­ner. It’s a qual­ity that’s not lost on the build­ing’s new ten­ants. While paus­ing to take in the view be­neath a pair of Robert Lewis’ leaded mica pen­dant lights, Law­son said, “It feels like a nice L. A. mo­ment.”

6824 Mel­rose Ave., Los An­ge­les, ( 323) 934- 0048.

Jay L. Clen­denin Los An­ge­les Times

GLENN LAW­SON, left, and Grant Fen­ning are rev­el­ing in the ex­pan­sive space of their new store.

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