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