Fall 2016 Edition

Five of the Hottest Restaurants, Shops, and Design Events to Check Out This Fall in Los Angeles


From the latest eateries and shops to all the must-attend art events and gatherings, we’ve got the inside scoop on what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Here’s what’s on our radar this fall.

Tom Dixon Comes to L.A.

Images via Platform.

With a commitment to producing extraordinary objects for everyday use, Tom Dixon comes to L.A., to the delight of local design lovers. The forward-thinking product-design brand is one we’ve been eyeing for awhile. Teaming up with women’s fashion retailer Curve, the British designer opened a 7,000-square-foot retail space this past summer in Culver City’s Platform—and we can’t get enough. From striking light fixtures to brilliant furniture and décor designs to hand-picked, limited offerings of women’s apparel, The Shop: Curve X Tom Dixon is already inspiring our own designs and interior arrangements.

The Shop at the Platform
Open daily

Learn more about The Shop.

Marina Abramović Walks Through Walls

Whether you’re a longtime fan of Marina Abramović’s work or a casual observer of her performances, this is one discussion on art, spirituality, and the life of an artist you won’t want to miss. In her new memoir, Walk Through Walls (release date Oct. 25), she covers her relationship with fellow performance artist Ulay, her acclaimed MoMA retrospective ”Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present,” and the realities of what it takes to throw herself completely into her work. There isn’t a designer or creative in California who will want to miss this poignant, inspirational talk from one of the modern age’s most impactful artists. We hope to see you there.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Tickets available Oct. 13.

Learn more about Marina Abramović’s Walk Through Walls.

Happy Hour, Happy Day at Kettle Black

Kettle Black Restaurant
Images via Kettle Black.

Opening in early August, Kettle Black is the newest brainchild of the team that just a few months ago brought us Sawyer, a Silver Lake seafood eatery. Focusing on modern Italian cuisine, Kettle Black has quickly developed a following for its pizza, pasta, and, especially, its Yelp-adored happy-hour menu.

But perhaps more than its food we love its look. Designed by its owners, Beau Laughlin, Brett Cranston, and Jay Milliken, the long, narrow Silver Lake storefront is filled with rich woods, exposed lighting, and neutral tones. Gold-colored open shelving stretches from bar to ceiling on one side, while long communal tables fill up the rest of the room. It’s a modern space with a big-city feel, and traces of the bank it once was (including a massive vault) add layers of surprise and visual intrigue.

This is the kind of restaurant that inspires not only great times but also great design ideas.

Open daily
Happy hour: Sunday through Wednesday, 11 p.m.–2 a.m.

Make a reservation at Kettle Black.

A Nod to Street Art at the High Five Art Launch Party

There’s nothing like great wall art, and the High Five art contest has revealed the best of the best. Seven artists were selected to compete for the chance to have their art showcased in Griffith Park on the Autry’s rear-facing exterior wall (the one that faces the I-5 freeway), with the winner announced at the must-attend High Five Art Launch party. There, a $5 admission fee gets you access to the designers and the Autry Museum, as well as participation in the community chalk mural. Available for purchase will be beer, wine, street tacos, and more.

We can’t speak highly enough about events like this that not only support new artists but that also bring the community together. It’s just the place to see and be seen in L.A.’s diverse creative subculture.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 6:30–9:30 p.m.
The Autry in Griffith Park
$5 general admission

RSVP to the High Five Art Launch Party.

Fashion Is Forever at the Pickwick Vintage Show

Pickwick Vintage Show
Images via Pickwick Vintage Show.

We love finding inspiration in unique and unsuspecting places—and vintage fashion shows fill that need. Maybe it’s the decades-old accessories. The evolution of shape and fit. The mix of texture and textile, of color and embellishments. Whatever it is, the Pickwick Vintage Show is bursting with inspiration from eras long ago and times that have been near-forgotten. Take in an inspirational Sunday on Oct. 30, and see all the styles, accessories, textiles, and designs they have to offer. You never know when it may spark that next aha moment.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Pickwick Gardens
Tickets available

Learn more about the Pickwick Vintage Show and order tickets.

Looking for More Inspiration?

From gallery exhibits to all the best parties, lectures, and conferences, we’re always on the hunt for the best and brightest things to do in Los Angeles. See our top picks by visiting our Local Design Events page. Updated regularly, it’s just another way we help you to seek out inspiration and creativity.