Californian collisions: Tom Dixon opens new US concept store
The Culver City enclave of Los Angeles has recently welcomed a mixed-use development with everything from food to fashion. The upscale Platform, by The Runyon Group, is now serving as an open-air mecca for cool finds while waiting for the Metro line to take you downtown or to Santa Monica.
This is also the landing pad for British designer/brand Tom Dixon’s expansion in the US which encompass his first (and largest) outpost in LA, followed by a new warehouse space in New York’s Soho. The collaboration with fashion boutique Curve – founded by Nevena Borissova and which has two other stores in LA – provides a total lifestyle hub under one roof.
The industrial loft size space was inspired by London’s Dover Street Market. The interiors feature polished concrete walls and exposed black pipes mixed in with the designer’s signature iridescent walls of corrugated iron and passivated zinc. The polycarbonate bubbles of Dixon’s famous ’Melt’ ceiling lamps glisten next to mysterious oblong smoky ’Fade’ lamps that appear to have multiple bulbs at work. Mannequins wearing sparking sequin skirts paired with crisp white blouses flank oversized ’Wingback’ chairs and furry footstools made out of sheepskin from Denmark.
Towards the back, handmade brass ’Beat’ lights from India hover over a marble Champagne bar and cafe space that will be launching in September. Stand out home accessories include a phallic copper and stone mortar and pestle, massive wooden cutting boards and ’Elements’ candles in four scents.
Fashion ranges from runway chic to California casual and is displayed up a dramatic marble staircase and on metal racks that include wares by Raquel Allegra, Alberta Ferretti, Balmain, Thierry Mugler and AOTC - the latter designed by Nevena Borissova and exclusive to the LA store. Men’s lines include clothes by Alexander McQueen and Rick Owens, and a Levi’s recycle bar is also in the works.