The Thomas Lavin showroom has been a southern California trendsetter since it’s founding in 2000 by Los Angeles native Lavin. Recognizing that there were many manufacturers of fine residential furnishings that had no representation in L.A., Lavin presciently decided that a boutique showplace representing little-known talents would be favorably received. He was the first to carry designs by Fuse Lighting, Gary Hutton, Jiun-Ho, and Romo. And has since gone on to become a leader in bringing an international range of exclusive high-end home furnishings, textiles, lighting, accessories and art to L.A.
Over the years the Pacific Design Center showroom has grown to 19,000 square feet—including an additional 4,000 sq ft added in early 2019—which encompasses a stand-alone showroom for French heritage brand Liaigre. To better serve his clientele in Orange County, San Diego and the dessert communities, Lavin opened a showroom at the Laguna Design Center in 2014.
The two Thomas Lavin showrooms are known for their curated offerings, top-notch service and attention to detail. With a skilled and nimble staff, they tend to their clients’ needs with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, both in the showroom and on the road. A natural host himself, Lavin welcomes the design community into the showrooms on a regular basis, hosting book-signings for friends and clients, talks with magazine editor-in-chiefs, market week panel discussions and receptions, and regular vendor presentations and parties.
Regarded by the press as a style maker, Lavin is an avid traveler, reader, and connoisseur of art, antiques and fine furnishings. Lavin’s philanthropic activities include fund-raising for the L.A. Antiques Show, whose opening night preview benefits P.S. Arts, and he supports numerous charities, including DIFFA’s Dining by Design. He served on the board of directors of Outfest and is a founder of Design on Beverly Boulevard. He, his home and his showroom offerings have been published in numerous outlets around the world.