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New Ombres from Rosemary Hallgarten

In every Hallgarten original you can see the influences that have shaped her brand. From the first hand hooking needle her mother gave her when she began making rugs, to the centuries old techniques using Alpaca learned in Peru, there is an undeniable passion for craftsmanship. Hallgarten takes these influences and modernizes them creating a distinctive aesthetic of rich and luxurious textures with all her rugs, fabrics and throws which are suitable for every room in the house. Through the use of sophisticated natural fibers such as alpaca, silk, linen and merino wool, the Rosemary Hallgarten collection is synonymous with sumptuous softness, contrasting textures and an elegant color palate. All Rosemary Hallgarten rugs are custom and handmade, allowing designers to create unique pieces for their clients. Her distinctive and long standing range of ombre fabrics and throws are now a classic and also customizable, while her growing range of mainly handcrafted fabrics are stocked. This boutique approach allows interior designers the ability to transform their client’s homes with authentic, modern design or as some would say…veritable works of art!

View Rosemary Hallgarten here.

New Architectural Lighting Collection from Jonathan Browning Studios

Industrial lighting design and modern style is identifiable throughout Jonathan Browning’s new architectural lighting collection.

The new line is unlike any other collection Jonathan Browning Studios has ever created or manufactured in the past 14 years. Compared to his past collections, Jonathan wanted this new collection to fill a lighting fixture need that was not being fulfilled throughout the industry.

“I have a very exciting large initiative underway. We have designed and launched a large line of technical lighting. These are architectural lights for the home. Task lights, flush mount fixtures, path lights, modern can lights in bronze — a wide range of serious, architectural lights, all designed in bronze and brass, using some lead crystal and handcrafted porcelain.” —Jonathan Browning

The new collection introduces​ a modern take on the classic Hollywood dressing room vanity light. As well as a simple, yet elegant take on a waterproof outdoor light, task light, flush mount and sculptural lights.

“Beautiful vanity lights are hard to come by, so we designed one that is both glamorous and modern. We wanted it to appeal to the 21st century woman, so customers can use either clear bulbs for a more classic Hollywood appeal or a mirrored bulb for a more sensual appeal.” —Jonathan Browning

View the Jonathan Browning Studios line here.

Join Us for WestWeek and Spring Market 2018

Spring Market 2018
at Laguna Design Center, Suite 139

Art and Design
Tuesday, March 20, 11:AM

The proverbial tug of war designers often have with clients includes how to convince them to buy art for the design masterpiece of a home that you the designer has created for them. Join Thomas Lavin in welcoming gallery owner Peter Blake and designers Sheldon Harte and Ohara Davies-Gaetano in a conversation about helping clients integrate art into their homes, including educating clients about art and how galleries often can help provide the spark for collecting. The conversation will include tricks to making a home feel artful, such as wallpaper applications.


Peter BlakeSheldon HarteOhara Davies-Gaetano

WestWeek 2018
at Pacific Design Center, Suite B310

Design Industry 2020
Wednesday, March 21, 11:00 AM

There is a new platform in town​ – E-commerce – and it’s here to stay. Please join us for a panel discussion at the Thomas Lavin showroom moderated by Modern Luxury group publisher Christopher Gialanella with designers Windsor Smith, Ryan Jackson and Janice Barta ​about their thoughts on e-commerce. How do they/will they use it? How does it inform their staff? And will the showroom experience continue to be necessary, especially in light of new practices by some showrooms like Thomas Lavin that offer cash and carry for lighting, small pieces of furniture, textiles and a host of accessories.


Windsor SmithRyan JacksonJanice BartaChristopher Gialanella


Westweek / Spring Market 2017 at Thomas Lavin

Westweek 2017 at Pacific Design Center

Master Class – Designer Roger Thomas
on Innovation in the Modern Age:
Mixing Craft with Contemporary

Wednesday, March 22, 1:00 PM

Roger Thomas is one of the most inventive and evocative American interior designers in the world, best known for his work on Las Vegas’ most architecturally memorable hotels, including the Bellagio, Wynn and the new Wynn Palace Cotai. Thomas, named five times to the Architectural Digest AD100 and to Interior Design’s Hall of Fame in 2015, channels his deep knowledge of the history of craft into the creation of contemporary handmade wall coverings with the artisans at Maya Romanoff. What is the source of Thomas’ creativity? And how does he know what designers want? Join us as Michael Wollaeger, editor-in-chief of the new Los Angeles Times magazine DesignLA, engages in a Q&A with this master class designer.

Reception to Follow

Iconic. Based on what? According to who?

Thursday, March 23, 11:30 AM

Join moderator Madeline Stuart as she queries four design authorities – Suzanne Tucker, Adam Hunter, Delta Wright and Ryan White – about what defines the term iconic when applied to a legendary interior, quintessential piece of furniture or archetypal light fixture. Is there an argument to what should – and what shouldn’t – be labeled iconic within the realm of design? Hear them out and then you be the judge!

Reception to Follow

Spring Market 2017 at Laguna Design Center

Intrapreneur to Entrepreneur:
Secrets of a Bold Business Developer

Tuesday, March 21, 11:00 AM

Join us at the Thomas Lavin showroom for a presentation by Kimberly Toonen, former CEO of See Jane Go, Business Leader at Apple, VP Business Development for Cox Communications and interior designer by education and vocation, on how to create your own strategic business path. Whether you are an interior designer or an architect who wants to learn more about how to market your services – or you are in sales, Toonen will reveal her most effective and creative ROI-positive tactics – essential knowledge for design world professionals desiring to stand out in an increasingly crowded field.

Reception to Follow

Vendor Spotlight: David Bonk, Surfaces


david-bonkAn artist from an early age and inspired by the world around him, David Bonk has created hand painted wall covering out of his studio in San Francisco since 1988. The initial drive for his work came from a trip to Europe during his senior year in high school in which he was inspired by the beauty and permanence of renaissance art and architecture. He later moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and enjoyed success as a faux finisher. Seeking the freedom to expand upon his creations he began applying his work to wall covering and Surfaces was born. Knowing he wanted to imbue his work with the qualities he saw in Europe he chose to work on canvas rather than a traditional paper. Working with this unique material he has created a product that transcends the notion of hand painted by creating durable, practical wall coverings that are instilled with modern sophisticated elegance. His wall coverings are all easily customized in both color and pattern, are class A fire rated, wipeable and suitable for commercial spaces as well as residential kitchens and bathrooms.

View Surfaces by David Bonk on the TL site.

Leather at Lavin

Clockwise from top left: Pavoni Leather, Cortina Vespa, Cortina Vespa, Pavoni Livery Pitone, Christian Liaigre Grene in Fog, Christian Liaigre Collet in Noir