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Open house or pop-up shop? In Highland Park, it's both

5656 Aldama Street 90042There’s thinking outside the box, but what about selling outside the shop? Sarah Brady and Alex Cole’s Highland Park home decor store, Platform, is turning the art of staging homes for sale into a shopping experience: The open house is a pop-up store.

5656 Aldama St. 90042Platform, known for mostly locally handmade house wares, attracts what Brady calls “a pretty decent stream of customers.” But Brady, a former trend forecaster, says she was looking to sell the store’s linens, tablewares, decorative accessories and artwork beyond the perimeters of the 900-square-foot shop. Opportunity came calling in the unexpected form of the neighborhood's home flippers.

“Highland Park is one of the areas where flipping has continued, and one day, one of them asked us if we would stage a home that she was looking to sell,” Brady says.

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Dandelion Ranch's pop-up flower shop at West Elm

Clover Chadwick Dandelion RanchFloral designer Clover Chadwick caught our attention last year when she planted  a clever "tire garden" outside of her Jefferson Boulevard workshop, Dandelion Ranch.

DandelionOn Saturday, Chadwick and the Dandelion Ranch staff will host a pop-up shop at the Beverly Boulevard West Elm. The event is part of nationwide pop-up flower shops hosted by the Brooklyn-based retailer.

The florists will be selling single stems as well as floral arrangements beginning at $10. They also will offer advice on creating your own arrangements at home, such as the design at right. 

Customers can buy vases from West Elm or Dandelion Ranch, which is known for using unusual containers. In the past, Chadwick has repurposed box springs and tool boxes, among other things.

The flower shops will take place on three consecutive Saturdays: April 28, May 5 and May 12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 8366 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 782-9672.


RanchDandelion Ranch's recycled tire plantings

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The Global Garden: Amaranth's crimson tide of seeds

Putikmade: Affordable pots made in Los Angeles

A wild new garden at L.A. Natural History Museum

Community gardens: A yearlong L.A. Times series

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credits: Dandelion Ranch

Airstream trailer hits the road as a traveling pop-up shop

Greenhouse Design Studio, an Internet retailer of green home goods, is hitting the road with an Airstream trailer outfitted as a pop-up shop
Greenhouse Design Studio founder Laurie Furber and her husband, JP, are packing their green-home-decor e-store into a rented Airstream, leaving their three kids with grandparents and hitting the road as a traveling pop-up shop.

They have dubbed it the Green(road)house road show, and it opens Sunday at the Earth Day Festival in Alameda Park in Santa Barbara. They then plan to move on to the Palihotel in West Hollywood on April 23, followed by the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs on April 24; the El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas, on April 25; the Country Living Fair in Austin, Texas, from April 27 to 29; and the Hotel San Jose in Austin on April 30.

"Our business is conducted entirely online, so we really wanted to come up with some fun and interesting ways to meet the customers who are buying our products," said Laurie Furber, formerly a Pottery Barn vice president.

She launched the Berkeley-based Greenhouse Design Studio website in September with products that she said meet three criteria: vintage, artisan-made and sustainable materials. The tabletop decor and housewares include "not your grandma's vintage flatware," old seltzer bottles, napkins made from vintage sheets, organic cotton pillows and hand-printed bedding.

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Spots Illustrated: Nat Reed's Modern map of Palm Springs

Nat Reed's map of Palm Springs Modern design sights is part of "Postfabricated," an exhibition at a Palm Springs pop-up shop Feb. 17-26 as part of Palm Springs Modernism Week
If Nat Reed's "Palm Springs Modern" map evokes memories of traipsing around the Magic Kingdom jacked up on cotton candy, it's purely intentional. "My inspiration was the Disneyland maps," said the Los Angeles artist, who weekends in a butterfly-roof midcentury home in the desert. "They are certainly not meant to be used for navigation, but to draw you into the Fantasyland of Palm Springs."

Nat Reed's map of Palm Springs Modern design sights is part of "Postfabricated," an exhibition at a Palm Springs pop-up shop Feb. 17-26 as part of Palm Springs Modernism WeekReed will be selling the 24-by-32-inch map as a signed limited edition giclee print ($250 unframed, $400 framed) along with other prints of his giddy midcentury landscapes at "Postfabricated," an exhibition at a Palm Springs pop-up shop open Feb. 17-26 as part of the city's Modernism Week.

The various prints depicting landmarks such as John Lautner's Garcia House (often called the Rainbow House) and the colonnade at the Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs (a 12-by-20-inch piece, pictured at right, $225 unframed), can also be bought through the Nat Reed website.

Reed grew up in Huntington Beach in the 1960s and 1970s. His maternal grandfather, Eli Hedley, was a tiki carver and interior designer of Polynesian lounges across the U.S. and opened the original Island Trade Store at Disneyland. Reed's father was a set designer for RKO studios.

Reed began showing work in galleries in 2009 and created a large-scale mural for the Peterson Automotive Museum's "Fantasies in Fiberglass" exhibition in 2010. 

His art is inspired by Modernism as well as Googie, the kitschy Atomic Age style seen in coffee shops and bowling alleys. Fans of the artist Josh "Shag" Agle will recognize a similar sensibility, though Reed has a slightly more psychedelic approach to color and form. He also exercises a surrealistic playfulness, plopping Tiki heads atop human forms and painting poodles in toreador costumes perched on midcentury lounge chairs. 

"My art takes me down a garden path," he said, "that is a little more contemplative."

"Postfabricated" is on display from noon to 6 p.m. daily at 388 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; (323) 304-8822. An opening reception runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday.


John Lautner tours during Modernism Week

-- David A. Keeps

Illustration credit: Nat Reed

Pop-up shop: Adrian Grenier's SHFT


SHFT Pop Up Gallery and Shop, an eclectic collection of furniture, home accessories, gadgets and artwork pitched as sustainable design, is scheduled to open its doors at 11 a.m. Friday on La Brea Avenue for a seven-day run.

Peter Glatzer and Adrian GrenierThe SHFT pop-up shop, "curated" (groan) by actor Adrian Grenier and film and TV producer Peter Glatzer and presented with Sungevity, will have furniture by designers including Samuel Moyer and William Stranger, plus 30 artworks by Vanessa Prager, Melodie McDaniel, Jeremy and Claire Weiss, and MB Boissonnault, among others. (That's Glatzer, near right, with Grenier.)

Web.2jpgThe Schwinn Vestige bike shown above ($1,470) is made from flax fiber and coated with water soluble paint. Environment Furniture's Cubex chair and pillow, ($2,195) is shown at right. Other pieces include the Bunny wire lounge chair from Bend Seating, featured in our recent California Look series $450. 

If you can't get to the SHFT pop-up by Thursday, don't worry. All products also can be purchased on the SHFT website.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 161 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credits: SHFT


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