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By Amanda Eberstein | Photo: Portrait by Chris Fortuna | February 2, 2017
New York-based design icon Ralph Pucci debuts an impressive new West Coast flagship.
After a decade at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center, legendary furniture dealer Ralph Pucci is moving his Los Angeles showroom into a converted 1920s dance studio—most recently a rehearsal space for Dancing With the Stars—just off of Highland Avenue, around the corner from design heavyweights like JF Chen, Blackman Cruz and art galleries such as Regen Projects. “It’s going to really take the Pucci experience to a whole new level,” says the New York City-based visionary, who got his start in the family mannequin business and began representing designers after working on a Barneys collaboration with Andrée Putman in 1985. “Our New York showroom is in a historic building that was a department store warehouse in the early 1900s, and Miami is in an old box factory in the Wynwood Arts District, and our new L.A. home will have the same spirit and soul as the other two locations.” The two-story, whitewashed space opens in March with a carefully curated assortment of pieces from Pucci’s top designers, such as Patrick Naggar Amalfi Fiberglas chairs ($3,000), a ceramic and wrought iron Jungle cabinet by Elizabeth Garouste ($30,000) and India Mahdavi’s geometric Joker table ($7,740). There will also be an outside garden where guests can sit among bold sculptures by Cuban-American artist Ruben Toledo, and specialized exhibits dedicated to luminaries like Richard Meier and Pierre Paulin will launch later this fall. Pucci is especially excited about the latest collection from Hervé Van der Straeten, which debuted in New York in November and includes a striking new wood and gold leaf Reaction mirror ($17,400). “The collection is just off the charts,” Pucci says about the iconic Parisian jeweler, artist and designer. “He keeps getting better and better.” The same could be said about Pucci. 1025 N. McCadden Place, L.A., 323.463.4633
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