Pop-up stores have been popping up all over New York for years but perhaps because of the perceived drive-by mentality of Los Angeles, they haven’t really caught on over here. I’d argue that if you pick the neighborhood and the concept properly, it would actually enforce that sense of community everyone likes to claim doesn’t exist. Paper had their annual storefront on La Brea in November, and although it was packed uncomfortably tight—a feeling that was enforced by Barbara Bestor’s shrink-wrapped palette interiors—it did gather most of the coolest LA art and design vendors in one sweaty place for a full 24 hours. Even Lindsay Lohan was there. Don’t worry, it was a dry event.
Two big LA pop-ups will be up and running by next month: the Comme des Garçons Guerilla Store in downtown opened in February and an outpost of the Storefront for Art and Architecture will open on Sunset Boulevard on April 11. The Japanese fashion house Comme des Garçons (I highly recommend their wallets) does this kind of thing all the time in different cities, but here they set up shop in an alley off 4th and Spring, making them the only high fashion brand to have a dedicated store in downtown (and hard to find, here are some tips). It’s the first pop-up experience for the NY-based Storefront, who will feature an exhibition that looks really cool called Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed until May 17.
When I was in Austin last week I spied the gallery showing the latest installation of Fritz Haeg’s Edible Estates initiative, where he takes grassy resource-guzzling front lawns and turns them into produce-providing pocket gardens. He talks about the dozens of front-lawn gardens he’s planting across the country and his upcoming book, Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn on today’s show. If you’re not familiar with him or his projects, check out Fritz’s website, and come to MOCA PDC on March 29 at 3pm when he’ll be making jam with the guys from Fallen Fruit.
Also on the show: Design writer and NY Times contributor Kimberly Stevens talks about last weekend’s CA Boom, and a tribute to the inspiring Nader Khalili, who died March 5. He was an Iranian-born architect who founded the Cal-Earth Forum, dedicated to building affordable housing with baked earth.
Check out the DnA calendar this month, freshly restocked with delicious items. If you know of any design or architecture events in Los Angeles, please send them my way. You can listen to DnA on KCRW live every 3rd Tuesday at 2:30pm PST, by podcasting through iTunes, or by streaming the audio at any time by clicking the little ‘Listen’ button underneath each show’s title on KCRW’s website.