Behind The Expert’s Expanded Los Angeles Storefront


A portrait of Jake Arnold standing before white double doors

The Expert showroom with a leather-and-wood armchair facing a brown, curved sofa under a tapestry

Not only has designer Jake Arnold just launched a collection with Crate & Barrel, but he has also expanded the online furnishings arm of the Expert—a collaborative effort with fellow designers—by opening a by-appointment location in Culver City. Here, we get the scoop.

How would you describe the Expert? We’re a one-stop shop for the best in home design. Whether you’re connecting one-on-one with your favorite designer, reading advice-driven content or shopping an exciting curation of products, we’re a trusted destination with diverse points of view and high-quality products at a variety of price points.

What will we find at the new showroom? An ever-evolving rotation of brand partners’ products as well as vintage collections sourced in Europe. We also offer the Expert Collection, the in-house line of essential pieces that I’ve curated. 

Tell us about the “mash-ups” between the Expert’s designers. As designers, we’re accustomed to creating bespoke pieces for projects, but consumers can’t directly shop different brands in the same way. Our exclusives—like Jenna Lyons playfully putting Schumacher’s Dazzle Ship velvet on a Stillmade chair—give shoppers access to unique, heritage pieces. 

Why does collaboration matter? It keeps things fresh, provides a level of transparency and allows our aesthetics to reach larger audiences.