A Los Angeles Design Duo Talks All Things Design



The Insiders: Glenn Lawson and Grant Fenning


For nearly 20 years Glenn Lawson and Grant Fenning, who met while studying at ArtCenter College in Pasadena, have been at the forefront of Los Angeles’ design scene. At their Melrose Avenue flagship, Lawson-Fenning, the duo exhibit new and vintage pieces alongside their own collections while devoting space to shows for local artists and makers, like a forthcoming collaboration with designer Vincent Pocsik. “As the world moves more online, it’s been important for us to create a dynamic in-store experience–for visitors to be able to see and feel the pieces,” says Lawson, noting their approach to interiors is all about comfort. “We’re most interested in how people inhabit their spaces, where they hang out most often and how they spend their time.” Here, Lawson and Fenning dish on all things design in the region.

Design must-dos: LACMA–there’s always something new to see at the museum. We also love the galleries and shops that have populated the Highland/Melrose corridor such as Regen Projects, Various Small Fires, The Window, Galerie Half and Blackman Cruz.

Favorite places to recharge: Griffith Park has the best hiking trails and views. We also love concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and this new restaurant, Botanica.

Ones to watch: We’re paying attention to ceramicist Warner Walcott from Magnolia Ceramics, artist Anna Ullman, brutalist potter Jonathan Cross and ceramicist Heather Rosenman. Plus, Disc Interiors is nailing it on the design front; Wendy Haworth is designing some of the best restaurants in L.A.; and Jamie Bush amazes us with his architectural projects.

Changes you’ve seen: There’s a cohesion among designers and makers that has occurred lately, and the design scene has become much more self-aware. It’s important for us to have a strong sense of ourselves.

Photo: Stephen Busken.