For more than a decade, Los Angeles has come to expect the unexpected from Ralph Pucci’s eponymous luxury furniture, lighting and mannequin enterprise. “What attracts my eye first is something that is sculptural. Additionally, it must be different and functional,” shares the designer and company’s founder, based in New York.
Taking his cues from the fashion and art worlds, Pucci’s sunlit Hollywood space, which opened last year, is a backdrop for 21st-century collectibles, set to a groovy Chet Baker and Stan Getz-centric jazz soundtrack. Vignettes incorporating Hervé Van der Straeten’s glossy consoles, Eric Schmitt’s mixed-media pendants, Patrick Naggar’s vibrantly upholstered sofas, and India Mahdavi’s gelato-hued armchairs and stools live harmoniously with Matthew Rolston’s large-scale portraits, Paul Solberg’s immersive floral photographs, and Manuel Geerinck’s abstract chromogenic prints.
Pucci likens L.A.’s flourishing design landscape to the cross-pollinating creative renaissance of 1980s Manhattan: “When I started in New York, I surrounded myself with young artists and fashion designers [including] Ruben and Isabel Toledo, and Anna Sui,” reflects Pucci. “They introduced me to fashion illustrators who then introduced me to photographers. We were at ground zero of all this fantastic energy and talent.”
Today, he is most excited about transitioning Angelenos from the enduring vintage and midcentury aesthetic to cutting-edge and contemporary design. As a nod to unconventional ideas, pioneering Pierre Paulin ’60s and ’70s furniture and James Brown ceramics are currently on view.
“What we show are things that touch my life,” Pucci says. “These pieces come together to tell a story.”
Edited by Andrea Stanford