Los Angeles is brimming with design delights and happenings. For all the goings-on around town and news you need to know, AD PRO’s weekly news roundup is here to keep you filled in.
In the News
Getty Trust Establishes COVID-19 Relief Fund
Last week, the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Board of Trustees announced the establishment of the $10 million L.A. Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund that the California Community Foundation will administer and manage. The fund targets small and midsize museums and visual arts organizations that support the diversity of arts in L.A. and are experiencing financial challenges as a result of the pandemic. Such institutions and nonprofits will be eligible to apply for emergency operating money and recovery grants. The Getty Trust is also appealing to others to financially support the initiative via the CCF website, which will add forthcoming details about the application process.
Neptune Glassworks Studio Looted
Celebrated L.A. glass artist and designer Uri Devallier suddenly needs to rebuild his Neptune Glassworks studio. His downtown facility on Kohler Street was looted during the citywide lockdown, and all of his tools were either stolen or broken.
“We will need to buy everything back or rebuild it from scratch,” Devallier writes on the GoFundMe campaign page. “There are stimulus packages, insurance, and loans, but these are slow to materialize and are unlikely to be enough to recover the estimated $50,000 loss of what was stolen overnight.”
Lulu & Georgia Launches Spring 2020 Collection
L.A.-based e-commerce brand Lulu & Georgia, founded by Sara Sugarman Brenner in 2012, just launched its artisan-focused spring 2020 collection. New pieces like rugs, furniture, ceramics, and other accessories join existing lines and creative partnerships with designers such as Sarah Sherman Samuel and Justina Blakeney. Lulu & Georgia is extending a 10% discount on the new pieces through April 12.
“I’m so excited to finally share this collection with the world,” Sugarman Brenner tells AD PRO. “Our team worked so hard to bring this beautiful concept to life. We know that things are uncertain right now, but more than ever we want to continue to inspire our customers to help make their homes a place of peace, solace, and relaxation.”
Jasper Showroom Expands Brand Roster
The Jasper showroom, established by Michael S. Smith, has added new lines to its roster. Jasper, which is is planning a move from its Melrose and La Cienega space to the Pacific Design Center later in the year, now represents Munder Skiles outdoor furnishings, Orley Shabahang rugs, and textile brands including Carolina Irving Textiles, Zoffany, Schuyler Samperton Textiles, and Morris & Co.