ORIENT EXPRESS

legends 2014 took place a little over a week ago here in LA. LCDQLA has become quite the design event…designers, vendors, editors and lots of friends converge onto to LA for a few days to celebrate great design and most important, to have some fun.

each year there is a theme and designers are asked to do windows for the showrooms lining the streets of la cienega and melrose. this years theme was novel interiors…each designer picked a novel to inspire their window.

i did the windows for one of my favorite stores/showrooms, hollyhock. i picked the novel, orient express, because i wanted to do a blue and white window (of course i did!), anything and everything blue and white makes me happy. the windows were not only inspired by the novel orient express, but by beautiful blue and white rooms past and present, as well as, by valentino fashion collections past and present.

i have to thank gracie studio, brunschwig and fils, jasper, christopher spitzmiller, jf chen, the future perfect, kristen buckingham, and lindsay cowles for all their support, as well as, the brilliant hayley sarno, the amazing team at hollyhock (they made this an absolute joy and pleasure), and most important my wonderful team and contractors (corinne, laura, renee, nash, doug, diana, david, and shari)

i’m sad to say the windows are going to be taken down today, however, the mds orient express will continue- blue and white is forever!

all photographs of windows by bethany nauert.

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Valentino

Valentino

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Cynthia Frank- Elle Decor

Cynthia Frank- Elle Decor

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Mark Hampton

Mark Hampton

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Valentino

Valentino

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Brunschwig and Fils- Architectural Digest

Brunschwig and Fils- Architectural Digest

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Valentino

Valentino

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  1. Mark,

    Could please tell me what fabric you are using on the two white chairs? I can’t seem to stop thinking about it! Such a lovely room!

    Thank you.

    Sherri

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  2. OMG. I cAN’T BELIEVE HOW TALENTED YOU ARE! tHOSE FLOOR TILES ARE MAGNIFICENT. yOU’RE A GENIUS.

  3. Hi mark! I was wondering if you could tell me what fabric you Used for the piping on the les touches chairs? I am tRying to recover a headboard with the same fabric and it would be beautiful with the piping, but i can’t find the right blue. Thank you in Advance!

  4. bEYOND BEAUTIFUL. pERFECT. cONGRATS.
    aND i’M THE THIRD TO ASK WHERE THE FLOOR TILES ARE FROM. cOULD YOU PLEASE ANSWER. mARK? aRE THOSE FROM cOUNTRY FLOORS?

    1. hi david- the floors were hand painted white tiles inspired by a blue and white portuguese tile… they were white vinyl tiles that came in a box and we made something beautiful out of them- shhh! MDS

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  5. I want to move into your window. Perfection. I felt so happy looking at it, like a blue & white dream come true. …the divine is in the details. btw, what tiles did you use, haven’t seen those before?
    thanks for such beauty, melanie

  6. Hi Mark!
    Love your blue and white version of Orient Express! My mother always decorated our living room (growing up) with an Orient theme, but hers was Sage green and cream/white….she would have lived your take! Hugs

  7. Dear Mark, my family lived in Asia in the 60s-70s and my mother had a huge collection of blue and white. I never fully appreciated it until i began following your blog. I recently inherited much of the pottery and instead of putting it in storage i created a space to display it in my home, thanks to you. It is beautiful and reminds me of my childhood. Thanks for inspiring!

  8. hi mark, it was such a beautiful window, I have clients that want to move in. Are the lighting fixtures (pendant and ceramic) available at hollyhock? I love them! thanks :)

    1. hi chloe- thank you for the note. the light is a Lindsey Adelman fisture…i got it from Future Perfect in San Francisco. take care- MDS

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  9. Mark, you are a true talent. absolutely gorgeous down to every last detail. thank you for selecting my paintings to be a part of your beautiful creation! i am honored and hope that we will be able to work together again!

  10. beautiful window! where are those chairs from? i’ve been looking for ones like those for a long time!

    1. hi pavela- thank you for the comment…the chairs are from Hollyhock here in L.A. good luck!

      Fondly,
      MDS

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    1. Hi Janette- thank you for your comment. the lucite table is a Hollyhock design. Hollyhock is a store/ showroom here in L.A. Have a great week!

      Fondly,
      MDS

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  11. Mark, A fabulous window, I have traveled on the Orient Express, so anything ABOUT it brings back wonderful memories!
    Xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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