One long, unbending stretch of North Highland is unassuming, as far as Los Angeles streetscapes go. Its gas stations, doughnut shops, and a low-slung patchwork of commercial storefronts and light industrial buildings are typical haunts on this major north-south L.A. artery.
Over the past decade, galleries, design showrooms, and high-end retailers have quietly moved in, forming a nascent art and design district where, to paraphrase Sharon Johnston, founding partner of L.A.-based architecture firm Johnston Marklee, you’ll find a lumberyard next door and a pet hotel across the street.
Johnston is describing the location of North Highland’s newest destination-denizen, the L.A. flagship of luxury interior brand HOLLY HUNT. Housed within a corner-hugging, 1940s-era concrete warehouse, the flagship strikes a modest presence from the street; inside, Johnston transformed the raw, two-story space into a dynamic showroom suffused with bronze and leather accents. The expanse is anchored by a pair of freestanding, multiroom “villas” flanked by an interior promenade that forms an open, double-height gallery along the showroom’s natural light–flooded eastern facade.
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