6 Show-Stopping Store Windows Inspired by Books

Designers look to beloved novels for inspiration for their stunning LA window vignettes.

Last week, La Cienega Design Quarter, the main thoroughfare for design showrooms in Los Angeles, held its annual Legends Week, a three-day celebration of design and style that invites interior designers to create elaborate window vignettes. This year's theme, Novel Interiors: Storytelling by Design, encouraged designers to choose a literary work as the inspiration for their show-stopping window displays, and showroom passersby and spectators visiting from near and far took in over-the-top-displays inspired by celebrated tomes like Sherlock Holmes, Valley of the Dolls, and Memoirs of a Geisha. We hate to pick favorites, but, well, we're going to. Here are a few stunning vignettes that truly made us want to pick up a book (or a chair).
2 Designer: Kelly Sutton Showroom: Antique Rug Co. Novel: The Great Gatsby Vignette: Antiques, a real zebra hide, and tufted chairs recall the opulence of the flapper era, while mustard fabric hangings echo the original book's vivid yellow hue.
4 Designer: Catherine Kwong Showroom: George Smith Novel: Mrs. Dalloway Vignette: A trail of red paper flowers was inspired by the first line of Virginia Woolf's novel: "Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself."
6 Designer: Thomas Callaway Showroom: Harbinger Novel: A Moveable Feast Vignette: Cardboard blowups of Ernest Hemingway and his compatriots, a well-stocked bar cart, and early 20th century paintings recall Hemingway's years spent hanging in Paris with fellow ex-pats like Gertrude Stein.
8 Designer: Martyn Lawrence Bullard Showroom: Nathan Turner Novel: Goldeneye Vignette: A chicly outfitted four-poster bed is prepped for a man on the go -- James Bond -- with a suitcase full of black leather accessories.
main Designer: Tyler Dawson Showroom: Ralf's Antiques Novel: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Vignette: A curvy modernist wooden side chair mimics the shape of the iconic yellow brick road, while a luxe Louis Vuitton trunk suggests the voyage to Oz will be stylish.
12 Designer: Christian May Showroom: Woven Accents Novel: One Thousand and One Nights Vignette: Flying carpets looked and piles of gilded books looked nothing short of magical in this rug store vignette.
  For a good laugh and a few meaningful design lessons, be sure to check out the best quotes from the Million Dollar Decorators' panel during LCDQ Legends Week! Photographs: Grey Crawford
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