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Los Angeles has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around LA that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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David John is an interior designer and the co-founder of DISC Interiors, a firm specializing in residential projects in Los Angeles. He has also written for design publications such as Wallpaper*, Freunde von Freunden, Sight Unseen, Apartamento, Remodelista, Mercedes -Benz Journal, and Yatzer and collaborated with companies like L.A. Modern Auctions and Heath. When pressed, he let slip his favorite shopping spot in North Hollywood for furniture, Moroccan rugs and much more.
"I thoroughly enjoy getting lost in the enormous cavernous warehouse of Badia Design in North Hollywood on Vineland. It's a windowless store that has very little signage from the outside, and is quite easy to miss if you were not told its exact location. I've personally shopped here for Moroccan rugs, side tables and brass and copper lighting for our interior projects. Hand-carved furniture is stacked to the ceiling, and hundreds upon hundereds of pendants and lanterns are suspended creating this magical aura about the shop. Rarely crowded and often extremely quiet, Badia gives me a feeling that I escaped the city of LA for a few hours. Also, as an added bonus, the owners are extremely kind and are willing to answer any questions about their twenty-year-old shop!"
· Badia Design [Official Site]
· Disc Interiors [Official Site]
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