In partnership with LCDQ, UCLA Extension School of Architecture + Interior Design, and Mehraban Rugs, the “Setting a Legendary Table” competition was conceived to honor the lasting impact of legendary designers, while championing those students striving to become the future wave of design icons. With a newly unveiled contemporary showroom facade, hosting this event was especially meaningful to Mehraban, as it represents their commitment to fostering new sources of design inspiration and innovation.
To enter, each UCLA Extension student had to conceive an imaginary dinner party and invite one or two iconic interior designers, either living or deceased. The students then prepared a visual presentation board to illustrate their party’s visual design theme, reflective of their chosen designers’ style and aesthetics. In addition to the visual presentation, each student prepared a brief written component, providing insight into his or her designer selection and party inspiration.
As an official LCDQ LEGENDS 2019 event, the May 8th awards breakfast was hosted in the Mehraban showroom with special guests Patrick Dragonette (President, LCDQ Board), Eleanor Schrader (UCLA Extension) and Rocky LaFleur (Kneedler Fauchère). The winners were selected by LCDQ board members and announced by acclaimed designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.
Rich Yeung won first place for his legendary table in homage to William Haines and Kelly Wearstler, taking home a prize of UCLA Extension Arc_ID class, a Mehraban Kilim rug and a curated selection of design books. Reginald Wood’s homage to Tony Duquette and Kate Jung’s homage to Gerrit Rietveld won second and third places, respectively.
For Yeung, the competition’s theme immediately evoked memories of a favorite Greek myth, The Judgment of Paris, a parable about vanity and choice, in which Zeus hosted a sumptuous banquet but failed to invite Discord. Bringing to life the myth’s sentiments with a modern lens, Yeung artfully selected the differing global views of William Haines, representative of the iconic Hollywood Regency style and its combined classical notes with bold new expressions, and Kelly Wearstler, celebrated for her provocative reinterpretation of the style in recent decades. Yeung’s design concept subtly infused elements of the Greek myth into his tablescape motif, including pops of pomegranates, acanthus and guilloche. A vivid mix of contemporary furnishings, including originals by both Haines and Wearstlerties Yeung’s environment together.
The competition has garnered tremendous feedback from the design community, with several students receiving new opportunities from designers including Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kelly Wearstler and FORM Design Studio.
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