Welcome to Maquette, a coworking space and interior designer retail store

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As the world begins to open up again, there is a resurgence of interest in coworking spaces and retail. So why not combine the two concepts? This is exactly what three interior designers did in the Larchmont Village district of Los Angeles to create Maquette. Located in a converted bungalow at 507 North Larchmont Boulevard, this is exactly what the community needs right now.

Opened in November 2021 by Caitlin Scanlon, Julie Goldman, and Abby Wolf-Weiss, Maquette provides a space where the three women can be productive, meet interior design clients, host events, and connect with the many locals who live and spend time in Larchmont Village and Hancock Park.

A house to call an office

The concept of Maquette was originally conceived by Wolf-Weiss. After working from home during the pandemic, she developed a severe case of cabin fever. “I think we all longed for a different way of working and designing. In my experience, creativity flourishes with collaboration. We all run boutiques and in my home office there have been so many times that I have found myself wishing I could turn my chair around to talk to a designer peer, ”she tells me.

While many designers like to keep their suppliers and sources a secret, Wolf-Weiss, Scanlon, and Goldman don’t think so. “I’ve always thought my design motto was my vision which is unique to each project and harder to share. I didn’t necessarily want a partner, but I wanted camaraderie, ”says Wolf-Weiss.

In the summer of 2021, she was walking around the neighborhood and saw a For Rent sign. Within 24 hours, the three women agreed to take the space. The name came later. “A Model is a reduced model, it is a means of experimenting and perfecting an idea at a relatively low level of stakes. I really like the idea that a series of small choices have a huge impact in the end, the Maquette becomes the house on a large scale. Since we specialize in unique, vintage and antique pieces, with an emphasis on the small ones, that seemed like the perfect name, ”says Scanlon.

Building

Originally built as a house, the conversion of the 1,600 square foot space was interesting. However, it did end up lending itself to the current goal. Goldman tells me, “We’re not just a store. So, the thought process was more about opening the front room to the public and the rest of the space climbing up to meet our needs.

Women knew they needed space to function on a practical level, like being able to store a large library of samples as well as the massive amounts of furniture they had all gathered over the years.

The dining room is used as a shared workspace. “We have desks for ourselves, as well as a few for the assistants. The library will eventually be our conference room. Right now it’s a good place to take a private call, or just hang out when you need a moment. We each run our separate design activities from the bungalow, ”says Scanlon.

The house also needed some minor renovations. All the walls were painted black and the floors were covered with a dark gray commercial carpet. “We made budget design choices by installing natural seagrass rugs, a staple in my vocabulary, as many homes in New Orleans where I come from use natural fiber rugs and rugs. Goldman explains.

They decided to keep the fireplace wall black and break its weight by hanging mirrors that had belonged to Wolf-Weiss. Goldman told me, “Crisp white paint and small workstations meant we could share the dining room like an office, without needing to be confined in separate offices after quarantine. “

It was interesting for the designers to combine all their styles and various objects. “In the end, our three different collections became one when we hung works of art. We all love color, and the artwork told a color story that brought the whole space together, ”says Scanlon.

Goldman adds, “Our clientele is made up of like-minded people (designers, aesthetes, etc.) who are drawn to unique and unusual items. We narrowed down the palette and vibe of what we initially exhibited, then intuitively combined our items, much like in a traditional residential project, where we are called upon to merge an individual client’s style with that of his or her. partner “.

Shop curator

Maquette sells a variety of unique items selected by designers. Wolf-Weiss reveals, “We all agreed that one of the hardest parts of finishing a job is researching those final details: art, ships, unique pieces that make the space truly unique. “

However, the inventory will change over time. “We want Maquette to have an ever-changing selection of rare (reasonably priced) and one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces that you probably won’t find anywhere else. We are constantly researching and collecting all from everywhere. We each have our own particular passions for objects and eras. In addition, custom furniture will be on display and available to order. One thing’s for sure, we all love the color and texture, so you won’t see a lot of beige here, ”says Wolf-Weiss.

The future of Maquette

In 2022, Maquette will organize several events for designers to interact with other creatives, so that they can learn to collaborate in the most fruitful way. Designers are currently in talks with art consultants, architects, landscape architects, artisans and builders, among others to get involved and serve the design community in a new and unique way.

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