The brand-new home goods collective As Of Now is located inside the A+D Museum in downtown Los Angeles. It is a spacious shop that pays homage to many local LA artisans and designers, featuring everything from flatware and plates to furniture and handbags. One of my favorite aspects is the ever-changing gallery of artwork, and with the way that downtown LA is booming, this local artisan-inspired shop is right at home.
Name/Title: Melissa Ritchie and Brad Cook, co-owners
Launch date: August 2015
Inspiration for opening: All the amazing local LA and West Coast artisans that were under-represented in the marketplace
Merchandise source: Word of mouth, blogs, Instagram
Best selling item: Maryam Riazi bundle bowls with legs
Your favorite item: Aelfi rugs
Favorite stores (other than your own): Big Daddy Antiques and Cleveland Arts
Full of wonderful designs by Sara Barner, Boyce Studio, Wolfum and A Question Of Eagles, As Of Now has plenty of great ideas for gifts. If you're looking for something larger, for your home perhaps, they have designs by Artless, Lostine, and Worely's Lighting. While you're there, make sure to check out the wonderful exhibits in the Architecture and Design Museum.
(Image credits: Bethany Nauert)