For us, part of the thrill is the narrative behind each product, and we love talking about the designers we find locally and afar. It only goes to show that this brilliant and bold community is not so much distinguished by geographic or cultural boundaries but bound by the pursuit of aesthetics and innovative ideas. From clocks to carafes, tables to toys, baubles to bright lights, the constant is design that charms, functions and inspires.
We love everything we sell.
In a sound bite: Global design. Edited.
How does this make A+R different from the other great design shops in the universe?
We relentlessly seek out and cherry-pick the newest products by the best designers and design houses worldwide, aiming to offer them first. We don’t settle for product simply available through domestic distributors: challenges be damned, we import from anywhere in the world—a distinction many of our fellow independent competitors cannot claim.
We’re equally proud of our place in the international marketplace of modern design as we mark our 10th anniversary. A+R has evolved from a tiny shop with grab-n-go home décor and gifts to a wide world of furniture, lighting, rugs and more—and our latest retail showroom on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles serves as a continually changing showcase of our wider offerings online.
We’re endlessly electrified by the evolution of this adventure we first masterminded over margaritas on a January evening in 2005 at a Baja roadside inn. Nine months later, we opened A+R across the reservoir from our home in L.A’s creative enclave known as Silver Lake, keen on sharing our excitement for new design with anyone who would listen. A year later, our online store went live. In fall 2007, we expanded to Abbot Kinney in Venice, playing a leading role in that area’s revival. We also grew. And in October 2012, we opened our largest space yet, near Hollywood and mid-Wilshire, to serve both our clients and growing circle of interior designers, architects and other talents who make the world a more beautiful place.
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