The designer shares her top picks at the relaunch of the modern design fair in Los Angeles.
By Jeanne K Chung, Principal, Cozy Stylish Chic
NKBA is asking designers to share their Favorite Finds from different shows throughout the year and around the globe. Here, we highlight the top finds from Jeanne K Chung, Principal, Cozy Stylish Chic, at WestEdge Design Fair in Los Angeles. Chung, a member of the NKBA Central Coast and Valleys Chapter, attended last month’s WestEdge fair when it was held at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA.
“I have been attending WestEdge since its inception more than 10 years ago, and the show always has a very curated selection of up-and-coming vendors for the kitchen and bath, including lines from Europe and smaller makers,” said Chung. “At WestEdge, I’ve connected with brands that I wouldn’t otherwise come across and have found unique products that set our projects apart from the rest.”
These five products topped her WestEdge list.
1. The Paramount Pull from the Bijou III Collection from Belwith Keeler
“This oversized Paramount tortoise acrylic pull is paired with a brushed golden brass mount, “ described Chung. “A dark brown pigment is injected into the clear acrylic and is mixed to create the movement of color before it is extruded. The result is an elegant, oversized door pull that can be used as an appliance pull in an upscale kitchen.” With statement hardware on the rise, she added that this introduction is sure to be a hit. WestEdge was the first time the Paramount Pull was shown, and it will also be introduced at KBIS 2024. Visit Belwith Keeler here.
2. Strands x Caroline Hurley Shapes Collection from Concrete Collaborative
Strands is Concrete Collaborative’s latest collaboration with Brooklyn-based textile designer Caroline Hurley. “Concrete Collaborative is known for their colorful cement tile,” said Chung. “This collection consists of encaustic cement tiles, with a subtle design in the center of each tile. Each tile is different, which adds to its unique charm – especially when installed.” Visit Concrete Collaborative here.
3. The AP counter stool from Thomas Hayes Studio
Chung also chose the AP counter stool as one of her favorite finds, saying that the oak, leather, brass and shearling materials brought both warmth and fashion to the kitchen island. She also highlighted its comfortable features such as the buttery soft leather seat and the shearling back that provides support while cradling the back. “The satin brass back and foot rail detail adds an unexpected element of glam,” she added. “I love the quality and craftsmanship of this stool!” Visit Thomas Hayes Studio here.
4. Ray Slim Wall Sconce from Ridgely Studio Works
Chung chose the Ray Slim Wall Scone for its functionality. “I’m always having difficulty finding slim bath sconces to flank either side of a mirror, as oftentimes there isn’t a whole lot of space when you’re working with a small powder room,” she noted. “At only 4 inches wide, the Ray Slim Wall Sconce is the perfect solution.” She pointed out its articulating LED light rod that can be adjusted from a low-level back light to a brighter task light and its availability in three different lengths and seven different finishes. “A definite winner for a small space powder room… and more!” Visit Ridgely Studio Works here.
5. Natural Stone Basin from Cocoon, Designed by Studio Piet Boon
The natural stone basin on Chung’s list was paired at WestEdge with a wall mount tap, available in a number of brushed metals. She described how the combination of materials — natural stone and brushed metal, and wood when incorporating a vanity — “are perfect for the laid back, yet warm, sophisticated and modern vibe that LA is known for.” Visit Cocoon here.
About the designer:
Chung, who has been working in K&B for over ten years, opened her retail space and trade showroom, Cozy Stylish Chic, in Old Pasadena after serving as an official Style Spotter for the High Point Market Authority in 2014. Since then, she has become an industry influencer and speaker known for her keen eye for design. She was also KBB’s 2022 “Person of the Year.”