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A. Kinney Court

A. Kinney Court is the newest addition to the always changing and intriguing environments and experiences on  Abbot Kinney Blvd. In keeping with the avant-garde nature of its surroundings,  A. Kinney Court is described as a “concept fashion boutique and eyewear gallery” it serves not only as a shoppe for fine apparel and eyewear, but also as a museum of vintage Oliver Peoples spectacles.  The interior was designed and constructed by Ilan Dei Studio (project team: Ilan Dei, Peter Turba, and Scott Chamberlain) with the intention of dynamically displaying the range of products, and providing an intriguing attraction for passersby. The design intention takes cues from a variety of inspirations, ranging from the Eames bent plywood processes and skateboard construction to the sand dune formations and ocean waves seen along the neighboring coast.

The main wooden display walls were conceived from the desire to build a double-bent plywood surface. In the areas where the material wouldn’t support the most extreme combination of bends, holes were cut out and utilized as the product display shelves. The wooden structure was created using parametric modeling techniques and the entire installation was digitally fabricated using only 3/4” and 3/8” plywood as finished surface and structure. Other elements of the store include vacuum-formed polycarbonate panels for the cash wrap, and re-used Redwood stumps for tables and chairs, both accented by smoky black mirrors for work surfaces.

Conceived by Garrett Leight, son of Oliver Peoples founder Larry Leight, A. Kinney Court offers rare vintage eyewear rediscovered in storage by Garrett and his father, complete with original lens colors from the 1980’s. The store also features clothing by local brand LnA, shoes from Gourmet, boots by Becca Moon, and additional eyewear from Mykita, Thierry Lasry and KBL Eyewear.

(photos courtesy of Ron Moon and Peter Turba)

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  1. Galit Rozenovich
    December 17, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I love this design. It’s stylish and trendy but also reflects an appreciation for simple lines, and well-made functional natural objects. WELL DONE!

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