Styled by Scott Roberts of Fuller + Roberts Co. and featured in a spotlight on the home of photographer and Emmy award-winning filmmaker Robert Trachtenberg in the November 2016 issue of Better Homes & Gardens.
By Gus Heully
Photographs by Mike Allen
An intimate single-room furniture showroom fronting La Cienega Boulevard, Fuller + Roberts is currently featuring a small collection of Belgian portrait paintings from the 1930s along with portrait photography and vintage large format movie poster art. Scott Roberts' particular love for portraiture is clearly on view.
When Roberts comes across art, furniture, sculpture, or other objects that catch his interest, he curates his room around them. Then, about twice a year, most of the furniture is cleared out of the space for a more formal art opening. Fuller + Roberts has even hosted music and other types of performances. The result is days when the space is more like what would be seen at a gallery than a furniture showroom.
Decorator Scott Roberts is one half of the dynamic duo behind Fuller + Roberts, a gallery-like shop in the heart of Los Angeles' iconic design district. Along with his partner, screenwriter Bryan Fuller, they showcase a range of collectible, striking and stylish home furnishings. As Roberts points out, "the world is full of incredible design," but the trick, of course, is knowing where and how to find it. From vintage Hollywood posters to glam midcentury furniture to chic antique accessories, this shop is a treasure trove of inspiring and influential design. Fuller + Roberts' expertly curated collections is a testament to the importance of bringing beauty into our homes.
Designer Timothy Corrigan — yes, he of the incomparably gorgeous Château du Grand-Lucé — knows a thing or two about the good life. In advance of this years Legends of La Cienega design celebration, we asked Timothy to give us a tour of his favorite haunts in his home city of Los Angeles, CA. Click here to see a Pinterest map of the top spots to eat, drink and shop in the City of Angels.
"Hannibal," the recently renewed NBC drama about psychiatrist-serial killer-cannibal Hannibal Lecter, may be as fiendishly gory as TV gets, but the interior decorating is undeniably elegant. Series creator Bryan Fuller, a partner in L.A. design store Fuller + Roberts, hired production designer Patti Podesta and set decorator Jaro Dick to bring Lecter's deadly lairs to life.
If you don't know Jane Hallworth, you're not alone. Despite being a favorite of young Hollywood (she counts Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams as clients), the discrete designer has kept a low profile. (It may be a family thing. When her older sisters launched a jean company, they had to be coaxed into doing publicity.)
Asked by The Hollywood Reporter, who named Jane one of their 25 Most Influential Interior Designers in LA in 2012, which set she was most anticipating, Jane responded "The Munsters remake for its gothic sensibility". That phrase could also be used to describe Jane's work. Intimate, complex, intriguing, her interiors are a blend of styles — 20th century furniture, antiques, cutting edge contemporary designer pieces — made whole through her innovative use of color and an architect's sense of balance and form. Her distinct visual vocabulary has led to the launch of her first product line, debuting at Blackman Cruz in May. Paying homage to American vernacular furniture, it captures the symbolic nature of iconic American pieces while adding a slightly dark, modern twist.
"The Fox Hunt", a suite of photographs by Robert Trachtenberg, opens at Fuller + Roberts Co. on May 9th. Robert Trachtenberg is a Los Angeles-based photographer noted for his portrait, entertainment, and fashion photography. His work has been selected for numerous awards, including the American Photography Annual, Communication Arts, and American Photo Magazine's Images of the Year.
Trachtenberg has also written, produced and directed several acclaimed documentaries, including profiles of George Cukor, Gene Kelly, Cary Grant, and Irving Thalberg. His most recent documentary about filmmaker Mel Brooks will premiere in May of 2013 on PBS' American Masters.
Fuller + Roberts Co. window designed by Jane Hallworth for the La Cienega Design Quarter's 5th annual Legends of La Cienega event, running May 8-10, 2013. The storefront design celebrates this year's theme, "Time Capsule: The Past, Present & Future of Design," with a installation inspired by an Alfred Hitchcock quote.
Producer: Loretta Ramos; Director/Editor: Vanessa Rojas; Music: "Sneeuwland" by Oskar Schuster
Robert Trachtenberg is a Los Angeles based photographer noted for his portrait, entertainment, and fashion photography. His work has been selected for numerous awards, including the American Photography Annual, Communication Arts, and American Photo Magazine's Images of the Year. Trachtenberg has also written, produced and directed several acclaimed documentaries- including profiles of George Cukor, Gene Kelly, Cary Grant, and Irving Thalberg. His most recent documentary- about filmmaker Mel Brooks- will premiere in May of 2013 on PBS' American Masters.
Trachtenberg is also the author of the bestselling book WHEN I KNEW, published by Harper Collins- and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times magazine.
Fuller + Roberts Co. is located at 729 N. La Cienega Blvd. in the heart of the La Cienega Design Quarter.
On Dec. 6th, the La Cienega Design Quarter and Adorno magazine hosted a Christmas Crawl to benefit the Charitable Children's Guild for the Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital. Shoppers were invited to stroll the boulevard, taking in the Christmas windows and stopping in for a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres- in exchange for donating a toy. Fuller + Roberts Co. was proud to participate, and we are VERY happy to have collected the most toys for the children this year! If you can, please donate more toys (new and unopened) to the hospital before Christmas! Contact them at www.orthohospital.org
Our homage to the theatrical department store windows of the past. The scene is a high society cocktail party gone awry during the holiday; the quote on the window is from the American humorist Kin Hubbard: "Next to a circus, there ain't nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit."
Our window was also featured, along with the 2012 holiday windows of Bergdorf Goodman and Marc Jacobs, in The Mannequin Gallery's annual newsletter!
Fuller + Roberts Co. full-page ad for the October 2012 edition of Los Angeles Antiques, Art + Design Show magazine.
Fuller + Roberts Co. window designed by Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design for the La Cienega Design Quarter's 4th annual Legends of La Cienega event, running May 9-11, 2012.
The storefront design celebrates this year's theme, "Windows to the World," with a installation inspired by Quogue, New York.
Fuller + Roberts Co. is a curated Los Angeles showroom reflecting an eclectic collection of 20th Century decorative arts, including custom furniture and vintage film posters.
Producer: Loretta Ramos; Director/Editor: Michael Bodie; Cinematographer: Jonathan Schwarz; Music: "Opportunity Walks" by Kevin MacLeod
Now in its fourth consecutive year, LEGENDS is a three-day event that has attracted over 10,000 designers and enthusiasts. Today, LEGENDS is a prominent fixture on the national design event calendar. A fusion of art, fashion, design and culture, LEGENDS provides a unique combination of education and entertainment for those who appreciate design. Each year, LEGENDS embraces an overarching theme to pay homage to the people or things that help to create and inspire excellence in design. From May 9th-11th, 2012, LEGENDS will celebrate the impact that destinations in the world have on design. In support of the theme LEGENDS will, for the first time, extend the reach of its program beyond Los Angeles by inviting the most highly regarded interior designers from across the country and around the globe to decorate the legendary windows in the La Cienega Design Quarter.
“With over fifty highly respected design showroom and gallery members, the La Cienega Design Quarter is one of the nation’s premier shopping districts for design. Our LEGENDS of La Cienega celebration has become the most anticipated design event in the country. It is truly a convergence of culture and design with a tremendous sense of inspiration and community spirit. In addition to the dynamic window displays created by top designers from around the world, we are looking forward to unveiling exciting programming details for this year’s celebration as we celebrate Windows to the World,” states Lee Stanton, President of the LCDQ Board.
Legends media partners include the nation’s most prestigious shelter publications, including ELLE DÉCOR, House Beautiful, Traditional Home and VERANDA. Regional media partners include California Homes, California Home & Design and luxe. interiors+ design.
LEGENDS will feature a diverse array of programming and events, including several signature parties, nine keynote panel discussions moderated by the nation’s leading magazine editors, eight book signings, several tea and cocktail receptions, round table discussions with personal appearances, trunk shows, demonstrations, special exhibitions and more.
Most importantly, a select group of designers will use global destinations as their inspiration to transform the actual windows of the LCDQ members’ storefronts. This year the LCDQ also selected several emerging designers to showcase their talents. Veteran Legends designers will serve on the Legends Steering Committee and will participate as hosts, panelists or window designers.
The Long Good Buy
Show room Items from Robert Trachtenberg’s office in the window of Fuller & Roberts Company in Los Angeles. After 24 years in the same rent-controlled apartment that I had used as my office (but absolutely not as a mortuary or dental practice, which everyone knows is against code, if you’re reading this, L.A. Housing Department), I got the heave-ho when the owners informed me that they needed the place for family. Having been in this one spot for so long, I actually began to look forward to moving, exploring a new part of town, and even gave some mild thought to deaccessioning some pieces I had collected over the years. On my first day of packing, however, I found a New Yorker cartoon that helped me make up my mind. It showed an old man lying on his deathbed. Looking up at a visitor, he says, “I should have bought more crap.”
The sentiment touched me deeply, so I called my friend Scott Roberts of Fuller & Roberts Company, an antiques shop in West Hollywood. I had thought it through logically: I love his taste, he’s got to love mine; he’ll sell what I’m not going to miss; and I’ll be able to buy more new old stuff. When he arrived to look at my things, though, I was struck with remorse over breaking up what I thought was a very cool assortment of urbane furniture and accessories. Half-jokingly, I told him, “You should just recreate my office in your window.” Oddly, he immediately agreed to do just that.
Move on Before vacating his office, Trachtenberg put his feet up one last time. So for a little while longer, if I drive up and down La Cienega Boulevard, I get to see the desk I bought off a security guard when I was photographing Minnie Driver at a deserted meatpacking warehouse. Or the lamp someone was clever enough to create from a beautiful pearl gray cathode ray tube. Or the gold crown I always worried was not really early 19th century but early Universal Studios prop department. Luckily on that one Jeffrey Smith, vice president of furniture and decorative arts at Bonhams auction house, confirmed that it was in fact, “a wonderful example of a gilt wood baldachin from the 19th century in the form of a ducal coronet harking back to medieval times.” Whew.
The mirror framed by delicately carved wood feathers came from an old lady who had lived next door to my mother. She had decided to have an estate sale but not let anyone in the apartment except Mom. This was before camera cellphones, so my mother described a few pieces, and I chose wisely, but phonetically. For some reason, I ended up with two identical limited-edition Fornasetti plates and an Hermès scarf no woman I knew was either willing or able to use properly.
Now, I could bang on about how we don’t really own anything, we just borrow it for a time, and how freeing it all feels, but in truth this was just a lot easier than selling on eBay or Craigslist, especially since Scott sent a truck. I didn’t mention it to many people, wondering if they’d notice. And sure enough, a friend called from his car: “You said you wouldn’t mind moving to a storefront office, but don’t you think you went too far?”
ROBERT TRACHTENBERG | OCTOBER 31, 2011, 10:46 AM
Fuller + Roberts Co. full-page ad in Elle Decor magazine.
Fuller + Roberts: The Dynamic Duo Equal parts throwback swank, glam, hip and edgy, this LA shop - the brainchild of writer Bryan Fuller and art director and designer Scott Roberts - offers fantastic vintage finds, unusual accessories and art, and pieces of Roberts' own design, like the equestrian-centric Saratoga Chair.
Decorator Scott Roberts and screenwriter Bryan Fuller’s West Hollywood showroom has a masculine vibe inspired by drawing rooms and gentlemen’s clubs from the 1920s and ’30s. Bespoke chairs upholstered in houndstooth join vintage pieces by Paul T. Frankl and T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings; collectible accessories range from an ashtray from the S.S. Normandie to a taxidermy fox.
Polo Magazine profiles our own Saratoga chair in the last issue of their magazine.
Richard Haines “What I Saw Today” April 8 - May 7, 2011 @ FULLER + ROBERTS
Curated by Diane Rosenstein
What I Saw Today
New York Illustrator Richard Haines Brings His Style Blog To Gallery Walls
Since 2008, Richard Haines has seduced fashion followers with his natty style sketches and impromptu portraits, scrawled on found materials ranging from a Starbucks napkin to the pages of a book on French paintings by Jean-Antoine Watteau (pictured above) and catalogued on his cult blog, What I Saw Today. A new show by the same name at the Fuller + Roberts Co. gallery in Los Angeles presents work inspired by the streets of New York and the front row. A former designer for brands including J. Crew and Calvin Klein, Haines launched WIST to raise his industry profile, but has since parlayed the online platform into a career as an in-demand fashion illustrator, contributing to The New York Times among others. “My background is in design, so when I do a sketch of a guy on the street I can pinpoint a detail because I understand it,” he says. NOWNESS talked specifics with him....