Question: If I haven’t 80 days + ticket around the world, where can I (locally) find a global souvenir?
Hypothesis: On the ever-growing hub of York Boulevard in Highland Park lies Platform, the hybrid shop-gallery-studio of Alex Cole and Sarah Brady. As wayfarers and collectors, these two have thoughtfully curated a space filled with goods from their journeys both around Los Angeles and to the far reaches abroad. But will even the less-adventurous be in luck to make a purchase?
Findings: Certainly. While “global goods” can conjure up exotic ideas (or visions of that big box store that hawks “worldly” wares), Cole and Brady have carefully chosen, pared down, and warmly displayed finds that would fit in any abode. Handcrafted baskets from Africa, Moroccan glasses, and carved Jaipur floor mirrors sit amongst Midcentury furniture and restored vintage lamps in an eclectic mosaic, while organic candles and striking woven textiles soften the space. And should you need additional inspiration to pick a piece, this pair also stages homes on the market, turning empty listings into showrooms of sorts. Redefining the word platform? We’d say.