Discover fine antiques and midcentury furnishings at Dragonette Limited on El Paseo in Palm Desert.
Story by Emily Chavous
Photography by Max Junk
Patrick Dragonette reclines on a midcentury William Haines sofa in a sunlit corner of his 5,000-square-foot furnishings showroom on El Paseo, Dragonette Limited. The native Ohioian surveys the mock living area proudly. Each thoughtfully placed chair and curio reflects his aesthetic sensibilities, shaped over more than two decades working as an interior designer and dealer of — as he puts it — all things beautiful.
“If I were to describe this store, I would just tell you that this store is full of things I love,” says Dragonette.
Dragonette’s antique and midcentury emporium opened in Palm Desert in 2019. But the beauty fiend established his namesake showroom more than two decades earlier on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles. There, he developed a reputation for his sharp eye and growing collection of rare William Haines pieces, eventually serving as president of the nonprofit La Cienega Design Quarter. As with so many masters of their craft, this collector’s fascination with storied objects traces back to childhood.
Dragonette Limited owner Patrick Dragonette provides a glimpse into his showroom.
Video by Max Junk
“My creed has always been, ‘If I don’t sell it, could I live with it?’ And that’s not just a line — that’s really how I feel about everything in here.” Dragonette leans forward on the William Haines sofa and gestures to a nearby table. “If I didn’t sell it, could I take this cocktail table home?”
A boyish twinkle in his eye suggests the answer: “Yeah, because it’s awesome.”