“Having the history of midcentury design and L.A. creativity, there’s already license to be a little more outside the box,” observes creative director and principal Mick Fox. Indoor/outdoor living and the area’s appeal to residents and visitors from all over the country also adds to the desert’s “very diverse aesthetic.” A new population influx during the pandemic only increased the mix and the need for more design and fresh ideas to support changing work habits and lifestyles.
Ever since Fox established the firm in 2016 with Dino Raimondi, Fig + Nash has embraced exploring multiple design languages and sensibilities. Fox, Raimondi, and managing designer Gabriela Helesicova’s client-centric approach applies equally to their commercial, model home, and bespoke residential undertakings.
“What we show reflects the area,” Fox explains. “We have things that feel ‘desert’ and luxury and modern all at the same time.” Fig + Nash’s El Paseo outpost gives visitors plenty of reason to seek out an IRL shopping and browsing experience on what’s already “such a storied street for retailing,” Fox says. The hybrid design studio/showroom space also highlights the firm’s process and capabilities with an on-site upholstery and drapery workroom, while the well-appointed burled wood bar invites clients to linger.
“It’s all about the good life,” Fox says. “We set the stage with interior design, but you still need good food and drink.”