Los Angeles is a city that loves its exclusive imports (just consider the amount of Italian design-focused showrooms in WeHo alone!). But new furnishings and accessory boutique Maison of Hand (West Hollywood) brings something different to the scene: one-of-a-kind pieces handmade in Tunisia, sustainably crafted using indigenous materials. If you’re not familiar with Tunisian artistry—or North African designwork in general—allow the partners behind the brand, Jesse Terry and Faycel Mekbel, to introduce you to their careful curation, all displayed in a sunny two-floor showroom. Mainly the work of a French-Tunisian designer the pair admire, the primarily neutral collection has standouts like lamps and pendants that feature a swoosh of palm tree fibers; round mirrors framed by spiraling coils of seagrass; and chairs that mix olive and reclaimed wood, all light and bright. Everything is Tunsian-made, “except the plugs,” quips Mekbel. “Tunsia borders the Mediterranean, so the style is similar to California’s.” Adds Terry, “We feel it has the right vibe for this city. There’s a lot of modern here, but we’re definitely boho-chic.” With an emphasis on the chic.
Photography by: Darren Stone