Vendors are preparing for the opening of Parachute Market, which opens this weekend for a two day run (Saturday, March 22 – Sunday, March 23).  Celebrating the second year of the bi-annual design fair, Creative Director Coryander Friend curates the show inspired by the spring equinox and created the theme Let There Be Light.  Four light based installation artists Doron Gazit, Johanna Grawunder, Jason Meadows and Tahiti Pehrson present site-specific works that illuminate overhead, hovering above the industrial interior.  Speaking with Friend earlier this week, she explained that Parachute Market is “not a craft fair and it’s not a pop up.  It’s a design fair and a Contemporary marketplace.”

While Parachute Market has a clear objective, the design fair continues to establish its foundations within Los Angeles’ artists and creative community.  The creative energy this afternoon during the set-up is palpable and indicative of the spirit of Parachute Market.  Installation Magazine will be hosting its second Portrait Pop Up event, photographing artists working across all mediums.  We’ll publish each portrait in the magazine over the next several weeks, offering insight into L.A.’s creative community that often do not yet have deserved exposure.

Here is a preview of just a few of the designers that are on Installation’s radar.  We can’t wait to see the designs of all of the vendors and further explore their craft within our publication!

100xBtr:  An explosive contemporary take on interior design.  Laser cut out lighting, sleek furniture design crafted with innovation.

Agnes Badoo: Leather totes for notes and the must-haves in your everyday bag.  Designers with a utilitarian perspective for the urban creative.

Artnoka: Turning up the heat Artnoka presents high-fired hot ceramics in an “art meets noka” kind-of-way.

Brendan Ravenhill: Everything from sconces to buildings, this local craftsman based in Echo Park strikes the perfect balance between material, function and form.

Half Hitch Goods:  Inspired by the ethos that giving is an honorable and selfless acts, the folks of Half Hitch Goods covet heirloom quality products.

Hortense: Smart, feminine yet masculine, clean and chic jewelry designs that celebrate the best of Parisian sophistication and with the gritty edge of LA.

Shelter Half:  A creative initiative fueled by art, cukture and design we cannot wait to learn more about Shelter Half.

Specialty Dry Goods: Dress with consciousness.  An indie label that focuses on making responsible choices with a preference to utilize manufacturers unused castoffs, discontinued and surplus materials, making them into a useful product of good design and style, a new classic with an artisan’s touch.

Come meet us at Parachute Market, discover Los Angeles’ visionary craftsmen and collect your favorite finds!