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Matt Winter installs latest pop-up design studio in Venice

June 14, 2013|By Lisa Boone
  • Matt Winter sits in the doorway to his temporary interior design studio on Rose Avenue in Venice.
Matt Winter sits in the doorway to his temporary interior design studio… (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles…)

Culver City designer Matt Winter is known for creating vintage-inspired restaurant interiors and his new pop-up design studio in Venice is no exception.

For the next six months, the designer plans to use a salvaged 1939 Quonset hut as a temporary office for his M. Winter Design Studio, as well as a retail space for his surplus of vintage treasures. Sharing the property with Winter is the Styleliner, a pop-up shop of unique jewelry, bags and other accessories.

This is the second time that Winter, 28, has installed the two Quonset huts on a vacant parking lot. Last year, he set up shop on La Brea Avenue for a year, only to disassemble the military huts and move on.

"I want to take pieces of land and inhabit them and show people what they can do," Winter said. "There's so much you can do with existing materials."

Once inside the richly patinaed hut, visitors will find a diverse mix of vintage items for sale: a wooden harvesting table from the early 1900s, Masonic Lodge metal folding chairs, 1920s Parisian pendants, antique bikes and architectural salvage pieces.

Outside, Winter transformed the grounds by adding smooth decomposed granite and low-maintenance succulents along the perimeter. At the back of the property, Winter built raised beds for vegetables, and up front, a  broad courtyard for visitors. Disappointed the chain link had to stay, Winter strung lights along the fence and added a detailed iron door to the entrance on Rose Avenue.

"There's no need to tear things down and waste things," Winter said. "I use anything and everything. I don't need a brick and mortar store. A conventional office is boring."

lisa.boone@latimes.com

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