Mark Twain shrugged off a premature obituary, and independent bookstores should do the same. They’ve taken a hit from Amazon, and struggle to balance the books, but they are still cherished. The latest arrival is The Owl Bureau, a quirky venture by Richard Christiansen of Chandelier Creative media agency. He’s a passionate bibliophile with a reverence for print, and a keen eye for exceptional books and magazines. Projects like this offer something that no on-line service can match: a carefully curated selection and live human beings to help you choose. The spacious store was created by LA design firms Waka Waka and Machinehistories, with an assist from the Parisian Studio K.O. The Owl Bureau will host launches, signings and talks, contributing to the cultural life of a vibrant East LA neighborhood. It’s named for the Owl Rexall drug store that formerly occupied this site. 5634  N. Figueroa Street, Highland Park.

Image: © David Benjamin Sherry, courtesy of Chandelier Creative

Michael Webb

Author: Michael Webb

Michael Webb Hon. AIA/LA has authored more than twenty books on architecture and design, most recently Moving Around: A Lifetime of Wandering, Architects’ Houses, and Building Community: New Apartment Architecture, while contributing essays to many more. He is also a regular contributor to leading journals in the United States and Europe. Growing up in London, he was an editor at The Times and Country Life, before moving to the US, where he directed film programs for the AFI and curated a Smithsonian exhibition on Hollywood.