June 2010

lamart.com

lamart.com

Lamart.com is the online home of LA Mart, the ‘most comprehensive collection of fine regional and national residential showrooms available.’ The website provides a great deal of information about the company and its offerings.

LA Mart has space available for both showrooms and events. It focuses on showing designs and lifestyle merchandise, including architecture, interiors, fabric, lighting, flooring, and displays. Located in the heart of the Fashion and Interiors District of downtown Los Angeles, and just one block away from the showrooms of the California Market Center, over 40 businesses are currently located in the Mart, featuring the work of over 40 designers. The website can be used as a directory for finding out information about these companies, the designers, and products.

In addition to showroom space, the venue holds at least one event per month, which range from ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) chapter meetings to designer collections, sample sales, and seminars all pertaining to the home furnishing and lifestyle market. Overall, the theme seems to be a focus on contemporary companies with modern designs, some of which are sustainable and eco friendly.

The website is divided into three categories: Gift and Home Market, Design Center, and Venue Rental. Each offers information on showrooms and designers, as well as some basics about the space available, such as the type of space and leasing information. Overall, the site is simple to navigate, very clear and concise, and provides accurate search results. It is aesthetically pleasing, and there is a wealth of information available.

Reviewer: Alex Kosztowny, FIDM Library Staff Member