When Lladró – the internationally acclaimed Spanish artistic porcelain design company – decided to move from its 20-year home on the north end of Rodeo Drive, they wanted to stay nearby and they certainly wanted to maintain their presence in Los Angeles.
But as Rosa Lladró, the company's president, explains, they wanted a special place to display their breathtaking works of art. Which is why they chose Two Rodeo Drive – the elegant, European-influenced walk street located at the south end of Rodeo Drive – as the home of their new flagship Beverly Hills shop.
"The store design seeks to offer the perfect frame for the whole breadth of the brand’s sculpture, regardless of kind, shape or color, while lending maximum visibility to the individual features of each piece," Lladró says.
Inside the new Lladro boutique at Two Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills — Photo courtesy of Lladro
The new boutique was conceived by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon, and it's very different from the sumptuous, two-story space that Lladró used to occupy.
Still extremely luxurious, to be sure, the Two Rodeo home is all white walls and curved lines, designed to showcase the sculptures as well as the fantastic lighting fixtures that mark Lladró's move into a different market.
Think chandeliers, floor lamps, table lamps, bathroom fixtures and more.
Porcelain rarities at the Lladro Beverly Hills boutique — Photo courtesy of Lladro
Every item sold at Lladró is handmade in the company's massive studios known as the City of Porcelain, located in Tavernes Blanques near Valencia, Spain.
A family-owned and -operated business since 1953, when three brothers began creating the first porcelain figures, the company is now overseen by the next generation of Lladrós.
There's much to see in the boutique, for Lladró has expanded its sculpture line into a whole new world of designs. Especially fascinating is the Guest collection, a line curated by Jaime Hayon.
Cutting-edge artists from around the world are invited to collaborate on the line, each one creating a unique look for the original porcelain character designed by Hayon.
The delightful "Guest" collection of sculptures found at the Lladro Beverly Hills boutique — Photo courtesy of Lladro
And be sure to take a close look at the High Porcelain collection, as that holds the ultimate Lladró creations. Limited edition works are created with the inspiration of many cultures, including icons like the Hindu Ganeshas or the Japanese Hina Dolls.
These beautiful works connect Lladró across the five continents, putting the company in harmony with their boutiques across the planet; you'll find them in Lladró boutiques from New York to Hong Kong, Cancun to Singapore and everywhere in between.
If you're lucky, you can get up close to the incredible Queen of the Nile, a view of ancient Queen Nefertari and her family riding on an Egyptian vessel, which is the largest (over 160 centimeters long) Lladró sculpture ever made, in a limited edition of 100.
The ambitious "Queen of the Nile" Lladro sculpture — Photo courtesy of Lladro