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On our first walk-through of the hotel, way back in February, we spotted these metal shelves — which in the hotel's former life as the Cooper Square were used as a bar — and knew immediately that they should be filled with small goods. At the same time, we'd been talking to one of our favorite retailers — Brooks Hudson Thomas of Specific — about wanting to do a project together. Hence a collaboration was born, with Brooks as our man on the ground in LA, scouting for smalls, meeting with designers, and ultimately expanding the exhibition's scale from furniture to art and beyond. (And over the course of two dozen studio visits, Brooks found more than a few amazing furniture pieces to ship out as well!)