Now I know why tigers eat their young

by Lenaa Escandon

Blackman Cruz have teamed with Wright auction house for a celebration of Los Angeles style

Adam Blackman and David Cruz—the iconic duo behind Blackman Cruz furniture and antique store—have been chosen by Chicago-based Wright auction house to curate a one-of-a-kind Los Angeles design auction.


They have selected some of the most playful, unusual, and beautiful items from their collection to go under the hammer, including favored pieces from their own personal hordes such as a Bugatti chair owned by Cruz since 2001. Some of the more notable items include a pair of chairs that once furnished Al Capone’s Wisconsin hideout, and a collection of 19th and 20th century dog collars that have been gathered from across the four corners of the globe, reminding us of “the universal love owners feel for their pets,” as Blackman puts it.


Blackman and Cruz—described by Wright as “pioneers of Los Angeles Design,” have been a fixture on the Los Angeles art scene since their high-end store opened in 1993. In 2009 their La Cienega showroom was upgraded by a move into a colorful West Hollywood nightclub. Their collection ranges from antique to contemporary, and tends to be woven by dark, animalistic themes. They enjoy a notable celebrity clientele, with the likes of Jennifer Aniston nominating their showroom as her favorite shop in Los Angeles.


Wright have a preview in New York that will run until the 21st of April, and Blackman Cruz will host a private reception in their Los Angeles showroom on April 9th, and a preview that will run from the 10th. The auction will take place on the 21st of April.