Steve Jones and Amanda Malson have done up our LA showroom for this year’s Legends of La Cienega event with a fabulous display on I Married Adventure by Osa Johnson.
Inspired by the book’s highly coveted iconic cover, I Married Adventure has become the most widely used stylist prop; inspiring every realm of design. More importantly, beyond the cover, is a true testament to the spirit of adventure, curiosity and fearlessness. Osa Johnson investigated how others live, forged new friendships and created community.
Most design aficionados have seen Osa Johnson’s autobiography I Married Adventure, even if they don’t realize it. A bestseller when it was published in 1940, the book recounts Osa and husband Martin’s travels in exotic Africa and the South Pacific, with headhunters, pygmies and big game. The book introduced truly novel countries and customs to the imagination of folks who might not even identify Kenya on a map of darkest Africa. Used as a styling piece and prop in countless interiors and photoshoots over the years, the graphic zebra print cover of early editions of the novel has established it as a design icon in its own right.
But the plot thickens: Amanda grew up in the small town of Chanute, Kansas, where Osa spent her years prior to marrying adventure and traveling to farflung locales. So to create their window, Amanda tapped friends, relatives and colleagues back home to fill their Legends window with their cherished copies of I Married Adventure. Amanda worked with The Safari Museum www.safarimuseum.com, which houses the collection of artifacts and history of the amazing places Osa and Martin brought to American bookshelves, and continue that legacy of adventure.
Steve & Amanda’s (Bettershelter.com) window is on display at the Remains Lighting showroom and on view through May. Please visit us at 808 North La Cienega.