Inheritance is one of the best kept vintage secrets in Los Angeles. This store is an exquisitely layered, rich and romantic cabinet of curiosities. Overseen by delightful former Hollywood set designer Michael Andrews, this is the kind of place I could spend hours in!
Michael took over the store from another merchant in 2008 and shortly afterward changed the name to Inheritance. I don’t know which estate sales he’s been stalking but the items in the store are the sort of things people would kill for!
Everything in the shop is staged in perfect little vignettes against the backdrop of a crumbling 1920s structure and I die for it all. You don’t have to go all the way to Los Angeles to experience Inheritance because we have some of the best items from the store for sale on Chairish now.
Why did you open the store?
I’ve always loved collecting and the stories that come with collectibles. I value the way things were made in the past and the meaning that those objects carried for the people who owned them. It’s a very special connection.
Where did the name come from?
It came from my partner Paul Svendsen. It fit the store perfectly. The items in the store were handed down or are of a good enough quality to be handed down.
Average price points?
Gert Voorjans, Tony Duquette, Kelly Wearstler.
Sum up your aesthetic in 3 words.
Cabinet of Curiosities.
What movie set best embodies your store’s aesthetic?
Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment in Harry Potter—if it was taken over by your eccentric, artistic aunt who lives in Santa Fe.
Favorite pop of color?
Which piece in your store has the best story?
Right now I have a hand carved wood dentist chair from the1880s.
What piece broke your heart to sell?
A paper Mache French Bulldog from the 1800s called Growler.
If you weren’t selling furniture, what would you dream of doing?
Whatever would allow me to take the most naps.
Be sure to check out all the dreamy objects from Inheritance. A new heirloom might just be waiting for you!