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September 2, 2009
Originally published in Act Locally

In downtown Los Angeles, nonprofit worker turned design-savvy entrepreneur Willard Ford turned the historic Kim Sing Theatre into a haven for modern furniture and design, now known as Ford&Ching.
 

Portrait of Willard Ford by Jeff Minton.
Portrait of Willard Ford by Jeff Minton.
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The old Kim Sing Theatre on North Figueroa Street, home to Ford&Ching. Photo by Jeff Minton.
The old Kim Sing Theatre on North Figueroa Street, home to Ford&Ching. Photo by Jeff Minton.
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The Chair walker by SIngh Intrachooto.
The Chair walker by SIngh Intrachooto.
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The Rian Collection end table by Semigood Design.
The Rian Collection end table by Semigood Design.
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Portrait of Willard Ford by Jeff Minton.
Portrait of Willard Ford by Jeff Minton.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and when, in 2005, Willard Ford needed to pay his rent, his business acumen and design-savvy eye saw him through: He launched FordBrady, a furniture showroom in downtown Los Angeles, with designer John Brady. Earlier this year, Ford relaunched the company as Ford&Ching with Andrea Ching and opened a showroom in Oakland, California. The goal is still
the same—–to bring high design to our living rooms.

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