Big Design in Little China

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By Miyoko Ohtake
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.

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.

Big Design in Little China - Photo 1 of 4 - Portrait of Willard Ford by Jeff Minton.

Portrait of Willard Ford by Jeff Minton.

Big Design in Little China - Photo 2 of 4 - 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.

Big Design in Little China - Photo 3 of 4 - The Chair walker by SIngh Intrachooto.

The Chair walker by SIngh Intrachooto.

Big Design in Little China - Photo 4 of 4 - The Rian Collection end table by Semigood Design.

The Rian Collection end table by Semigood Design.

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