I recently found out that Jim Marin, formerly the owner of Art Deco LA, had passed away in Las Vegas.
Jim was bigger than life. As an old biker boy his biggest downfall was his passion for his collection of great Art Deco Furniture lamps, rugs and decorative props.
Al from Al’s Studio Rental had sent me down to meet him at his first location in Hollywood. I never forgot our first meeting. I was walking in past his sign. “Studio Rentals only Everyone Else Keep Out!!!” When I walked past the sign and this big gruff guy in a t-shirt and blue jeans popped up over the large piece of furniture screaming obscenities at me until I walked up to him and introduced myself. At which point he melted into a kitten. Ya he was course, but he looked like he was homeless (or a Hells Angels Biker). I fondly remember him having a big heart though, with a soft spot in his larger than life persona.
Art Deco LA was first located in Hollywood next to Opamp Technical Books (also now gone sadly). He then relocated to the valley in what now houses ZG04 Decor before moving one last time to Lankershim where NEST Studio Rentals is currently located.
Nice to know that all locations that Jim picked turned into Prop House locations. He knew what really worked.
Jim was a colorful character of the Prop House owners and he will be missed. Funny I can still see his mischievous grin.