The season’s best design discoveries will inspire for years to come.
Think Pink Is there any motif that defines Los Angeles more than the green Martinique banana leaf wallpaper donning the halls of The Beverly Hills Hotel? Now, the iconic imagery from CW Stockwell has been recreated in pink and included in the redesign of the property’s 11 poolside cabanas, marking the first time the wallpaper has been installed at the property since 1940. The cabanas were just completed in July under the direction of Champalimaud Design, which also renovated the property’s spa earlier this year, and include new terrazzo coffee tables, basket weave chairs and peach-pink dining tables from local designer Bend. Complimentary amenities for cabana guests include a selection of beverages, snacks, Coola sunscreen and Evian misters, and additional features for the upcoming months include a program of private poolside dinners. From $500 per day, exclusive to hotel guests, dorchestercollection.com
Morrow Soft Goods Simone throw pillow and Carlota rug
Soft Landing Handknotted rugs and graphic accessories are the hallmark of Morrow Soft Goods’ fall collections, featuring 10 new pieces including the Azia shag rug in a check print of deep navy and rich cocoa, and the Morris cotton throw in a black and cream pattern that looks at home in any environment. “For this collection, I wanted to play with subtle geometric shapes with varying heights and layers of texture,” says co-founder and creative director Stephanie Cleary, who, along with Michelle Paul Toney, is opening the brand’s by-appointment L.A. studio in October. “We also expanded our existing palette of soft shades of terra cotta to classic navys and deep, enriched browns.” morrowsoftgoods.com
With projects in Australia; Shanghai; Sanya, China; and the Maldives, Studio Carter’s more than 20 creatives are strategically situated in Amsterdam, Singapore and, as of this spring, Los Angeles. Here, founder Robbyn Carter talks about her decision to return home to California to build her office headquarters, what inspires her and more. studiocarter. design
What about the city inspires you? To me, L.A. is a constant flux of creative energy. It’s a city where creative expressions are fleeting and momentary. Events, exhibitions, artworks are continually moving, and each [offers its] own distinct experience. L.A. is about capturing the moment. Recently, I’ve experienced weirdly wonderful creative pop-up events, from burlesque shows to exhibitions exploring offbeat topics.
What are some of your favorite works of architecture here? Having lived in Amsterdam, I became accustomed to tall, vertical buildings. After coming back, I realized I prefer L.A.’s approach where the typology of dwellings is more horizontal with expansive views. My personal favorites are the Stahl House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House and Freeman House, and Richard Neutra’s architecture found throughout the city.
Why is L.A. a great place for an international design company to be headquartered? The natural beauty found throughout L.A. resonates deeply with our design ethos of stylized nature. Also, the time zone sits in the middle of our other offices in Asia and Europe, which allows us the flexibility to communicate with both regions throughout the day. This works much better than if our headquarters were in NYC.Ultimately, Studio Carter is running 24 hours a day.
The Studio Carter-designed Mondrian Gold Coast private residences will open in 2022
Preservation of Style
We’ve all been lured by Los Angeles’ influx of flashy high-rises of late—replete with everything from rooftop dog parks to Trader Joe’s on the ground floor. However, there’s something to be said for the city’s historic apartment complexes, dating back nearly 100 years ago and still standing tall today. In Alexandra Gargiulo’s Preservation of Style, she examines the historic neighborhoods of Hollywood and Hancock Park, Sycamore and Miracle Mile, and Koreatown to look at more than 20 landmark buildings that have shaped the way Angelenos live today. “I was inspired to write the book because I love these early Los Angeles apartments,” says Gargiulo. “The more buildings I fell in love with, the more I became fascinated with the moment of their construction. Additionally, the more I learned about how important preservation is to create a more sustainable (and beautiful) environment, the more important I realized it was for people to fall in love with them too.” preservationofstyle.com
Double Delight Kirsty Stone, founder of Retrouvaí, is one of Los Angeles’s most innovative fine jewelry makers. Bari Ziperstein is one of the city’s most cutting-edge ceramicists. Together, they’ve partnered to create a four-piece capsule collection handmade by Ziperstein and inspired by Stone’s Alchemy collection, which features swirling wings to represent bravery. The simple yet stunning capsule features small and large trays and vases. The duo is donating 50% of the proceeds to Black Artists + Designers Guild, a global platform representing independent Black artists working across a range of mediums. retrouvai.com