Kelly Wearstler transforms a 20th-century building into the coolest hotel in LA, the Proper Hotel, a visual celebration with colorful textiles, vivacious shapes, and funky shades, a return to the glamour of Hollywood Regency.
Remodeling with the 100-year-old historic building was a challenge and an inspiration for the top interior designer “a range of early pre-modernist European styles,” while “the deep colors, rich textures, and natural materials complement the patina of the original building.”
Wearstler respected the building’s early genesis for inspiration. “The Beaux-Arts architecture of the hotel is so unique.”“By stripping away layers of modifications and unveiling its original design, I think we created a kind of sculpture to the rebirth of this whole zone.”
The modern residential interiors rivaling a series of stylish pieds à terre and a refreshing Old World charm that attracts everyone. “It’s elegant and easy, like a true European boutique hotel,” with pre-Modernist and midcentury paintings by Bay Area artists to decorate the art-filled lobby.
The 131 guestrooms have a mixed of wallpapers in old-fashioned prints in a black, white, and gray palette creating a cool coziness, while a strong mix of graphic patterns and textures brings the city vibe.
IThe hotel’s three dining venues reflect the iconic style of Kellye Wearstler. The formal restaurant Villon is covered in an intricate ribbed paneling that looks like a Cubist mural.
“I’m super proud of this project,” the designer says. “I loved working in an emerging area and giving it a new spirit.”