THE AVALON HOTEL
LOCATION: BEVERLY HILLS, CA
ORIGINALLY BUILT IN 1949, AVALON BEVERLY HILLS UNDERWENT ITS INITIAL RENOVATION IN 1999 AND MERGED KELLY WEARSTLER’S DRAMATIC STYLE WITH THE GLAMOROUS NOSTALGIA OF MIDCENTURY DESIGN. FOR THE HOTEL’S 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY, THE DESIGNER HAS RE-IMAGINED THE SPACE, DEFTLY BLENDING ITS OLD HOLLYWOOD ROOTS WITH A DISTINCT 1950S VIBE. FOR THE LOBBY SPACE, SHE APPOINTED A LATE 1960S FIBERGLASS “SAFARI” SOFA, ITALIAN GILT CERAMIC COLUMNS AND A STRIPED MURAL OVERHEAD WITH ALTERNATING TONES OF LIGHT BLUE AND WHITE.
Photos courtesy of Kelly Wearstler
PHOTO: Nick Hudson
“Author, outré fashion plate, branding virtuoso (from sheets to jewelry), and decorator and muse – Wearstler cuts a profile as colorful as those of her clients.” – Architectural Digest
Since its 1995 inception, the Kelly Wearstler Studio has grown from boutique interior design firm to global lifestyle brand. Driven by the signature aesthetic and idiosyncratic spirit of its creator and namesake, the Los Angeles-based company boasts a diverse range of modalities, taking an all-encompassing approach to design that includes everything from residential and commercial interiors to lighting, fabrics, furniture and home accessories and highly-anticipated limited-run gallery editions.
Over the past two decades, Wearstler’s protracted reach as a designer has expanded exponentially, designing multiple international hotel properties – including luxury hotels for the Viceroy brand and the new Proper Hotel Group – as well as grand residences from Beverly Hills to the Caribbean and around the globe. Her robust portfolio includes collaborations and partnerships with some of the most respected global brands across the luxury market space. A dual collaboration with landmark department store Bergdorf Goodman in 2006 saw Wearstler lending her exacting eye to both the popular seventh floor restaurant and her own eponymous boutique.
Renowned for her distinctive alchemy of soulful mixology and buoyed by an A-list client roster of leading names in music and entertainment, the Wearstler aesthetic has become synonymous with modern California luxury. Her designs, epitomized by a colorful mélange of materials, merge important historical reference points with contemporary influences. The harmony of masculine and feminine, classic and contemporary, high and low, is integral to the brand’s maverick sense of eclecticism and fearless, iconic style.
THE AVALON HOTEL