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Kelly Wearstler’s Luxury Hotel: Santa Monica Proper

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Kelly Wearstler is an american designer known for her multifaceted, experiential residential, hospitality, commercial, and retail environments, as well as her extensive collections of lifestyle product designs.

For this article, Insplosion introduces you to one of the big projects, the Santa Monica Proper Hotel. This hotel is a beach destination with a sophisticated sensibility. The city’s climate, history and iconography are the inspiration for the property’s identity and its inherent storytelling.

The reception area features a hand-styled table with linework reminiscent of a seashell and a sand-infused plaster canvas. The reclaimed oak wood floor has an octagonal pattern inspired by a bird’s-eye view, while a bronze chain-link sculpture with a neon tube stands 9 feet tall.

Kelly Wearstler's Luxury Hotel: Santa Monica Proper

The Proper brand embodies a “looser” type of luxury design that incorporates local and surrounding culture in a way that appeals to long-term stayers and vacationers as well as holidaymakers.

Kelly Wearstler's Luxury Hotel: Santa Monica Proper

Luxury Hotel: Santa Monica Proper

Kelly Wearstler drew inspiration from Santa Monica‘s classic history in designing the hotel, both visually and culturally, to emphasize a modern design. The public spaces feature eye-catching objects sourced from collaborations with L.A. artisans for original artwork and monolithic installations.Kelly Wearstler's Luxury Hotel: Santa Monica Proper

A mix of new and old pieces makes for a layered aesthetic and a sense of the unexpected. In this boutique hotel, she has tamed her signature flair for eclectic materials and textures into a neutral palette.

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She scoured vintage stores to find the eclectic furniture that adorns the living room-style lobby of this hotel in California.

Kelly Wearstler, Santa Monica Proper

The Santa Monica Proper features 271 guest suites spread across the landmark building and new construction. Wearstler chose wallpaper with deeper hues for some rooms and a muted, neutral color palette for the other rooms. The textiles and wall coverings are from the designer‘s own collection.

Kelly Wearstler, Santa Monica Proper

The project was named Hotel of the Year in 2020 at the AHEAD Americas Hospitality Awards, winning in the Guest Rooms and Lobby & Public Spaces categories.

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