Two SBE Hotels Planned for DTLA


Angels Landing Tower

Downtown Los Angeles is slated to get two high-profile hotels in a new high-rise development. Planned for the Angels Landing site in the city’s Bunker Hill neighborhood is a $1.2 billion, mixed-used complex that will include a pair of hotels operated by locally based SBE: a 289-key Mondrian, and a 192-key SLS.

Wheels for the project that would include those hotels began turning late last month, when Los Angeles City Council selected Angels Landing Partners LLC—a team of three minority-owned real estate firms—to acquire and develop the 2.24-acre Angels Landing site. As part of its plans for that site, the development team (consisting of the Peebles Corp., MacFarlane Partners and Claridge Partners) said it intends to build the tallest residential building in the western United States.

Specifically, the team’s development plan calls for the construction of two adjacent high-rises of 88 stories and 24 stories, respectively, along with a three-story podium. In addition to the two SBE hotels, the complex will also include 425 rental apartments, including affordable-housing units; 250 condominiums; restaurant and retail space; and a charter elementary school.

“Our team is inspired by the great opportunity to transform the Los Angeles skyline with our iconic building, enhance residential life downtown, and forever change how large buildings are built in Los Angeles by insuring that all residents and businesses receive equal access to career and business opportunities,” says Don Peebles, chairman and CEO of the Peebles Corp.

Construction on the complex is expected to begin in 2021 and be completed by late 2024. The project’s design team is being led by Handel Architects and OLIN. Handel will oversee the building design, while OLIN will spearhead the landscaping.

LA Hotel To Debut Renovation

The London West Hollywood | London Bar | Richmond Intl.


In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills is set to take the wraps off an $11 million makeover this month. Richmond Intl., which spearheaded previous renovations at the 226-key, all-suite hotel, is responsible for the new London Bar and updated Boxwood restaurant, while AKA Architecture + Design spearheaded the redesign of the rooftop pool deck.

The London Bar’s focal point will be an island bar visible from the main lobby that will feature studded leather panels, a polished marble stone top and a plant-life wallcovering. The space will also include a skylight, a latticework frieze inspired by the iron-work frames of orangeries and hanging lanterns. The bar also serves as the new threshold for the hotel’s Boxwood restaurant.

The Boxwood restaurant at The London West Hollywood hotel. Photo: Courtesy of The London West Hollywood

The redesigned Boxwood dining and sitting rooms will have the capabilities to be divided and offer blackout shades, allowing guests to hold private receptions. The restaurant will feature bespoke furniture designed specifically for the space.

AKA’s rooftop pool deck design, meantime, retained the space’s existing palm trees and fountain and added Victorian-style loungers positioned on a large living wall. The painted wood decks are being replaced with a natural wood palette, and square modern planters are being replaced with eclectic groupings of classical and urn-type planters, reminiscent of an English Garden.

This project follows a $27 million upgrade completed in 2015, which added Premier Suites, the 11,000-square foot Penthouse Inspired by Vivienne Westwood, a 110-seat screening room and a new fitness center.

Chao Wins Pioneer Award


Longtime Disney executive Wing T. Chao has been named recipient of the 2018 Pioneer Award by the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) in partnership with the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS). The award was established in 1996 and recognizes individuals for their contributions, achievements and improvements to the hospitality industry.

Chao is a renowned master planner, architect and developer, He is currently working on numerous integrated resorts, theme parks, hotel, retail, entertainment, commercial, convention and exhibition projects.

Chao’s career at Disney began in 1972, and he later became vice chairman of development for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Asia Pacific. He also served as executive vice president for master planning, architecture & design at Walt Disney Imagineering.

During his 37-year career with the company, Chao led development teams consisting of Disney Imagineers and leading architects and designers on such projects as Disney theme parks, resort hotel rooms, restaurants, retail spaces, entertainment venues, office buildings, mixed-use developments and convention spaces at the company’s resorts in California, Florida, Hawaii, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong. Chao also spearheaded the design for four Disney cruise ships.

“As ISHC celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018, we wanted to honor an individual known for innovation in hospitality,” says Stephen Hennis, ISHC Pioneer Award chair. “Wing T. Chao without a doubt has had an incredible career and brought to life inconceivable ideas through his work at Disney that will impact generations to come. Wing is still actively contributing to the hospitality industry and continues to drive innovation. We are honored to present him with the ISHC Pioneer Award at ALIS.”

ALIS 2018 will take place Jan. 22-24 at the JW Marriott and Microsoft Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

Studio Twist Names Winner


Studio Twist has named KNA Design’s Andrew Pancer the winner of its Anniversary Design Competition. Coinciding with the manufacturer’s five-year anniversary, the contest was announced at BDwest 2017 and Pancer’s winning design, “It’s All Greek to Me,” was shown at BDNY. (The Los Angeles-based designer was named to the Boutique 18 last year .)

Competition judges included Scott Bodenner, wovens designer and owner of New York-based textile studio The Bodenner Collection; Chuck Chewning, principal at Savannah, Georgia-based Charles H Chewning Interiors and director of interior design at the Italian textile company Rubelli; and Libby Patrick, founder and ceo at Atlanta-based interior design firm Sims Patrick Studio Inc.

Founded and led by Michelle Wildenhaus, Studio Twist manufactures top-of-bed products, including knit blankets, bed scarves, throws and pillows for hotel, spa, healthcare and assisted-living environments. The company is headquartered in Kennesaw, Georgia.


Fifth annual West Coast trade fair and conference honors innovators in FF&E development and presentation, April 5-6, in Los Angeles

Twenty three manufacturers of FF&E and other design elements for hospitality interiors received Best of BDwest Product Design Awards at Boutique Design West (BDwest), held April 5-6 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Six BDwest exhibitors received Best Exhibit honors.

The Best of BDwest Product Design Competition recognizes designers and manufacturers of products introduced to the hospitality design market in the past year that demonstrate functional and aesthetic progress and, above all, innovation in their respective category. Winners are selected by a jury of design professionals and featured in Boutique Design magazine.

The 2017 Best of BDwest Product Design Competition winners are:

Winner: MDC Wall for Zintra Acoustic Solutions


Winner: TorZo Surfaces for Balsa Fusion
Finalist: CPS Garten Corporation for Compact Wood

Winner: Modern HD for Clock Two Carbon
Finalist: JVA Art Group for LIDA (Live Interactive Digital Art)

Winner: room360ç by FOH for Matte Black Stainless Steel Collection
Finalist: JACLO for Exposed Shower system in Matte Black

Winner: Valley Forge Fabrics for Wrigley
Finalist: Fabric Innovations for Custom Throw Blankets
Finalist: P/Kaufmann Contract for Sheer Intuition

Winner: Materials Inc. for Grafix
Finalist: Tai Ping Carpets for Silken Axminster

Winner: Sandler Seating for Marshmallow by Tonon
Finalist: D’style Hospitality Furnishings for Landon End Table

Winner: eos LightPanel Systems for CURVED LightPanel(TM) System
Finalist: HB Lighting for Bulldog Table Lamp

Winner: DEDON for BRIXX
Finalist: Textillery Weavers for recycled sunbrella indoor/outdoor throw blankets

Winner: Maya Romanoff for Cozy Collection
Finalist: MDC Wall for Thom Filicia Collection
Finalist: Sonite Innovative Surfaces for Travel-Custom Bespoke Mural

Winner: SONNY+ASH for Augmented Reality
Finalist: in2green for Stacy Garcia Indoor/Outdoor Throws

This year’s competition was judged by Liza Koeda, Principal, CoberKoeda; Michael Medeiros, Creative Director, KNA Design; and Zara Vardanyan, Interior Designer, DESIGN360unlimited.

“The Product Design Competition depicted one step further to what we call innovative design,” said Koeda. “The latest textures, colors and technologies were introduced in such a clever way to capture depth, and the submissions have pushed the boundary to create new designs that fit today’s lifestyle. Seeing all of these great products takes us to this question– what’s next?”

“We had a record number of entrants this year, and commend our winners and finalists on raising the bar on product design excellence for hospitality application,” said Michelle Finn, president of Hospitality Media Group, producers of the event, and SVP, ST Media Group. “The breadth, product innovation, technological advancements, design form and function was recognized and applauded by our judging committee.”

Additionally, six BDwest exhibitors received Best Exhibit honors at this year’s trade fair. Displays were judged on creativity in design, visual impact, effective and efficient use of materials and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting and graphics.

The 2017 Best Exhibit at BDwest winners are:

Winner: RH Contract
Finalist: Williams Sonoma

Winner: S. Harris/Fabricut Contract
Finalist: Applied Textiles
Finalist: TUUCI

Winner: Poppy

Exhibit judges included Gordana Jordanovska, Owner, Studio GOGA; Rachel McCaslin, Interior Designer, HOK; Katie Novelen, Interior Designer, Tandem; and Roberto Aybar-Imbert, Senior Designer/Project Manager, DESIGN360unlimited.

Exhibit space grew to 40,000 square feet, with 244 participating manufacturers and marketers of furniture, fixtures, lighting, seating, wall coverings, accessories and other design elements for hospitality interiors.

The two-day event featured an expanded conference program with 31 sessions—eight with CEU accreditation—and 100+ speakers; social events presented in partnership with NEWH; a student portfolio review and awards presentation celebrating the Boutique 18 and Up-and-Coming Hoteliers in the design industry; and a hard hat tour of the new InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown at Wilshire Grand Center.

Both awards programs will resume at the eighth annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY), November 12-13, 2017, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Information about exhibitors, social events, conference sessions and speakers—as well as attendee registration and exhibitor information—will be available at as details are confirmed.

To learn more about exhibiting at BDwest or BDNY, contact Cassie Maurer at 513.263.9316 or email

BDNY, BDwest Again Make TSE’s Fastest 50

Trade fairs honored in three growth categories

Boutique Design’s trade fairs for hospitality design professionals, BDNY and BDwest, have made Trade Show Executive (TSE) magazine’s Fastest 50 list for 2016. The announcement marks BDNY’s fourth appearance on the roster and BDwest’s third.

Both shows were recognized for their growth in number of exhibitors, total attendance and net square feet for the third consecutive year. Of the 87 trade shows TSE recognized for 2016, only 15 were honored in all three categories.

Last year’s BDNY drew more than 6,900 hospitality design professionals for its seventh run at the Javits Center in New York, representing a 19 percent increase in attendance over the past year and continuing a pattern of double-digit, year-over-year growth since the trade fair/conference’s inception in 2010. In addition, that show’s exhibit space grew by 37 percent to 112,000 sq. ft., encompassing 615 manufacturers and marketers of FF&E and other design elements for hospitality interiors.

Similarly, the fourth annual BDwest drew 2,400-plus attendees to the Los Angeles Convention Center last spring, marking a 60 percent increase in participation over the past year’s event. Exhibit space grew by 22 percent to 41,500 net sq. ft., which included 260 manufacturers/marketers. The trade fair has experienced double-digit growth each year since its 2013 debut in San Diego.

Both BDNY and BDwest are produced by Hospitality Media Group. This year’s BDwest will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, April 5-6 in LA.

The James to Debut in West Hollywood

The James West Hollywood-Sunset is set to make its debut in California in May. Designed by international multidisciplinary firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) and owned and developed by Los Angeles-based CIM Group, the property marks the first new-build hotel in West Hollywood in 30 years, as well as the brand’s first hotel on the West Coast.

A guest room at The James West Hollywood-Sunset. All photos: Courtesy of The James West Hollywood-Sunset

The 286-key hotel, to be managed by Denihan Hospitality Group, will showcase commissioned artwork throughout, including a “Dreamcatcher” piece created by high-profile artist Janet Echelman, who is best known for creating large-scale, fluid sculptures out of unlikely materials such as fishnet.

Stephen Apking, interior design partner at SOM, will discuss working on the project at the “New In The West” session at Boutique Design West (BDwest) on Wednesday, April 5, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Accommodations at the latest James will be comprised of 251 guest rooms and 35 suites—including two penthouse lofts with interiors by LA-based Lawson-Fenning, two bungalow suites, nine James and nine Jimmy suites, and 13 one-bedroom suites.

Design details at The James West Hollywood-Sunset.

The hotel’s dining offerings will include signature restaurant, Fi’lia, helmed by James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwarts, as well as market-style eatery, Farmspoke. Two other F&B concept will also be on tap: the Bar Nur lobby venue and the Bar Nur Up rooftop concept.

Housed in two towers on the corner of Sunset and La Cienega boulevards overlooking the Hollywood Hills and LA basin, the previously announced property will also feature a pool and deck, 10,000 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor meeting and event space, a business networking lounge, a James Club, and a 24-hour fitness center.

The James
A guest bath at The James West Hollywood-Sunset.

In addition to the West Hollywood hotel, The James flag plans to open a property in New York’s NoMad neighborhood this summer. (There are currently two James hotels: one in Chicago and another in New York’s SoHo.)

Waldorf Astoria to Debut in Beverly Hills

Pierre-Yves Rochon creates luxury hotel’s interiors

Developers of the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills in California have offered a sneak peek inside the new luxury hotel. Slated to debut June 1 at the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, the 170-key property will feature interiors by noted Parisian interior design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR). The 12-story hotel—whose exteriors are by Gensler and PYR parent company Perkins+Will—also marks the Hilton brand’s first new build on the West Coast.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
A guest room at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Photo: Courtesy of Hilton

“Modern elegance is the signature look we have created for the soon-to-be iconic Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills,” says Rochon, PYR’s namesake founder. “By using richly upholstered furniture in soothing tones of celadon, taupe and white, accented by spectacular pieces of bespoke art works, we have created an environment for travelers that is both sophisticated and relaxing.”

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
A guest bath at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Photo: Courtesy of Hilton

That aesthetic will be reflected in the hotel’s triple-height lobby, which will feature a contemporary art deco look, hand-painted murals, custom Strass crystal chandeliers, Lalique installations and an array of other artworks.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
A corridor at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Photo: Courtesy of Hilton

The hotel’s accommodations— consisting of 119 deluxe rooms and 51 suites—will overlook the Hollywood Hills or the urban canyon of Century City. Each will be decked out with floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto oversized private balconies. On the hotel’s third level, Villa suites will open onto private garden terraces.

Owned by Alagem Capital Group and clients of Guggenheim Partners, the hotel will join the luxury brand’s portfolio of 26 hotels and resorts upon its debut.

2017 Boutique 18 Unveiled

Boutique Design has selected the 12th annual Boutique 18, its yearly roster of noteworthy, on-the-rise designers in the hospitality industry. The 2017 honorees will be inducted at a ceremony at The Theatre at Ace Hotel during the fifth annual Boutique Design West (BDwest)trade fair and conference, April 5 and 6 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. They will also be profiled in the April edition of Boutique Designmagazine.

This year’s honorees are:

* Carlita Alexander, director of interiors, Josh Held Design

* Nick Domitrovich, senior designer, Puccini Group

* Mark Eacott, associate, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA)

* Christopher Evans, senior associate, Rottet Studio

* Jennifer Fleming, principal, interior designer, Rice Fergus Miller

* Britni Flores, interior designer, Studio McCormack

* Susan LaFleur, principal, director of hospitality interiors, Stantec

* James Lee, associate design director, Wilson Associates

* Patrick Martin, Los Angeles director, Meyer Davis

* Lindsey McPhail, manager, interior design, Holland America Group, serving Princess Cruises

* Jaclyn Moser, partner, Harken Interiors

* Chi-Thien Nguyen, interior designer, Elkus Manfredi Architects

* Staci Patton, principal, DLR Group

* Jenna Rochon, project designer, Avenue Interior Design

*Afrooz Sahraei-Esfahani, interior designer, J/Brice Design Intl.

* Elizabeth Schlotzhauer Putnam, senior interior designer, associate, Jeffrey Beers

* Brooke Taylor, director of interiors, Arcsine

* Kia Weatherspoon, president, Determined by Design

“This is our most seasoned and experienced class ever, and they demonstrate the creativity, innovation and passion for design that have always served as the hallmarks of the B18 honor,” says Matthew Hall, Boutique Design magazine.

LA boutique reveals makeover

Farmer’s Daughter Hotel Gets New Look

The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel in Los Angeles’ Beverly Grove district has taken the wraps off its multi-phase, property-wide renovation. Co-owner Ellen Picataggio teamed with locally based MLK Studio’s Meg Joannides to create a new look for the 1960s hotel’s guest rooms, lobby and courtyard. The 66-key independent boutique property’s revamp also involved updates to its public spaces, pool area and restaurant, as well as the addition of original art installations.

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A double guest room in the barn building. Photo: Courtesy of The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

This month the hotel completed the project’s final phase, with the transformation of guest rooms in its barn building. Dubbed Tack Rooms, refreshed double rooms feature custom-designed furniture, built-in desks, accents in denim and plaid fabrics, and a sliding barn door that opens to the bathroom, as well as wallpaper by artist Katie Bright featuring a mural-like display of subtle motifs.

King room
A Robin king room. Photo: Courtesy of The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

The Farmer’s Daughter debuted the first phase of its renovation, which involved the main building’s accommodations, early last year. Those guest rooms were restyled to reflect a mix of art, technology, and urban residential design. The main building houses Robin Rooms, which showcase custom furnishings, grass cloth wallpaper, original art by Vermont artist Jesse Azarian, a book collection by Taschen, a built-in sofa and a bathroom separated by a wall of glass; the Farmer’s Suite, a light-filled space with a private bedroom, kitchenette and a living room overlooking the courtyard; and the No Tell Room, which is decked out with copper-encased mirrors on the ceiling, a full wet bar, painted murals and copper tables. Further emphasizing the art-centric vibe, every king guest room displays an installation box, each by a different artist, showing their interpretations of the rural girl lifestyle.

Public restroom details. Photo: Courtesy of The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

Also in the main building, the lobby features a copper elevator and ascending staircase that depicts the story of Jack and the Beanstalk leading to the floors above, as well as an Art-o-mat, a converted cigarette machine that vends custom-made art pieces. SHOP, the lobby’s boutique, offers fashion merchandise created by local designers.

Designed by Picataggio and BAM Design Lab co-founders Annie May and Barbie Palomino, TART, the hotel’s adjoining restaurant, has the neighborhood vibe of a European bistro. Market lights strung on the patio and a brick fireplace decorate the outdoor dining space. Indoors, black-and-white abstract artwork by Ronald Santos and vintage art sourced from LA’s Melrose and Rose Bowl flea markets hang on a gallery wall. Vintage-style peep show boxes designed by artist Katie Bright in collaboration with Last Night’s Party and Annie May displaying a short video adorn the F&B venue’s bathrooms.

“Community, culture, and warm, creative and entertaining hospitality are in our DNA,” say the hotel’s co-owners, Peter and Ellen Picataggio. “We’re excited to share the next chapter in the story of The Farmer’s Daughter and invite guests from near and far to join in our refined revelry.”