April 24, 2013 |
On paper Altai, a new interior design and men's apparel and accessories shop that opened its doors here last week, sounds straight out of “ Portlandia ”: It's a high-end boutique run by a combination midwife-interior designer-landscape architect from the U.K. who also happens to dabble in custom furniture and high-end luxury menswear while her boyfriend builds bespoke motorcycles from the ground up in the back room. But luckily for the city's fashion-forward men and design junkies of both genders there's no punch line -- just a whole lot of cool new merchandise, some of which is in a stateside bricks-and-mortar store for the very first time.
April 2, 2013 |
Once it was a hostel for stewardesses and pilots , but now Honolulu's newest hotel is positioning itself as an alternative to Oahu 's beachfront, family-filled resorts. The Shoreline Hotel Waikiki is the newest property of boutique hotelier Joie de Vivre , the San Francisco-based company that operates more than 30 fiercely individual hotels, many in California. The Shoreline is its second property off the U.S. mainland, along with the Coconut Waikiki Hotel , about three blocks away.
December 9, 2012 |
The gig: Since being named president of Evite in 2009, Hans Woolley has been in charge of modernizing the pioneer of online social planning. The West Hollywood firm, owned by Liberty Media, has about 16 million to 18 million unique users a month who create, send and manage email invitations. But by the time Woolley was named to the top post, the then-11-year-old company had fallen behind new rivals such as Facebook Events. Last month, Evite launched Postmark, a line of high-end, customizable e-cards -- the company's first new offering since its founding in 1998.
December 6, 2012 |
Interior designer to the stars Waldo Fernandez has flipped a restored 1961 house in Hollywood Hills West for $1.325 million. The Midcentury Modern-style Warshawsky Residence, designed by architect Volker Traub, was an investment and renovation project for the serial home remodeler. Sited to take in city and canyon views, the 1,452-square-foot house features walls of glass, a fireplace, a den, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Fernandez started as a set designer on the 1960s films "Doctor Dolittle" and "Planet of the Apes.
November 20, 2012 |
The Bel Air Bar and Grill has re-opened for lunch and dinner service after an 18-month renovation. Susan Disney Lord directed the renovation along with Killefer Flammang Architects and interior design team Ralph Gentile Architects . The LEED-certified restaurant's new digs include a revamped interior and a brand new second-level private dining room. Diners enter the restaurant lobby through a two-story red bougainvillea glass-box atrium, designed by artist Amanda Weil of Weil Studio , before proceeding into the ground floor restaurant or up a clear glass stairway to the second level that features views of the Getty Center.
October 24, 2012 |
At a Van Nuys auction house earlier this month, bidding on a seemingly simple 1940s aluminum and brass floor lamp by Greta Grossman rose to $10,000, then with the crowd buzzing, climbed past $15,000. Then $20,000. And $25,000. By the time the gavel fell and the applause in the room had died down, an unidentified bidder had bought the lamp for $37,500 -- a record for Grossman and a sign of how this pioneering female designer, once a footnote in Midcentury Modern history, is on her way to becoming a household name.