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SANTA MONICA PROPER HOTEL

THE MUSE: Find a luxed-up California vibe that

works well with the Proper Hotel brand and the
SAMO locale.
THE MAGIC: Getting a little bit granola with the
materials in order to give an organic feel across
both a 1920's Spanish Colonial Revival building and
a modern one. The Moorish architectural details
served as a jumping-off point, but the textures here
are modern and tactile. 
THE MAVERICK MOVE: Mixing up geometric

and natural shapes. "Each of the guestrooms is
furnished with custom designed pieces, from
curvaceous settees and wing back chairs to
geometric wall sconces," says Kelly Wearstler,
founder of her namesake firm.
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W ATLANTA MIDTOWN
THE DESIGN FIRM: Virserius Studio, New York

THE MESSAGE: Maximalism is back. In its new form,
it's more about "going for it" in design terms that in
layering a huge number of elements within a space.
SOURCES
OWNER: The Kor Group, Santa Monica, California; OPERATOR: Proper Hospitality,
Santa Monica, California; DESIGN FIRM: Kelly Wearstler Interior Design,Los
Angeles: Kelly Wearstler; founder; Angelica Solis, project director of interior
architecture; Lily Yung, FF&E project manager; Maureen Baine, furniture design
and production; Minh Pham, project architect; Megan Pompan, junior designer,
FF&E; Lulu LaFortune, junior designer, furniture design; ARCHITECT: Howard
Laks Architecture, Santa Monica, California; PURCHASING COMPANY: Canoe
Hospitality, El Segundo, California; GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Morley Builders,
Santa Monica, California; ARCHITECTURAL MATERIALS: Design & Direct Source; 
Exquisite Surfaces ;Sherwin-WIlliams; ART & ACCESSORIES: Morgan Peck; Tony
Brown; AUDIO/VISUAL & ELECTRONICS: Johnson Controls; Metro Light and
Power; BATH & SPA: Jay Edwards Group - Hardware; Kohler; Signature Hardware;
Symmons; Watermark; FABRICS: Abercrombie Textiles; Altizer and Company;
Benartex; Carroll Leather; Home Fabrics; Keystone Weaving; Nardes Textiles; Se7en;
Sunbrella; Sunbury; Valdese Weavers; FLOORCOVERINGS: Woven; FURNITURE:
Adico; Bespoke Furniture; Brite and General Plating; Composition Hospitality;
Design Quest; Ethimo; Jay Edward Group; Mandy Li Collection; Rick Van Dyke;
RODA; Santa Barbara Umbrella Company; HARDWARE: Emtek; Jay Edwards
Group; Salto Systems; LIGHTING: Spike Lighting; Visual Comfort SIGNAGE:
MC Group; SURFACING MATERIALS: Fame Hardwood; Stanton; Tile Tech Inc.;
WALLCOVERINGS: Design Shop Delivered; Twenty2 Wallpaper; WINDOW
TREATMENTS: Fabric Innovations; GFI;  Home Fabrics

unpack in the open closet, they will find a carefully
placed little man walking on top of their luggage,
with notes falling from above. In the sleeping area, a
mysterious woman appears on the wall - is she one
of Arthur's guests? A relative? A lover?"

THE MUSE: Continue the story of fictional char-

acter Arthur into a luxe space.

THE MAVERICK MOVE: A wall is cut into a W.

Clever branding? Yes.

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GOVERNOR'S SUITE AT FOUR
SEASONS HOTEL AUSTIN
TEXAS

THE MESSAGE: A little playfulness never went awry.

SOURCES
OWNER: Gem Realty Capital, Inc., Chicago; OPERATOR: W Hotels, Bethesda, Maryland; DESIGN FIRM: Virserius Studio, New York: Therese Virserius, founder/lead designer;
ARCHITECT: Gonzalez Architects, Miami; PURCHASING COMPANY: HPG International, Walnut Creek, California; DESIGN CONSULTANTS: Imaggo Production (art);
ARCHITECTURAL MATERIALS: Kent Design; Chemetal; TreeFrog; ART & ACCESSORIES: DAC Art Consulting; Imaggo Production; AUDIO/VISUAL & ELECTRONICS: Samsung; BATH
& SPA: Kohler; FABRICS: Architex - ljh; Casamance; Chella Textiles; Elitis; Fil Doux; Holly Hunt; Jane Churchill; Loom Source; Kirby Design; Kravet; Opuzen; P/Kaufman Contract; Sekers;
Swavelle Hospitality; FLOORING: Ann Sacks; Porcelanosa Group; Signature; Zenith Carpets; FURNITURE: ISA International; Mandy Li; Palecek; Royal Custom Designs; RH Contract;
Tidelli; Walters; LEATHER: Demar Leather; Townsend Leather; LIGHTING: Ceramic Technics; Contardi; Illumination Lighting; Inlight; RH Contract; WinSoon Hardware; SURFACING
MATERIALS: Belstone; Ceramic Technics; Stone Source; WALLCOVERINGS: Imaggo Production; Wolf-Gordon; WINDOW TREATMENTS: P/Kaufman Contract

THE MUSE: Transform a 30-year-old hotel's modest
ceiling heights and tight room bays into a sedatebut-aspiration suite that appeals to 2019 travelers.
THE MAGIC: Arrogance wasn't going to cut it. "We

wanted to retain an authentic Texas aesthetic-
luxurious yet unpretentious," says Michael Dalton,
principal, Whitespace Interiors, Inc. Chicago.  
THE MAVERICK MOVE: Designing for luxury
of experience. Traffic flow and the seamless transitions from sleeping to living space make this a
memorable experience. That's especially key given
the diverse target client (actor and politicians, for
example, have different needs during their stays).
THE MESSAGE: Suites, like it or not, have to make
sense within the hotel they're a part of. Intelligent
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design-here, it's making the bathroom a focal point
with an eye-catching wall-make this stand out.
SOURCES
OWNER/OPERATOR: Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Chicago; DESIGN
FIRM: Whitespace Interiors, Inc., Chicago: Michael Dalton and Heather
O'Sullivan, principals; Kate Hartmann, senior design Associate; Julie
Landis, design associate; ARCHITECT: Beck Architecture, Austin,
Texas; PURCHASING COMPANY: Benjamin West Chicago, Des Plaines,
Illinois; GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Lippe Construction Services,
Inc., Roanoke, Texas; DESIGN CONSULTANTS: Terra Bridge (audio/
visual); ARCHITECTURAL MATERIALS: Ann Sacks; Artisan Floors;
Artistic Tile; Benjamin Moore; Caesarstone; Cantera Doors; FGD Glass
Solutions; Sherwin Williams; Stone Source; ART & ACCESSORIES:
Erika Huddleston; Esom Gallery/Tony Mose; Room 360; Sutherland;
Terry Eaton Fine Art; Waterworks; AUDIO/VISUAL & ELECTRONICS:
Control4 Systems; BATH & SPA: Kallista; Brad Oldham; Omnia;
Waterworks; FABRICS: Brentano Fabrics; Calvin Fabrics; Casamance;
Donghia; Jamie Stern; Jim Thompson; Knoll; Perennials; Robert
Allen; Romo Group; Texstyle; Tiger Leather; FLOORCOVERINGS:
Innovative Carpets; Janus et Cie; Kyle Bunting; FURNITURE: Amtrend;
Beachwood Collective; Belle Meade; Brad Oldham International; Icon
Modern; Tuuci; Troy Wesnidge; Usona; HARDWARE: Lewis Dolin; Rocky
Mountain Hardware; LIGHTING: Electric Mirror; Edge Lighting; Fuse
Lighting; FLOS; Massimilano Raggi; Oluce; Pablo Pardo, Pablo Designs;
Salgado Saucier Design; Troy Lighting; SIGNAGE: EEC Industries;
SURFACING MATERIALS: Quiltcraft; WALLCOVERINGS: DL Couch;
Innovations; Wolf Gordon; WINDOW TREATMENTS: Richard Williams

T H E I N G A L L S ( S A N TA M O N I C A P R O P E R H O T E L ) ; M I C H A E L K L E I N B E R G
( W AT L A N TA M I DT O W N ) ; J A S O N R I S N E R ( F O U R S E A S O N S H O T E L A U S T I N )

THE MAGIC: Therese Virserius, founder/lead
designer of her eponymous studio, wanted to find
innovative ways to work the design narrative into
the suites. "The idea for the suites was to treat visitors to a layered art experience with different
graphics, sculptures and installations that tell
stories and treat guests to the unexpected," she says.
"Guests may notice the burglars coming out of the
vents. As guests settle into their room and begin to


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From the Editor
Social Circles
All 4 One
Products: Lighting
Products: Flooring
Exit Interview
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