The designer, whose original studio was in the former building on the site that now encompasses 105 guestrooms and suites, along with 8,000 square feet of dining and lounge space, opted for soothing earth tones and natural materials to create an enveloping aesthetic with artistic surprises around every corner. The intersection of board foam concrete, leather walls, and white oak flooring provides a backdrop for Jónsdóttir’s exquisitely curated art collection, including breathtaking large-scale works throughout the hotel’s public spaces by artist Kahori Maki.
While each of the rooms and suites offers a sense of individuality, the Design Suite displays exceptional details, including soaring 20-foot ceilings, Venetian plaster walls, and a deep soaking tub with Ole Henriksen’s spainspired bath amenities. Guests can bring a bit of the La Peer home after a visit to Jónsdóttir’s on-site atelier, which showcases a different artist each month along with the designer’s works and custom-designed furniture.
One may never want to leave La Peer, with its secluded outdoor pool and enticing trattoria, but Jónsdóttir’s nearby inspiration beckons. “West Hollywood is the epicenter of Los Angeles to me,” she says, “with its walkable neighborhoods of exquisite art galleries, fashion, furniture, and culinary treats, I find myself very content living and working in this beautiful city.”
The nearby Pacific Design Center (8687 Melrose Ave., Tel: 310-657-0800, www.pacificdesigncenter.com), a 1.6 million-square-foot campus, anchored by three geometrically captivating buildings in bright red, evergreen, and cobalt blue, is a showcase for those who may want exclusive access to today’s most indemand designers. While there are various public spaces to appreciate, it’s best to contact Pacific Design Services (Tel: 310-360 6418) for a designer referral if you’re looking for professional assistance with a specific project or to arrange admittance to designer showrooms for a more informal exploration.
There is also plenty to discover by simply wandering the pedestrian friendly streets throughout the Design District (www.westhollywooddesigndistrict.com), from soft furnishings and fashion to fine art.
Dining and nightlife also embody West Hollywood’s eclectic aesthetic, and while there’s no shortage of restaurants from which to choose, this recommended shortlist will steer you in the right direction. Laurel Hardware (7984 Santa Monica Blvd., Tel: 323-656-6070, www.laurelhardware.com) occupies (you guessed it) a former hardware store, but don’t expect nail bins and paint chips. The bustling space overflows with natural woods and plenty of foliage, while the vegetable-forward, far-reaching menu offers something for everyone, as does the requisite well-primped crowd.