Since its founding in 2015, the Proper Hotel brand has positioned itself as a “home base for today’s creative nomads and modern globetrotters,” crafting each of its four locations — in Austin, Downtown L.A., San Francisco and Santa Monica — to authentically reflect its surrounding city. While each Proper Hotel boasts its own unique and carefully crafted personality — blending modern with classic and old-world details with high-tech amenities — they share a common denominator in that they are all the work of globally recognized interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Applying her signature multi-layered, sensory and experiential approach to the Proper Hotel interiors, Wearstler has adorned each with bespoke furnishings, site-specific details and luxurious accents, successfully creating exciting design-forward, home-away-from-homes that linger pleasantly in the mind long after check-out. And now, a selection of those Wearstler originals can be brought home. Here are five of our favourite pieces that walk the line between modern art and functional decor.
A welcoming sight to guests entering the lobby of the Downtown L.A. location is the monolithic red-tinted Colina credenza that, while informed by the 1920s-era building it calls home, has an appealingly approachable avant-garde style. Hand-formed by local artisans, the sculptural resin piece has a rich walnut interior and a plaster-like exterior finish (which is available in White, Cinnabar or Shadow) and is offered in three- or four-cabinet versions and three widths. The Colina collection also includes a chunky upholstered bench and stool as well as a quirky end table.
Small in stature but big in comfort, the Heron dining chair — found at the Austin Proper — makes a perfect perch for casual meals that extend long past dessert. The tripod frame is sculpted from solid Douglas fir, which is sandblasted to let the wood’s cathedral grain shine through its ebonized finish. The thickly padded circular seat and back can be upholstered in a curated selection of fabrics.
Anchoring the art-filled Grotto library at the Santa Monica Proper, the Morro coffee table flawlessly encapsulates the breezy energy of the beachside locale.
With its three spherical feet and substantial top, the scene-making table balances the simplicity of geometric shapes with a sense of modernity. Hand-carved from natural stone (Coulmier limestone, Nero Marquina or Endive marble) or bleached white oak, the coffee table introduces a sense of serenity to any interior.
Caringly hand-carved from a single mass of solid Douglas fir by a local L.A. craftsman, the Echo bench is defined by its undulating form, alternating arches and perfectly imperfect organic look, which nods to classical architectural elements. The highly tactile bench can have either a natural, Ivory Gesso or Ebonized finish and is available in multiple lengths.
Pronounced yet delicate ribbing and a curvilinear profile give the Palma cabinet, also found at the Santa Monica Proper, a harmonious clashing of texture and scale. Made from naturally finished white oak, the tactile detailing on the cabinet doors run perpendicular to the next, creating a playfully rhythmic expression. Available in two widths.
Original and bespoke, the latest collections from Kelly Wearstler embody the feel of a luxury hotel.