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HIGHLIGHT: KELLY WEARSTLER

Kelly Wearstler

HIGHLIGHT: KELLY WEARSTLER

Kelly Wearstler, founder and principal of Kelly Wearstler, is an American designer creating multi-faceted, experiential residential, hospitality, commercial and retail environments as well as expansive collections of lifestyle product designs. With the demonstration of provocative concepts and expressive narratives signature to her extensive body of work, Wearstler is internationally recognized with distinctive design awards and numerous publications. According to Vogue Living, Kelly Wearstler’s personal style, product ranges, and products make her signature instantly recognizable and the woman herself a design phenomenon.

A multi-layered, stimulating sensory experience is at the center of Wearstler’s design approach, making her the first interior designer to teach a MasterClass. Through an exploration of materiality, color, forms and an intuitive juxtaposition of contemporary and vintage, architectural and organic, graphic and instinctual, she curates a wealth of experiences into every space. Wearstler believes that honoring history, location and architecture is imperative to pushing the boundaries and challenging the rules. One of the key forces behind the rise of the designer hotel in the early 2000s, Wearstler is currently designing for a new age of elevated residential hotel living with a distinctive vision of authentic cultural immersion and site-specific design.

Kelly Wearstler

SEAL BEACH RESIDENCE

Kelly Wearstler defined a natural and organic palette of sandstones, shell pinks, rusts, and moonstone grays to help shape an imaginative modernist dialouge with the sea in the redesign of this four-level South California coastal escape owned by an A-list actress. Marine metaphors sophisticatedly punctuate the design, with vintage 1960s Italian mohair chairs representing birds on the sand and chrysanthemum root from Hong Kong the home’s elegant “driftwood”. A two story, 17-foot carved ceramic fireplace by local artist Stan Bitters commands the living room which like the rest of the house, is layered in warm, honey-colored wood paneling that evokes a sense of being on a classic sailing yacht.

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HILLCREST RESIDENCE

Introducing the current incarnation of the Hillcrest Residence. The interiors of the historic home have evolved over the years as Wearstler uses her own residence as a creative laboratory, experimenting with newly discovered vintage and contemporary designs, curating a global assemblage of unique and important pieces of furniture, furnishings and art collected throughout her travels. The two-story 1934 James Dolena architectural masterpiece retains many original, refined details, from the intricate georgian, neoclassical and regency moldings, to the handsome marble bathrooms and even the solid, boiserie paneled doors. The house surrounds an internal courtyard that can be seen from almost every room in the home.

Kelly Wearstler

MALIBU BEACH RESIDENCE

Situated above Malibu beach’s incoming tide, this airy seaside residence belonging to Kelly Wearstler and her family signifies a new wave in the designer’s style. The home has a castaway allure with a sun-bleached color palette that is muted yet complex, consisting of shades of driftwood taupe, misty gray, watery green and shell pink. The panoramic seascape view from the home’s expansive floor-to-ceiling windows provide an ideal backdrop for the designer’s inspiration for the home – objects one might find on the beach, such as a striated wall hanging by Sheila Hicks evocative of a sea fan, a light fixture reminiscent of seaweed, a sculpture in the form of a nautilus shell and stools of petrified wood.

KELLY WEARSTLER

BELLAGIO RESIDENCE

‘The 10,000 sq. ft. Bellagio residence was a 1939 georgian revival overlooking the manicured links of the Bel-Air Country Club that was in need of a new modern yet classic spirit.’ Stripped down to the studs, Wearstler worked to create an additional 3,000 sq. ft. of living space, pushed up the ceiling heights, broadened windows and doors to allow more light and completely carved out a new master suite upstairs. Curated a pool pavilion with living space, kitchen, and bath was added for a classic California indoor/outdoor living experience.

SANTA MONICA PROPER

Santa Monica Proper hotel is a luxurious yet relaxed beachside destination with a sophisticated sensibility. The climate, history and iconography of its namesake city was the inspiration for the design identity of the property and its inherent storytelling. Punctuated throughout with artful interpretations of iconic coastal elements, the reception features a hand-carved desk with linework reminiscent of a shell and a sand-infused gesso canvas behind it. The reclaimed oak hardwood floor has an intricate octagonal pattern inspired by a bird’s-eye view of a beach umbrella, while a bronze white-wash patina chain link sculpture pierced with a neon light stands 9ft-tall.

PROPER SAN FRANCISCO

The Kelly Wearstler design of San Francisco Proper Hotel brings together the best of the old world with the most vibrant of the new. Housed in a 1926 landmark Beaux-Arts building, the hotel takes its design cues from a variety of pre-modernist styles, among them Cubism and Viennese Secession, creating an environment both sophisticated and sensual in its surprising melange of custom and vintage furnishings, custom wallcoverings and lighting, hand-selected artworks, local artifacts, deep colors, rich textures and natural materials that complement the patina of the original building.

FOUR SEASONS ANGUILLA

The 40-acre Four Seasons Anguilla resort and residences marked the first international location for Kelly Wearstler. The concept for the exclusive property elevates the notion of Caribbean luxury with sensitivity and respect for the island’s topography and cultural legacy. In a textural alchemy of the designer’s raw and refined aesthetic, Wearstler’s signature mix of organic elements – alabaster, heirloom woods, marble walls, driftwood lamps, petrified-wood tables, inlaid shell consoles, mixed metal accents, travertine floors and a book-matched marble floating bar – layered with rich textiles from all over the world, offers a sensual interpretation of the unique island location and a striking visual contrast to the geometric lines of the architecture.

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