I recently stayed at Ian Schrager's latest boutique creation Public Chicago and the lobby was the best part! Since Mr. Schrager gave the keynote address at Neocon, I think it was very cool that I got to experience his Chicago space first-hand. Above is a photo of the restaurant and lounge, the historic Pump Room est. 1938, which was once frequented by Marilyn Monroe, Bacall and Bogart among others. Executive chef Jean-George Vongerichten made me a plate of sinful fried chicken.
There is a slight Scandinavian vibe, ever so understated in the affordable luxury. Reclaimed wood lines the columns of The Library Bar hosted a warm fireplace, comfy shear-ling chairs and cool artwork by Dutch photographer Hendrik Kerstens in the style of Vermeer. Upon closer look, the models are wearing cellophane and coke cans in their hair, not a pearl earring in sight.
Mr. Schrager talked about placing cool coffee table books in the public areas of his hotels against many warnings of people taking off with them. "I trusted my customer" he said.
He also talked keeping true to the building's bones, so he maintained the Ambassador East's original architectural details, as seen in these broken pediments and detailed moldings.
The reception desks were finished in the same material as Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate, aka The Bean at Millennium Park. The steel structures are meant to resemble liquid mercury. Mr. Schrager spoke so lovingly about his wife Tania, and talked about taking her to see Benjamin Button at the time of the design for Public. In an ode to the movie, the lobby clock winds backwards.
The room was small but comfy, and these little guys woke me up every morning.
After a few short months I have finished the small office in Santa Monica Studios. My client is an indie filmmaker and we were inspired from the Sfyfy French Noir classic Alphaville. Burn Pictures has never looked better and considering this is my first solo project to see to completion, I am thrilled with the results.
My client had a lot of stuff to put it mildly, but we somehow managed to find a place for everything. This is the smaller office entrance space which we outfitted for visiting consultants, giving them a stainless steel desk space and a cool Random Light.
There were at least 30 boxes of film that were brought over from an offsite public storage facility, so the pigeon hole storage system was great for making space. And of course, there were tons of DVDs. I used his old school film canisters on top to add some nostalgia.
Double doors open from the small office space into the executive space...
These beautiful etageres came from Cordrey Collection in the LA Mart. My client is obviously an avid reader and a huge sports fan as well, so there were lots of books and tchotchkes in need of a home.
I especially loved his vintage 8mm camera...A pair of crystal book ends complimented the vignette perfectly.
The zenon George Kovacs chandeliers added an incredible amount of light to the otherwise dim space, plus they had that space-age feel with their chrome and glass orbit-like design.
The velvet Elton Settee was adorned with Mongolian Lamb Fur pillows accompanied by a polished chrome garden stool, a steamer trunk and a pair of black croc-embossed ottomans.
His new desk was custom made from reclaimed Douglas Fir and steel. The massive size and contradictory aestheic makes for a very commanding look. We did a custom Alphaville print of a sketch of Lemmy Caution on the adjacent wall. The reflective wallpaper really brightened up the space....
A gorgeous vintage bound book holds desk accessories and is lit by a chrome polished desk light. One of my favorite photos from the day...
Another small steamer trunk provided great storage for the several additional Chicago Bears action figures I could not find room to display...
There were lots of framed black and white photos that displayed nicely on top of these vintage HON storage pieces. Another custom print was made of Blek Lerat's wheat paste Salaryman in an ode to my client's love of Japanese culture.
And finally some before and after photos....here is the entrance area of the smaller office
The original layout broke up the space too much and the clutter was out of control
If I never see another green wall it will be too soon.
And that pretty much sums it up! Thanks to Jamie Sameshima for the referral, Adriana Morales Araoz and Erin Kane for the late hours and elbow grease and Denise Pan for her amazing photography.