L.A. is known for many things, but more and more The City of Angels is getting a rep as a major design destination. Leading the shift is an incredible flock of interior designers who have been slowly reinventing the city, one house, hotel, and restaurant at a time. To recognize all of the innovation that’s afoot, Chairish president and co-founder Anna Brockway recently co-hosted a designer lunch at the newly-opened (and incredibly top secret!) San Vicente Bungalows along with the Bungalows’ working interior designer, Lisa Koch.
The project of famed hotelier and restaurateur Jeff Klein, the San Vicente Bungalows were designed by London-based interior designer Rita Konig, and generally aren’t open to the public, making them the perfect locale for a design-inspired lunch with an air of only-in-L.A. exclusivity. Timed to coincide with LCDQ LEGENDS, the lunch brought together a sea of megawatt designers, who sipped, dined, and toasted the new era. See inside the party and, yes, get a peek inside the much buzzed-about private club!
Partners in Style
In addition to landing the role as the Bungalows’ working interior designer, Lisa Koch is hot off the heels of the renovation of Jeff Klein’s iconic Sunset Tower Hotel. With her eye for classic glamour and a vibrant “let’s try it!” attitude, Lisa embodies L.A.’s new design energy to a tee. Taking cues from the stylish San Vicente Bungalow surrounds, both Lisa and Anna dressed to impress, with Lisa in a floral blue dress that nodded to the property’s English style influences, and Anna in a blush number that perfectly complemented the bungalow’s stunning ticking stripe wallpaper. Well played, ladies!
Designed to the Nines
The Bungalows’ English cottage aesthetic made a casual-chic tablescape a natural fit for the event. To set the stage, Lisa selected a sage-colored Martyn Lawrence Bullard fabric and fashioned it into a one-of-a-kind tablecloth. For a more maximalist feel she then topped the cloth with round rattan chargers. Plates were kept simple, as were linens—save for their green signature embroidery—and as a nod to the table’s mismatched chairs, the pink, purple, and white floral arrangements were kept just left-of-perfect. A stack of Chairish Print Shop notecards at each setting also enhanced the rakish air. Finally, to bring the look back into balance was a traditional English touch: sterling silver ornamental birds nestled among the florals.
Guests to Impress
They say it’s all about who you know in L.A., which meant the guest list needed to seriously impress. Among the thirty guests that attended the luncheon were designers such as Restored by the Ford’s Leanne Ford, Nathan Turner, House Beautiful’s Robert Rufino, Mary McDonald, Jeffrey Alan Marks, and Martyn Lawrence Bullard. If some of the attendees look familiar, it may be because you caught them on our Love It or Hate It panel at LEGENDS, which took place the following day. To say it was a stylin’ crew would be an understatement!
All photos by Marisa Vitale