Santa Monica Proper Hotel occupies a 1920s Santa Monica building with an extension designed by local firm Howard Laks Architects. Located on Wilshire Boulevard in the coastal Californian city, it forms the latest Proper Hotel, designed by iconic Kelly Wearstler, a company that Wearstler’s her husband Brad Korzen founded with Brian De Lowe. Wearstler also designed the San Francisco Proper that features clashing patterns, colours and textures, and vintage furniture.
The interior designer developed the Santa Monica outpost to incorporate a similarly eclectic mix of details in palettes that allude to its beach setting. The sprawling lobby and ground floor restaurant contains a mix of contemporary furniture and repurposed finds from vintage shops. She chose the eclectic mix paired with various greenery to make it feel like a large living room, to encourage visitors to relax.
There are a number of different seating areas designed for both working or enjoying a drink from the bar. These include tables accompanied by different chairs, and white nooks fitted with curved sofas. There are a number of different seating areas designed for both working or enjoying a drink from the bar. These include tables accompanied by different chairs, and white nooks fitted with curved sofas. If you have a bird’s eye view on the reception, the pattern of the wire brushed oak hardwood floors is reminiscent of opened umbrellas. There’s a lot of multi-directional activity on the floor, which creates interest in the curvaceous shaped reception.