DTLA’s Death & Co Serves Dual-Identity, Multi-Sensory Experiences

From design to drinks, this subterranean bar matches its NYC and Denver counterparts, while offering something unique

When NYC‘s Death & Co opened on New Year’s Eve 2007, reverberations were felt throughout the bar landscape. Cocktail enthusiasts would wait for hours to score a seat inside the venue. Once in, guests received expertly crafted drinks. The subsequent addition of a bar at Denver‘s Ramble Hotel in 2018 expanded the Death & Co experience. With the announcement of a Los Angeles location, many …

Kelly Wearstler’s Vision for the Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Insight on the design process behind this sophisticated but home-like property

The spacious lobby of the Santa Monica Proper Hotel—with its earth tones, textured wood and natural stone set among a variety of deep, plush seating—feels like a private home overlooking the water. This was part of designer Kelly Wearstler’s vision for the renovation of a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival office building into a 271-room hotel, situated blocks from the Pacific Ocean in downtown Santa Monica. …

One of a Kind Machine-Made Ceramics

Israeli designer Ofri Lifshitz’s “Industrial One Of” addresses our fear of automation overtaking craft. Lifshitz created a machine-run reproduction of a ceramic jigger that can produce impressive plates and bowls—complete with unique inclusions and a maker’s signature. The deviation is made using a string she programmed to stroke at a particular moment in the process, but each remains slightly different due to the jigger’s sporadic …