Twenty-foot high ceilings, awe-inspiring corridors, and monumental staircases are a few hallmarks of the building that’s a 15,000-square-feet canvas for event-design innovation where Funke is also offering curated event dining. “I knew this style of food was going to play well,” the chef says in an interview, “but what I didn’t realize until seeing the space in its final state was how much of an impact the grandness of the room was going to have on guests.” The collective sentiment of some five to seven thousand guests thus far is that it’s immediately transportive. Funke’s goal was to bring opulence back in L.A. dining spots, with sumptuous red leather banquettes, antiqued mirrored columns, and a theatrical open kitchen. “It’s very rustic food borne from pastoral communities, but it looks like you’re in a grand ballroom and Biggie Smalls is on the speakers,” Funke says.
Just a couple blocks south, The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood is sleek, tailored, and a touch quirky. Materials, especially throughout the beautifully accessorized lobby and bar, hark to Hollywood glamour but with a contemporary attitude. The partnership between The Gettys Group and architect Steinberg Hart, with art curation by Kevin Barry Fine Art, is all about fun sophistication with moments of sparkle and wow, like the geometric stained glass wall at the I | O Rooftop.
A couple of blocks away, a beloved Venice restaurant tapped Studio Shamshiri—their new location’s neighbors—to design and expand their footprint with Superba Food + Bread Hollywood, in a landmarked 1920s building. Organic materials in neutral tones provide a calming palette for a brasserie punched up by statement lanterns, pastel-hued murals, and hand-painted elements by California artist Leigh Wells that are a clear nod to Fauvism and Paris in the late ’20s.
Later this spring, the world’s first private fitness club concept, Heimat (German for “the feeling of home”), debuts a mile away. It’s 75,000 square feet of wellness and connection via next-gen fitness equipment and programming, a full-service spa, co-working space, pool, outdoor bar, and a Brudnizki–designed and Mediterranean–accented restaurant by illustrious chef Michael Mina dubbed Mother Tongue. A collection of notables were commissioned for murals in the transformed 1930s industrial building with light installations, a sunlit cacti garden, marble, patterned wood floors, and brass mirrors.