Belle Magazine Australia|June/July 2020

A trio of A-list designers have rewritten the script on contemporary hotel interiors, each telling a unique story of luxury and glamour.

One designer is based on the east coast, in New York City, while the other two designers are on the west coast, in Los Angeles. All three are at the top of their field, and tastemakers with A-list clientele. Their names: Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler and Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

Known for her talent for combining opposites, such as contemporary and classic, masculine and feminine, or raw and refined, Kelly Wearstler knows how to give life to dream interiors that tell unexpected visual stories as exemplified by the Austin Proper Hotel.

At the helm of his eponymous brand, Jonathan Adler has followed a philosophy of “luxe and liveable interiors that are seriously designed but don’t take themselves too seriously” at the Parker Palm Springs.

Constantly combing the world to discover new cultures and destinations, meet new people and visit museums, markets and shops, Martyn Lawrence Bullard has channelled his adventurous and eclectic spirit to design The Prospect Hollywood.

Mixing and matching many elements for a daring yet balanced result is something that Kelly, Jonathan and Martyn all have in common. Each of them, however, stands out for their unique approach and style. Widely acclaimed, they epitomise contemporary American glamour, as revealed in this survey of their most recent hotel projects.



This is a premiere for the Proper Hotels brand which chose Austin, Texas, to open its first establishment outside of California. Why? Because of the 300 days of sunshine a year, and the city’s reputation as a growing tech hub in the US, with all the hype and creativity that attract millennials and young families. Housed in a contemporary 32-storey high-rise designed by Handel Architects, Austin Proper Hotel features 244 rooms and suites, and public spaces inspired by the area’s historic, craftsman-style architecture and the city’s artisanal soul.

Kelly Wearstler – who has already worked on two hotels for the brand, San Francisco Proper Hotel and Santa Monica Proper Hotel, and is currently completing Downtown LA Proper Hotel – designed all the interiors for this new destination in Texas. She incorporated art nouveau and arts and crafts motifs, combining them with many textures. An imposing wooden staircase covered in more than 60 vintage carpets and adorned with pots by local ceramicists welcomes guests, while an oversized light fixture is a reference to Austin’s iconic neon signs. Locally sourced elmwood was added throughout the property to provide warmth within the contemporary building.


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June/July 2020