“I love Los Angeles, I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.” – Andy Warhol
OFFICE VIEW OF THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS
When I first went to my client’s new office, I was entranced by the insane view of the Hollywood Hills. It appears like a painted backdrop, looking out from the penthouse floor of one of LA’s top Entertainment Management Firms. A perfect setting for a place that holds meetings every day, and with a view that inspiring, it was time to kick the office up a notch before the next client rolled in.
BEFORE | CLIENT MEETING AREA
AFTER | CLIENT MEETING AREA
This is a place where he meets with his assistant to go over the daily grind, and to meet with clients one on one. It was a stark area with one lone picture on the wall and a coffee table that was too small for the couch. Loving his rock and roll photographs, we hung them as a collection that makes a statement. A reclaimed wood coffee table with chrome legs atop an antique Turkish rug, helped warm the room up and make conversation inviting. Two dated chairs were taken from another area and reupholstered to complete the space.
BEFORE | DESK AND BUILT IN
AFTER | DESK AND BUILT IN
What a difference black can make! We sanded and stained the existing office furniture with a finish reminiscent of a matte lacquer. Bold and modern, it was just what this room needed to sharpen it’s look. A vintage globe and laboradite specimen fit perfectly with his eclectic pieces from his world travels. When I found these chairs at an antique show on the east coast, the chrome was scratched and dirty and the seats were covered with black vinyl. After a good polishing, and reupholstering in grey mohair, they looked better than new.
BEFORE | ORANGE SUEDE CHAIRS
AFTER | ORANGE SUEDE BECOMES METALLIC LINEN CHAIRS
BEFORE | HALLWAY
The area outside of his office was an afterthought, but also the most trafficked area on the floor. A trip to our favorite nursery Rolling Greens soon followed. Large indoor plants with fresh moss and ceramic pots add a pop of color and oxygen to a place with little ventilation. Because there are clients in and out all the time, we decided to create a bar area without breaking the bank. Glass canisters with healthy snacks, marble pedestals to hold fruit, and vintage inspired glasses and bar ware all came from Crate and Barrel. For a touch of luxury, we added a Mother of Pearl inlaid tray to jazz up the bar.
The reception area was these 4 chairs and plant you see in the background. Embroidered velvet pillows and a white hide really cozy up the polished concrete floors. A vintage marble top table was just the right fit and allows everyone to enjoy the beautiful orchid arrangement I pulled together in their conference room. Now the first impression when you walk out of the elevators is a feeling of relaxation. Can’t we all use a little of that before we close our next deal?