Twenty-foot high ceilings, impressive hallways and monumental staircases are just a few features of the building which is a 15,000 square foot canvas for innovation in event design where Funke also offers hosted event dining. “I knew this style of cooking was going to play well,” the chef says in an interview, “but what I didn’t realize until I saw the space in its final state was the impact of the grandeur to have on guests. The collective feeling of some five to seven thousand guests so far is that it is immediately portable. Funke’s goal was to bring back opulence to LA restaurants, with plush red leather banquettes, antique mirrored columns and a theatrical open kitchen.” It’s very rustic food from pastoral communities, but it looks like you’re in a grand ballroom and Biggie Smalls is on speakers,” says Funke.
Just a few blocks south, The Godfrey Hotel in Hollywood is sleek, tailored and a bit quirky. Materials, especially in the beautifully accessorized lobby and bar, are reminiscent of Hollywood glamor 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 playful sophistication with moments of sparkle and wow, like the geometric stained glass wall at the I | O Roof.
A few blocks away, a beloved Venetian restaurant operated Shamshiri Studio– neighbors in their new location – to design and expand their footprint with Superba Food + Bread Hollywood, in a historic 1920s building. Organic materials in neutral tones provide a soothing palette for a brasserie accented with lanterns, murals with pastel shades and hand-painted elements by Californian artist Leigh Wells that are a clear nod to Fauvism and Paris in the late 1920s.
Later this spring, the world’s first private fitness club concept, Heimat (German for “the feeling of being at home”), debuts a mile away. It’s 75,000 square feet of wellness and connection via next-generation fitness equipment and programs, a full-service spa, co-working space, pool, outdoor bar, and restaurant with Mediterranean accents. designed by Brudnizki by the illustrious chef Michael Mina nicknamed Mother Langue. A collection of notables was commissioned for murals in the converted 1930s industrial building with light installations, a sunny cactus garden, marble, patterned wooden floors and brass mirrors.