2. November 2020
Groundbreaking architecture, the hottest restaurateurs in L.A., and visionary designers make this Westside hotspot a hub for today’s experience-minded world traveler
The opening of Hotel June marks the next chapter in the inspiring narrative of Proper Hotels. Together co-founders Brian De Lowe and Brad Korzen have conceived a more approachable, value-focused embodiment of the Proper vision. This hip Westside charmer marks the debut of a brand that will cater to travelers who seek design, dining, and community at an accessible price point. Occupying a 250-room mid-century building, the modern coastal aesthetic of Hotel June frames an immersive cultural experience thanks to collaborations with local creatives, artists,and artisans.With a culinary concept cooked-up with the team behind Scopa ItalianRootsand a sublime,Baja-inspired ground floor pooldeck, Hotel Juneis the requisite urban hangout that the Westside has been waiting for. “We are thrilled to launch Hotel June, our sister to Proper Hotels,” states De Lowe. “We created Hotel June as a nod to the progressive lifestyle that has become synonymous with California. We’ll bring the same attention to detail that we are known forat our Proper Hotels, and the same focus on culture and experiences, but with a more playful and relaxed approach. We’re letting our hair down, so to speak, and can’t wait to introduce this new brand in our own backyard of Los Angeles.”Originally designed by legendary L.A. architect Welton Becket, the classic lines of Hotel June’sexterior complementrestrained interiorsdefined by the use of warm natural oak, earthyfinishes,and customfurnishings. Local designagency Studio Collective were tasked with crafting the bright, modern interiors which are grounded in the creative, freewheeling soul ofcoastalCalifornia—befitting the hotel’s hyper-local ethos. Embodyinga cool, stripped-back aesthetic, thespacious rooms, many of which with sweeping ocean or city views,are outfitted in a curated collection of furniture and select artwork sourced from local craftsmen and artists, reflecting the Westside’s progressive creative spirit.Embracing the city’s colorfuland thriving foodiescene, Hotel Junehas teamed up with local hospitality impresario Steve Livigni of Happy To Serve You Hospitality Group (Scopa Italian Roots, DAMA, Old Lightning)to co-conceivethefood and beverage concepts. Reflecting Hotel June’s favorite stops on a road trip from Northern Baja to Santa Barbara, the dining sensibilitieshere drawheavily on inspiration from California’s diversity, agriculture, brewing, winemaking,and distilling. Hotel June’s culinary programs aim to be single-use plastic-free, in alignment with the team’s continued efforts toward sustainability.Framed by lush greenery, the exterior ground-levelpool deck epitomizes laidback L.A. living. An intimate pool is surrounded bystylishteakloungers, while a shaded terrace is perfectly appointed for whiling away languid summer days with small plates and long drinks. The lobby, with itsliving room and all-day restaurant, isthe beating heart of the hotel;a warm, engaging spacethat encourages purposeful engagement and collaboration between guests and locals alike. The conversation continues through a progressive program of workshops, performance, talks, tastings and live music, createdin partnership with the Westside’s creative community. Warm wood tones combine with pale blues and whites to create a soothing environment that includes playful sliding bathroom barndoors and pops of color, while sisal carpets add to the beachy feel of the rooms. Artwork and murals by local and national artists set an inspired tone, as does custom-made furniture from Jay Edwards and lights from Ashley Lighting. Bathrooms clad in pale-blue tiles recall the nearby Pacific, while lush plants and casual teak furniture surround the pool and upper-level deck and bar. The visionaries at Kollin Altomare Architects rose to a difficult challenge: Honor and preserve the work of legendary architect Welton Beckett, while at the same time completely reimagining the original structure, from top to bottom. The result is a masterpiece of conservancy and creativity. Oversized windows and a patterned façade give way to playful color blocking that adds depth and dimension to rooms and corridors, while low daybeds frame expansive views.
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