Los Angeles for Architecture Buffs
Artists, dreamers, visionaries, eccentrics: they’ve all been lured to La La Land, leaving a visible imprint on the city’s colourful streets. West Hollywood, in particular, abounds with eye-candy, so let LUXE take you on a day of archi, art, nest-feathering and viewy dining.
Firing up your ride, zip up to Stahl House in the sceney Hollywood Hills, where you must book a tour to get the skinny on this Pierre Koenig-designed dream home, owned by the stylish Stahl family. It’s easy to see why this beacon of C.20th architecture was once named one of the city’s Historic-Cultural Monuments – just add staggering outlook across LA and you’ll be most taken.
Continue playing house by zapping back into town, and pulling up at the home of MAK Center for Schindler House. Des-res Cali architecture doesn’t get more memorable than this – for example, instead of bedrooms, the structure has rooftop baskets designed to bed down in.
By now you must be hungrier than an aspiring starlet. Scoot to vibrant, hip strip Fairfax for lunch at our fave, recently spruced feel-good Italian joint, Jon & Vinny’s – while there, ensure you pop into on-site sommelier-run vino shop Helen's to procure a bottle for lunch (hic!) or order for delivery later.
Post hand-tossed pizza, hit up LACMA – the Los Angeles County Museum of Art – which is sparkling from a box-fresh makeover. The museum has a global contemporary focus, with contributions from India, China, Japan, Germany, Africa and across the Americas. Jazz cats will enjoy the fabulous, annual jazz festival running until late July.
Now you’ve got plenty of design inspiration under your belt, it’s time to inject your own pad with a spruce of Cali glam, starting at Blackman Cruz just north of Melrose. This eccentric king of neo-Gothic interiors hoards exotic, unique and spectacular collectibles, rare finds and conversation-starting decor.
Or, for more carry-on-friendly finery, Heath Ceramics over on Beverly shelves Mid Century-ish tableware and home-enhancing tiles that'll have you all fired up. The attention to detail is immaculate, and if you can't find exactly what you're looking for, there's select custom service.
Now, how better to take it all in than from above? LA’s best rooftop beckons… showstopper LP offers a panor-glam-a aspect over the Hills, plus handcrafted cocktails and trad Southeast Asian street food. Downstairs, sibling EP is a raucous eating house for Thailand-meets-Fuji fare. Phew, you must be exhausted. Back to your pamper pad at the Pen to sleep and dream of Gehry.
Stahl House / 1635 Woods Dr / +1 208 429 1058 / Wed & Fri-Sat / check the calendar for tour times / stahlhouse.com
Schindler House / 835 N Kings Rd / +1 323 651 1510 / 11am-6pm Wed-Sun / makcenter.org
Jon & Vinny’s / 412 N Fairfax Ave / +1 323 334 3369 / 8am-10pm daily / jonandvinnys.com
LACMA / 5905 Wilshire Blvd / 11am-5pm Mon-Tue & Thu, 11am-8pm Fri, 10am-7pm
Sat-Sun / lacma.org
Blackman Cruz / 836 Highland Ave / +1 323 466 8600 / 10am-6pm Mon-Fri, noon-5pm Sat / blackmancruz.com
Heath Ceramics / 7525 Beverly Blvd / +1 323 965 0800 / 10am-6pm Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat, 10am-7pm Thu, noon-6pm Sun / heathceramics.com
EP & LP / 603 N La Cienega Blvd / +1 310 855 9955 / dinner daily / eplosangeles.com