5 Questions for Gulla Jónsdóttir

BY Matt Stewart | April 2, 2018 | Feature

Here, L.A.-based holistic architect and designer Gulla Jónsdóttir shares the inspiration and aesthetic behind the Kimpton La Peer Hotel.
Gulla Jónsdóttir

Can you define holistic design and how has it informed your aesthetic?
It is about being site specific and considering each environment to make it whole and wholesome for the five senses, which... [achieves] a sixth sense. To make each project feel as good as it looks.

What were your goals for the La Peer Hotel?
To create a special place for the neighborhood. It is the design district, so I wanted [the hotel] to encompass artists and designers as well as international travelers and create a space where creative people would gather.

What are some of your favorite aspects of the hotel?
I like the energy, flow and indoor-outdoor feeling. The space is artistic and relaxed and blends European chicness with California ease.

What were some of the different materials you incorporated?
There is a leather wall that is soft and tactile, real bronze and white oak floors for warmth balanced with the strength of concrete. I used moss green Gaudi tiles that I found on the street of Barcelona to nod to old world charm. I also brought in 200 planters to reinforce the feeling of indoor-outdoor living.

Talk about your history with this location.
I had my studio at this site but had to move out when construction started, so I have lived and breathed this location before, during and after. I have an atelier opening there this spring that will feature my own collections of furniture, jewelry and scarves. I’m moving back home and it feels right.

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