IN PROFILE: LISA KOCH

For a crash course in Old Hollywood glamour, designer Lisa Koch isn’t a bad bet. After nearly three years with the Faena Group in Miami—during which time it’s fair to say Koch earned a doctorate-level education on the power of a leopard sofa and a cabana stripe—Koch migrated to sunny Los Angeles and joined forces with the famed JK Hotels group. There, she undertook the makeover of the Sunset Tower Hotel, transforming the tired Gatsby-era icon into something fresh, yet unquestionably Deco. Next up was the much buzzed-about reinvention of the San Vicente Inn in West Hollywood. Working alongside design style-caster Rita Koning, Koch added her signature to the property’s public 850 Hotel and the not-so-public San Vicente Bungalows.

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TOUR SF’S HOTTEST, NEW DESIGN DESTINATION

San Francisco may not be cashing in its title as tech titan yet, but its rising status as a design hub may be giving the former a run for its money. Among the tell-tale signs that The City by the Bay is in metamorphosis is Ken Fulk’s newly launched arts society, St. Joseph’s. Located in San Francisco’s rapidly transforming SoMa neighborhood, St. Joseph’s inhabits a once-blighted Catholic church that for years perplexed re-developers with its myriad of structural challenges. With the support of his adopted city, Fulk purchased St. Joseph’s with the intent of turning it into an event space that would both preserve and promote San Francisco’s arts community. If the stunning outcome is any indication, SF’s design crusaders have received a critical ally in Fulk’s St. Joseph’s.

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15 OVER-THE-TOP ITEMS ON DESIGNERS’ HOLIDAY WISHLISTS

If you’ve ever assembled a holiday wishlist and peppered it with prosaic items like dress socks, jumper cables, or (in your attempt to present a successful Christmas duck) a meat thermometer, let us be the first to assure you: you’re doing it all wrong. When taken full advantage of, the holiday wishlist can be a delightfully escapist exercise; the perfect antidote to the stressful holiday season. To get our own creative juices flowing, we reached out to fifteen top interior designers and asked them what they’re hoping to find nestled under the tree this year. Always discerning, these designers have rounded up fifteen beyond-beautiful items that incite all the wonder that the holiday season deserves.

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IN PROFILE: ETC.ETERA

Something clicked when Sally Breer and Jake Rodehuth-Harrison founded their interior firm ETC.etera in 2016. An interior designer and a stylist/creative director, respectively, they combined their powers to establish a thriving design domain that has taken the Los Angeles design scene by storm. Embracing hallmarks of both modern and old world Hollywood Hills style, the pair has fast established themselves with projects ranging from Silver Lake to Venice Beach. Surveying their work, it comes as no surprise that Breer and Rodehuth-Harrison aim to “please the eye as well as to the soul.”  

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