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.Read More
It’s been two years since the Faena Hotel Miami Beach was unveiled at Art Basel 2015 (alongside a beachside disco roller rink and a fountain of fireworks), yet the opening day magic of the iconic hotel hasn’t rubbed off a bit, as its newly-minted status as the Best Hotel in America pointedly underlines. This month’s Miami Design Week provided us with compelling reason to re-visit this fantasy hotel, and once again ogle its gold-leafed columns, coral-fashioned lamps, and miles of leopard and vermillion upholstery. For those looking to emulate the Faena’s luxurious mix of Deco, Regency, and South American style (or simply engage in an indulgent virtual, winter escape), explore the hotel below and discover the finds in our covetable Faena Hotel Miami Beach collection.