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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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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TRENDSETTING L.A. DESIGN FIRM, UNHEIM, IS BRINGING GENIUS TO BESPOKE

L.A.-based UNHEIM is a four-star design firm. Their philosophy is a quadratic equation: architecture, landscape, interior design, and product design—the firm rarely undertakes a project in which it doesn’t include all four aspects. Given UNHEIM’s Southern California locale, it is tempting to attribute their all-round approach to their Golden State heritage. After all, near-perpetually-sunlit, Southern California was one of the principal birthplaces of Modern architecture, where living inside-out became a way of life. But for UNHEIM founder and principal, Micah Heimlich, his firm’s panoptic outlook has origins that push back to much more venerable times; times in which, as Micah puts it, “the different artistic disciples were not so divorced from one another.”

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VANESSA TRAINA HOSTS L.A. BASH FOR DECASO X THE LINE

The interior design and fashion worlds collided earlier this month when Vanessa Traina and DECASO joined forces to host an intimate soiree in honor of their recent collaboration, DECASO x The Line. The collaboration was developed as a way to showcase Los Angeles-based DECASO dealers’ exceptional inventory within the context of Traina’s beautifully atmospheric retail space, The Apartment by The Line. 

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