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Kelly Wearstler

The brief history of a well known Interior Design

For today’s “Talking to” we have the brief history of Kelly Wearstler an American interior Designer. She found her own firm called Kelly Wearstler Interior Design (or KWID) in the mid of 1990.
For started when she found her firm she was introduced to a real estate developer Brad Korzen, who hired me to design his house in the Hollywood Hills, and several residential properties owned by Korzen’s company Kor Realty Group. That project led to the decoration for Avalon hotel in Beverly Hills, with apartments filled with pieces from modernist artists such as Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen and George Nelson, as we know a decade later de new York times wrote about that and said “her playful, elegantly over-the-top designs for the Avalon Beverly Hills changed the look of boutique hotels around the world”.

Her work on the Avalon and the Maison 140, would be recognized by Elle Décor such as her luxury hotel interiors” featured “elegant bergère chairs, unexpected lacquer finishes (glistening lemon yellows, Amazon parrot greens) and old-style stately wallpapers.” And it’s so good to be recognized like that.

In 2014 she created a Lifestyle brand and furniture line. She continued to operate her Los Angeles boutique as of July 2015, with Architectural Digest writing at the time that the store “showcases the breadth and daring of her creative output. The store contains antique and modern pieces, as well as home furnishings and jewelry designed by Wearstler.

Wearstler has described her own design work, as “romantic” in style, she also uses intense colors graphic patterning, and contrasting textures.

Elle Decor wrote around 2015 that “Wearstler encapsulates contemporary sophistication and wit, with a nod to the past and a wink at the future. The mix is all together her own and is tailored to every job.
With a style periodically described as maximalism, she has been one of several designers credited with bringing “the decorative back to interior design” and mixing modern and historical designs.

The New Yorker opined that since the late 1990s, “her style has evolved from mid-century modern to glammed-up Hollywood Regency to an ornate, layered look inspired in part by the late Hollywood set decorator and interior designer Tony Duquette.

“My motto in life is “take riks”, you don’t have a voice if you don’t. You have to venture outside your boundries. That’s what life’s all about” – Kelly Wearstler

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