Spatial Awareness is a column that hones in on a standout element of a new project deserving of a deeper look. In this edition, we train our lens on the makeover of the cabanas at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Firm: Champalimaud Design
Practice location: New York City
Project lead: Courtney Brannan
What was the vision behind the redesign of the pool cabanas?
To celebrate the details that truly distinguish the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel from others. The property’s illustrious history and aesthetic are the reason visitors continue to flock, with the cabanas themselves originally dating back to the 1930s. The new design incorporates that Old Hollywood legacy in a way that feels completely refreshed and inviting to guests. Just as it has been for decades, the pool is a place to unwind and socialize, now with an even more spirited experience.
What colors and materials are central to the visual identity?
We wanted the cabanas to feel youthful and whimsical. The pink-and-white striped, circus-like interior starts to create a lighthearted feeling as soon as you spot them from across the pool. The terrazzo and rattan accents are a nod to the 1930s-50s when the cabanas were first built and were the epitome of Hollywood glamour.
What stands out to you the most now that you’ve finished it?
The beautifully recolored pink banana leaf wallpaper by CW Stockwell is the perfect accent to the space. Contrasting with the textured upholstery fabrics and materials, those illustrated details make each cabana stand out.
What tools were indispensable from ideation to actualization?
History and setting served as important tools in the design process. The banana leaf wallpaper, for instance, mimics the corridors of the main hotel. The wallpaper was unearthed from the company’s archives to adorn the cabanas, the first time the print has been used at the hotel since it was first hung in the 1940s—this time in pink! Some of our sourcing is also tied directly to the California locale like the peach-pink tables from a local Los Angeles designer, Bend.