location: Los Angeles, CA
Reflecting Kelly Wearstler’s celebrated West Coast style, the design and architecture of the landmark retail destination Westfield Century City conveys the unique heritage and lifestyle of Los Angeles and the essence of Southern California’s easy elegance and casual luxury. Natural, artisanal materials in neutral hues, outdoor residential settings layered with artisanal tiles, natural woods, varied furniture and lush landscaping create a uniquely immersive experience through elements usually integrated in bespoke hospitality environments.
With an emphasis on materiality and detail, Wearstler’s design makes abundant use of white and smoky grey metals, custom-designed solid teak furniture, linear and flowing architecture, as well as lattices that serve to shade and dapple the abundant sunlight. Courtyards pay homage to the Mediterranean similar climate, with reflecting pools and Moroccan-inspired tile. The property’s gardens contain a series of intimate spaces and seating areas, shaded by wood-screened trellises, olive trees, and aloe plants. These areas – which incorporate travertine planters and as many as 50 different custom-designed tile patterns – evoke the feeling of lounging poolside or gathering in the intimacy of a backyard. Here, visitors can find multiple fountains and flowing water features, with palm trees growing out of the water itself; as well as wood bridges with verdant vines; hanging day beds; and even highly sculptural, Noguchi-inspired green mounds of lawn and trees.
Art plays a special role in the center as well with ceramic and sculptural pieces specially commissioned for the property including California DNA by renowned ceramics sculptor Stan Bitters and large-scale, monumental dango (Japanese for “rounded form”) sculptures created by innovative Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko.