I love a good collaboration and funnily enough, this is how I came across The Line Hotel. Let me explain. I'm always on the look out for good stationary stores (a little obsessed with paper) so when we made plans to spend some time in L.A, I started my research. After reading a few blogs, Poketo had some great reviews for stocking beautiful stationary including notebooks (my favourite) as well as perfect gift ideas for those hard people to buy for.
Consquently I also learnt that Poketo had recently set up a pop up store in the lobby of The Line Hotel. This hotel looked very cool, suave and dare I say, LA? So I made it my mission to have a sneaky peak last week.
The Line Hotel is located within buzzing Koreatown, LA and one of the many lifestyle hotels owned, developed and managed by the Sydell Group. Collaborating is a core value to Sydell, so they teamed up with local designers, Knibb Design and had a vision to maximise the existing structure of the former Hyatt Hotel by "celebrating the undervalued in the urban environment".
So how did they achieve this? By using t-shirts for ceiling treatments, wildflowers for wall coverings (you need to check this out in the hotel's restaurant, POT!) and upholstered furniture made from vintage Mexican serape.
The hotel is infused with Korean style influences, while carefully paying homage to its surrounding environment. Chic concrete-inspired rooms are styled with pops of bright vermillion accessories, symboling the colours of Korea. The views are breathtaking and fill the rooms with abundance of natural light - monopolising on L.A's good weather.
Of course, while I was there, I popped into Poketo. Founded by husband and wife team, Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, Poketo is filled with design-savvy gifts that are well crafted, well made and well curated. I wanted to touch, open, feel and examine everything! Its one of those places where everything intrigues your sensibilities that you walk away with a list of MUST-HAVE items!
For lunch, we decided to try the hotel's restaurant, simply called POT. Located at the back of the hotel, almost hidden underground, POT's down-to-earth, casual interior with canteen style furniture and newspaper inspired menus creates a street-like feel to dining. The menu is designed by L.A chef Roy Choi with the Korean hot pot as the signature dish. While feasting on shared modern and traditional Korean cuisine and listening to hip hop tunes drumming in the background, you can almost envisage what a collaboration between L.A and Korea may look like.