The Agenda: Hotel Californian, Made in L.A., and ALT for Living



Hotel Californian 

This iconic 1925 seaside property has been imbued with a new sense of glam thanks to a stunning refresh by famed designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Moroccan tiles, oversized mirrors, and an array of international antiques give off a more-is-more maximalist attitude that’s drawing the glitterati from near and far and causing them to linger a little longer at the 121-room hotel. The original Spanish Colonial Revival facade has been updated with more modern Moorish designs, the lobby kitted out in bold black-and-white decor, and a Marrakech-inspired spa that oozes indulgence. Did we mention the rooftop pool?       

When: Accepting reservations; rooms from $550

Where: 36 State St., Santa Barbara 



The Zukowski Collective

Born from a dream to have a beautiful, inviting space to support emerging artists, the Zukowski Collective is Pacifica’s newest community gathering spot. Located a block from the pier, the gallery offers a finely curated collection of works and a selection of vintage home pieces. The collective hosts regular events and workshops, including weaving classes and artist receptions. The next time you’re driving down the NorCal coast, check out solo exhibition “City & Sea” with work exploring urban landscapes and ocean life by San Francisco-based artist Megan Posas.       

When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday–Friday; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday

Where: 1905 Palmetto Ave., Pacifica 



“Made in L.A.” 

The Hammer Museum’s fourth biennial brings 33 artists from the Greater Los Angeles area together for a group exhibit spanning mediums. While the artists’ disciplines and backgrounds are varied, the work shares a common thread—it’s all deeply connected to the city. Themes of landscape, community, rituals, and sense of place pan out through film, visual art, and performance. Look out for a piece by dancer and choreographer Flora Wiegmann, which references the devastation of last year’s Southern California wildfires.      

When: Through Sun. 9/2

Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 


ALT for Living


ALT for Living 

It’s been a long time coming, but native Angeleno Analisse Taft-Gertsen has finally come home. With two successful showrooms in NYC, she’s added a third to her roster, right in the heart of L.A.’s design district. The trade-only showroom is a one-stop shop for designers, offering midcentury European furniture and artisan textiles. Expect the same luxurious treasures that the East Coast flagship is known for—from Moroccan kilims to handmade rugs by artist Maddalena Forcella to chic accessories from French designer Perrine Rousseau—in addition to exclusive collections that can only be found at ALT.       

When: By appointment only

Where: 808 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles 



Serena Dugan Studio 

One half of the duo behind California furnishings label Serena & Lily, Serena Dugan has broken new creative ground. The textile designer and painter has opened up shop right on the waterfront in Sausalito. Now she spends her days dreaming up original and commissioned fine art and decorative works and then translating them into custom fabrics, wallpapers, hand-loomed rugs, and encaustic tiles. It’s a working studio by day, but Dugan plans to host regular events. Sign up online to find out about the next open studio.      

When: By appointment only

Where: 225 Locust St., Ste. E, Sausalito 


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