The Mondrian Hotel

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Interior Design –– Living Space
  • Company/Firm
    Dawson Design Associates
  • Lead Designer
    Andrea Sheehan
  • Photo Credit
    David Phelps
  • Location
    8440 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
  • Project Date
  • Construction Company
    Digney York
  • Architect
    Melzer Deckert & Ruder, Architects, Inc
  • Interior Designer
    Andrea Sheehan
  • Hospitality
    SBE Hotels
  • Developer
    Pebblebrook Hotel Trust

Phillipe Starck's iconic spin on Alice in Wonderland was losing its magic. DDA was commissioned to refresh and evolve this beloved Hollywood masterpiece and to re-imagine the hotel’s classical fusion of fantasy and modern. Continuing the whimsical edge that the hotel is renowned for, the scope was to redesign the lobby, guestrooms, corridor, and Suites. For inspiration, our US and London teams dove deeply into Lewis’s Carrol fantasy for ideas that could be re-interpreted and made more representative of today’s lifestyle. Playfully surreal, every detail was to be relevant and intentional both intellectually and creatively. Shape was used as a suggestion as opposed to a constant, exemplified through floor lamps and lounge chairs and table inspired by the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. We explored scale and distortion through the use of huge iridescent dragonfly wings applied to existing mirrored walls and at the same time reflecting the oversized playfully brilliant blue articulated light shades. Behind the bed, the ‘Rabbit Hole’ surreally framed with light. Starck’s translucent chair, a tribute.