Am a huge fan of this LA-based design collective – they’ve influenced everything from hotels to homes to boxes of chocolates. Their work is absolutely GORGEOUS – from commercial projects (e.g. The Ace Hotel DTLA) to retail (e.g. TOMS) to residential properties (I could happily live in each and every one but especially love Catalina Street) to their Graphics and Identities work (e.g. Stila). They’re also THE go-to for Hollywood when an event needs an extra-special touch e.g. Architectural Digest hired them to create the AD Greenroom for their 2015 Academy Awards Oscar Party.
Commune was founded in 2004 by Roman Alonso, Steven Johanknecht, Pamela Shamshiri and Ramin Shamshiri and they’ve just marked their 10th anniversary by publishing a compilation of some of their favorite and most meaningful projects in a magazine-like 256-page coffee-table book (I just received mine this week!!).
I love the eclectic nature of their projects. They always emphasize the handcrafted e.g. macramé curtains hanging in the lobby of the Ace Palm Springs (eight miles of cotton rope by jewelry designer Michael Schmidt) or the reception desk at the Ace in downtown LA (designed by the Haas Brothers using wood paneling reclaimed from elsewhere in the building).
A big upcoming project, the Durham Hotel, is slated to open in Durham, N.C., in the spring, and two large-scale residential projects are in the works. Product collaborations include lamps and lighting fixtures with Remains Lighting, a 16-piece furniture collection with George Smith, bed linens with Hamburg House and architectural hardware with E.R. Butler.
Link to their website here. Photos of more of their work below the break – and it’s totally worth taking a minute to be inspired!!