What comes to mind when you think of Beverly Hills – luxurious estates, stretched limousines, Hollywood starts and designer summer cabanas? Well, there’s a reason why all this and more make Beverly Hills the star studded city of California.
For well over a century, The Beverly Hills Hotel has been the go-to destination for Hollywood’s finest stars and the ultimate beacon of glamour in Los Angeles. With a rich history of providing exceptional experiences for hotel guests while lounging at the poolside, the cabanas at The Beverly Hills Hotel have been synonymous with luxurious leisure.
Paying homage to Beverly Hills glamorous self while putting a modern and personal spin on custom cabana experience, Gray Malin, fine art photographer and New York Times bestselling author, recently redesigned The Beverly Hills Hotel’s Cabana One for a fun poolside experience.
It is amongst the first pop up design installations in Beverly Hills. Designed with an effortlessly classic and chic California style in mind, Malin outfitted the cabana with Serena & Lily’s sophisticated furnishings. It also paid tribute to the iconic design and history of the hotel with CW Stockwell’s signature banana leaf wallpaper, Martinique, which has graced the walls of the Beverly Hills Hotel since it was first installed in 1949.
Marking a milestone for the Gray Malin brand, designing this cabana was Malin’s first comprehensive design project which showcases his design expertise in an iconic fashion and features a public display of his artwork.
“I am thrilled to finally share this project at The Beverly Hills Hotel which highlights my passion and aptitude for interior design, allowing guests to step into one of my photographs,” says Gray Malin. “With the tremendous history of the property in mind, I was inspired to create a space that paid homage to its glamorous past while putting a modern and personal spin on my custom cabana experience,” he added.
The collection celebrates the heritage of the property, inspired by its charming grounds and tinseltown history while incorporating Malin’s signature modern-day style. Scenes of beautiful people in vintage wardrobe and props from the 1950s and 1960s capture the jet set lifestyle and splendid luxury of Los Angeles’ Golden Age.
The colour palette draws inspiration from relaxing coastal tones and vintage glamour, incorporating natural hues such as sand, pink, white and green in an array of solid and patterned fabrics and textiles. Rattans, raffias and other natural textures makes the cabana feel like a relaxing retreat, with elements like refined custom chaises, a handwoven rug, hanging chair, and an inviting sofa that enhance the comfortable yet elevated design.
The featured furnishings make the cabana feel like a relaxing retreat, combining rattan and basketweave textures, a hand-woven rug and an inviting sectional sofa that enhances the comfortable yet elevated design.
The Gray Malin Cabana also features an upgrade to the fabrication of the canopy, incorporating a custom look with eye-catching pink and white stripes. Other notable alluring details that Malin included are hand-stitched decorative throw pillows and blankets, a new outdoor umbrella with elegant tassels, and vintage props styled to complete the look.
While enjoying a day of leisure at the cabana, timeless Hollywood glamour is ever present courtesy of prints from Malin’s fine art photography series Gray Malin at The Beverly Hills Hotel which adorn the walls.
“Gray Malin did a wonderful job maintaining the hotel’s timeless Hollywood design while also incorporating his signature whimsical and vibrant style. We look forward to providing our guests with an enhanced cabana experience that will lovingly highlight the pool’s legendary history,” says Edward Mady, regional director and general manager, The Beverly Hills Hotel. ◼
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© This article was first published online in July 2020 – World Travel Magazine.