Commune, designers of numerous projects including Heath Ceramics, Ammo, Farmshop, Mattison and the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, have done it again with the exciting new opening of the Los Angeles installment of an Ace Hotel space. Sadly, the founder of Ace passed before the hotel will see it’s official opening celebration, Jan 15.
Alex Calderwood initially created the Ace Hotel in Seattle as a desirable and affordable lodging option for creatives. He grew the chain to reach into New York and Palm Springs and more recently London, and Panama CIty. Now, we have our own here in Los Angeles.
It’s hard for me to gush without feeling that I’m doing a disservice to the Alex Calderwood legacy, but please do take note of the appropriate appreciation for the pillows and organics in the rooftop dining area, part of the Commune design approach.
Some photos have been leaking, but I’m not getting the full picture. I’ll need to make it a priority to get over there and soak in a dirty martini before I really feel like I know what the space is all about. It is sure to be a much much different vibe from the cucumber face melters that Sarah and I tossed back in the blistering sun at the Ace in Palm Springs. That was my first introduction to the hotel’s trendy aesthetic. Hipster’s paradise for those of y’all that don’t know.
I came to know Commune b/c my dear friend Frances Anderton selected the design collective as her spotlight in an accompanying story that she did about my dude and his kids playing on our 3D printer. You can catch the podcast here. And if you are into audio podcasts, she has a newer story up right now that includes interviews with the design team for Ace LA, listen here.
Sarah, come on back out here so we can check it out together. That last trip was almost four years ago.