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Eye on Design

BY The Editors | August 29, 2016 | Feature Features

In love with island life, but in need of a boost of high design from a big city? Then it's time to book your tickets, as a dose of urban style is just a flight (or two) away. We've found some of the latest mod highlights from four cities—Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston and Miami—that will surely spark your creative sensibilities.
Stylish Angelenos turn to interior design mecca Quintus—now at L.A.'s Pacific Design Center—for pieces to enhance their space.

LOS ANGELES

/ A Star Reborn /
There’s no more beautiful place to brunch than poolside at the Kelly Wearstler-designed Viviane at the Avalon Hotel. The midcentury-modern dining room and pool area are delightfully breezy yet decidedly chic. Accented with authentic 1950s and 1960s furnishings, the turquoise, gold and neutral palette includes wood and brass chairs by era designer Dan Johnson. Chef Michael Hung equally impresses with must-order dishes like albacore tuna tartare with bone-marrow aioli ($18). 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.407.7791

/ Hot Hotel /
The Rockwell Group-designed Hollywood Dream melds indoor and outdoor living via an 11,000-square-foot rooftop and a lush, landscaped public alley. From $299 per night, 6417 Selma Ave., 323. 952.6155, Hollywood

/ Collective Vision /
Among the exciting crop of showrooms at the Pacific Design Center is Jean de Merry’s new location. The impressive 9,000-square-foot gallery-like space features de Merry’s signature French deco-inspired seating, lighting, case goods and decorative art pieces, as well as covetable works by the likes of Natasha Baradaran and Alexander Lamont. 8687 Melrose Ave., Ste. B653, West Hollywood, 323.655.9193

/ Quintessentially Yours /
Also at Pacific Design Center is L.A. furniture showroom Quintus. “We’ve set up like a European boutique,” says owner Jobst Blachy of the 3,000-square-foot space. “It’s an energizing shopping experience unlike anything else.” The latest collection by designer Elisa Carlucci wows with the Crossroads, an asymmetrical oak credenza cantilevered on brass legs. Alongside the company’s tailored pieces are simpatico partners like ceramist KSDS Porcelain, Evitavonni fabrics from London and Studio Bel Vetro lighting. All prices upon request, 8687 Melrose Ave., Ste. B519, West Hollywood, 323.634.1924

SAN DIEGO

/ Best of Show /
Le Dimora is known for setting the standard for luxury interior design in San Diego. So it was only natural that designer Maria Barry and her team open up a brand-new, full-service showroom at state-of-the-art The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch in Carmel Valley. A favorite among the affluent Rancho Santa Fe set, the 12,000-square-foot outpost skews more modern than the original store and stocks high-end lines like Marge Carson, Rene Cazares (RC), Century, Lillian August and Bernhardt. 13470 Highlands Place, San Diego, 858.261.0600

/ Hot Property /
One of the most talked-about hotels in town, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa has just unveiled myriad fresh amenities and exclusive programs. First up, the Auberge’s adult-only spa pool and bar will finally be open for business. The pièce de résistance? The renovated villas (from $1,992)—a private residence club that offers 96 fractional interests in 12 of the luxe villas found on the grounds of the prestigious resort. Talk about new beginnings! 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.756.1123

/ Culinary Chic /
Madison on Park recently took over this former casual tiki lounge to create an indoor-outdoor dining room with cedar walls and a high-vaulted ceiling arched with wood joinery. Design firm Archisects created a geometric motif by stretching ropes across the ceiling. The practical, sound-absorbent design keeps the crowd’s acoustics and the eatery’s state-of-the-art sound system in harmony. While there, enjoy Mediterranean- and SoCal-inspired dishes, like a skirt skate marinated in cumin and orange slices ($13). 4622 Park Blvd., San Diego, 619.269.6566

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