After studying graphic design and architecture in Boston and New York, in 1995, Kelly Wearstler
moved to Los Angeles, where she started the company bearing her name. The company is distinguished by its unconventional, ornate style inspired by travel, nature, architecture, fashion, graphics, literature and art, as well as by the work of Pierre Cardin, Oscar Niemeyer, Carlo Scarpa, Louis Kahn, Gio Ponti and Carlo Mollino. The mix can be found in her interior design projects and luxury lifestyle brand, including collections of furniture
, carpets, textiles
, wall coverings, tiles, bedding, porcelain, decorative home accessories, and art objects. Kelly Wearstler's renown is linked to the hospitality design sector: after her first hotel project, the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, she designed several international properties for the Viceroy Group, decorated the Four Seasons Anguilla, the Bergdorf Goodman restaurant in New York and numerous projects for the Proper Hospitality group. Her hotel work is complemented by multiple residential projects, including the Bellagio Residence Bel-Air, Hillcrest Estate in Beverly Hills, Malibu Beach residence, Evergreen Lane house on Mercer Island in Washington, Spring Street loft in New York and homes for film, music, art and show-business personalities like Cameron Diaz, Gwen Stefani and Ben Stiller.
Bold and luxurious: the Kelly Wearstler style
Kelly Wearstler's first real furniture collection came out in October 2015. The Kelly Wearstler Furniture Collection
was a modern and personal collection of sixty-two pieces grouped into a series of complementary lines. The Furniture Collection includes the following: Roxbury
, dining table, dining chair and console table with arched bases reminiscent of the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome, a masterpiece of modern architecture beloved by Wearstler; Laurel, dedicated entirely to luxury upholstery, with generous, super-comfortable organic shapes; the Griffith and Grafton lines including wardrobes, mirrors and tables decorated with jewel-like hemispherical pieces of pyrite; Melange
, featuring thin burnished bronze legs cast from a plaster model sculpted in Wearstler's studio. The expanded Kelly Wearstler Furniture Collection, launched at the end of 2020, showcases several reinterpreted pieces and new furniture and lighting true to Wearstler's trademark bold and luxurious aesthetic; its hallmarks can be found in details like ribbed travertine columns and sofas
upholstered in abstract tobacco-coloured fabrics. The appealing organic Colina sideboard
was crafted in white resin by a Los Angeles artisan and finished to resemble a plaster sculpture. The Phobos chair shows that two materials like hand-crafted burnished brass and natural stone, known for their strength and rigidity, can become a single fluid form. With its repetitive arches and small but monolithic scale, the Roxbury Petite console pays homage to classical architecture. Medium Frequency Hurricane refers to Scandinavian minimalism but also to the energy and spirit of the California coast. The collection is completed with art-oriented items The Isadora table lies halfway between furniture and sculpture; it is characterised by a cast bronze base with six legs and capped by a tempered glass top with a polished bronze band. In May 2021, the collection grew with the Transcendence family of elegant and extravagant furniture, lighting and decor that explore the possibilities of materials and challenge conventions of scale. The key pieces are the Oblique table collection in different types of wood, born from a custom project for a private residence and the marble Triad tables with irregular shapes enclosed by thick brass plates, bent and welded to wrap the stone. The American designer's eclectic, glamorous and daring taste is also in demand by numerous brands that launch Kelly Wearstler designed collections. Among the latest are the American textile and wallpaper manufacturer Lee Jofa, the carpet manufacturer The Rug Company and Farrow & Ball. Wearstler has created a new line of wall paints named the California Collection.