With its detailed patterns, custom furnishings and contrasting interiors courtesy of renowned American designer Kelly Wearstler, San Francisco Proper Hotel is the epitome of curated contemporary eclecticism
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While designing San Francisco Proper Hotel,
Kelly Wearstler says that she ‘conjured up an extensive backstory. You’re in this cool, bohemian woman’s home, and it’s like a series of living rooms. This woman lives here with a black cat called Charmaine, who hangs out on the rooftop, and you are just lingering in her eclectic, artful salon – perhaps waiting for her’.
True to Wearstler’s vision, the hotel is a bold, characterful haven infused with deep colours, rich textures and painterly wallcoverings characteristic of the designer’s signature artistic aesthetic. The interiors are a tasteful blend of old and new, referencing the hotel’s historic location in a 20th century flatiron building and merging it with contemporary additions. Graphic light fittings and artworks contrast with original cornices in the spacious lobby, while the 131 Modernist-inspired bedrooms feature hi-tech amenities and oversized ’50s-style furnishings.
This juxtaposition continues in La Bande, San Francisco Proper’s fashionable café and market, where casual dining takes place at black communal tables offset by glazed tiles in shades of green and black-and-white stripes. For a more sophisticated all-day eating option, Villon restaurant and lounge features blue panelled walls, two-tone wooden floors, high-bevelled ceilings and elegant marble and brass accents, making it the ideal place in which to sample an inventive menu by Chef Mikey Adams that is inspired by San Francisco’s extensive culinary culture.
The finishing touch is Charmaine’s rooftop bar, a lively social spot reminiscent of a Parisian terrace that boasts unparalleled views of the city. With modern-romantic decor that’s a nod to the Viennese Secession art movement – complete with sumptuous area rugs, statement fire pits and patterned seating – it’s a final reminder of Wearstler’s updated European salon-style design that runs throughout this breathtaking hotel. properhotel.com
this page A mixture of artworks grace the walls of San Francisco Proper Hotel’s lobby. opposite (fromtop) ‘Getting to work on this historic building in this emerging area was such a cool experience for me,’ says Kelly Wearstler; the131 rooms were conceived as modern pieds-à-terre and each includes a lounge.