When designing a new restaurant in Los Angeles, famed interior decorator Jeremiah Brent’s first thought was that he wanted it to look nothing like Los Angeles. In fact, when he initially walked into the vacant Culver City space, he felt most inspired by European modernist movements founded in cities many thousands of miles away: namely, Gio Ponti and his biomorphic, playful curves; Charlotte Perriand’s functional-yet-beautiful simplicity; and the geometric motifs of the Vienna Secession. “I incorporated elements that felt like an ode to the past, but also felt strangely relevant now,” Brent says.
Then, he looked at the birthplace of restaurant culture, Paris, and its many bistros, brasseries, and bars-à-vins. “The biggest inspiration for me was the intimacy of the street café,” he adds.