Christopher Grubb designs The Residences at W Hollywood's urban penthouse

The Residences at W Hollywood, the residential component of the $350-million W Hollywood hotel, selected Beverly Hills interior designer and president and founder of Arch-Interiors Design Group Christopher Grubb to create his interpretation of an urban “playhouse.”

Perched 12 stories above the corner of Hollywood and Vine, the suite has a living area with movable furnishings that can be reconfigured for various gatherings. It also offers access to an open kitchen and a game room.

Throughout the suite, Grubb included luminous elements, such as aluminum tile, Balinese seashells and lighting, all meant to convey the glitter of Tinseltown. Overall, he used a palette of grays, black and beiges, and infused pops of color, such as vibrantly hued, hand-blown pendant lighting above the bar and citrus shaded seating on the terrace for added drama.

Grubb chose custom elements and deluxe materials, such as textured woods, finished built-ins, velvet sofas and linen gaming chairs.

The design placed more emphasis on play than on sleeping, so the bedroom was turned into a gaming room, with pullout sofas placed in the living room. Instead of a bed, the centerpiece of the former bedroom-turned-game-room is a custom designed game table with a starburst center, designed for poker or blackjack, as well as a formal dining setting. Four flat screen televisions allow guests to simultaneously follow different shows or sporting events. An oversized cantilevered buffet sits below the flat screens.


Grubb also covered two columns in the space with Balinese seashell. Grass cloth-style paper adds a hint of metallic to the ceiling, and a crystal chandelier sparkles by day and gleams warmly by night. Grubb replaced closet doors with neutral mohair theater-style drapes, and installed the wallpaper horizontally for an overall linear emphasis.

Overlooking the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the terrace continues the suite’s focus on fun with a putting green. Sustainable outdoor chairs in canary yellow offer terrace seating, and a contemporary outdoor fireplace are also available. The deck floor is faux finished to match the interior hardwood for a complete indoor/outdoor experience.

A flexible space with views, the living room has a pair of matching sofas and ottomans, along with a custom-designed cluster of octagon tables. Grubb designed a built-in bookcase for displaying and storage, and incorporated a contemporary, reflecting silver, full-wall silhouette graphic of the Los Angeles skyline. Additional highlights include a projector and 110-inch screen with concealed in-wall surround sound speaker system.

The open-plan kitchen features espresso finished, European styled cabinets. For contrast, Grubb used three-dimensional aluminum tile on the backsplash and bar front. He incorporated clear acrylic stools around the bar for an unobstructed view of the textured tile. Suspended above the bar, three glass pendants serve as art, while incorporating stripes of orange, blue, green, and yellow. The kitchen is packed with appliances made for entertaining, such as a wine refrigerator and dishwasher drawers.

The powder room has a vanity from The C.G. Collection by Christopher Grubb, part of his bath furniture collection sold through ModernBathroom. Floating countertops of granite and patterned sparkling wall coverings add to the overall dramatic effect. In the master bath, a fur-like wall exudes a sense of comfort and warmth, while pop art pays homage to California living.

Founded in 1994, Grubb’s design firm is recognized for its work on residential, commercial, retail, and hospitality projects, as well as high-end medical design. Grubb launched The C.G. Collection by Christopher Grubb, his own signature line of modern bathroom furniture.


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