Since our first project in 1991, our approach is driven by an attention to the conceptual and the experiential. Shawn Hausman Design arose out of Shawn’s background in film and subsequently, our ideas are driven by the creation of narratives (oftentimes fictitious). We seek to create unconventional spaces imparted with wit and an idiosyncratic touch. Following his experience creating and running the infamously experimental New York nightclub, Area, Shawn perceives that places come alive through people and their interactions. This informs our overriding attention to how our interiors are experienced and how design can be employed to conjure an all-encompassing mood. Though we have taken on a number of unique private residences and company headquarters, our attention is devoted to the creation of offbeat, unique hotels and restaurants.
Hollywood Canteen, Los Angeles, completed 1991 restaurant
While working in Los Angeles on the production design for feature films and commercials, Shawn was approached by his former partner of Area nightclub, to adapt an old coffee shop into a restaurant. Inspired by the restaurant’s location amongst the film studios and backlots, Shawn’s design operated like a portal, transporting guests to Hollywood’s past. As the Los Angeles Times reported on its opening, ‘the Hollywood Canteen reproduces the visual style of the ‘30s and ‘40s with unusual fidelity’.
Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles, completed 1996 hotel
Designing the interiors for the Chateau was Shawn’s first collaboration with hotelier Andre Balazs, a partnership that continues today two decades on. Having grown up visiting it, this project was a labour of love for Shawn. With a devoted following anxious to preserve the spirit of the Hollywood icon, Shawn sought to tread a fine line between updating it and preserving it. Architectural Digest praised how, ‘Hausman came up with a layered look, mixing furnishing of different styles and periods’ in an effort to convey the building’s storied past and craft a feeling of luxury that was nuanced and understated. Conde Nast Traveler named it in their 2015 Gold List of ‘100 hotels that change the way we see the world’, attesting to the timelessness of his design. Shawn has continued to be involved in the hotel’s design, returning to work on the lobby and the lobby bar.
Bar Marmont, Los Angeles, completed 1997 bar
After completing work on the Chateau in 1996, Shawn Hausman Design (SHD) was approached by Sean MacPherson to design Bar Marmont. The tangled exoticism of the interiors were designed to fabricate a sense of displaced Europe in Asia, a narrative inspired by a scene in the unedited adaptation of The Heart of Darkness. Andre Balazs took over the bar in 2006 for which SHD updated the space.
Nica’s, The Stanhope Hotel, New York, completed 1997 restaurant
Nica’s, a restaurant and bar located in the Stanhope Hotel, was designed with one time resident, infamous socialite, Pannonica de Koenigswarter, in mind. Nica, a fervent member of the 1950s New York jazz scene, became the fictional proprietor of the place with concert handbills for Theolonious Monk and Charlie Parker pasted to the walls and 1950s oil paintings wonkily hung on top of traditional murals to create the sense of her taking over the existing bar.
The Standard, Hollywood, completed 1999 hotel
The Standard, Hollywood was the inception of the Standard brand, revolutionary for being the first boutique hotel to cater for people on a budget. The guest room design was an exercise in paring back, stripping away the superfluous clutter traditionally found in hotel rooms to leave design centric spaces populated by select pieces. Artwork and graphics migrated from the walls to become embedded in the very materials of the room; Andy Warhol’s flower print was transformed into drapes. Designed for a younger crowd, SHD made the public space the central focus and driving energy of the hotel with a series of quasi nightclub spaces filled with modern design classics to lend a cultured edge. Rudy’s Barber Shop, established byAlex Calderwood, founder of the Ace Hotel group, was an innovative retail presence occupying the lobby and the front desk was transformed into a bar with high stools and the infamous Vitrine, an art installation space where artists were invited to sleep.
The Standard, Downtown Los Angeles, completed 2002 hotel
The second Standard’s location in the former office building of Standard Oil became central to the design. SHD played with the architecture’s corporate history and re-envisaged the space as an ode to a bygone era when business was still alluring and stylish. The lure of the hotel, especially it’s roof deck and pool, was pivotal to the revival of Downtown Los Angeles, drawing hotel guests and local residents alike. When Mr and Mrs Smith named Shawn Hausman in their Top 10 Boutique Hotel Designers, they described the Standard as, ‘an inspired, slightly psychedelic take on Hitchcock-era decor.’
Sub Mercer, The Mercer Hotel, New York, completed 2003 bar
The Sub Mercer was so-named due to its placement in the sub basement of the Mercer hotel. Playing up to the cavernous, dark interiors, Shawn envisaged the bar as the private lair of a fictionalised lothario, creating a mood of decadence and hedonism.
The Continental, Midtown, Philadelphia, completed 2004 restaurant
The Continental Midtown was the first of SHD’s ongoing collaboration with restaurateur, Stephen Starr. Inspired by the design of quintessential 1950s coffee shops, the restaurant’s interior, which encompasses two floors plus a roof deck bar, is at once nostalgic and futuristic with playful interpretations of mid century design.
The Continental, Atlantic City, completed 2006 restaurant
Starr invited SHD to follow up the Continental Midtown with another outpost in Atlantic City. For this, Shawn pushed their recreation of 1950s spaces further, creating a classic mid century, glass and steel beam building within the building the restaurant was housed in.
Buddakan, Atlantic City, completed 2006 restaurant
Buddakan, Atlantic City, opened in 2006 as a sister to the original Buddakan in Philadelphia. Shawn architecturally reinterpreted the space to create balconies and a courtyard, both of which are crowned with a ceiling inset with lights to craft a night sky effect. A monumental golden Buddha provides a central focus point at the end of the hall, producing the theatrical experience Starr is known for providing.
The Standard, Miami, completed 2006 hotel
When Andre Balazs asked SHD to design the interiors for The Standard hotel and spa in Miami, it was still operating as The Lido, Miami’s historic first spa. Shawn found the building’s untouched character and its proximity to the bay evocative and sought to design a hotel that was quieter and more organic in tone and texture than the other Standards. His design weaves the spa throughout the hotel with the blond woods and natural linens echoing the sense of calm.
Teplitzki’s, Chelsea Prime and The Fifth Floor at The Chelsea Hotel, Atlantic City, completed 2008 restaurant, bar and lounge
SHD were asked to work on a number of bars, restaurants and lounges for The Chelsea Hotel, Atlantic City. Teplitzki’s, the 24 hour coffee shop, echoed classic Los Angeles coffee shop design with a sweeping counter and cantilevered bar stools, while Chelsea Prime infused traditional steakhouse design with a period 1940s look.
Butcher & Singer, Philadelphia, completed 2008 restaurant
A classic steakhouse housed in an old brokerage firm on Walnut Street, SHD played with the classic elements of the genre to craft a mood both traditional and original. Materials and lighting were employed to counter the voluminous space with its extraordinary high ceilings. Crystal chandeliers salvaged from Morris Lapidus’s original Fontainebleau hotel fill the cavernous ceilings while wood panelling imparts a warmth to the walls.
Parc, Philadelphia, completed 2008 restaurant
Despite opening nearly a decade ago, Parc remains Philadelphia’s highest grossing restaurant. To compliment the archetypal French cuisine, Shawn sought to recreate the definitive brasserie experience as authentically as possible, making diners feel transported to France. In addition to importing a vintage bar top from France, SHD travelled extensively in Europe, sourcing pieces to craft the meticulous level of detail required.
El Rey & The Ranstead Room, Philadelphia, completed 2009 restaurant and bar
Mexican restaurant, El Rey, and its accompanying bar, The Ranstead Room, were opened in 2009 as another collaboration between SHD and Starr. Housed in a traditional Greek coffee shop, SHD reworked a number of its original features into the design alongside new additions to create the feel of an old school Mexican cafe. Accessed from a separate hidden entrance, The Ranstead Room has the secretive mood of a speakeasy bar.
The Standard, Highline, New York, completed 2009 hotel
Maintaining the continuity of the Standard brand, SHD were conceptual consultants for the first Standard Hotel in New York. The only purpose built Standard hotel, the contemporary building’s futuristic style was matched with 1970s inspired interiors.
Pizza Stella, Philadelphia, completed 2010 restaurant
SHD have collaborated with Richard Stokes AIA on multiple projects and for this pizzeria they co-designed the artisanal pizzeria as a modern take on the rustic Italian restaurant. The mosaic topped pizza oven provides the visual focus of the restaurant with a Canaletto inspired relief above and industrial styling in the furniture and lighting.
The Dandelion, Philadelphia, completed 2011 restaurant
The Dandelion is a British-inspired restaurant SHD designed for Starr. Housed in two different buildings, the four dining rooms and two bars create the mismatched, eccentric atmosphere of authentic British pubs. Shawn saw the multiple rooms as an opportunity to explore different moods and added vintage touches, like a hearth shipped from England, to contribute to the theatrical atmosphere.
Little Dom’s, Los Angeles, completed 2011 restaurant and deli
In 2011, LA based restaurateur, Warner Ebbink, asked SHD to work on Little Dom’s, a neighbourhood style, Italian American restaurant. Intended as the more casual sister to old school Hollywood favourite, Dominick’s, Shawn designed the interior with a patina to create the warmth of familiarity. The deli counter next door is equally evocative with its blackboard menu, plaid walls and black and white framed photos.
Le Diplomate, Washington D.C., completed 2013 restaurant
SHD completed their second French brasserie for Stephen Starr, translating the success of Philadelphia’s Parc, to Washington D.C. Playing with the preponderance of red, white and blue in the capital city and the colours of the French flag, the tricolore became the basis of the colour palette. Memorabilia from the Tour de France, a simultaneously international and yet distinctly French competition, lines the walls and provides a weight and particularity to the Gallic design.
The Standard, East Village, New York, completed 2014 hotel
When SHD were appointed interior designers on the Standard Hotel, East Village, they sought to reconcile the towering glass building with the historic Cooper Square neighbourhood it was part of. Though the rooms were left purposefully bright and open to the views, they introduced a warmer mood to the ground floor. With its natural palette of materials, the hotel restaurant, Narcissa, refers to the upstate New York farm producing its ingredients; whilst Cafe Standard with its street level terrace and overhanging foliage introduce the relaxed informality the East Village is prized for.
The Continental, Miami, completed 2015 restaurant
SHD converted the MiMo (Miami Modern) icon, the Ankara Motel, into their third Continental restaurant for Starr. Shawn sought to bring a sophistication and elegance to the building, translating the glamour of mid century modernism to today’s contemporary moment. Coordinating with the inherent exoticism of the waterfront location, the restaurant is composed of different areas that flow from interior to exterior, crafting a tropical atmosphere.
Le Zoo, Miami, completed 2015 restaurant
SHD undertook their third French restaurant for Stephen Starr in the prestigious Bal Harbour Shops. Taking a fictional location on the Riviera as their cue, SHD created a witty take on the classic French bistro. With a playfulness befitting a restaurant called Le Zoo, the aesthetic of classic French bistros was shaken up to impart a youthful vibrancy to the space.
MiniBar, Los Angeles, completed 2015 bar
Pairing up with Warner Ebbink again, MiniBar, a 1950s inspired drinking den, opened in 2015. MiniBar occupies one corner of the Best Western Hollywood ground floor. SHD redesigned the lobby of the hotel and Ebbink owns the iconic 101 Coffee Shop also housed in the building. MiniBar completed the mood of Hollywood glamour; as Time Out glowingly announced, ‘if there’s a perfect place to unwind with a cocktail in LA, it’s at MiniBar in Hollywood.’
The Beverly Laurel Hotel, Los Angeles, completed 2015 hotel
The original motor inn on Beverly Blvd. is a third generation family property beloved to hipsters and travelling bands. SHD painstakingly revamped the public space and bedrooms, seeking to keep the spirit intact and reference its mid century beginnings.
The Standard, London, ongoing hotel
SHD opened their UK office in 2014 to embark on their first European project. Having designed and consulted on all five of the Standard Hotels, they are currently engaged in bringing the offbeat individuality of the franchise to London.
OTHER PROJECTS: Commercial
Ford Modelling Agency, Beverly Hills, completed 1998 office
4 Square Headquarters, San Clemente, completed 2001 office
Boyds Department Store, Philadelphia, completed 2010 retail
OTHER PROJECTS: Residential
Riess Residence, San Clemente
Dowad Residence, Bel Air
Sager Residence, Los Angeles
Stiller/ Tripplehorn Residence, Hollywood
Hausman/ Kimberley Dome Residence, Ojai
Hausman/ Kimberley Signal St. Residence, Ojai