Benjamin was very excited when Morgans Hotel Group approached him about updating the Mondrian LA hotel. With already having Mondrian Scottsdale under his belt, he was confidant that he could not only add to the different aspects of Philippe Starck's original vision but to also combine it with his own style of design
Inspired by Starck's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass theme, Benjamin wanted to play with reality versus fantasy. The lobby with its white and orange hues of the day transitions into the night with blues and purples leading up to Asia de Cuba and the Skybar.
The idea of furniture upholstered in various textures and structurally designed to be very playful, allows interaction between the guests and the hotel beyond just a place to sleep for the night. Stools with paws, a swing in the lobby, and a mushroom shaped concierge's desk are several of Benjamin's hints that you are on the road to fantasy. Observing that Starck had used interior materials for the outdoor Skybar, Benjamin thought of doing the opposite. Several furniture pieces throughout the hotel were covered in fabric made for the outdoors.
Glamour was not sacrificed in the brainstorming process. Gold leaf vines run along the ceiling of the lobby's lounge, following the curves of the orange banquet that was based on Gaudi's Park Guell bench in Barcelona. Magnificent mirrors in the guest rooms transform into television screens, catering to those who want to see themselves on TV. The curves on many of the custom furniture are inspired by the hills and valleys that surround Los Angele, some pieces outlined in black to emphasize their sensual silhouettes.