Monday Design Daydream: Bungalow One at Fairmont Miramar

In L.A.'s beachy Santa Monica neighborhood, designer Michael Berman brings a storied hotel up to date with a midcentury-modern design upgrade

One of three guest rooms in the Michael Berman-designed Bungalow One at Los Angeles's historic Fairmont Miramar Hotel.
One of three guest rooms in the Michael Berman-designed Bungalow One at Los Angeles's historic Fairmont Miramar Hotel.

What I love about this room is just that it's so dreamlike," says interior designer Michael Berman of the suite he has conceived at Los Angeles's storied Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. To approach the low-slung, turquoise-painted facade flanked with verdant topiaries is to forget you're mere blocks from bustling downtown Santa Monica. A favorite home-away-from-home for celebrities escaping house renovations and style-conscious CEOs on extended business visits, the three-bedroom, three-bath Bungalow One exists as a breezy series of beautifully designed spaces that feel at once beachy, rustic, and midcentury-cool. What better than a poolside fantasy to inspire our Monday Design Daydreaming?

In the living room, french doors open to a 1,000 square foot private patio.
In the living room, french doors open to a 1,000 square foot private patio.

"I call it surf modern," says Berman of the design concept. Foundation pieces from Bronze Studio, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and Taracea live alongside lush fabrics from the likes of Stacy Garcia and Kravet. In a palette ruled by blue, warm neutrals, and crisp white, Berman added interest with texture and shape. From a tufted sofa that curves around a wood-slab coffee table to the Berman-designed driftwood-style bed thrown with lush velvet pillows, marine-cum-midcentury accents are at every turn. The crowning glory of the space, however, may be its 1,000-square-foot private patio, which is stocked with sleek teak dining furniture by Restoration Hardware, handsome copper sconces, and a seemingly miles-long banquette upholstered in soothing blue Sunbrella fabric. 

The private patio, with its crisp teak furniture and upholstered banquette, is a stone's throw from the hotel's lavish pool area.
The private patio, with its crisp teak furniture and upholstered banquette, is a stone's throw from the hotel's lavish pool area.
The spa-like master bathroom. 
The spa-like master bathroom. 

The bathroom is designed as an open plan, accentuated by a marble mosaic wall and driftwood-inspired flooring. It sits off the master bedroom and gets its privacy from a switch-activated, dimmable glass wall. In a mod—and undeniably inviting—touch, an oversize round Lacava tub sits at the center of the room.

On the sprawling grounds of a towering hotel that was once a favorite destination of screen stars Greta Garbo and Marilyn Monroe, the revamp of Bungalow One serves as a "refresh" button, breathing new life into the historic property. With a design that nods to the glamour of the hotel's early days—lush velvet drapery, deep soaking tubs—and introduces the style-mixing so prevalent of today—midcentury lines, rustic accents, and Scandinavian shapes—the space is a perfect representation of Fairmont's past, and, we can only hope, its future. 

The facade of the bungalow, painted a cheery turquoise, is at once welcoming and serenely chic.
The facade of the bungalow, painted a cheery turquoise, is at once welcoming and serenely chic.

I'm the former Style Editor at Lonny.
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