Two of the most happening and stylish cities have to be Los Angeles and New York. Both are constant sources of cultural inspiration, from food and music to art and architecture.
The west coast hub endorses easy breezy, outdoor living. California isn’t called the Golden State for nothing with its crystal coast lines, gleaming deserts and rolling hills. Much of life is spent alfresco, enjoying the great outdoors. Nowhere is this way of life clearer than when examining the Los Angeles skyline. With the exception of downtown and a few other lonely high rises, the city is relatively flat when it comes to architecture.
Perhaps stuck in the golden age of 60s and 70s Hollywood glamour, retro condos and bungalows are dotted all over – as are sprawling mansions in the hills. While miles apart in terms of grandeur, they have one thing in common – bringing the outside in. The fact that buildings are largely low rise and don’t cut off surrounding views, suggests a real appreciation of nature, whether intentional or not!
The east coast metropolis, on the other hand, favours a much faster, hectic approach to life. “In a New York minute” is used to refer to urgency for a reason! The city’s skyline is rife with high-rise buildings, showcasing gothic revival and art deco at its best.
While New York generally leans toward modern architecture and design with its famed warehouse apartments, Brooklyn brownstones offer a glimpse into the past with their elegant mouldings, bay windows and period accents.
As both cities have so much to offer, why not combine the two to create an aesthetic where east meets west?
This style is all about embracing the industrial aspect of New York loft apartments and combining it with laid-back, west coast vibes. Think lots of brick, wood and metal paired with eclectic patterns and bold textures.
The key to achieving this aesthetic is pairing traditional, period features with midcentury icons. Sputnik chandeliers and tapered-leg furniture are a clear nod to the retro era. Pair with antique wall art and a leather chesterfield to create the bicoastal look.
There are endless influences to draw on from both cities. Pick what you like most and mix and match to your heart’s desire. Or pick other locations for inspiration. How about London and Paris? Food for thought!