Kelly Wearstler approached her design for the lobby of the Martin much as she did with her lighting collection: it's all about enhancing mother nature's work.
The lobby of The Martin.
Whether serving as a judge on Bravo’s Top Design, authoring best-selling books for Rizzoli, or crafting the interiors of a hot new hotel, Kelly Wearstler, well-known for her modifi ed Hollywood Regency style, has spent nearly two decades in the design spotlight.
And now this torchbearer for modern chic—and the designer of the common spaces in the Vegas condo complex The Martin—has a new lighting collection. “There is no trump to incredible natural light,” Wearstler says. “But manufactured lighting can provide highlights and add rich texture. When the two achieve a harmony, it allows the mood of a space to transition from day to night with a certain symmetry.”
The Kelly Wearstler Lighting Collection, now available in her online store and from Vegas’s LMS Design Group, was born of Wearstler’s passion for textured stones, mixed metals, cast glass, alabaster, marble, and organic forms and scales. “The collection includes any number of combinations and solutions for truly any space,” she says. “It’s a broad spectrum.”
At The Martin, Wearstler took a contemporary approach, with midcentury touches that harmonize with her lighting. “The materiality includes everything from mixed metals in blackened steel, brass, and bronze to mohair and leather upholstery,” she notes. “Graphic marble-pattern fl oors and cerused woods add rich texture and depth alongside commissioned paintings by Chris DiVincente and Gilad Ben-Artzi. The vibe is about mixology, alluding to history in a way that feels new and distinctive.”
Wearstler is particularly focused on creating lighting products that work together in myriad combinations. “The pieces carry a cohesive voice and complement one another in different ways,” she says. “Some are statement pieces, and others possess a more innocuous, quiet point of view.” The designs are sculptural, but producing exceptionally beautiful light remains a priority for Wearstler. “Our impetus was to employ silhouettes that embody the most elegant lighting combinations,” she explains.
In the collection, look to the Zephyr line for fluted glass and rich metal, Melange for alabaster pieces crafted like jewelry, Precision for perforated metal that diffuses and refl ects light, and Utopia for an interpretation of California’s coastal landscape, while Strada is inspired by kaleidoscopes and shadows, and Cubist refl ects her appreciation for Alexander Calder’s mobiles.
For design mavens who think of Wearstler mainly for furniture and soft goods, her views on lighting may force you to reconsider. “There is nothing sexier than the right lighting,” she says. “Design is storytelling. It’s elevating the everyday to [the level] of art. And for me, it’s sort of falling in love over and over again.”