With interiors designed by Roman & Williams, the Freehand hotel evokes a casual, bohemian aesthetic and sense of place that's 100% Californian.
Housed in the historic Commercial Exchange building in downtown Los Angeles, the common spaces are anything but fussy. The hotel group and design firm worked with local manufacturers and artisans to create custom furniture and source vintage decorative elements.
Beyond the lobby/bar is The Exchange restaurant outfitted with communal tables, surrounded with plants, all bathed in natural light. A collaboration between Bar Lab (known for 27 Restaurant at Freehand Miami) and Angeleno chef Alex Chang (best known locally for his Paladar dinner series), the menu explores the "multi-cultural flavors of urban LA through an Israeli lens".
We love the nod to hideaways in the hills, bungalows, and beach homes in Silverlake, Venice, Big Sur or Sea Ranch that channel American craftsman and nostalgia. Well done, Freehand & Sydell Group.