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How an L.A. Hotel is Making Bare Concrete Walls Look Cool

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While the outlandishly bold designers behind hotel interiors are far from afraid of making unexpected decor choices—think hipster-filled photo booths, science fiction chambers, and even faux-slum chic—totally bare, unadorned concrete walls usually don't see much play outside the downtrodden, one-star motels of the world. Still the Line Hotel—a trendy new hotel built up out of the shell of a 1960s Hyatt in Los Angeles—just might be breaking the mold here.

Despite the hotel's upscale clientele and, uh, not-so-one-star cost, both hotel impresario Andrew Zobler and head designer Sean Knibb wanted the place to look as DIY grunge as possible—relying on wallpaper created as an exact replica of the stripped concrete underneath (seems like there's an easier way, but all right) and what look like laundry detergent jugs made from porcelain. "We started with the concept of repurpose," says the L.A.-based Knibb. "Use as much of the existing structure as possible, and take materials that would not usually be considered luxurious and elevate them through substitution." Each of the 388 rooms also make room for a rather ingenious combination bed-and-desk unit, seating upholstered in eye-catching vintage serape print, and—of course—very hip, ultra-minimalist art on the walls. Find a few more shots of the glam-grunge spot below, then head over to Remodelista for the full story.

· Concrete Chic: The Line Hotel in LA's Koreatown [Remodelista]
· All hotels coverage [Curbed National]