L’Chic Design

West Hollywood design firm brings unparalleled innovation in commercial and residential design to the South Bay

[cs_dropcap column_size=”1/1″ dropcap_style=”box” dropcap_size=”0″ dropcap_color=”#fff” dropcap_bg_color=”#d7df21″]Post design school, Paul L’Esperance landed his first professional job for the legendary Hearst family, whose attention he had captured. When the co-founder of L’Esperance Design in West Hollywood was tasked with restoring the famous Hearst Ranch on the Central Coast of California, the design world knew to expect great things.[/cs_dropcap]

After the restoration of Hearst Ranch, L’Esperance worked on one iconic project after another: the Leland Stanford Mansion in Sacramento, the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, and the famous (and infamous) Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, to name a few.

Since the start, L’Esperance and his business partner in L’Esperance Design, Daelan Cory, have accrued an endless list of high-profile clients, including Gregg Fiene, founder of fashion brand XOXO. It was the design of Fiene’s Manhattan Beach home that first connected L’Esperance and Cory to the South Bay. Due to their proficiency in elevated design, the dynamic design team continues to cultivate thriving relationships in the South Bay, including those with well-known architects like Doug Leach, Louie Tomaro, and Michael Lee; as well as acclaimed contractors such as Zivec-Corbett,  Ken Johnson, and Kassabian Builders, and more.

Mid-century Modern home, Manhattan Beach

“Often,” shares Cory, “the colleagues we work with look to us to help them brand their look or style.” But aesthetics vary. “We’re not known for a certain design category or style; we approach each project with the intention to create something completely unique and custom for that particular client,” explains L’Esperance. 

L’Esperance Design offers an extensive list of design services, and the team is recognized for its expert custom designs, everything from screen-printed wallpaper, as seen in Beverly Hills’ Greystone Mansion, to textiles, carpet, and furniture. “For Greystone, we reimagined intricate antique wood and leather furniture pieces by finishing them in chrome to heighten the wow factor for each room,” shares L’Esperance. Greystone’s amplified screen-printed fabric wallcoverings are another great example of how the team uses oversized items in a space to beguile the viewer. “We like to add something dramatic to every space; it’s what personalizes each individual room,” continues Cory.

Villa Aurora Pacific Palisades Commercial design

Equally known for their commercial work, the duo just completed the new Italian restaurant Radici in Hermosa Beach. The luxe space blends modern beach-chic style in a flora and fauna palette amid a backdrop of incredibly realistic wallpaper, screen-printed on silver mylar of an Italian village.

While scrolling through a list of a dozen or so current projects around Manhattan Beach, the grand reopening of a Beverly Hills institution that L’Esperance Deisgn is co-designing whets one’s appetite. “This trend-setting restaurant is filled with outstanding design, and an elaborate use of rose gold,” which L’Esperance predicts as the metal de jour, moving from mere trend to design imperative.

Mid-century Modern kitchen, Manhattan Beach

“Black interiors as relief from all the white are on the rise,” explains L’Esperance of another trend (“we’re even doing hardware in matte black, which is just outstanding,” he says), along with monochromatic 3D tiles, modern mixed with antiques, and Neolith in lieu of marble.

With a differentiating list of specialty services, from artistic lighting and digital projection to art and artifact consultation, this innovative design firm is attuned to what’s now and what’s next. “Our partnership is cohesive; I love to design organically, by hand, and Daelen is an expert with innovative technology, that it all just works,” shares L’Esperance. “Clients, developers, and contractors alike love to work with us because we like to do ‘different,’ we like to expand. Its always a fun adventure and, at the end of the day, we want the process of design and build to be fun for the client, because if it’s not, what’s the point?”

L’Esperance Design has received multiple design awards for its work, including recognition from the California Heritage Council, the California Preservation Foundation, and the Governor’s Historic Preservation award from Governor Schwarzenegger. With expertise in  innovative and forward-thinking design, one looks forward to being dazzled by what the firm will show next. lesperancedesign.com

Written by Joclene Davey  |  Photography Courtesy of Marc Cartwright
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