Originally built in 1949, The Avalon Hotel first experienced the celebrated touch of Kelly Wearstler through her dramatic renovation of the building in 1999. Fast forward to just over 15 years later and the American designer has been brought back to re-imagine the hotel’s former restaurant Oliverio as Viviane – a discrete eatery serving authentic European and American cuisine crafted with unexpected twists by chef Michael Hung.
The restaurant’s eclectic array of materials and geometric patterns realised in neutral tones and aquamarine hues formulates an elegant dining affair amidst effortlessly casual surroundings. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on handcrafted tables with inlaid triangulated wood, as diners converse while seated upon Carlo de Carli’s modern-era chairs and settees or mid-century designer Dan Johnson’s brass and wood dining chairs.
Food is then followed by wine served from a lustrous marble bar situated at one end of the dining room. Vintage iron-forged bar stools are updated with deep blue leather sling seat cushions, taking pride of place for moments where evenings of socialising don’t have a sign of ending soon.
Classic cocktails can be savoured poolside for those opting to dine al fresco in trompe l’oeil cabanas vibrantly painted with Italian architect Gio Ponti-inspired frescoes. Each space is furnished with a patchwork of 50s style beechwood lounge chairs and Wearstler’s signature soufflé sofas, encouraging time to be slowly spent by visitors going with the relaxed Californian flow.
Photos Meghan Beierle