Hammer Museum’s New L.A. Restaurant Serves Up Some Serious Style
With a $180 million renovation well underway, it’s no surprise that the Los Angeles–based Hammer Museum at UCLA would add a glittery new restaurant to its offerings. Audrey at the Hammer feels like a natural extension of the museum, thanks to renowned architect Michael Maltzan, the man also responsible for the museum’s upgraded new look, which includes an additional 40,000 square feet of space. Maltzan’s deep L.A. roots and work within the urban sector made him a shoo-in for the project.
Named after Hammer board member Audrey Irmas, Audrey’s mid-century modern aesthetic created by Tom Parker of Fettle Interior Design Studio is the perfect complement to the museum’s bright-white, MOMA-esque look. The 115-seat eatery’s indoor-outdoor flow—achieved by a bi-folding window that opens into the courtyard—make it feel very L.A. But Parker’s real genius lies in the expansive 30-foot-long bar he devised to evoke a connected and cohesive feel.
Parker, who’s known for his work balancing design and function within the hospitality industry, handpicked the upholstery and furnishings to add a touch of softness to the space. On the inside, curved banquettes create a textural contrast with a mix of mohair and leather. But it’s the orange-velvet Gubi Beetle Chairs that add the fun factor, inviting guests to come, dine and play for a while. The standout outside? The set of Chinese elm trees enveloped by olive-green cushioned banquettes.
Cuban-American artist Jorge Pardo’s tile installation and suspended lantern set prove that it’s all in the details. It’s clear that the lighting, which was originally commissioned by the Hammer for a gala back in 2011, has found a suitable new home at Audrey.
Impeccable restaurant design needs an equally impeccable menu, and Audrey, the brainchild of New York City–pedigreed restaurateur Soa Davis Forrest (of Le Bernardin fame) and chef Lisa Giffen (from the acclaimed Daniel, Blue Hill, Maison Premiere and Sauvage Foodies), doesn’t disappoint.
Book your table at Audrey—and get ready to dine in style—visit audreyatthehammer.com.