Inside Soulmate, a stylish new restaurant in Los Angeles by Sean Leffers



“I wanted it to look like a beautiful space which is very high quality design, but which welcomes everyone and feels exclusive”, explains the designer. Sean leffers of his new restaurant in Los Angeles, Soul mate. “It’s a chic and fun place to be, but also a cozy and welcoming dining place.”

Leffers also sought to incorporate an “organic living element that gave the space soul” – and he literally did so by placing an old olive tree in the center of the restaurant’s courtyard. The designer calls this area “the soul of space,” and reveals that it was originally planned to remove the tree during the design process, but Leffers stuck it out because it values ​​the natural elements. and wanted Soulmate to be “all about hanging under a tree.”

The courtyard also features white concrete floors and black Mexican beach pebbles, which were made as a tribute to the Enoura Observatory in Odawara, Japan, designed by contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto.

The courtyard of Soulmate, which has an old olive tree.

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When creating Soulmate, Leffers drew inspiration from a multitude of places, including California, Japan, Latin America, Madrid and Barcelona. It’s no wonder, then, that the interiors feature an eclectic mix of furnishings and decor. A few notable pieces include: a chandelier by Davide Groppi in the entrance, bar stools by Martell woodwork with padding by Mokum, a DJ booth personalized by Bayly Art, decorative cushions by McLaurin clay workshop and Kravet, chairs woven by Palecek with padding Maharam and Bastideaux Artisan Textiles, and a wall covering of Kufri.

The outdoor area of ​​the restaurant is covered by a translucent retractable roof, which can be opened “to let in the sun and fresh air”.

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An interior shot of Soulmate.

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Plus, Soulmate’s artwork is an impressive feat in itself, with a collection being made for years. “There is an oil painting on canvas thirty feet long and seven feet high by Santiago Quesnel, which is the first work I commissioned as soon as we started this project,” says Leffers. Beautiful House. He invited the artist to travel from Buenos Aires, Argentina to California, providing him with a map of his favorite places in California and hiring the artist for a road trip and sketching each of the places. “After that trip he came back to Los Angeles and started working on the piece over the summer and created this abstract landscape of California,” says Leffers.

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Sean Leffers in Soulmate.

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Other notable works of art in the restaurant include a work by Yann Gerstenberger – which Leffers found at Art Basel a few years ago – as well as a vast yin and yang landscape of Los Angeles by Greg Ito, a work in neon sign of contemporary Bogota. artist Andriana Martinez – which reads “todo lo que brilla es información”, which means “all that glitters is information” – and finally, a series of black and white photos of LA residents, by Martin Salgo. “I love them because Martin has this way of getting the real intimate moments with people who show the real part of who they are,” says Leffers.

Better yet, Soulmate will be installing new artwork throughout the year, with Leffers adding that he is “particularly eager to show the work of emerging artists from Los Angeles.”

Interested in making a reservation at Soulmate? You can do this via the restaurant website here.

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