Basel, Switzerland 

Twin dreamboats Simon and Nikolai Haas are presently showing work as part of Art Basel — that global art free-for-all at the nexus of Europe’s contemporary arts scene. The Haas Bros have been working steadily out of their Downtown LA studio since 2010, just a stone’s throw from our spot, making some of the most endearing stuff we’ve ever set eyes on — so much so that we had them prominently tag up the walls here.
They gave us a private peak at Art Basel show last week, and were kind enough to let us share their “Advocates For the Sexual Outsider” — the show’s liberation manifesto of sorts.
Congrats, boys.

Basel, Switzerland 

Twin dreamboats Simon and Nikolai Haas are presently showing work as part of Art Basel — that global art free-for-all at the nexus of Europe’s contemporary arts scene. The Haas Bros have been working steadily out of their Downtown LA studio since 2010, just a stone’s throw from our spot, making some of the most endearing stuff we’ve ever set eyes on — so much so that we had them prominently tag up the walls here.

They gave us a private peak at Art Basel show last week, and were kind enough to let us share their “Advocates For the Sexual Outsider” — the show’s liberation manifesto of sorts.

Congrats, boys.


London, United Kingdom

Now warming our lobby wall in Ace Hotel London Shoreditch, the meticulous artist craftsmen at Dovecot Studios have custom-woven us a stately tapestry — its eight distinct panels fashioned from an array of materials, including wool, cotton, linen, camel, and mohair.

Founded in Edinburgh in 1912, Dovecot built its reputation as a leading contemporary fine art tapestry studio — collaborating over the years on works with Cecil Beaton, Peter Blake, Graham Sutherland, Peter Saville, David Hockney, and Frank Stella.

True to Dovecot’s century-old philosophy, the large-scale commission began as a hands-on dialog between Ace and Master Weaver Naomi Robertson — a series of conversations that lead us to a unique gestation process. Initially taking cues from the principles of Bauhaus and the textile work of Anni Albers, we set out to honor the art and aesthetics inherent in the weaving process — incorporating a number of specialized, experimental and traditional weaving techniques to celebrate these inner-workings as the objet d’art in and of itself.

The project also served as a christening of sorts for Dovecot’s new loom, with both it and their tried-and-true apparatus working in tandem with each other to develop our pieces. Along the way, action weaver Travis Meinolf added his own bits alongside: fabric off-cuts, hotel documents and even locks of hair. 

Unusually, the suite was installed to reveal what is normally hidden — the reverse of the weavings — giving a unique insight into what lies behind the process. 

Details from a photograph by Andrew Meredith.


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Downtown Los Angeles

Simon and Lukas. The Haas Brothers. These true LA darlings and dear, new friends evidently didn’t get enough of us while outfitting LA Chapter and our mezzanine bar with smart pencil drawings of deeply-plumbed references to LA’s social history. Here’s some evidence of their enduring and inspirational presence. If you see them, say hello.


Downtown Los Angeles
In a recess of the rooftop lounge at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles that once served as a transmitter tower for late-night devotional radio broadcasts, we now find this candelabra, brass-lined and gleaming by night over cocktailers and their companions.
Lux perpetua luceat eis.

Downtown Los Angeles

In a recess of the rooftop lounge at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles that once served as a transmitter tower for late-night devotional radio broadcasts, we now find this candelabra, brass-lined and gleaming by night over cocktailers and their companions.

Lux perpetua luceat eis.


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With a nod to his Los Angeles-inspired Sky Backdrop series, indigenous artist Alex Israel outrigged our building-adjacent billboard with something that mimes the magic-hour cityscape and gilds our hearth. Central to the piece is an inset of the logo for the LA Dance Project, an intimate working partner of Israel’s. The LA Dance Project bring their magic to the Theater at Ace Hotel with shows on the 20, 21 and 22 of this month.


Photo by Lauren Coleman


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Downtown Los Angeles

Kevin Willis is a journeyman. He’s an admirer of the ‘camp’ in antiquity and seems always to extract the eerie, underlying purpose from a thing where others see only pulp. Kevin is also a closely-kept member of our family and a contributor to Ace culture in ways that outmeasure just his physical work for us.

In the lobby at the Theater at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles resides his Cathedral of Our Ladyfingers. She’s something of a sentry at the mouth of the Gothic grandeur that lies just beyond, taking IDs, looking like Mother Superior clipped from the celluloid of a Buñuel film. Her making was entirely in the clay-caked hands and mind of Kevin, but the inspiration was divine.


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Downtown Los Angeles
"Look, but don’t touch" — a universal directive aimed at both young and old, the phrase has the power to reduce curious souls and fledgling gallery-goers to puddles of anxiety when in the presence of fine art. Fabric artist, furniture maker and Los Angeles resident Tanya Aguiñiga, however, is having none of it.

To help tame rising decibels deflecting along the stone-heavy length of the rooftop bar at capacity, Tanya and her crew recently installed a 40-foot tapestry of composite fiber. In its full expanse, the installation folds in on itself non-directionally amidst braids of macramé shapes, descending downward with the weight of their knots, a play of fuzzy asymmetry that naturally absorbs the compounding frequencies of voices thickening as the night arcs toward its peak.

Downstairs, another one of Tanya’s creations is allowed a freer existence. Wild swirls of dun sheep wool climbs the hall behind the front desk, spreading out and ceasing unpredictably like ivy reaching for light — a pleasing sight made even more so when we discover that the animal from which the wool was sheared bears the charming name of Mary.

Many artists struggle with function’s push against the seductive pull of form. Tanya’s work is wholly other, eradicating the boundaries altogether in the simple and enthusiastic pursuit of the new, dismissing the old rules of polite appreciation in the process. Go ahead, it’s okay to touch it. Tanya said so.

Both works will be dedicated by the Public Works Improvements Arts Program of the City of Los Angeles.


London, United Kingdom, Room 427
London artist Rob Lowe’s deft electrical tape mural, improvised on the spot using a secret set of rules he’s developed over the years.
We met Rob (aka Supermundane) via Kemistry Gallery, right down the street from us in Shoreditch. Their upcoming Exhibition of Type and Textuality opens February 3.

London, United Kingdom, Room 427

London artist Rob Lowe’s deft electrical tape mural, improvised on the spot using a secret set of rules he’s developed over the years.

We met Rob (aka Supermundane) via Kemistry Gallery, right down the street from us in Shoreditch. Their upcoming Exhibition of Type and Textuality opens February 3.


London Shoreditch, United Kingdom

Photo and collage by multi-talent Anthony Gerace.

Anthony created large-scale collages for Ace London’s guest rooms this fall. Currently he’s finishing his collage series There Must Be More to Life Than This and embarking on new photo projects we can’t wait to see, including a survey of classic cinemas in London and a look at Box Elder County Utah.


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Daniel Speightartist and art installer at Ace London, lives on a boat in the canals of the city, where it’s legal to tether in one spot for up to two weeks and then, like an urban nomad, move onwards. He gathers supplies along the way, living in the fluid, shifting intersection between the natural and industrial worlds and watching as they change through the seasons. This life has allowed him a unique point of view on a vibrant and vital urban hub, watched from a distance — a perspective best seen in his elaborate illustrations of London’s buildings and homes, screen printed onto the fore-edges of old books. He’s a nimble storyteller, unbound to one medium or method. London Foxes, printed in full below, is his personal account of London canal life. 

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