EDGY HOME DÉCOR AT L'ESPERANCE DESIGN
BY ALEXANDRIA ABRAMIAN
“Historically futuristic” is how design duo Paul L’Esperance and Daelen Cory describe their out-of-the-box approach to decorating highly dramatic spaces. Together, the two are the founders of L'Esperance Design, an LA-based interiors firm whose projects range from the staunchly traditional to the completely mind-bending. “ A lot of our work is like doing set design,” says L’Esperance. “It’s almost like Alice in Wonderland in an odd way.” And much of that big-vision design work is on view inside their decidedly petite, appointment-only Robertson Boulevard showroom.
Perhaps no other collection captures their out-there opulence better than their massive, macho, highly sculptural animal chairs. Made by artist Máximo Riera, the jet-black pieces are created with computer modeling and mechanized sculpting tools.
Even more in demand are their digital textile prints. The duo commissions photographs inside villas, castles, and the like, and then prints those interiors—think ornate plasterwork, Gothic wood ceilings—onto fabric. “This allows us to instantaneously share luxurious locations from around the world with our clients,” says Cory, who is currently upholstering the walls of a Bel-Air home with digital images from an Italian villa.
That nexus between real and imaginary is an obsession for the two. Using what they call architectural projection mapping, they create 3-D motion graphics for a variety of spaces. Designed to interact with a client’s art collection or simply his or her sense of whimsy, recent projects include a vine that “grows” on a coffered ceiling. “Design is all about creating a sense of emotion in an environment,” says Cory. “We’re focused on taking that concept to an entirely new level.” L’Esperance Design, 505 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-385-9400