This three bedroom, three bathroom penthouse apartment in the heart of West Hollywood boasts strikingly playful interiors and a show-stopping outdoor entertaining space that's spread over a two storey outdoor terrace.
Designed for Olympic Skier, Actor, and LGBTQ+ Activist, Gus Kenworthy (opens in new tab), it's been his modern home (opens in new tab) for several years. Now the two-time Olympian is selling it – it's currently for sale for £1.6 million through Compass (opens in new tab).
Kenworthy brought on interior designer Orlando Soria (opens in new tab) to help create a striking interior and outdoor living scheme. The apartment's renovation, which took nearly a year, included built-in window benches, bookcases, plasterwork and cornices, and wall panelling in the bedrooms, as well as the curation of quirky interior pieces. The result is an elegant space with playful furnishings and an eclectic art collection.
The apartment, dubbed the Sky Deck Sunset, is a dreamy modern home (opens in new tab) that's both chic and playful.
The entrance leads directly into this dining space, where playful elements like the Dirk Vander Kooij Chubby Chairs (opens in new tab) and the modern Park Studio light fixture (opens in new tab) set a youthful, fun and playful tone.
Just beyond the dining area is a step down into a quirky, open-plan white living room (opens in new tab).
A step down plus a heightened ceiling makes for a light, bright and spacious design, while the dining area's lowered ceiling makes it feel cosy.
The sleek, open fireplace you see now was once a dated, tiled fireplace which was disjointed from the rest of the room.
The Cloud chandelier from Apparatus Studios (opens in new tab) lends a light and playful touch, while also drawing attention to the change in ceiling height.
Hand-scraped roman plaster walls, new skirting, crown molding and grand new windows with electric roller shades all help to create a fresh and elegant scheme. The two Knoll chairs are from 1stDibs (opens in new tab).
But the real show-stopper here is the gallery wall (opens in new tab). Kenworthy is known for collecting art from the LGBTQ+ artist community, which designer Soria used as a starting point for piecing the gallery wall (opens in new tab) together.
There's an original Tom of Finland (opens in new tab) sketch, as well as several works by Andy Warhol, including drawings and a Polaroid of Dolly Parton. Soria's approach was all about figuring out where the pieces would work best, focussing on creating this large gallery wall (opens in new tab) while leaving room on other walls to breathe.
A small kitchen (opens in new tab) sits opposite the dining area, and is visible from the living room too. It might have a small kitchen layout (opens in new tab), but there was just enough space for a small kitchen island (opens in new tab) – essentially a butcher's block for chopping, plus two bar stools for informal in-kitchen seating.
The master bedroom (opens in new tab) on the top floor features a decadently dark bedroom (opens in new tab) scheme, creating a dramatic and alluring private space that feels very different from the rest of the light and elegant apartment.
The outdoor terrace is spread over two floors; a lower deck and an upper deck / roof terrace. This lower deck is apparently Kenworthy's favourite 'room' in the house, featuring a fire pit, al fresco dining area and a fully fitted outdoor kitchen (opens in new tab).
There are different areas to sit and relax, plus it's a covered space which makes this weatherproof and welcoming year-round.
To the right of the integrated outdoor kitchen (opens in new tab) is a staircase which leads up to the upper deck / roof terrace.
This roof terrace is said to be one of the finest in the whole city.
But originally this was an empty space. When Kenworthy bought the apartment, the estate agent told him that there was planning permission in place to create a roof terrace. Kenworthy had to climb up a ladder to see the space. The unobstructed views over Hollywood, L.A. and even beyond to the ocean blew Kenworthy away and ultimately sold this apartment to him.
It now features sun loungers for sun bathing, a bar table with bar chairs for sunset cocktails, and a lounge area at the back for socialising and relaxing.
The two levels of private outdoor space come to a generous 1,500 square feet of al-fresco space – unique for any apartment in this busy part of the city.
See the apartment in more detail on Compass.com (opens in new tab)
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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