La Casa del Camino opens surf-and-skate suites in Laguna Beach


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Former pro skateboarder Pierre Andrés Senizergues, founder of the footwear and apparel company Etnies, is designing more than sneakers these days. Senizergues, whose Newport Beach pad was featured as one of our Homes of The Times last year, has teamed with action sports firms and designers to redecorate 10 suites at La Casa del Camino, a Laguna Beach hotel. The project was spearheaded by Riviera Magazine. Among other participants is Los Angeles architect Barbara Bestor, who designed the striped 1960s Mod-accessorized room, above right.

‘Our vision takes you out of the water and onto the street,’ says Sernizergues, who collaborated with interior designer Eve Lowey of Studio Chameleon. ‘We incorporated materials, shapes and concepts inspired by a skateboarder’s daily life and blended them with green elements.’


Indeed, Room 207, above left, features a wall shadowbox filled with salvaged skateboard wheels and a headboard made from scraps of shoe fabric.

The bathroom includes a cast concrete Pool sink, right. Senizergues says the inspiration comes from the first Orange County kidney-shaped pool built specifically for skating instead of swimming. The sink was a custom design incorporating fly ash (an incinerator waste product) instead of Portland cement; it also uses a water-based sealant and beeswax finish. It was produced by Hart Concrete Design in Costa Mesa.

The rooms will be available for occupancy starting Nov. 5. Current nightly rates are $269 to $369. A portion of proceeds will go to charities chosen by the participating surf and skate fashion houses.

Check into some of the other rooms after the jump.

Above: Angela Marie O’Donnell created the Quiksilver room in a rustic modern style that includes wooden floors and ceiling, a massive headboard and hanging industrial lights. Given the back-to-nature vibe, I’m hoping that the throw is faux.
Above: Christine Hallen-Berg went Moorish for the Lost Room, which includes a striking black and white bathroom. By contrast, designers Michael Soriano and Lindsay Orne (working for Billabong) added a peek-a-boo window in the shower, which is concealed behind a water-colored mosaic wall decorated with a surfboard.

Above: The Rip Curl Room by Debbie Nassetta of Roomscapes features an oceanic headboard with a ripple-sculptured panel created by CPS Garten in Irvine using medium-density-fiberboard. The blue acrylic panels, backlighted with LEDs, are made of 3form Chroma.

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credits: Kelly Fajack