The Stunningly Designed Wyman Bar Opens at LA’s NeueHouse Bradbury
In certain rarefied circles, being cut off from proper schmoozing opportunities is nearly akin to being deprived of oxygen itself – so this ongoing pandemic has proven significantly socially dizzying and disorienting at times. Of course, a lot of said schmoozing was being done at NeueHouse, the private club / workspace which had pretty much been the beating heart of mediarati social life since debuting in New York City in 2013, and afterwards adding locations in Hollywood and Bradbury, Downtown LA.
What timing, what luck – Bradbury happened to throw open its doors a few weeks before the entire planet went into lockdown last March. And with Los Angeles getting hit particularly hard by the second wave of COVID, it was certainly rough going for awhile there. But this week it optimistically opens what is sure to become Downtown’s great new social galvanizer, in the form of the strikingly designed Wyman Bar.
Working within the iconic space (the 1893 Bradbury Building, designed by George Wyman, is Downtown’s oldest landmarked structure), Toronto’s pithily named DesignAgency took the lead, and they perfectly captured the essence of NeueHouse, which is all about eschewing formalities for a sense of cool, casual, living room chic. To wit, a plush blue L-shaped sofa by Spanish design star Patricia Urquiola is prominently positioned, and just perfect for a spontaneous party. Just across the way, an Italian marble bar is surrounded by bold red, high top ‘Bonnet’ stools by Swedish designers Broberg & Ridderstråle, and dangling just above are a trio of globe pendant lamps by the UK’s Lee Broom, giving it all a distinctly international flair.
For proper cultural frisson, there’s a well-curated selection of art, architecture, etc. books by TASCHEN, and every Wednesday brings the Wyman Music Series. And specifically referencing the location, currently on view is Chapter Three: Blade Runner, a rare collection of 32 images from the set of the iconic sci-fi classic – shot in Downtown LA – taken by late photographer Stephen Vaughn.
Of course, the Wyman will be a working space as much as a partying space (ah, 2021…), so daytime will bring what they’re referring to as “creative recharges,” including chlorophyll water, kombuchas, and something called ground beet lattes, which, who knows, might just end up being a whole new trend.
“This storied building really resonates with our creative and cultured community,” enthuses Neuehouse CEO Josh Wyatt. “Respecting the heritage, emotion, and geography of this LA icon, as well as its architectural and filmic history, we imagined The Wyman as a destination which could reflect its incredible story.”