Malibu: Come for the White Sand, Stay for the Wenge Wood

malibu beach.jpg Today marks the re-opening of the Malibu Beach Inn, which we think is the perfect spot for Alissa to unwind after her stellar AIGA conference coverage.

Purchased by David Geffen in 2005 for $29 million (that’s a little over $617,000 per room), the Carbon Beach-front property was redesigned by architect and interior designer Steve Pribyl, founder of Culver City-based dbaArchitects, who also worked on Geffen’s corporate offices.

Pribyl and his team added a porte cochere and remodeled the entire structure, which included the addition of a kitchen and dining area. All of the cozy, beachy guest rooms have ocean views, 32-inch plasma TVs, and wenge wood furnishings. Most of them also include fireplaces (in case you’re not a fan of exotic wood). The hotel also showcases its collection of artwork by Glenn Ness, who is known for his Hopperesque photorealism.

We’re working on getting details about the project from Pribyl. In the meantime, we offer an excellent photo (above right) from the hotel’s website. Slugged “Malibu Beach Inn Meetings & Events,” the image gives the impression that guests can hold their meetings right on the beach, without the bother of PowerPoint presentations, flipcharts, or papers of any kind, all of which have the pesky tendency to blow into the surf. Perhaps a nod to that ubiquitous Jack Vettriano canvas?