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- Photos by Elizabeth Daniels
- What you see when you walk into the VIP lounge, located in Suite 1219 on the 12th floor.
- Bathroom one.
- Another view of the living room. Vienna-based designer created the sofa, aptly titled, "Let them sit cake."
- Knibb applied his signature style for re-imagining everyday materials to the space, which he designed with a "grown up and chic" aesthetic in mind. For the living room, he bundled plushes together and transformed them into alternative seating.
- Yep, that's Hello Kitty toilet paper lining the walls of this hangout corner.
- The wallpaper was custom-made by artist and photographer Kevin Hanley, who also shot the portraits of all-girl pop band Nylon Pink.
- "If I had to choose what makes me smile the most, it's probably the [plush] clouds," Knibb tells us.
- In addition to the whimsical clouds, Knibb also created that bedspread made from stuffed Hello Kitty toys.
- A closer look at those dreamy Hello Kitty clouds.
- If Hello Kitty was a 40-year-old jetsetting Angeleno, this is what her wardrobe might look like, Knibb says of the inspiration behind the closet scene he created. Shoe designer Sarah Johnson created one-of-a-kind Hello Kitty-inspired heels, which are on d
- The tub in the master bathroom.
- Hello Kitty Band-Aids add a pop of color to the wall in the master bathroom.
- That view!!
- In the bookable themed rooms, each space will be stocked with tons of Hello Kitty products—from bath soaps, bathrobes, bandaids, tech accessories, plush toys, and much more—all free for guests to take home.
- Guests who book the Hello Kitty Sweet Stay and Super Sweet Stay packages score all of this swag and more.
- Yep, all the Hello Kitty merch in the bathroom is free for the taking—including the rug and bath curtain.
- Down in the Lobby, Poketo's shop is also filled with Hello Kitty merch to commemorate the convention.
If you couldn't get enough of Hello Kitty's super-cute retrospective exhibition, Koreatown's The Line Hotel offers the ultimate opportunity to live in the animated non-cat's adorable world. As mentioned, the stylish Koreatown staycation spot gave a few of its rooms a serious Sanrio makeover, which includes a stylish VIP lounge decked out by LA landscape architect Sean Knibb (he also dreamed up the hotel's sleek interiors)—and we scored an exclusive sneak peek inside.
The 40-years-young character's LA takeover (have you scored all those Hungry Hunt pins yet?) culminates with the Hello Kitty Convention, which kicks off at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary tomorrow. Sadly, the hotel's Hello Kitty room packages are completely sold out, but the VIP suite will be open for tours to convention attendees. Below, explore the official hotel sponsor's incredibly cool space—complete with sweet cake couch by Vienna-based artist Dejana Kabiljo—which could possibly be open for reservations soon. (Cross your fingers!)
The Hello Kitty x Knibb Design Suite is open hotel guests and Hello Kitty Con attendees from 11am to 1pm and 3pm to 5pm on Thursday, October 30th and Friday October 31st, and from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, November 1st.
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