The city vista is what photographer Peter Vitale coveted most in Hayworth Tower, a 1931 art deco gem that he found while looking at hundreds of rentals in Los Angeles. He snagged the amazing lookout when the Hayworth’s top floor became available nearly two years ago and he was first to claim it. With the help of L.A. interior designer Tom Boland, Vitale mixed classical, baroque, and modern items that he’d amassed—some carefully collected, others pure impulse buys—to blend with the deco moldings and other period touches. Who says a must-have response to an antique carving or a museum-quality lamp—the one that put a huge dent in your credit card—won’t pay off over a lifetime?
Photographs by Joe Schmezler