Lunya sleepwear has a mission: empowering women in their professional and personal lives. One of the ways these feelings are ushered in is by welcoming customers to their brick-and-mortar locations, or “Bedrooms.” The intention of these spaces: to inspire the soul. This month, joining Lunya’s New York and Atlanta locations is a Los Angeles Bedroom at 8407 Melrose Place, which is already being touted as an otherworldly experience.
When Ashley Merrill created the fashion brand, she veered away from traditional pajamas. “Finding the intersection of comfort and confidence became the opportunity,” she says, “the problem to solve.” Thus, Lunya’s pima rompers, silk sleep sets, and slip dresses seamlessly make the transition from the bedroom to conference calls. And not just any shopping experience would do, something transformative unto itself would be required. Enter Lunya’s Bedrooms — spaces that awaken the senses.
When observing the Melrose Bedroom as a blank canvas, Merrill saw the need for a handrail. A utilitarian fix wasn’t the right approach. Her first call was to designer Rachel Shillander of Lland. “I’ve always been a fan of her aesthetic,” Merrill says. “She has a really unique and interesting perspective with a background in architecture and as a maker showing up in her design style.”
Upon seeing the space, Shillander’s love for the eclectic architecture of Bruce Goff came into play, especially the carpeted bowls of his Bavinger House. Struck by inspiration, Schillander’s idea for a handrail evolved into a carpeted bed pit. “That snowballed and the store’s entire design evolved from there,” she says.
The bedroom’s existing architectural features, including a skylight akin to a spaceship, sent Shillander’s mind to the film Barbarella with its 70s architectural aesthetic. Chrome touches brought in this sense of sexadellic.
Key to Shillander’s vision, as well, was the neighboring 1921-built Schindler House, designed by architect Rudolph Shindler. “With its organic modernism design and elements of concrete and wood, the Schindler House was very influential.” A tip of the hat to this California Modernism – Lunya’s wood walls. Capturing Merrill’s trailblazing personality was vital to the project.
So what will visitors encounter in the Melrose Bedroom beyond Barbarella, Schindler, Goff, and Merrill? Elements that are pure Shillander. Like her whimsical furniture that’s free form, natural, and, yes, disco. In the works, a bench with disco tile that will sparkle at sunset as light streams through a south-facing window and a “Flinstone-esque” stone chaise lounge for kicking back.
Ultimately, the Melrose Bedroom will accomplish Merrill’s aspiration for a Lunya customer experience, “A memorable space that’s exciting, where you can relax and creatively rejuvenate.” A Bedroom that inspires the soul.