Compartés Taps Kelly Wearstler for New Century City Outpost

Patinaed copper and brass compose the facade and signage of Compartés, a Los Angeles chocolatier by Kelly Wearstler and Kurt Krueger Architects. Photography by Jakob N. Layman.

Marilyn Monroe was a customer. Today, regular folk line up for the frozen hot chocolate at Compartés, a chocolatier that’s been handmaking its treats in Los Angeles since 1950. The company’s reach continues to expand, with current 32-year-old owner Jonathan Grahm calling on Kelly Wearstler for its latest outpost in Century City. (Wearstler, who worked on the project with Kurt Krueger Architects, is herself a Compartés aficionado, designing packaging for the confections, in such flavors as raspberry rose rapture, for years.)

The Compartés Golden Gatsby bar, introduced at the new store. Photography by Jakob N. Layman.

The tidy 430-square-foot boutique is “inspired by the classic European chocolate shops of the early 20th century, with materials that are rooted in tradition,” she says of the space’s brass, patinaed copper, Venetian plaster, and Cipollino marble. “It’s like Emerald City meets California cool,” Grahm adds. Whatever it is, it’s working: Oprah’s a fan.

Wearstler’s custom pendant fixtures above flooring in white cerused oak and Cipollino marble. Photography by Jakob N. Layman.
Custom brass pendants and display. Photography by Jakob N. Layman.
Compartés by Kelly Wearstler and Kurt Krueger Architects. Photography by Jakob N. Layman. 
Compartés by Kelly Wearstler and Kurt Krueger Architects. Photography by Jakob N. Layman. 
Compartés by Kelly Wearstler and Kurt Krueger Architects. Photography by Jakob N. Layman. 
Compartés by Kelly Wearstler and Kurt Krueger Architects. Photography by Jakob N. Layman. 

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