Ace Hotel Downtown LA by Commune Design

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Commune Design
929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA


Roman Alonso was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Upon graduation from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in film and art history, Roman began working in publishing at Connoisseur and Mirabella magazines in New York. He then moved on to public relations and marketing, first at Barneys New York where he was the Director of Corporate PR and then at Isaac Mizrahi & Co where he was Vice President and Image Director. In 1998, he co-founded Greybull Press in Los Angeles, an art publishing company focusing on photographic books.


Steven Johanknecht grew up in upstate New York. Following studies in Communication Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Steven spent a year in Rome with Temple University graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art. He moved to New York City where he became Vice President of Display and Store Design for Barneys New York during twelve of the store's most influential years. He later worked as the Vice President of Retail Design for Donna Karan, Retail Image Director for Banana Republic and Design Director for Studio Sofield.


Pamela Shamshiri was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in Los Angeles. Upon graduation from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in architecture and art history, she attended New York University where she earned her Master of Fine Arts in production design. In 1998, Pam returned to Los Angeles and co-found Sham Interior Design & Events with her brother, Ramin. She traveled around the world working as a production designer on films and music videos with directors such as Lasse Hallström, Spike Lee and Phil Morrison and for commercial clients including Nike, Vogue, Sony, AT&T and the Bronx Zoo.


Ramin Shamshiri, like his sister Pam, was born in Tehran and raised in Los Angeles. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in international business and marketing from Babson College, Ramin worked as an art director on commercial projects for various companies including Nike, Reebok, Lexus, Sony, Honda, Volkswagen and ESPN. As Managing Director of Sham Interior Design & Events, Ramin traveled the world overseeing projects for MTV, Virgin Records and Epoch Films among others.



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