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For Stina Funch, founder of Atwater Inc Studio, it’s always been about the hospitality industry. Born in Denmark, Stina attended hotel school in her native country and worked in Starwood’s European operations before moving stateside in 1999. She pursued a degree from the UCLA Interior Design program and quickly began working with large hospitality design firms in both Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Six years ago Stina started her own studio in order to spend more time with her family, not anticipating how busy she would quickly become.

Since then, Atwater Inc Studio has grown exponentially, opening offices in China and Oman. More recently Stina and her team have watched the majority of project work shift back to the U.S. from overseas in response to the U.S. hospitality boom.

Whether domestically or abroad, Atwater Inc Studio’s guiding principle remains the same: create a unique boutique experience tailored to each client’s specific requirements. “Regardless of the style, each project has to look like a million bucks while staying within budget,” Stina states confidently.

For the recent remodel of the former Fess Parker hotel, newly branded as the Hilton Santa Barbara Beach Resort, Atwater Inc Studio was tasked with creating an elegant, timeless California-casual style. “We wanted guests to walk in and be awed,” Stina explains. To facilitate this, Stina chose several blown glass fixture styles that extend the California beach story. Gem starbursts in the main conference hall evoke sea urchins while casting dramatic shadows on the ceiling above. LED-lit gems are reminiscent of drying grapes from the hotel’s own vineyard. “Hammerton Studio lighting is the pièce de résistance that makes the whole project come alive,” adds Stina. “They offer singular design value with affordable fixtures that elevate a variety of spaces.”


“I’m not just looking for unique and beautiful lighting products. I also need a partner who makes the specification process easy and hassle-free. That’s Hammerton.”

— Stina Funch, Founder Atwater Inc. Studio | Los Angeles, CA



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