Anjelica Huston, Moby, James Franco design 'pods' around L.A.
Airbnb can offer you a loft high above New York City or a shared Airstream trailer in the middle of nowhere. But this week, the San Francisco-based startup has reached out to a few Hollywood types for their take on the ideal place to stay in a new city. James Franco, Moby, Anjelica Huston, Molly Sims, and Lake Bell are all designing temporary pop-up homes around L.A. and choosing a soundtrack to go with them. But would any of these celebs actually stay in someone else’s home and not, say, the Four Seasons?
“I think it’s definitely possible,” Anjelica Huston tells EW, particularly “if I designed it.” And the pod she’s designed for the L.A. week is pretty cozy. Sitting with her on a pillow-lined bed in the Venice pre-fab house to which she added her personal touches was pretty comfy, plus there were snacks on the vertical garden-lined walls. “My walls are edible so if I want a late-night snack all I have to do is pluck a little parsley.”
In bohemian Venice, Huston’s floral, beach-themed pod sits on the so-called “hippest block in America,” Abbot Kinney Boulevard, the site of a dinner celebrating local chefs on Friday night. And in a unique twist, wireless music system Sonos allowed guests to choose songs for the meal and had Huston and the chefs pair one song per course.
“Italian music always goes well with food, opera always goes well with food, so one of my choices was Maria Callas,” Huston said. “I also think Billie Holiday goes well with food, particularly soul food.” And since much of the menu came from Govind Armstrong’s soul-food spot Willie Jane next door to the community garden grounds, soul was a good choice.
The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” accompanied an heirloom tomato salad and Led Zepplin played along with a grilled watermelon course. In between, guests chose the songs, including tracks from Fitz and the Tantrums, Florence and the Machine, and The Head and the Heart.
The other pods around Los Angeles this week — and open to the public through Oct. 2 — include Moby’s forest-like installation at the famous Viper Room club on the Sunset Strip (opening with a silent disco DJ event), a pod at the Hollywood Forever cemetery by Franco, an old-Hollywood-themed party at the Grove planned by Sims, and a spot designed by Bell in L.A.’s downtown arts district.