Why a flashback? I remember the first time I walked into The Standard Hotel, oh…. what, about 7-8 years ago when I worked in the area and I was completely engulfed in cool design and original concepts. I loved the “living art” behind the counter and the rows of big single potted cactus. It doesn’t hurt that the place is filled with iconic furniture from timeless designers. All of their properties are pretty amazing, but this was the first one I experienced.