The second membership, the moody Les Deux Café, was created in collaboration with the designer Michèle Lamy and put in at Mr. Fortune’s route inside an Arts and Crafts bungalow cum crack home, resurrected and transported by truck throughout a parking zone to a brand new locale.
And it was at Les Deux Cafe, with its self-aware design quotations from Old Hollywood nightspots like Chasen’s, Scandia and the Brown Derby, that Mr. Fortune laid the groundwork for what might be his sign achievement: the design of the Tower Bar, the clubby, walnut-paneled eating institution that opened in 2007 and rapidly grew to become the Hollywood energy nexus it stays.
Like so many different newcomers to the land of self-invention, Mr. Fortune adjusted and burnished his biography as he went alongside. While he would ultimately purchase a few of the affectations of a swell, he was born Paul Stephen Fortune Fearon on Sept. 5, 1950, in a suburb of Liverpool, England, to Frances (Fortune) Fearon, a phone operator, and Kevin Fearon, a manufacturing supervisor at an organization that equipped Christmas hampers to Harrods.
When he was nonetheless a boy, Mr. Fortune’s household relocated to a big and ramshackle home in Cheshire, England, inside earshot of the lion’s roar at the Chester Zoo. “Paul’s pure aptitude was a driving power’’ in the restoration of Cranwood, as the home was known as, his brother, Mark Fearon, mentioned in an e mail. Mr. Fearon and Mr. Brock are his survivors.
As a youth, Mr. Fortune typically dragged his three siblings to nation home gross sales and auctions, Mr. Fearon defined, not solely serving to his mother and father furnish Cranwood, but additionally displaying an unwavering conviction about the correctness of his personal style. This was to be an earmark of his design apply and recurring theme in “Notes on Décor, Etc.’’ a 2018 e book he wrote that was equal elements portfolio, memoir and how-to