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DESIGN & STYLE

DESIGN INSPIRATION:

MID-CENTURY MODERN

DESIGN & STYLE
15 AUGUST 2016

COLLECTION

MALIBU BAY

Ricardo Beverly Hills is inspired by and celebrates California, especially its mid-century design influence. This modern perspective became one of America’s most important sources of progressive architecture, furnishings and fashion.

We admire the natural beauty of the many California landmarks rich in history and culture. Characterized by clean simplicity and integration with nature, mid-century modern architecture emphasized creating structures with ample windows and open floor plans. The intention was to open up interior spaces and bring the outdoors in. This style can be found in many subdivisions in the Los Angeles, Palm Springs and San Francisco Bay regions of California, as well as some of the locales we’ve chosen to spotlight here.

Read on below for more inspiration below, and take a look at how the clean lines and natural beauty of California have inspired our luggage collections here.


DESIGN & STYLE

THE GETTY CENTER & MUSEUM

Known for its architecture, gardens and views overlooking Los Angeles, the Getty Center incorporates the modern design of architect Richard Meier. When viewed from the south, the modernist complex appears to grow from the 110-acre hillside, a notably mid-century modern design construct, while offering panoramic city views. With natural light being one of its most important architectural elements, walls of glass allow sunshine to illuminate the interiors.

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TRAMWAY GAS STATION

The soaring roofline of the Tramway Gas Station welcomes those arriving to the mid-century modern mecca that is Palm Springs via State Highway 111. Built in 1965, the building’s distinctive wedge-shaped canopy was designed by Albert Frey and Robson C. Chambers. This prime example of modernism in architecture now serves as the Palm Springs Visitors Center.

DAVIS STUDIO & RESIDENCE

Frank Gehry has been called the most important architect of our age, designing awe-inspiring structures that have become must-visit destinations. He completed this Malibu live/work residence for artist Ron Davis in 1968, six years after he launched his architecture practice in Los Angeles. Today the place is home to actor Patrick Dempsey and his family.

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GEHRY HOUSE

Constructed in 1978, this Santa Monica residence was designed by architect Frank Gehry for himself and his family. The original Dutch colonial home was left in tact and the new house was built around it. The house still remains a statement of art entwined with architecture, receiving the 2012 American Institute of Architects Twenty-Five Year Award. Incorporating metal, plywood, chain link fencing and wood framing, it is sometimes considered one of the earliest deconstructivist buildings.

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SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC ENERGY INNOVATION CENTER

This modern structure, remodeled in 2011, is housed in the shell of a mid-century modern supermarket built in 1963. The classic design features a low-pitched roof, glass façade and open floor plan. An interior courtyard with a new open-air garden space brings the outdoors in while providing natural sunlight and ventilation. This unique setting is also home to many smart energy initiatives and green building practices, bringing mid-century architectural elements into today’s world.

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