The first woman's hotel built in the 1920's needed a facelift to serve LA's creative class and did so by incorporating it's colorful history as a film set and destination for quirky guests.
A horse ranch built by a Georgian prince and an Spanish princess is converted to an elegant Spanish-style wedding and retreat venue--complete with signature black dress weddings!
This very location connect back to the end of the original California Trail and Marsh House, the place where so many immigrants started their new life in Spanish California. The site is also connected to Native Americans and the rocks they used in cooking and healing.
The original home of the Yak Tityu Tityu tribe, this environmental remediation project brought together the indigenous people of this land to envision its future.
The original Mountain House structure was a blue denim tent, connecting us to Levi Strauss who was trying to sell these tents in the Bay Area. Blue denim, an authentic American ingredient, led us to a beautiful story of what it means to be a nation woven together of different cultures, and a place as comfortable as your favorite pair of denims!
Connecting to beach and mountains, tourists and local community, the SurfJack honors traditional Hawaiian land principles in connecting both up and down the mountain with excursions, outreach, cuisine and other projects meaningful to the local community—such as sandalwood restoration.
A development on Captain Dana's 39,000 acre rancho connects us to the captain's rich seafaring days, his welcoming home known to be the most hospitable place between San Diego and Monterey. A ranch house filled with children and travelers and furniture made from sandalwood.
How are Holland MI and The Netherlands connected in authentic ways? Not windmills! Our research showed—it's all about gezelligheid! The Dutch expressed it in words. The Michigan descendants in pictures.
How does a traditional society move into the future? How do we tell their stories and share their values today? How about life-size rabbit cookies? Handcrafted furniture and woven blankets, repurposed buildings and a refreshed development of old crafts and traditions honor the past and nourish the future.
Connecting new residents to the beautiful story of this marine hospital, built next to Mountain Lake, the location of the last campsite for the De Anza Expedition. An expeditioner writes "It's cold here. Send blankets and chocolate."