Interior design + Office – Singer and designer Lourdes Hernandez and her husband, musician and real estate developer, Zach Leigh have transformed the historic Highland Park church in Los Angeles into The Ruby Street, a holistic co-working venue an expanded creative community hub playing host to a roster of cultural programming, co-working, artist residencies and events.
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“We always dreamt of owning a space where their fellow local creatives could come together to celebrate love, art and LA.” say Lourdes Hernandez and Zach Leigh. The creative duo reimagined the 8000 sq. ft. space of the former church, preserving the building’s original features whilst bringing a contemporary design sensibility to the interiors.
The Ruby Street team joined forces with interior designer Francesca ‘Kiki’ De La Fuente and creative partners Working Holiday Studio. Together they collaborated with other designers and brand partners. [Due to the Coronavirus emergency the venue is currently closed and will open again as soon as possible].
Original stain-glass windows and craftsman facade have been carefully preserved along with the church’s open plan layout. The large light-filled Worship Hall lounge anchors the space, surrounded by smaller rooms and suites for intimate events, meetings and activations. A large backyard area plays host to film screenings, dinners and other communal events.
The re-imagined design features an updated color palette, new oak floors, skylights, redesigned landscaping in the garden and new furniture and decor throughout the space. The Blu Dot Lounge invites into a contemporary pastel world outfitted by Blu Dot‘s designs.
The interiors feature pieces by Swedish brands such as the Afternoon Lounge Chairs by Swedish by Menu and rugs by Nordic Knots. L.A. and American brands are sculptural lights by Enler, pieces by Bendgood, planters by Most Modest and pieces by Hightower, Croft House, Mod Shop and Nima Abili.
A fresh color palette in collaboration with Backdrop Paint and a mural by LA-based artist Dakota Solt of Form Plus Color introduces a new dimension to the space and an updated visual identity by Graphic Designer Daniel Barreto.
The Ruby Street space also serves as a design showroom where all the pieces on display are available for guests to shop online through The Ruby Street website.
After the COVID-19 emergency, The Ruby Street will implement its programming calendar. The team will expand its popular co-working offering with weekly and monthly work sessions punctuated by career development workshops from creative leaders, health and wellness offerings and other activities to break up the workday
All photos: courtesy of The Ruby Street.