Tracy Beckmann is the principal and founder of Tracy Beckmann Design. Beckmann’s approach to interior design is modern but deeply rooted in design tradition. She began her career at an early age, apprenticing in a design firm located in Palos Verdes, California, which specialized in high-end residential design while in high school. Upon graduating with honors from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Beckmann’s skills as a designer were honed during her four-year collaboration with Kelly Wearstler of KWID and the renowned KOR Group. Their first project together resulted in the award-winning Avalon Hotel located in Beverly Hills.
After working with KWID, Beckmann decided to explore other genres of design. As a set designer she designed independent films, television commercials, music videos for acts like NSYNC and Enrique Iglesias and editorial photo shoots. She came back to the world of interior design when Smashbox Studios called her to remodel their Culver City photography studio and their modeling agency Photogenics.
During her time as a set stylist, Beckmann did a photo shoot for an international ad campaign at legendary architect John Lautner’s Sheats Goldstein residence. It was then and there that her love for all things John Lautner flourished. In 2008, she teamed up with furniture designer Ryan Trowbridge to purchase the only hotel designed by Lautner. Then known as The Desert Hot Springs Motel, the property had fallen into disrepair since it was built in 1947, and thus Beckmann and Trowbridge embarked on one of the greatest challenges of their design careers. The result is the award-winning Hotel Lautner, which opened to the public in September 2011.
A native of Los Angeles, Beckmann is devoted to the rehabilitation of Downtown Los Angeles’s historical landmarks and the construction of the “New Downtown.” Beckmann has been the exclusive interior designer for The Los Angeles Athletic Club for over six years, where she has designed the Club’s hotel, grand ballroom, public spaces and the Olympic-sized swimming pool, as well as the honorary John R. Wooden basketball court. Beckmann continues her work with the Club with the renovation of their restaurant and bar in 2012.
Other projects in Downtown Los Angeles include the recently completed Mas Malo restaurant, which won “Best New Restaurant of 2011” by the Downtown News, and Pussy and Pooch Pethouse & Pawbar, nicknamed the Dean and Deluca of pet stores.
One of the highlights of Beckmann’s career was when she was awarded the task of reinventing the retail store design for one of the world’s most iconic brands, Hello Kitty by Sanrio. Beckmann created the signature look by “killing the pink” for the flagship store of their couture line Sanrio Luxe located in Times Square in New York City.
In 2009, Beckmann had the pleasure of working for famed chef Mark Peel, owner of Campanile, on his second restaurant the Tar Pit. The Tar Pit is a bespoke upscale supper club evoking the spirit of classic Hollywood circa 1940. It is timeless and sophisticated in design – not a literal translation of the Art Deco era, but rather a modern and luxurious interpretation.
In 2010, Beckmann received her first international design project, the Rydges Hotel, located in the charming South Bank District in Brisbane, Australia. It is one of the largest convention hotels in the city, and she will be responsible for transforming a mundane business traveler’s hotel into a chic and glamorous travel destination.
Beckmann currently lives and works in Downtown Los Angeles in one of the city’s most prestigious loft buildings with her boyfriend and their little Chihuahua Charlie Francis.