From sea to shining sea, the U.S. is filled with fine art in plain sight. Sculptures or murals highlight street corners and courtyards, museum-quality pieces are displayed in public view and site-specific works break the monotony of the everyday hustle. Such creative efforts prove that art is meaningful as a collective experience.
With a signature architectural style, classic mid-century modern hotels emerged throughout the U.S. from the 1940s through the 1960s. This design movement was characterized by minimalist structures and clean lines, accented by simple décor in vibrant colors. Instantly recognizable, mid-century hotels are popular both with nostalgic travelers and with millennials who admire the timeless modern design and the casual ambiance it embodies.
The Songbirds museum is the new home to what is considered by aficionados as the premier private collection of rare guitars in the world. The collection features approximately 1,700 significant guitars from the early 20th century to the 1970s.
Lisbon, Portugal, offers an array of visual inspiration for art and design enthusiasts, ranging from centuries-old sculptures and paintings to modern street art that revitalizes the community with splashes of color. Travelers to this seaside city will most likely find themselves meandering along intricately pattered sidewalks and admiring the azulejos (distinctively detailed ceramic-painted tiles) adorning the city’s architecture.
Offering an artistic odyssey, the city of Portland, Oregon, blends a range of art and architectural styles, dating from thousands of years ago with the tribes of the Pacific Northwest to more contemporary offerings that have inspired the slogan “Keep Portland Weird.” A diverse destination, the city of roughly 600,000 people attracts a melting pot of individuals with varied interests and earnest passions.
If a vivid imagination is a prerequisite for transforming a dilapidated, neglected property into a brilliantly revitalized destination, then Maya Mallick, owner of the Culver Hotel, possesses an abundance of artistic moxie.
It’s easy to miss the hidden oasis that lies behind the unassuming entrance to the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood, California. Tucked away on a narrow, hilly street, this 152 – room property is creatively described by longtime co – owner Mark Rosenthal as “Mid-century, contemporary Mediterranean eclectic.” Indeed it is, as America’s first all – suite hotel reveals itself to guests slowly and dreamlike, in an amalgamation of styles, with delightful and surprising bucolic layers.