Beautiful Googie Architecture

Union 76 Gas Station

The dramatic upward-curving roof is one of the most iconic examples
of Googie architecture that still stands today.

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What looks like a flying carpet anchored to the ground with pillars at
the intersection of Crescent Drive and Little Santa Monica Boulevard in
Los Angeles is actually a functional gas station. It’s also one of the most
iconic examples of Googie architecture in the world.

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The dramatic upward-curved canopy decorated with red square tiles was
originally designed in the 1960s by architect Gin Wong to be a part of the
city’s airport, but when that plan was changed, it ended up as a Union 76
gas station. When the fluorescent lights that follow the curve are turned on,
Jack Colker’s 76 station, as it is commonly known, goes from flying carpet
to embellished spaceship.

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It was completed in 1965, right around the time when the eye-catching
Googie style was extremely popular in California. Inspired by the SpaceAge,
fast cars, and jets, Googie style buildings contain steel, plastic, and neon,
twisted into crazy shapes and designs. Several of these whimsical creations
were demolished in the decades that followed but there are still handful of
them scattered around the Golden State.

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Atlas Obscura

Beautiful Inspiration

French designer Ora-Ïto has developed a conceptual
trainer with curved veneer sections to reference the
work of Modernist furniture designers
Charles and Ray Eames.

Really, Seriously?
I’ll take the chair over the shoes any day.
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Beautiful Hotel Interior

I love the simplicity, eclectic and friendly character of this
renovated hotel in Alabama. So many boutique hotels
are over done and pretentious but not the Alabama Hotel.
Situated in the inner city, The Alabama Hotel has been
recently revived and re-opened after a near-decade
long hiatus. Its boutique budget status keeps a personal
creative feel without costing a year’s pay. Artwork on the
walls includes Tom O’Hearn, Aeden Howlett and Stu Dobell.
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Beautiful Mid-Century Modern Home

So much beauty packed into a mere 1100 SF.
Mid century modern conversion by Zeitgeist Design

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