FACES Interview with Tracy Beckmann

Back in November, the big foodie news in Los Angeles (apart from the opening of Thomas Keller's Bouchon Beverly Hills, that is) was the opening of The Tar Pit by Mark Peel (the chef-owner of Campanile) and Audrey Saunders (New York's Pegu Club). The restaurant-lounge is a Golden Age Hollywood wonderland, reminiscent of polished movie supperclubs, with a menu of classic Americana gourmet items to match, and an incomparable cocktail list that livens up old standards like a Moscow Mule and the ubiquitous mojito.

Rather than interview a restaurateur, chef or sommelier for this month's FACES interview on, I decided that it might be interesting to explore an unusual angle of the food scene and talk to the interior designer of The Tar Pit. That would be Tracy Beckmann, who discussed her work with one of L.A.'s other top designers, Kelly Wearstler (Avalon and Viceroy Hotels), the cinematic inspirations behind The Tar Pit's look, and what it's like designing commercial projects like restaurants and hotels.

It was all a revelation--a stylish, manicured, impeccably articulated revelation. For more take a look at the full interview by clicking on the link below.