Working Holiday Studio transforms The Ruby Street in LA into a stunning creative hub

Along with designer Francesca de la Fuente, the LA-based studio redesigns the former church into an event space, replete with stained glass windows and contemporary furniture.

by Jincy Iype Published on : Apr 23, 2020

The Ruby Street’s website welcomes one with a chirpy introduction – “We’re a hidden gem in Highland Park where people gather to celebrate love, art, and community.” The said space’s contemporary redesign in Highland, Los Angeles, gave California-based Working Holiday Studio the chance to insert and plan areas to host events, cultural programmes, co-working, along with artists residencies. Formerly a historic Highland Park Church, The (new) Ruby Street opened after a month of extensive overhaul, into a spacious, ‘creative community hub’. It will also serve as a design showroom, and host areas for music performances, film screenings, intimate dinners and creative workshops, while being open to the public.

  • Inside The Ruby Street, a creative community hub in LA | The Ruby Street in LA is a coworking space by Working Holiday Studio and Francesca De La Fuente | STIRworld
    Inside The Ruby Street, a creative community hub in LA Image Credit: Candida Wohlgemuth
  • Entrance of The Ruby Street | The Ruby Street in LA is a coworking space by Working Holiday Studio and Francesca De La Fuente | STIRworld
    Entrance of The Ruby Street Image Credit: Candida Wohlgemuth

“The Ruby Street is a building that has been, at times, both a Civil Rights meeting place and a Progressive church founded by a female pastor, and was taken over in 2016 by singer and designer Lourdes Hernandez and her husband, musician and real estate developer Zach Leigh,” explains the Working Holiday Studio team. Hernandez and Leigh sought to reimagine the 743 sqm space in a contemporary light, in tandem with preserving its original features. The musician couple wanted a space where their fellow creative friends and community could gather to ‘celebrate love, art and LA’, a venue for events such as weddings, performances, photoshoots and dinner parties. The Ruby Street has, in fact, become host to numerous private events and over 200 weddings in the past four years.

  • The eclectic mix of furniture and rugs at The Ruby Street | The Ruby Street in LA is a coworking space by Working Holiday Studio and Francesca De La Fuente | STIRworld
    The eclectic mix of furniture and rugs at The Ruby Street Image Credit: Candida Wohlgemuth
  • The light, pastel colour palette of the Ruby Street interiors | The Ruby Street in LA is a coworking space by Working Holiday Studio and Francesca De La Fuente | STIRworld
    The light, pastel colour palette of the Ruby Street interiors Image Credit: Candida Wohlgemuth

This year saw interior designer Francesca ‘Kiki’ De La Fuente and creative partners Working Holiday Studio, along with the Ruby Street team (all LA-based), come together with their favourite brand partners and designers to renovate and reopen the space as the Eastside’s newest creative hub, in a discernibly contemporary fashion.

The warm, updated interior design features pastel-coloured walls, new oak floors, dollops of green plants and skylights that further open up the space. The garden sees redesigned landscaping as well, while new décor (with new, lighter furniture) takes up the space inside.

  • Furniture atop Danish rugs, overlooked by art on the wall | The Ruby Street in LA is a coworking space by Working Holiday Studio and Francesca De La Fuente | STIRworld
    Furniture atop Danish rugs, overlooked by art on the wall Image Credit: Candida Wohlgemuth
  • New oak floors and light furniture adorning the interiors of the coworking and event space | The Ruby Street in LA is a coworking space by Working Holiday Studio and Francesca De La Fuente | STIRworld
    New oak floors and light furniture adorning the interiors of the coworking and event space Image Credit: Candida Wohlgemuth

The former church’s open plan layout, along with its stained-glass windows and craftsman façade are the elements that have been retained in the adaptive reuse of the project. Anchoring the space is the expansive, light filled Worship Wall, which is flanked by smaller rooms and suites for more intimate events. The second interior space is called the Reception Hall, along with two other small spaces, The Gallery and the Suite. The Reception Hall sees long, wooden tables accompanied by rows of teal coloured and soft pink chairs, while sofas in the same colour sit across the space, and a few steps further, one is met with vertical planting systems adorning the walls. The large backyard area is meant to host film screenings, dinners and other communal events, as planned by The Ruby Street Team.

  • Sunlight brightening the furniture and rugs softly | The Ruby Street in LA is a coworking space by Working Holiday Studio and Francesca De La Fuente | STIRworld
    Sunlight brightening the furniture and rugs softly Image Credit: Candida Wohlgemuth
  • Green incorporated into the interiors of The Ruby Street | The Ruby Street in LA is a coworking space by Working Holiday Studio and Francesca De La Fuente | STIRworld
    Green incorporated into the interiors of The Ruby Street Image Credit: Candida Wohlgemuth
  • Accessed by wide steps, the large backyard will host film screenings, dinners and other communal events | The Ruby Street in LA is a coworking space by Working Holiday Studio and Francesca De La Fuente | STIRworld
    Accessed by wide steps, the large backyard will host film screenings, dinners and other communal events Image Credit: Candida Wohlgemuth

The studio relays, “The team has partnered with some of their favourite brands and creators from Los Angeles and Europe whose work combines function with sculptural and artistic design,” such as Blu Dot, Menu, Bend Goods, and Form Plus. An entire room at The Ruby Street was outfitted by Blu Dot (now called the Blue Dot Lounge) where guests can relax in a pastel world. A touch of Danish design has been added to the space with the Afteroom Lounge Chairs from Menu, while the verdant backyard, accessed by bright white steps, is completed with furniture from Bend Goods. Graphic designer Daniel Barreto lends the space an artistic edge and updated visual identity.

  • The Ruby Street’s eye-catching outdoor furniture amidst the greens | The Ruby Street in LA is a coworking space by Working Holiday Studio and Francesca De La Fuente | STIRworld
    The Ruby Street’s eye-catching outdoor furniture amidst greens Image Credit: Skandia Shafer
  • Garden furniture in pastel shades | The Ruby Street in LA is a coworking space by Working Holiday Studio and Francesca De La Fuente | STIRworld
    Garden furniture in pastel shades Image Credit: Skandia Shafer

With rugs designed in Stockholm, Nordic Knots brightens the Ruby Street’s floors with Scandinavian patterns. Other pieces adorning the space include sculptural lights by Entler, pleated planters Tess planters from Most Modest and a varied range of eclectic furniture by Croft House, Mod Shop, Nima Abili, Hightower and Owl, which elevate the interiors. The space welcomes a fresh colour palette, courtesy Backdrop Paint, along with a pretty mural that decorates The Ruby Street by LA-based Dakota Solt. The Ruby Street is a wonderful expanse that stands as a bright example as to what an adaptive reuse, interior design project can achieve with a creative and passionate team of designers and a collective willingness to focus on creating simple, beautiful and functional spaces.

  • The Reception Hall sees long, wooden tables accompanied by chairs | The Ruby Street in LA is a coworking space by Working Holiday Studio and Francesca De La Fuente | STIRworld
    The Reception Hall sees long, wooden tables accompanied by chairs Image Credit: Candida Wohlgemuth
  • Inside The Ruby Street by LA-based Working Holiday Studio and Francesca De La Fuente | The Ruby Street in LA is a coworking space by Working Holiday Studio and Francesca De La Fuente | STIRworld
    Inside The Ruby Street by LA-based Working Holiday Studio and Francesca De La Fuente Image Credit: Candida Wohlgemuth

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Jincy Iype

Jincy Iype

Iype is a trained architect, who often indulges in writing and amateur photography. She was a cinephile and a melophile even before she knew what those words meant. She is inclined towards architecture journalism, and can usually be found curled up reading a book, or cooking for therapeutic relief.

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