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 By Frances Dodds Photographs by Meaghan Beierle-O'Brien
March 5, 2018

Michael Berman’s Bungalow One at Santa Monica’s iconic Fairmont Miramar is a dream getaway with plenty of take-home appeal

When furniture and interior designer Michael Berman first accepted the project of envisioning the interiors of the beachfront bungalows at the Fairmont Miramar in Los Angeles, he knew what his number one rule would be: “Avoid beach-themed objects at all costs.” It may seem contrarian, but coming from a designer who’s spent nearly three decades designing the homes of Hollywood’s glitterati, we could hardly expect him to think inside the sandbox. “My inspiration really started with the location and historic provenance of the Fairmont Miramar hotel,” says Berman. “Santa Monica has always been a destination for the quintessential Southern California vibe: beach, sand, surf, and the golden age of Hollywood. Picking up the midcentury spirit and bringing it back to modern relevance was definitely the starting point.” Read on for a tour of the Fairmont Miramar’s Bungalow One, and the thought process behind Berman’s design.