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Day 4, Round 1: Tracy Beckmann vs. Athena Calderone

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Welcome to Hottest Week 2012, wherein Curbed pits hot (sexy, gorgeous, beautiful, stunning, spectacular, alluring, model-esque, and so on) architects, interior designers, and decorators against each other to determine once and for all who's the hottest of the hot. Stay tuned this week and next as the tournament unfolds. And let the games begin!

Tracy Beckmann found her calling a few years ago when she, then a set stylist, stepped foot into a John Lautner-designed home that was being used to shoot an ad campaign. Eventually the Los Angeles-based designer, who had cut her chops earlier in her career with Kelly Wearstler, teamed with furniture designer Ryan Trowbridge to buy Lautner's only hotel, in Palm Springs, renovating it completely and turning it into the chic, stylish Hotel Lautner. Now Beckmann's eponymous firm counts various restaurants, retail projects, and important buildings within L.A.'s emergent "new downtown" among their credits.

You might recognize Athena Calderone from the July/August 2012 issue of Elle Decor, where the designer's Hamptons house, a neglected 1960s ranch turned airy family home, was featured in a 10-page spread. Calderone, one half of the Brooklyn-based firm Rawlings Calderone Design, described her aesthetic as such: “Some friends said, ‘You have to put midcentury-modern furniture in a midcentury-modern home,’” says Athena. “But why? The house was already so modern that I wanted to warm it up.” She is a Parsons grad.

Update: poll has been closed as of noon EST on Fri., Aug. 17, 2012.