Living Desert Modern!

12 Apr

Once a year my company heads out to Palm Springs to enjoy a week in the sunshine at the Palm Spring Photo Festival. It’s a great gig to go on as not only do you get to meet world-wide famous photographers and enjoy great artwork but you also get to hang out in one of the coolest homes of architecture ever.

Palm Springs flourished in the 1920’s as a Hollywood escape and the architecture infamy began as the multitude of stars commissioned many homes to be built-in the area. The “desert modern” style was born and with it came some of the most innovative buildings we’ve seen to date. I’m by no means an expert in architecture but I know that this town has masses of gorgeous homes and buildings to look at and a unique cultural identity because of the modernism influence.

Some of my favorite well-known Palm Springs homes are the Kaufmann home…

And the Miller house both designed by architect, Richard Neutra.

Nowadays Palm Springs is the ultimate desert getaway – with many of the former mid-century motels and buildings being restored to their former glory into  hip places to stay and great restaurants. There’s great design all around this city and a great history of Hollywood celebs hanging out here in the desert.

Once of my favorite new hotels is the Ace Hotel. Its rooms are equally cool – using a mixture of vintage and modern furniture that fits in perfectly with the Palm Springs style.

The Suites at the Ace

And then there’s the  Movie Colony motel, a seriously cool restored hotel that was originally designed by Albert Frey in 1935. Frey actually studied under Le Corbusier in Paris before moving to the states and the Movie Colony Motel was one of his first projects.

The Movie Colony Hotel

Or try the Orbit Inn, which was built-in the classic mid-century modern style. Its furnishings are all refurbished period pieces from the 1950’s and it has stayed true to its original exterior whilst remaining a comfortable place to relax.

The Orbit Inn pool at night

The Parker is built on luxurious living in the desert – it was kitted out by Jonathan Adler  who shopped estate sales for the eclectic decor to recreate the Palm Springs of the 1950’s through the 1970’s. The Parker is the ultimate in pampering – at night soft lambswool rugs are laid out next to your bed!!!

The lobby at The Parker

and finally check out the wild colors of the Saguaro which was recently refurbished and opened its doors in Feb this year. Its named after the famous cactus of the Sonoran desert !

The wild colors of the Saguaro

The pool with all the different colors look amazing here….

The Sagauro pool side

Such a great place to visit and relax for a few days – I’m already planning my next mini break to this home of modernism!

Coming next is my top tips for vintage shopping in the desert!

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