I was in Palm Springs for Modernism Week last week. A fiesta of midcentury modern architecture, furniture, interior design and parties. It was FABULOUS!
I went last year and took the touring very seriously. I visited Sunnylands, Frey House II and neighborhoods in Palm Springs with important architectural homes by famous midcentury architects.
This year I took a “looser” approach. I toured Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms estate and a couple of other fabulous homes on a house tour. Don’t you love the big leaf wallpaper on the ceiling in Frank’s guest casita? A reminder not to ignore the ceiling!
A signature terrazzo floor (chips of marble, quartz, granite and glass) with a Noguchi coffee table.
Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms (the twin palms above) has all of the classic midcentury elements. Built in 1947 by E. Stewart, it is glass, steel and simplicity. Sinatra lived here for ten years, six of them with his second wife Ava Gardner.
A sink in the master bathroom still has a crack from a domestic dispute involving Ava and a champagne bottle!
One of my favorite midcentury design elements is the emphasis on bringing the outside in. This integration with nature is a key architectural piece from this period. Large, unobstructed windows. Sliding doors. Rooflines and terrazzo floors that run from the interior, straight outside, creating a seamless line.
See how the terrazzo floor (above) continues outside to create the deck and dining area?
and the pools….
A design feature that will get everyone out of the house to enjoy the beautiful Palm Springs weather!
There are wonderful restaurants in Palm Springs. We ate fish tacos at the Ace Hotel, had a fabulous dinner at ARRIVE. Grabbed fresh pastries and baguettes every morning at the authentic French Peninsula Pastries. Check out Sparrows Lodge and L’Horizon hotels ~ beautiful!
Fun lectures and parties all weekend.
I love the simplicity and clean lines of midcentury modern architecture and interior design. It is a real escape from what I have at home. Which is a problem when I get back to the Northeast and want to throw everything out.
Palm Springs is west coast cool at the highest level. Throw on some Dave Brubeck or Shorty Rogers, sit back and pretend you are sitting on a terrazzo deck sipping a cocktail by the pool.
the wry home
*special thanks to my crazy hosts and our Palm Springs “squad” for a memorable midcentury weekend of FUN