Back in February, when we really needed the sunshine, I received a review copy of this design book by photographer Tim Street-Porter. As you might imagine, Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise by Tim Street-Porter (Rizzoli, February 2018) showcases the mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs, a modern desert oasis.
Examples include jet-set homes designed by Richard Neutra, Albert Frey, and Paul Williams, as well as private residences by tastemakers, including fashion designer Trina Turk, who penned the book’s foreword and owns a home there.
The pages are glossy and gorgeous; it makes a good housewarming gift if you’re spending the weekend with any modernists this summer.
Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise by Tim Street-Porter
Living room of Trina Turk’s home The Ship of the Desert. It was designed by Los Angeles architects Adrian Wilson and Earle Webster in 1936 in the architectural style is known as Streamline Moderne. The sofas are Vladimir Kagan.
The master bath of Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Villa Grigio echoes the living room design.
This is a minimalist glass house designed by William F. Cody in 1967. It has views across the Coachella Valley. The master bedroom, complete with an Eames lounge and Mies van der Rohe Barcelona daybed, opens to the pool.
The Albert Frey House II, which the architect designed for himself on a steeply sloped lot overlooking the city of Palm Springs, 220 feet above the desert floor. It’s built right inot the rocks.