California is known for its ultra-modern apartments, slick minimalistic features and vast monotone colours. So arriving at Palm Springs is like entering a surreal time capsule of mid-century design.
The architecture is Mother Nature’s work and your neighbour is Don Draper. Mid-century modern has become wildly more popular since ‘Mad Men’ hit our screens. Notable for its use of glass, clean lines, natural and manufactured resources and indoor/outdoor spaces, desert modernism evoked a whole new lifestyle of simple elegance and informality. If you have the means, space and ambition to knock out a wall, install a huge glass window, then go for it.
There is nothing shy about mid-century modern patterns. Bold geometrics and strong curves give a room a graphic punch. The contemporary styles are stripped back, with no excess detailing or unnecessary flourishings. Why not try warm and earthy colours, or include furnishings and features with striking patterns by making them centre pieces in an otherwise simple room?
Mid-century design is unique, perhaps no other period produced the same volume of house-hold name artists and designers as this era: Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and George Nelson are among the dozens to drive and define the ‘look’. They come at a price however. But you can find reproductions that will champion your space and transport you back to this stylish, iconic period.
Summer is coming and Palm Springs is where we want to vacay.