Welcome to Palm Springs Modernism Week. The Boulder-based Harvey M Hine Architecture + Interiors team just got back from a trip to Palm Springs for the eleven day modernism show. Palm Springs Modernism Week is a celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture. This design aesthetic originated in the 1940s, 50s and 60s and became know as desert modernism. Many modern architects, from Europe and across the United States, came to Palm Springs during the eruption of modern architecture. Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Donald Wexler, Albert Frey, William “Bill” Krisel from Palmer and Krisel, Inc., William F. Cody, John Porter Clark, George and Robert Alexander and E. Stewart Williams just to name a few. Some of the most iconic mid-century landmarks live in Palm Springs and the Modernism Week gives us a chance to open the doors and step inside. The week is filled with a variety of events including architectural tours, films, lectures, an architectural symposium, educational events, and parties in some of the mid-century modern homes.
Get inside some of these great mid-century modern spaces and take a look around. Images courtesy of Laura Robison and HMH Architecture + Interiors.
The Frey House had only 800 square feet and used each square foot wisely from built in seating, storage, bookshelf’s and surfaces. A natural boulder, with a light switch set in, forms a partial wall between the living room and bedroom. Pendant light future is an illuminated globe.
The Frey House used corrugated metal throughout, one of our favorite uses was in the kitchen as plate holders.
Frey House coming out of the mountainside, looking over the suspended pool.
HMH office relaxing on the built in furniture at Frey House.
Palm Springs view from the Frey House.
Welcome to the jungle of Frank Sinatra’s maid’s quarters at the Twin Palm Springs Estate.
We love the sculptural squat golden barrels at “The Artful Garden” located at Sunnylands Center and Gardens.
HMH office on tour of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.
Sky view of the iconic landmark designed by Albert Frey greets you upon arrival into Palm Springs.
Originally the Tramway Gas Station, designed by Albert Frey, it is now the visitor center for Palm Springs.
Quite the welcome to Palm Springs.
Modernists on Board for Palm Springs Modernism Week.
This bathroom at the original designed Marrakesh County Club Showcase is no shrinking violet.