Palm Springs Modern: Houses in the California Desert

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This classic volume, now available at a lower price, showcases jet-set homes designed by the likes of Neutra, Frey, Lautner, and others. Palm Springs is famous as a mecca for the international jet set. But the city has also attracted its share of eccentrics and mavericks who have left an architectural legacy that remains unsurpassed for its originality and international influence. This book examines the impact that architects and designers have had on the desert oasis, primarily from the 1940s to the 1960s. Palm ...

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Overview

This classic volume, now available at a lower price, showcases jet-set homes designed by the likes of Neutra, Frey, Lautner, and others. Palm Springs is famous as a mecca for the international jet set. But the city has also attracted its share of eccentrics and mavericks who have left an architectural legacy that remains unsurpassed for its originality and international influence. This book examines the impact that architects and designers have had on the desert oasis, primarily from the 1940s to the 1960s. Palm Springs Modern features examples of midcentury modernism at its most glamorous, some of them the residences of prominent figures who commissioned weekend getaways in the desert, including Frank Sinatra, Walter Annenberg, and Raymond Loewy. Adéle Cygelman’s insightful text, a foreword by architectural historian Joseph Rosa, contemporary color photography by David Glomb, and the celebrated archival black-and-white work of Julius Shulman all capture the distinctly modern allure of America’s famed desert playground.

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Between 1940 and 1970, architects created a uniquely important collection of International Style houses in Palm Springs for their jet-set clientele. Now Architectural Digest editor Cygelman and photographer Glomb offer a glowing tribute to 19 of these homes, from Neutra's sublime Kaufmann House to the campy glitz of Ambassador Walter Annenberg's desert oasis. The text conveys basic historical facts but is largely a breezy, anecdotal whirlwind tour of the vacation destinations of the rich and famous. Glomb's revelatory color photos (supplemented by vintage black-and-white shots by Julius Shulman) are the chief attraction here. But even they can't make up for the absence of floor plans or an index. Buy for local interest, for collections specializing in 20th-century design, and for any library that occasionally indulges in a delectable, sure-to-circulate coffee-table volume.--David Soltesz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Long known as a jet-set destination, Palm Springs is also home to an amazing collection of modernist architecture. This classic coffee-table book is loaded with histories and photos of sinewy, low-slung, glass-and-stone homes, including Twin Palms, built for Sinatra in 1946.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847820917
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.31 (w) x 11.56 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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Adéle Cygelman worked as an editor at Architectural Digest for twelve years. Joseph Rosa is the director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art. David Glomb’s photography has appeared in House & Garden, Architectural Digest, and House Beautiful, among other publications.

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