Palm Springs

Palm Springs Glamour for a Guardhouse

Desert Palisades Guardhouse forms a security checkpoint for a residential area under construction in the Californian desert city. The building’s most prominent feature is a large canopy that extends 34 feet (10 meters) over the space where cars stop on their way into the neighbourhood.


The guardhouse includes a sitting area, mailroom and bathroom inside. Connected to the attendant area is a sunlit space with floor-to-ceiling windows, while a break room with a small kitchen and rest area make up the rest of the facilities.

This cantilevered roof designed by Studio AR+D is truly stunning.

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Palm Springs goes Pink





We love Kate Ballis’ Infra Realism series photographed in Palm Springs.

Kate is a former media & entertainment lawyer who decided to ditch the corporate life in favour of taking pictures. She loves to play with light and colour and focuses on landscapes. Her fine art is available on

Check out celebrating the iconic homes of Palm Springs.



Charming Palm Springs Renovation

Working with architects Lance C. O’Donnell and Craig M. Hammond, Shiell attempted to bring the Palmer & Krisel house back to its original footprint with a new emphasis on indoor-outdoor living. “I wanted to highlight the views and bring as much light in to the house as I could,” Shiell explains. “I also wanted to make it an art house with maximum lighting.”







The House of Tomorrow by Robert Alexander, Palm Springs

This modernist home on Ladera Circle in Palm Springs, CA was designed by Krisel & Palmer and built by prominent builder Robert Alexander who lived there with his wife Helen. In 1962, Look magazine called it “The House of Tomorrow.” After the Alexanders died tragically in a plane crash, Elvis Presley and his new bride Priscilla rented the home on May 1, 1967 for their honeymoon. On February 1, 1968, Lisa Marie was born.





Swiss Miss from Palm Springs


Swiss Miss is an informal name given to a variation of the A-Frame house style. Created by draftsman Charles Dubois, a Swiss Miss house resembles a Swiss chalet with tropical, Tiki details.The Alexander Construction company built fifteen Swiss Miss houses in Palm Springs, California. Other firms built similar homes elsewhere in the United States, but Swiss Miss remained a rare, novelty style, mainly associated with Palm Springs.

Modernism Week Palm Springs



Modernism week celebrates and fosters appreciation of mid-century architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in Palm Springs.

Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, art, fashion, and culture. This exciting “festival” takes place in February in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. It features more than 100 events including the Modernism Show, home tours, films, lectures, double decker bus tours, parties, walking and bike tours, a pre-fab showcase, vintage fashion, live music events, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more.


PROFILE : The Lautner Hotel, Palm Springs

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Palm Springs is peppered with hotels and residences designed by significant architects like William Cody and Albert Frey… but none, in our humble opinion, like those of John Lautner. It is for this reason that we have honored the late architect by renaming what was formerly known as The Desert Hot Springs Motel the new Hotel Lautner.

John Lautner was one of last century’s most important contemporary American architects. His work was concerned with the relationship of the human being to space and of space to nature.

Lautner’s designs share a sense of drama, powerful geometry and warmth, and a profound respect for the site. His buildings stand as functional sculpture. They are unique entities unlike those of any other architect.

Hollywood’s Love Affair with Lautner

Many of you will recognize his homes from famous Hollywood movies.

The Elrod House in Palm Springs: where Sean Connery battles Bambi and Thumper in the indoor/outdoor swimming pool in the movie “Diamonds Are Forever.”

The Sheats Goldstein House in Los Angeles: Porn Producer Jackie Treehorn’s amazing house where he drugs the Dude’s drink and the Dude passes out in the movie “The Big Lebowski.”

The Chemosphere House: A set for a scene in “Charlie’s Angels” was inspired directly by this house known as one of his most celebrated works built in 1960 and now owned by famed publisher Taschen.

The Schaffer House in Los Angeles: The home Tom Ford immortalizes on film in his directorial debut of the movie “A Single Man.”   Taken from LAUTNER HOTEL