One thing that visitors and Coachella Valley residents have in common: a very real appreciation for our world-famous mid-century architecture. To actually walk among these tributes to new architectural thought, to see them standing so simple and so casual, yet so…classic…can’t help but spark fantasies of life in those laid back times that would help inspire the entire world to rethink its way of building.
February 17-27, thousands of visitors will celebrate and revel in Palm Springs Modernism Week.
Palm Springs and her neighbors were at the American center of this intelligent re-design of how we live. Building upon the avant garde Bauhaus movement in Europe, adventurous forward-thinking architects drew plans and built houses for the optimistic post-World War II buyer. The atomic age was here, and it manifested itself in starburst wall clocks, amoebic furniture, aqua-colored Melmac, sputnik-topped coffee shops…and ‘plastic,’ that new space-age material, was everywhere. With a wicked readiness to try anything new, these homes sprung fantasy-like from the sand, the newly-crowned prince of architectural royalty. These designs brought fresh blood and impertinence to the pedestrian styles of more traditional Southern California cities.
Like a shiny convertible beckoning from the curb, these places still pull us in. We love these homes, love what they represent to us: their optimism, their hope…a daring departure from old and stodgy. A carefree headfirst dive into architectural revolution.
If you share that gnawing desire for the Palm Springs Mid-Century style, come to the desert and feed your hunger. Considering a home? A Windermere agent will open doors for you. Call us when you’re ready to dream. 760-341-4141