Edi­tor’s Let­ter

Atomic Ranch - - Contents - Sarah Jane Stone

Be­neath the shadow of the San Jac­into Moun­tains sprawls the Cal­i­for­nia desert—home to cap­ti­vat­ing sun­sets and a vi­brant land­scape, the desert plays host to a lit­tle city known as Palm Springs. Con­trast­ing the rugged scenery, the town has gained in­creas­ing no­to­ri­ety as a haven of Mid­cen­tury Mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture. With retro hues, a his­tory with Hol­ly­wood’s elite and en­tire neigh­bor­hoods of any­thing-bu­tor­di­nary-rooflines, the town has cer­tainly earned its place as an icon.

Boast­ing nu­mer­ous preser­va­tion groups and mul­ti­ple events cel­e­brat­ing all things mid mod (in­clud­ing Modernism Week), it is safe to say that Palm Springs won’t be los­ing its in­cred­i­bly strong con­nec­tion to and deep re­spect for mid­cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture. With all this in mind, we chose to cel­e­brate the vi­brant de­sign his­tory this town has to of­fer.

No mat­ter if you are an as­pir­ing desert-dweller or sim­ply a lover of breeze­block, this is­sue is for you. I’ve had the plea­sure of vis­it­ing each of our fea­tured homes (pages 32, 42 and 52), where I met home­own­ers whose pas­sion for their mid­cen­tury homes is en­tirely con­ta­gious. This is­sue fea­tures in­cred­i­ble retro and retro-in­spired prod­ucts (pages 20 and 23) as well as an in-depth look at Blenko glass (page 62).

Let’s all start the new year off with a good dose of fresh, bright in­spi­ra­tion— and maybe bring just a lit­tle of the desert’s unique af­fair with mid­cen­tury style to your home.

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