“There is some­thing idyl­lic about the syn­chronic­ity be­tween the wa­ter and the eter­nally blue sky”

The Australian - Wish Magazine - - Arts -

Apart from govern­ment con­trols, there are also strong as­so­ci­a­tions such as the Palm Springs Mod­ern Com­mit­tee and the Palm Springs Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety, which keep a close eye on de­vel­op­ments in the city.

One de­vel­op­ment that has re­ceived univer­sal com­men­da­tion is the restora­tion of the Aber­nathy House de­signed by Wil­liam F. Cody. It is in the Movie Colony dis­trict and has been painstak­ingly re­stored by New York based-en­ter­tain­ment ex­ec­u­tive Eric El­len­bo­gen. The house, which hosted the clos­ing party for this year’s Palm Springs Mod­ernism Week, is com­posed of a se­ries of hipped roof pavil­ions con­tain­ing kitchen, liv­ing room and mas­ter suite sep­a­rated by flat-roofed colon­nades of en­closed cir­cu­la­tion space or open porch space. The pavil­ions are clus­tered around the ever-present pool and man­i­cured land­scaped gar­dens, all of which con­trib­ute to the ex­pe­ri­ence of re­sort-style liv­ing that is typ­i­cal of the best of Palm Springs houses.

Hav­ing spent a week in Palm Springs at­tend­ing events as­so­ci­ated with Mod­ernism Week, I find it easy to see why it be­came and re­mains a des­ti­na­tion for de­sign afi­ciona­dos and hol­i­day­mak­ers alike.

Whether you are stay­ing for a week in a rented mid­cen­tury mod­ern clas­sic, or go­ing for a week­end to the rein­vented Parker or Ace ho­tels, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one. As the blue of the pools and sky gives way to the twi­light magic hour, you be­gin to un­der­stand what they call the Palm Springs life.

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