ARM­CHAIR TOURIST

THIS MONTH ON OUR VIR­TUAL DE­SIGN ODYSSEY, WE HEAD TO THE CAL­I­FOR­NIAN DESERT FOR A SPOT OF HOL­LY­WOOD GLAM­OUR IN A MOD­ERNIST SET­TING

The Simple Things - - ESCAPE - Words: CLARE GOGERTY

It was the spread of air-con­di­tion­ing com­bined with an in­flux of ar­chi­tects from Europe in the 1930s that made Palm Springs pos­si­ble. The once in­hos­pitable desert land­scape be­came the des­ti­na­tion of choice for Hol­ly­wood stars look­ing for so­phis­ti­cated bolt­holes close to the film stu­dios. Ar­chi­tects in­clud­ing Richard Neu­tra and John Laut­ner, in­spired by Le Cor­bus­ier, cre­ated sleek, sin­gle-storey dwellings with shady ve­ran­dahs set around sparkling pools. These Mod­ernist vil­las were the ideal set­ting for the likes of Frank Si­na­tra, Lau­ren Ba­call and Lib­er­ace to pose lan­guorously on daybeds in their leisurewear, or to hold glam­orous par­ties pool­side.

We may not be able to em­u­late Palm Springs’ year-round sun and clar­ity of light, but it is pos­si­ble to copy its Desert Mod­ern style and laid­back el­e­gance. Paint walls a crisp white or cover with stone-ef­fect wall­pa­per to show off or­ange ac­ces­sories. A sprin­kling of gold in­tro­duced via a mir­ror or ta­ble lamp adds a dash of Hol­ly­wood luxe. All you need to com­plete the pic­ture is a cou­ple of A-lis­ters fresh from the film lot.

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7 Lene Bjerre Fe­line mir­ror, £635, sweet­peaand­wil­low.co.uk Weimar chaise-longue, £1,480, pib-home.co.uk 1 2 Miro neu­tral cush­ion, £12, habi­tat.co.uk Hexag­o­nal wine rack, £15, sains­burys.co.uk Blooming ar­ti­fi­cial par­adise 3 4 5 palm tree, £200, har­vey-nor­man.co.uk Or­ange Ezekiel plant pot, £15 for two, habi­tat.co.uk Palm House cham­pagne 6 7 saucer, £4, sains­burys.co.uk Luxe glass sphere by Ge­orge, £30, asda.com Rit­ual Re­peat rug by Pat­ter­nity, £75, 8 9 john­lewis.com Cac­tus light, £39.99, homesense.com Hol­ly­wood Cham­pagne Gold glass cof­fee ta­ble, £607, 10 11 alexan­derand­pearl.co.uk Stone back­ground ready-pasted pa­per, £23 sq m, wall­stick­ers.next.co.uk 12

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