Josh Agle ~ Palm Springs Weekend
There's a resurgent cool quotient to Palm Springs these days, thanks to an influx of hip new hotels, restaurants, shops, and nightclubs. What was just warming up a couple years ago is now sizzling.more here
No Johnny-come-lately, Palm Springs, California, was the daddy of retro back before it was retro and was just plain modern (think Ocean's Eleven). Modernist architects like Albert Frey, Richard Neutra, and Rudolf Schindler built this town in the stripped-down steel-and-glass style of the mid-20th century, when Palm Springs drew a Hollywood hive counting Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Sinatra among its buzz.
From Hip Hotels USA:
Bing and Bob did it. So did Frank and Dean. For a couple of decades Palm Springs lured the biggest names in show business to come and live in this barren patch of hot rocky desert two hours east of Los Angeles. Why? Why would household names with enough money to live anywhere settle for this sunscorched outcrop? Because unlikely thou it may now seem, for a while this was the brave new world. In the years before and particularly after World War II, Palm Springs was a hotbed of American innovation. War had bred a distaste for the past; modern was the new must, and nowhere was more modern than Palm Springs. Architects Richard Neutra, Rudolf Schindler and Albert Frey, industrial designer Raymond Loewy - all the big names in American architecture and design worked here. Some also chose to live here: Swiss-born Frey built for himself a groundbreaking house that barely touches the earth it stands on, as well as an avant-garde gas station straight out of The Fountainhead. For designers this was where the modern dream was being realized, a setting for lightly built open-plan structures largely in glass. With wealthy clients lining up with commissions, and no historical precedents to constrain them, there was freedom in "them thar hills."more here