Join Adele Cygelman, author of the new book, “Arthur Elrod: Desert Modern Design”, as she traces the evolution of Arthur Elrod’s interior design through his own homes. We start with a small adobe on 419 Valmonte Sur in the Movie Colony, where he literally raised the roof and opened the house up to the views, then move to 350 Via Lola in Old Las Palmas, where he raised the glamor quotient even higher, to 2175 Southridge Drive, the sculptural masterpiece by architect John Lautner that embodied the perfect symbiosis between the architect and interior designer. This is a rare opportunity to understand how Elrod became a master of 20th-century design and how he used his own homes as his personal laboratories.
A moderated discussion follows, with panelists who each knew a different side of Arthur Elrod—as uncle and mentor; as longtime friend and client; and as a member of his staff. Through personal reminiscences and never-seen-before personal photographs, we bring Palm Springs’ most famous interior designer to life and reveal a personal side of him that few ever saw. Panelists are Nelda Linsk, longtime friend and client whose homes and art gallery were designed by Elrod; Michael Calloway, Arthur Elrod’s nephew, who grew up in South Carolina and stayed with his uncle during frequent Palm Springs visits; Mari Anne Pasqualetti, who worked for Arthur Elrod Associates from 1968 to ’70 and is the daughter of architect E. Stewart Williams. Moderated by Erika Heet, Editor-in-Chief Interiors magazine, former editor at Dwell, Robb Report and Architectural Digest.
A book signing with author, Adele Cygelman, will follow.
Things to Know
This event is for all ages.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Living room at 2175 Southridge Drive, architecture by John Lautner. Leland Y. Lee., Living room of Elrod’s second house at 350 Via Lola, Old Las Palmas. George R. Szanik/George Szanik papers (Collection 1799), Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA, Living room of 419 Valmonte Sur. George R. Szanik/George Szanik papers (Collection 1799), Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA, Arthur Elrod c. 1970 Courtesy Adele Cygelman, Nelda Linsk at the Kaufmann house, Palm Springs, 1965. Julius Shulman, © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10), Mari Anne Pasqualetti at Elrod Office 850 N. Palm Canyon Drive. Courtesy Mari Anne Pasqualetti
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