The house was designed and built in 1975 by John Walling, AIA, for the Shea family. It is a classic example of Late Modernism. Some clear, defining features are: the use of natural, raw materials, black/smoked glass throughout, natural and grounded color pallets, all implemented within large, bolder, heavier spaces and forms. The decor juxtaposes the home's earthy elements with glamours, chrome, flashy, "space age" (sometimes dystopian) themes and ideas, with pieces created by notable designers of the era such as Gaetano Sciolari, Geoffry Harcourt, Bitossi for Raymor, Warren Platner, Florence Knoll, Pierre Paulin and Harry Bertoia. The house is drenched in earth toned color ways that connect to the home's raw materials and embody the ideals of the early/mid 1970s. In addition to these features the house exemplifies all the fundamental components of earlier Modernism such as indoor/outdoor flow through walls of glass, long sight-lines throughout by way of a singular flooring surface which spans through outdoor spaces, a strong connection to nature and the site on which the home is built, and a clear and intentional restraint in architectural details and furnishings. The restoration was completed in November of 2017 by Daniel Krog Design. All art, decor, and accessories are original to the early/mid 1970s. And all furniture and textile is either period original or licensed original to the early/mid 1970s.
Proceeds benefit the Palm Springs Modern Committee, a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design. We accomplish this through education, advocacy for threatened buildings, promotion of heritage tourism, and the celebration of successes in preservation and adaptive reuse.
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This event is for all ages.
The organizer of this event is Palm Springs Modern Committee.
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Photo Credits: Lance Gerber, Lance Gerber, Lance Gerber
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