February 2009

Articles

Horoscope February 2009

Horoscope February 2009

Quirky Aquarians Take the Lead
Ah, Aquarians. Intellectually social, you can be found in group after group, wherever you can increase your understanding of the human condition. You represent the next 2,000 years, when the electric networking of Aquarius replaces the faith-based emotionalism of Pisces.
PSST! — Intelligencer

PSST! — Intelligencer

The Best of the Coachella Valley and Beyond.
Palm Springs Art Museum, Opera Showcase of the Desert, Happy Chickadee, Kraft Nabisco Championship Celebrity Pro-Am, Copley's on Palm Canyon, Teco Pottery, Mel Haber, Les Dames D'Escoffier.
PSST! — Mamma Mia! This is a Symphony?

PSST! — Mamma Mia! This is a Symphony?

Desert Symphony celebrates its 20th anniversary at McCallum Theatre.
On Feb. 11, Desert Symphony celebrates its 20th anniversary at McCallum Theatre with The Music of ABBA. “Everything you know from the musical and movie, we’ll be doing,” Maestro Edwin “Ben” Benachowski says.
PSST! — Tour de Force

PSST! — Tour de Force

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert’s annual home tour showcases ingenious design.
Natural light floods Jean Carrus’ residence by home designer Guy Dreier. The glass-and-stone structure contrasts with yet complements Carrus’ collection of Western and Indian art, while lake and pool views provide the perfect setting for contemporary sculpture. Those who take the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert home tour will enjoy seeing this Waterford country club house and six other residences on Feb. 8.
PSST! —  Cody's Enlightened Side

PSST! — Cody's Enlightened Side

The Best of the Coachella Valley and Beyond.
Built for $382,000, St. Theresa’s Church was designed by one of its earliest parishioners: architect William F. Cody. These days, midcentury modernism expert Robert Imber includes the building on all of his Palm Springs Modern Tours itineraries.
PSST! — Modern Love

PSST! — Modern Love

The Best of the Coachella Valley and Beyond.
Joan and Gary Gand founded the appreciation organization Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond and attended modernism shows in the Windy City before they heard about Palm Springs’ modernism show. Having read about architect Albert Frey, they thought the desert event would feed their Frey fix.
In Store — Ode to Architecture

In Store — Ode to Architecture

Shopping the Palm Springs Modern angle.
Architectural giants have produced furniture and accessories so that even if your house wasn’t designed by someone with a big name, you can have something inside it with their name attached.
Wealth — Modernism as an Investment

Wealth — Modernism as an Investment

Architecturally significant houses require special consideration
Eric Ellenbogen spent two years painstakingly restoring the William Cody-designed midcentury modern Abernathy House. “This restoration was both a labor of love and insanity. Yet I would do it again,” he says. “You must really admire the work of your architect in order to do the restoration correctly.”
Wine — Red, White, and Green

Wine — Red, White, and Green

Vineyards shift their focus to organic, sustainable, and biodynamic practices
About the time you think you understand what is (or, more to the point, what is not) involved in organic agriculture, you start hearing about biodynamic and sustainable growing. Good luck if you’re looking for an abridged definition for either.
Wheels — Hit the Switch

Wheels — Hit the Switch

BMW’s M5 offers the best of both worlds: sport and luxury
Ignore people who say now is no time to buy a sports car. It is exactly the time, especially if the dealer throws in a four-door luxury sedan for free. Sounds crazy, but that’s what all BMW dealerships are doing now.
Galleries — Have It Your Way

Galleries — Have It Your Way

Wayne Thiebaud serves up 70 years of abundance at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Known for applying thick layers of paint like so much icing on the cakes and desserts that made his still-life paintings famous, Wayne Thiebaud (born 1920) occupies a populist place in American art history.
Editor's Letter

Editor's Letter

When Love Comes Knocking
This month — our annual Modernism Issue — we celebrate three masters of modernism: Krisel, Charles Hollis Jones, and Karl Benjamin. Each has had a foundational impact on modern design, and each has earned a soft spot in the hearts of enthusiasts of the hard-edge, minimalist Modern aesthetic.
Mission: Mud House

Mission: Mud House

Coachella Valley Museum surveys the area’s adobe structures
The Coachella Valley once was dotted with hundreds of adobe houses, but most have washed away, collapsed, or been bulldozed. In recent months, some classics were slated for demolition. But economy-wary developers allow us a last chance to see these structural gems.
Masters of Modernism — The Accidental Modernist

Masters of Modernism — The Accidental Modernist

How Karl Benjamin helped pioneer an art movement that, 50 years later, continues to inspire brave explorations in abstract geometry
From his favored chair in the living room of his midcentury modern house in Claremont, Karl Benjamin can see through the backyard atrium into his studio. Behind a wall of glass, the bright colors of three of his paintings — one of his classic stripe canvases, one with interlocking forms, and one geometrically abstracted landscape — exude a vitality that could be bittersweet for the 83-year-old artist.
Masters of Modernism — Now Clear This!

Masters of Modernism — Now Clear This!

Charles Hollis Jones, the legendary designer of 1970s Pop furniture, introduces a series of unpredictably organic work
Like he does with his material of choice, Charles Hollis Jones reshapes himself. At 63, the iconic virtuoso of transparent plastic resin furniture has embarked on a series of chairs, four-poster beds, tables, and bar stools that will likely surprise anybody who remembers the almost puritanically Modernist work shown in the Elrod Showroom during the 1960s.
Masters of Modernism — The Butterfly Effect

Masters of Modernism — The Butterfly Effect

Alexander tract architect William Krisel says design is meant to last
William Krisel wants to clear up a misconception. “Whenever people see a house with a butterfly roof,” the 84-year architect says, “they think that I designed it.” But, he adds, “It’s not true.” It’s an understandable error in Palm Springs, where the roof with two wings evokes one of the city’s best-known home designs — from the Twin Palms tract, which Krisel and then-partner Dan Palmer designed in the late 1950s.
Daring Design

Daring Design

The Elrod House epitomizes John Lautner’s go-for-broke philosophy
An apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright early in his career, John Lautner eschewed the cool, severe geometry of his midcentury minimalist peers. Instead, he spent a lifetime as an iconoclast, alternately overlooked or miscast by critics. Several of his best-known projects — including the iconic Googie coffee shop on Sunset Boulevard — have been wrongly celebrated as Atomic Age or Hollywood kitsch.
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