February 2013

Articles

Modern Woman

Modern Woman

"It is the plain women who know about love. The beautiful women are too busy being fascinating." - Katharine Hepburn
St. John and Stuart Weitzman — creators of classic women’s fashion for more than 50 years — design on the edge of contemporary with the latest tight knits, knee-high leather boots, and dusky color pops.
Close Encounters

Close Encounters

When Life magazine ran a photo in 1941 of rising star Rita Hayworth in a sheer negligée kneeling on a bed made up with satin sheets, it energized soldiers fighting World War II and transformed pajamas from utilitarian threads to symbols of sexuality.
Hot Property

Hot Property

Meiselman Redux
This geometric jewel, built in 1959, flutters among other butterfly roofs in Palm Springs’ historic Racquet Club Road Estates.
Hot Plates

Hot Plates

Michael Weems Collection in downtown Palm Springs combines two desert pastimes — fine dining and midcentury modern architecture — on fun ceramic plates.
Maximizing the Minimal

Maximizing the Minimal

With steel construction, bright orange sails, and outdoor showers, this new house brings innovative design to a classic Palm Springs neighborhood
With steel construction, bright orange sails, and outdoor showers, this new house brings innovative design to a classic Palm Springs neighborhood
MoMA in Palm Springs? That’s Just Fabulous!

MoMA in Palm Springs? That’s Just Fabulous!

Now you can take home a little piece of New York’s Museum of Modern Art without ever leaving Palm Springs.
The Return of Real Estate

The Return of Real Estate

Indicators signal steady gains in home prices
Housing statistics show the median price per square foot for all houses in the Coachella Valley increased $5 to $126 in November 2012. Gains maintained through the slow season indicate that prices will likely advance again early this year.
Selling Palm Springs

Selling Palm Springs

Multimillion-dollar deals, opulent lifestyles, and smooth-talking reality TV Realtor Steven Aaron made time to chat modernism and the secret art of selling real estate.
Old-Fashioned Elegance

Old-Fashioned Elegance

As polished silver, tuxedoed bellmen, and pressed linen napery go the way of handwritten thank-you notes, Palm Springs historian Peter Moruzzi celebrates and inspires midcentury elegance in his latest book, Classic Dining: Discovering America’s Finest Mid-Century Restaurants.
Most Endangered Modernism

Most Endangered Modernism

With Palm Springs Preservation Foundation safeguarding their integrity, these architectural gems might have a bright future
“Our architecture is becoming internationally renowned, and it has the potential to transform the city,” says Ron Marshall, president of the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation. “[As] architectural tourism becomes bigger and bigger, it’s become the golden goose of Palm Springs economy.”
Restoring the Past, Building a Future

Restoring the Past, Building a Future

The L.A. architecture firm Marmol Radziner is revitalizing iconic modern houses — and transforming a 1960s bank into a world-class architecture and design center
The L.A. architecture firm Marmol Radziner is revitalizing iconic modern houses — and transforming a 1960s bank into a world-class architecture and design center
Modern (Family) Man

Modern (Family) Man

Sitcom star Jesse Tyler Ferguson stands tall for gay rights
Attendees at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on Feb. 9 should take particular note of host Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s bow tie. In November, the Modern Family star and his fiance, Justin Mikita, launched their collection of silk bow ties at TheTieBar.com, with all proceeds benefiting gay rights charities.
Spring Into Color

Spring Into Color

Stones of certain shades exude timely style
Color in jewelry is a great way to make an outfit more exciting, all you need is one or two pieces to spruce up your whole wardrobe.
February 2013 Horoscope

February 2013 Horoscope

Accept, Let Go, and Manifest Your Dreams
This month’s Neptunian vibe — the result of a stellium in Pisces — offers inspiration, serenity, vision, acceptance, and the ability to let go.
3 Wild Nights of Modernism

3 Wild Nights of Modernism

As Palm Springs Modernism Week unfolds, thousands of enthusiasts sporting wide collars and a Rat Pack spirit will converge on the desert and celebrate at a long list of private events, including three with a purpose higher than a raised cocktail glass.
A Hip, Hot Block Party

A Hip, Hot Block Party

As Palm Springs’ “it” destination, the mod-obsessed Uptown District draws lovers of great design and afterhours action
Palm Springs’ Uptown Design District has supersized the city’s groovy vibe with a mile-long stretch of funky boutiques, urban-esque eateries, and home and fashion design emporiums.
Fashion on the Edge

Fashion on the Edge

In 2005, Los Angeles architecture firm Marmol Radziner revealed its prototype prefabricated, steel-frame Desert House on five acres in Desert Hot Springs. The perfect setting for our February Fashion Shoot.
Discovering Design

Discovering Design

Go inside great desert residences — for kids’ sake
Savor sleek modern design, thrill in a tropical paradise, delight in artistic whimsy, and escape into Italian Old World elegance. The elements of gracious desert living unfold Feb. 10, 2013 during the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert Home Tour.
Bringing Presence to the Past

Bringing Presence to the Past

Today’s architects take inspiration from early masters and run with it
Today’s architects take inspiration from early masters and run with it
Building on Last Century’s Innovation

Building on Last Century’s Innovation

In the mid-20th century, desert architects eagerly worked in a new, modern idiom — and Palm Springs provided fertile ground for their brilliant designs
In the mid-20th century, desert architects eagerly worked in a new, modern idiom — and Palm Springs provided fertile ground for their brilliant designs
The Peek-a-Boo Painter

The Peek-a-Boo Painter

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair honoree Mel Ramos says, “I’m Not a ‘Pin-Up’ Artist”
Curvaceous, idealized nude women rise from popular candy wrappers — Mounds, Junior Mints, Snickers — or from a velvety Crown Royal sack. The models pose, smile … you get the idea. Just don’t call the painter of these images a pin-up artist.
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2013/14 Best of the Best

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Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

Pets on Parade 2014 Photo Contest

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