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The Ultimate Design Guide to Palm Springs, CA

By: Casey Gerber

February 17, 2017

Elvis honeymooned here. Sinatra sang. And architects created some of the world’s most iconic mid-century modern homes. Palm Springs has long been a red-hot destination for the design savvy. So in honor of the annual Modernism Week, we’re sharing our favorite spots in this desert oasis, from must-see tours of designer digs to groovy gems from decades past.


Workshop Kitchen + Bar – Chef Michael Beckman’s Workshop Kitchen + Bar proves that you don’t have to choose between beauty AND brains. With his classic American fare and drop-dead stunning interiors, this restaurant is the first stop on our desert itinerary. Pop into the James Beard Award-winning restaurant for a bountiful Sunday Brunch, or socialize with Palm Spring’s hippest inhabitants over dinner and drinks.

The Ultimate Design Guide to Palm Springs, CA

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Birba – There’s nothing quite like dining under the desert stars at Palm Spring hot-spot, Birba. This indoor-outdoor dining experience works equally well for romantic dinner as it does for girls night out thanks to family style Italian dishes.

SO.PA – Located in the stylish L Horizon Hotel, SO.PA is an upscale al-fresco restaurant complete with firepits, water fountains, and Lindsey Edelman light fixtures.


Arrive – Palm Springs has been long awaiting the arrival of Arrive. Created by a former Facebook employee with designer Chris Pardo, it’s reinventing modernism for the modern age with tech-friendly amenities and areas made for socializing (hello 20-foot jacuzzi).

The Ace Hotel – We all know that The Ace Hotel is the epitome of cool, but did you know that this Palm Springs oasis once used to be an old, neglected Westward Ho? Well, now you do! Conveniently located just a short bike ride away from downtown, it’s a hipster dreamland of macrame installations and vintage vinyl. And their pool scene is the best in the city.

Sparrows Lodge – This restored lodge is filled with extensive Hollywood history — it was originally built to be a red barn for the famous actor, Don Castle and his wife Zetta back in 1952. Today, hotel guests can stay in one of the 20 renovated suites, which feature exposed beam ceilings, wood planked walls, industrial floors and butterfly chairs.


A La MOD – This decor store is any vintage furniture collector’s dream come true. Here, you’ll find an assortment of iconic midcentury modern pieces and statement-making art.

The Ultimate Design Guide to Palm Springs, CA

Hedge – Located on the outskirts of town in a strip of industrial buildings called the Perez Art and Design Center, shoppers make the trek out to Hedge for a curated collection of eclectic furniture, art and decor.

Flow Modern – Don’t expect to score a couple cheap vintage finds at Flow Modern. This is the place to go for gorgeous investment pieces by the likes of Milo Baughman, Mastercraft, and Karl Springer to name just a few!


The Christopher Kennedy Compound – According to The Hollywood Reporter, this show house is the #1 Must-See Event of Modernism Week! But if that doesn’t make you want to check it out, maybe the fact that each room is designed by the nation’s most prominent tastemakers will.

Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture And Design Center – Originally designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1961 to house the Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan offices, we’d have to say that the building’s new tenants are a bit more interesting. The Architecture and Design wing of the museum opened in 2011 and is home to various midcentury exhibitions, educational and community programs.

Sunnylands Historic House Tour –  Countless world leaders have spent time on this sprawling, 200-acre desert estate discussing international policy and making peace agreements. Nestled between the mountains, the recently-built 17,000-square-foot building and garden provides plenty of room for private meetings and offers public tours.

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