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10 Ways to Invite Palm Springs Modern Style Into Your Backyard
Long cherished as a weekend escape from the urban jungle of Los Angeles, the desert oasis of Palm Springs is a virtual Mecca of Mid-Century Modern architecture and design. The movement we now think of as “Desert Modernism” could only have taken root and bloomed in this particular time and place, thanks to an unexpectedly fertile environment for innovation.
In response to the area’s famously intense climate and dramatic topography, the architects of the day—including Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Donald Wexler—used unexpected materials and new post-war construction techniques to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living spaces. The result was a stark, sophisticated aesthetic that’s still SO relevant.
Furniture, textile and accessories designers answered this asceticism with brash colors, playful patterns and sleek, organic shapes—creating a marvelous marriage of sanctuary and surprise. Luckily, you need not own a Neutra home (which range from just under $2M to nearly $10M) to invite Palm Springs Modern style into your life. Here are 10 ways to get there!
1. SIGN OF THE TIMES
Create a graceful, modern aesthetic, starting at your front door.
2. BENCH WARMER
A striking and ultra-modern take on an American classic, this crowd-pleasing picnic set is durable, lightweight, and even meets MR 4 LEED qualifications for sustainability.
3. SWINGERS WANTED
The nest-like Canasta is basically a hanging planter for humans–and is guaranteed to be the only place your guests will want to sit.
4. ORGANIC ORB
Put the fun in function with these colorful planters designed to add brilliant pops of color wherever you want ‘em! Made from durable high-gloss fiberglass in a variety of shades.
5. LIGHT MY FIRE
We’re absolutely burning for this wild, whimsical take on the traditional backyard fire pit. Standing a full seven feet tall, it’s inspired countless gatherings and a few magazine shoots.
6. FLIGHT OF FANCY
Why shouldn’t your feathered friends live in luxury, too? Invite avian guests to linger—and hopefully nest—with this minimalist birdhouse made from recycled materials.
7. ROCK WITH YOU
This isn’t your grandma’s rocker—unless granny was holding court at Brat Pack pool parties. Equal parts durable and darling, this little burst of backyard joy is also VERY comfy.
8. OUTDOOR ART
The Cast Stone Pebble Seat is an organic shaped sculpture that is furniture and art. Use individually or arrange in a flexible group of any configuration. In a range of sizes and colors.
9. BRIGHT IDEA
Modern doesn’t mean no patterns. The eye-catching geometric design of the Ocean Pillow will refresh any space. As sof as it is durable in the elements.
10. DANISH DELIGHT
Inspired by Danish design and Indonesian Archipelago weaving patterns, these handcrafted pieces feature powder-coated aluminum frames for long-lasting beauty in any climate—including coastal salt air. Recyclable polypropylene weave retains color and tensile strength with dirt resistance and airy comfort. Cushions provide indoor softness with outdoor resilience.