Though the architect of the 1956 La Casa di Ucello Bianca is unknown, the restored kitchen—featured in the book Unseen Midcentury Desert Modern—is an example of midcentury design that remains fresh even after six decades.
Architect Sean Lockyer designed a 5,760-square-foot concrete, stucco, and ipe home for a couple and their three children in the Southern California desert town of Indian Wells. The residents selected the home’s furnishings, including the Royal Botania chaise lounges.
A lap pool runs alongside the west facade of a hybrid prefab home in Palm Springs by Sander Architects. “Our version of prefab,” explains architect Whitney Sander, “involves the use of building shells that are the ‘heavy lifting’ parts of any house: main structure, secondary structure, and (often) building skin.”
The area boasts an impressive collection of work by internationally acclaimed modernist architect Richard Neutra, including his famous Kaufmann House in Palm Springs—often cited as one of the best examples of International Style residential architecture.
Just outside of Palm Springs, in Desert Hot Springs, two Los Angeles designers resuscitating a down-at-the-heel John Lautner building. They spent four years shopping for furnishings, fixtures, and lighting to outfit the guest rooms, sourcing steel hardware in Hong Kong, vintage lighting in Italy and France, and many mid-century pieces in their backyard, aka Palm Springs’s renowned vintage shops.