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Modernism 101 lecture in partnership with PS ModCom


Before Arthur Elrod arrived in Palm Springs, desert interiors typically revolved around variations on brown and beige. After Elrod set up his design studio on Palm Canyon Drive, color came flooding in—bright whites and yellows, saturated blues, greens and reds. Elrod not only introduced the desert to modern furniture and lighting along with cutting-edge technology for the home, he also worked alongside the local architects who were turning Palm Springs into an international resort. His sophisticated yet relaxed interiors were published regularly in the Los Angeles Times Home magazine, Architectural Digest and House & Garden. Elrod’s own house on Southridge, designed in collaboration with architect John Lautner and featured in the Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever, still stands as a testament to his modern vision. Learn how this boy who grew up on a farm in South Carolina became the most influential interior designer in the desert as well as one of the most important figures in 20th-century interior design.


About the speaker: Adele Cygelman was a longtime magazine editor who focused on interior design, architecture and real estate at Architectural Digest and Robb Report and who has been a regular visitor to the desert since 1994. She is the author of Palm Springs Modern, which was the first book to celebrate the midcentury modern architecture of the desert and which celebrates its 25th anniversary in print this year. She is also the author of Arthur Elrod: Desert Modern Design, which examines the life and work of the most influential designer in the desert from 1954 to 1974.

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