After our visit to Palm Springs Modernism Week, we’ve got midcentury modern homes on the brain. With open floor plans and ample windows, the architectural style is unparalleled when it comes to opening up interior spaces and bringing the outdoors in. That said, we love design and décor too much to want to live in a time capsule; we crave the colors, patterns, fabrics, and furniture of today. So when we see a midcentury modern renovation that respects a home’s original architecture yet still feels current, we are wildly impressed and inspired.
Scroll below to see a few of our favorite midcentury remodels.
Fashion designer Trina Turk and husband photographer Jonathan Skow purchased a legendary 1936 Streamline Moderne-style three-bedroom home in the hills of Palm Springs, which had been famously deemed “Ship of the Desert” in a 1937 cover story of Sunset. The couple set out on some light surface restorations, but after a fire burned the home down to its foundation, they enlisted famed architecture firm Marmol Radziner to guide them through a ground-up restoration. Carefully restored with a bright, well-edited view, the landmark home feels like a very fashionable time capsule.
Interior designer and writer David Netto acquired a home by famed architect Richard Neutra, which is marked by an abundance of floor-to-ceiling windows and a blurring of the indoors and out. While he didn’t make many renovations to the house, his interior decor selections—which include a Mies van de Rohe daybed, Poul Kjaerholm lounge chairs, a large sculpture by John Koga, and a wicker ottoman by Franco Albini—complement Neutra’s vision beautifully.
Fashion designer John Eshaya restored a 1964 home in Palm Springs with a distinct, fashionable perspective. Eshaya renovated all the bathrooms in the house—save for its grand, spa-like master bath which boasts an original pink marble tub and walls—and installed new flooring throughout.
Influenced by fashion, he brought in numerous home pieces by fashion houses like Gucci, Pucci, and Hermès. Matching Louis Vuitton blankets adorn the foot two twin beds in a guest bedroom, and Hermes blankets are slung over furniture in other rooms. He has a daunting collection of Pucci pillows and towels and a gilded settee is upholstered in Pucci terrycloth. An 8-foot-tall tower of orange Hermes boxes graces the corner of one of the two living rooms. Eshaya notes that he kept on stacking until it turned into a “sculpture.” His formal pop art collection includes work by luminaries such as Banksy, Takashi Murakami, David LaChapelle, Mr. Brainwash, and Robert Rauschenberg.
Eshaya's addition to the room is a striking chandelier that hangs directly over the tub. The electrician was hesitant to install it, fearing that a freak accident would result in electrocution, but Eshaya won out. "We all have to go somehow—wouldn’t that be a story?” he told Palm Springs Style.