The Armchair Modernist’s Guide to Palm Springs


All your friends who love spindly leg furniture will be in the desert this weekend for the 16th annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale. When visitors have had their fill of the sprawling convention center filled 80 dealers-worth of mid-century modern furniture and art, they can board a bus to tour modern homes filled with still more mid-century modern furniture and art.

If you can’t handle spending half a day on the San Bernardino freeway, though, just cruise over to Amazon and order up these new books about living the high life in America’s desert playground.

Palm Springs Modern Living by James Schnepf
Meet the residents who bring their flair to the desert.

Palm Springs Paradise by Peter Moruzzi
Vintage photographs of stars, cars, and bars

William Krisel’s Palm Springs – The Language of Modernism by Chris Menrad and Heidi Creighton
A chronology of one of the last living desert modernists

Unseen Midcentury Desert Modern by Daniel Chavkin
Lesser-known architecture from the 1950s and 60s