Palm Springs and American Mid-Century Modernism are practically synonymous. Design enthusiasts the world over make pilgrimages to the city to take in architecture by legends like Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and Victor Gruen, framed by a backdrop of desert mountains. It only makes sense, then, that west elm would choose this locale as the home for its latest store.
“Palm Springs has long been an inspiration to us,” says west elm president Jim Brett, “from its design and architecture to its signature modern sensibility. Opening our store downtown is just the beginning of our commitment to honoring the city’s heritage as the epicenter of Mid-century modern design and contributing to the vibrancy of Downtown Palm Springs.”
west elm designed this location as an homage to its Modernist surroundings, taking cues from both classic twentieth century forms and Palm Springs’ historic architecture. The exterior structure mixes glass and metal to seamlessly complement downtown’s neighboring shops and natural surroundings. Inside, an art installation commissioned by local artisan Ken Mason employs handcrafted ceramic tiles configured in an abstract configuration.
Photography by Fred Moser
“It is our hope to promote economic growth for this very special community,” said the store’s general manager, Wyndal Chapital. “We have the opportunity to co-exist with local businesses in sustainable ways that supports local products and services as well as the city’s artists and designers.”
201 N Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA