Everything Old Is New Again:
Mid-Century Modern, Palm Springs + Capturing Vision
Everything old is new again. We see it in all forms of design; clothing, furniture, and of course architecture. The latter which is in my distinct wheelhouse. Not because I’m an architect or an art historian or a designer — but because I capture the vision. My influence exists because I’m a real estate photographer. I’ve shot hundreds upon hundreds of houses and have seen it all. Experience is my superpower and as such, I’ve earned a couple cents to throw in on the subject.
I said “everything old is new again” because this month we are inspired by Modernism Week taking place in Palm Springs February 15th-25th. It is well known that Palm Springs is a hotbed for Mid-century Modern architecture. If any city “owns” mid-century modern it’s them. I love it when a city really embraces a style and keeps it going over time in some shape or form. Paris bought into Art Nouveau in the early 1900s, much like Los Angeles did with Art Deco in the 1920s. But those cities more or less abandoned those styles. I often wonder what those cities would look like if the entire city was built that way, wouldn’t that be so cool? Like if the city councils just had a mandate forcing all buildings to be built in those styles. You don’t see much of that anymore. *sigh*
Palm Springs celebrates modernism in all forms but as I touched upon earlier the form everyone remembers it for is mid-century modern. I don’t know if its historical nostalgia or just a hard-wired attraction to the style but I love being in those kind of designed spaces. The city I work in, Los Angeles, has gobs of mid-century architecture but sadly much of it has been remodeled, torn down, or poorly maintained. So it becomes a special joy when I do end up shooting a property that has been preserved in great condition and the mid-century character is upheld.
Luckily that joy has been happening more often as to me, it “feels” like Los Angeles is loving mid-century again. I’m seeing it more and more in the furniture selection, in the way people are maintaining their properties, and in the design elements of new constructions. Everything old is new again and I’m going to happily ride the wave. So if you love this style of architecture you’ve come to the right place! And if you happen to get a new mid-century modern listing think of The Luxury Level because we’d love to capture this timeless and crucial part of history.
Are you in the market? Here is an article from this past summer on Frank Lloyd Wright homes for sale.