Designer Jonathan Adler is on a mission to banish sterile hotel decor.
In 2004, he designed the Parker Palm Springs Hotel, which was initially opened in 1959 as California’s first Holiday Inn. He’s recently completed a refresh of his original design, including some new additions such as a giant bronze banana sculpture on the lawn.
The Parker Palm Springs Hotel is the epitome of Californian Mid-Century glamour with a whimsical Adler twist.
Palm Springs has the largest concentration of Mid-Century Modern architecture in the USA. Modernism Week takes place in Palm Springs each February and features home tours, films, lectures, music, fashion and classic cars. Modernism Week is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to foster appreciation and encourage preservation of Palm Springs’ architectural heritage.
Palm Springs became a Mid-Century holiday destination for Hollywood stars including Dean Martin, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Cary Grant. Marilyn Monroe was ‘discovered’ in 1949 at a racquet club in Palm Springs by a William Morris agent who saw her by a pool.
A stay at the Parker Palm Springs Hotel during Modernism Week might just be something to add to your fantasy travel list.