Palm Springs Modernism Week 2016 – Part III of III

The Mid-Century Show House: The Christopher Kennedy Compound The Christopher Kennedy Compound was billed as “the” event/venue of Modernism Week. The show house is set up as a non-profit with proceeds benefitting education and preservation of architecture throughout Palm Springs. Its’ estimated that 4,000 people toured this year’s show house. Excellent! Christopher Kennedy, a local Palm Springs decorator, is not … Read More

Palm Springs Modernism Week 2016 – Part II of III

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THE DESERT EICHLER’S When I think of the romance of living in a mid-century home or driving a cool vintage car, the romance quickly gives way to my fear of the lack of features and conveniences. New comes with a warranty, its clean and its fresh and has the latest technology. Old comes with none of the above. Enter the … Read More

Palm Springs Modernism Week 2016 – Part I of III

The Design Guy is just back from Modernism Week in Palm Springs and it was truly a celebration of everything modern, from mid-century interior design, to architects and furniture, to fashion, and celebrities. The mission of Modernism Week is “to celebrate and foster appreciation of mid-century architecture and design,” and that it did. There was more than one red carpet … Read More

Steve Thompson in Detroit: The Design Guy Does The Motor City, Part III of III

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The tour continued down the Merchants Row shopping area on the city’s most famous street, Woodward Avenue. We passed by the block with the curious painted steel beams sticking out of the ground which Bruce told us was… …it was the site of the famed J.L. Hudson Department Store, now a parking lot with steel girders exposed like a contemporary sculpture (also owned … Read More

STEVE THOMPSON in DETROIT: The Design Guy does the Motor City, Part I of III

Yellowstone National Park Downtown Detroit “Hiking Yellowstone for my Birthday or exploring downtown Detroit” hmmm… “Hiking Yellowstone for my Birthday or exploring downtown Detroit” hmmm… The historic Yellowstone Inn, Yellowstone National Park The Aloft Hotel at The David Whitney, Detroit, MI You may wonder, with Yellow Stone as an option, how is Detroit even in the running? My interest was piqued … Read More

STEVE THOMPSON: At the ARTISTS STUDIO

CONJURING RAIN 1, 2, & 3. Artist, Mary Heebner. Each 50 X 38 To visit an artist in their studio is just as thrilling today as it was the first time I got to do it 25 years ago with our group from our museum (Dallas Museum of Art). It’s so interesting to get to see where the artists lives (sometimes) … Read More