Twin Palms Estate – A New Take on Modernism in Palm Springs
In honor of this year’s Modernism Week (February 14th -24th) we are bringing you an exclusive look into one of the famed homes I previously owned, Twin Palms Estate in Palm Springs. Built in the 1940’s for Frank Sinatra by renowned architect E. Stewart Williams, the historic Twin Palms Estate is synonymous with the style and glamour of this era. Originally commissioned to be a Georgian-style mansion, Williams convinced Sinatra to go with the modern desert design that quickly became the stomping grounds for the Rat Pack and fellow jet-setters of tinsel town. Inspired by my great admiration of the Hollywood Regency period, I was lucky enough to own this celebrated example of mid-century construction for a period of time and I still recall to this day how I could feel the history emanating from this compound the moment I set foot on the property.
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A true architectural gem, this low-slung home perfectly embodies the clean lines, organic shapes and seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. A designer back insert can create additional personal style through the selection of individualized fabric or an unexpected textile combination that is only available with the custom capabilities of CASTELLE.
Twin Palms was built for entertaining – perfect for a time period that was centered around the all-important cocktail hour. Custom fabrics and finishes create a designer statement that is pure Palm Springs.
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Named for the two palm trees flanking the legendary piano-shaped pool, Sinatra himself was known to hoist a flag up the pole on regular occasion to signal to his elite neighbors that the bar was open. This preserved luxury estate has been completely restored and features original art and period furnishings that have inspired the designs of several pieces in my own furniture collection. Decades later, Sinatra’s presence can still be felt throughout this home as well as the city of Palm Springs.