Palm Springs


There is beauty in minimal design—the art of keeping only what's important.

February 28, 2018

Our visit to Palm Springs was brief and served only as a layover before driving up to LA, then back to San Francisco. It took us all day to drive back home, stopping along the way to grab food and see old friends. Jeremie and I took turns in 2.5-hour intervals. Apparently, that’s our limit before we start to lose focus. 🙃

An oasis in the desert, Palm Springs looked like a set from a vintage movie with its famous mid-century structures. Everywhere you turn, the city was postcard-perfect. Palm trees stretched towards the blue sky while huge mountains peeked in the background.

Palm springs city hall
City hall
Bench and bin

As much as they are fascinating and scenic, deserts make me unhappy. I could never live in a desert even if I was given a million-dollar home. It feels too superficial, forced, and dead. But maybe that’s because I grew up on a tropical island.

Rancho super car wash
The palms
Parker palm springs

We drove around for a few minutes admiring the bungalows with their intricate patterns and colorful doors. There is beauty in minimal design—the art of keeping only what’s important. That has always been my approach to my work as a designer and life in general.

Pink door
Blue door
Orange door
Yellow door

After a few minutes of taking photos, I started to feel uncomfortable. I felt like I was invading someone’s privacy. I kept waiting for someone to storm out of the doors and chase us but that never happened.

funky mailbox
house with mountains
palm trees
palm springs sign

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