Modern design tends to conjure images of sleek white rooms, high ceilings, minimal glass decor, and vaguely antiseptic details. What I’m here to prove today is that modern design can be symbiotic with color, vibrancy, and bold motifs. Let’s turn out attention to Coachella Valley in Palm Springs—home of hippie-chic Coachella Music Festival. Coachella Valley is home to the Saguaro Hotel which is part of the Joie de Vivre Hotel Group (California’s largest hotel building agency). The Saguaro calls itself an “oasis of desert modern” with beautiful gorgeous colors throughout.
Architects Peter Stamberg and Peter Aferiat were brought in to infuse local color into the property. The team, known for their bold use of color, advocated recreating The Saguaro around a palette of 12 vibrant tones found in native desert wildflowers; color enlivens each balcony, suite, and patio, as well as indoor and outdoor public spaces. The color set follows the light spectrum, which in turn creates different perspectives of the hotel according to the time of day. If you love chancy design that flirts with color and integrates into nature, the Saguaro Hotel was made for you.
With a splash two-tone waterfall and integrated design, this pool functions as a communal space and social draw for the hotel. With a view of the surrounding valley and wild coloration in the pool equipment (umbrellas, etc), this is a pivot point for the rest of the layout.
The Saguaro plays with kitsch without veering off the deep end into total tropicalia. The white facade is offset by colorful accents that make for a retro-mod look. The playful color palette and geometric composition of the facade give the hotel an unusually vibrant modern feel.
This amazing fireplace sits within the parameters of the hotel for a central gathering space. The rich color motif and ultra-modern fire piece make for a stunning outdoor display that’s both highly aesthetic and futuristic. This setup is a prime example of how a bold color scheme can juxtapose with a contemporary silhouette.
Looks like it’s time for a desert vacation—see you in Coachella Valley for desert modern kitsch. Hurray!