Design Inspiration: The Parker Hotel
The Coachella Music festival graces Palm Springs, CA only but once a year, summoning both hipsters and audiophiles nationwide to brave the desert heat for three days of music listening, star-sighting, and style-flaunting. And, with a lineup of stars such as Morrissey, Jenny Lewis, Fleet Foxes, M.I.A. the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Killers (to name a few), the party doesn’t stop with the final encore. In the words of R. Kelly, “after the show is the after party and, after the party, is the hotel lobby” and, in this case, the coolest hotel lobby in town is definitely The Parker Palm Springs.
Formerly the Gene Autry residence, the Parker occupies thirteen acres of the most beautifully manicured desert landscape and gardens and was designed by none other than famed interior designer, Jonathan Adler. The décor is signature Adler style, merging molded clay sculptures and accessories with retro-regency shapes, as well as slubby textiles and bright poppy colors. Indeed the hotel’s design pays perfect homage to the area’s famed elite, both past and present. Whether staying over night or just visiting Norma’s restaurant for an afternoon snack, the Parker’s interiors are sure to leave a lasting impression on guests that very well may trickle down into their own home design style.
Color and texture is an integral aspect to the Parker’s design, as seen below in the lounge area adjacent to the front desk reception. The contrast of the colored pillows and pseudo-slip covers with the stark white brick and lamps is quintessential Adler.
There are many seating options in the lounge, from the semi-circular sofa to the leather cushions and tufted pillows surrounding the fire pit, but the most outstanding part of this space is the wall divider on the right. Sculpted out of metal, these retro shapes are suspended from the ceiling to separate the lounge from the main lobby hallway.
The rooms get a lot of sun, illuminating the white linens and walls. The Peruvian wall tapestries are a favorite among guests and are an easy way to bring a little Adler flavor to your own home.
Norma’s restaurant has food that is equally as delicious as it’s décor. Could it be coincidental that the chef’s complimentary smoothies often match the colors of the pillows and cushions?
Poolside at the Parker is an easy look to copy for your own backyard or balcony. One outdoor rug + rattan cushions + a cool lantern = Jonathan Adler-esque style at home!