Postcards From Palm Springs - Part 2
The dramatic wall of breeze blocks greeted us at the entrance to The Parker Hotel, before proceeding through full length tangerine doors which led us into the lobby. The interior of The Parker had a $27 million refurbishment in 2004 by renowned ceramic and textile designer Jonathan Adler. His styling was influenced by Evelyn & Jerome Ackerman who were Californian mid century industrial designers. They reinterpreted folk art and traditional techniques in a more modern and liberal style.
Examples of Adler's work are sprinkled around the hotel. Hand made ceramics, murals and relief work, are mixed with rich textures and warm colours, skillfully show casing his playful aesthetic and luxurious tongue-in-cheek style.
The outdoor area included conversation pits, outdoor dining, swimming pools and a family of Jack rabbits who happily enjoyed the lush gardens. The lemonade stand was a wonderful retreat in the incessant desert sun, best served pool side. Which was also a very interesting place to people-watch.