In May 2015, Talking Adelaide spent eight fabulous days in Los Angeles and Palm Springs.
The whirlwind trip had a deliberate MCM (mid-century modern) aesthetic. My sister Christine Rady (Chris+Hue Design) and I visited the best MCM furniture and design shops and dealers in LA including venturing out as far as Silverlake (thanks Uber) and drove up and down the nostalgic streets of Palm Springs.
The standout was undoubtedly a Saturday afternoon private visit to the Stahl House, above the Hollywood Hills. Standing on the terrace overlooking West Hollywood, I imagined for a moment how cool it would be to stay at this stunning location.
You can't rent the Stahl House but there are 15 other homes designed by some of the world's leading architects that Talking Adelaide has discovered are available to rent.
TA has been a subscriber to Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop website since it was launched. Like all blogs, it's content is hit and miss but one of its latest items is a gem.
The title says it all: Homes by Famous Architects that you can actually rent.
Not surprisingly it's the MCM ones on the list that appeal most to TA: the Buff & Hemsman house, in the Hollywood Hills; Paul Weidlinger's house at Cape Cold; the divine Philip Johnson’s Glass House (pictured above), in New Canaan, Connecticut; Le Corbusier’s hotel, in Marseilles; the Schindler apartment also in LA. It's earlier than MCM but the Frank Lloyd Wright Schwartz House in Wisconsin is another.
There's no Neutra house on this list but there is an E. Stewart Williams - Frank Sinatra's cool pad in Palm Springs. For foodies, there's also Julia Child's farmhouse in Provence, France,
Which one appeals to you?