Happy Chic at Parker Meridian Palm Springs Resorts
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Le Parker Meridien in Palm Springs, a refreshing California desert oasis and spa is a surprise for eyes.
Hospitality executive Adam Glick, president of Jack Parker Corporation was responsible not only for 2003 purchase of a 13-acre resort in Palm Springs, California but also for bringing together two disparate unique talents of Jonathan Adler, an art visionary who single handedly turned earthy-crunchy “pottery” into groovy “ceramics” and David Mann, principle architect for MR Architecture & Décor in New York City. The combination is so dynamic that you must book a visit ASAP so you can personally experience over-the- top creativity of Adler which vividly brings alive Mann’s architectural design for clean-lines and airy spaces.
The entrance is strikingly simple with a curved driveway that made it appear as if I was pulling up to a private home. The first thing I saw was a high latticework wall of white concrete. Behind this brise soleil, bright orange entry doors popped into my focus. What I found beyond these doors of this $25 million remodel was not only surprising but somewhat surreal and sublime.
As I stepped into wide open lobby I knew why Adler earned design reputation for being “happy chic.” Adler thinks these two words might seem diametrically opposed, but he believes they can and should be fused. As I viewed arranged vignettes in 4,400 square foot lobby I saw veracity of his belief. Adler combed sources world-wide and amassed a collection of furnishings with single common denominator to blend happy expressions with chic designs. These design “surprises for eyes” set against Mann’s backdrop of slump-block walls and granary-oak ceiling sectors made me realize that “look’n for fun and feel’n groovy” can be a way of life.