|Weekends over the past year have been spent
transforming a derelict triplex in Palm Springs into a desert hideaway.
While work still
continues, these photographs will give an inkling of the transformation that is taking
place in one of the units. Since the space is quite small, only 389 square feet, it
required small scale furniture that serves a myriad of functions. Borrowing visual space
from adjoining rooms was also paramount, giving rise to the design concept of transparency
and textured translucency.
In lieu of light-blocking solid doors, interior spaces are separated with clear glass
sliding doors. This novel use of patio doors inside helps conserve square footage because
they slide upon themselves rather than gulping up precious space in already small rooms
and hallways. In addition, they help dissolve the distinction between interior spaces
allowing the eye to see a progression of views.
Where discretion is required, as in the bathroom, the glass doors have been covered
with handmade textural paper that provides privacy yet allows light to glow from within,
creating the effect of a modern shoji screen.
To continue the textured translucency concept, cabinets are fronted with frosted and
reeded glass as well as translucent plastic. This idea is furthered in the hallway with
recessed light niches. Clear plastic panels have been covered in a variety of textural
papers creating a warm lighting display in the corridor.