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The Kaufmann House

In early 2008, I remember receiving a J.Crew catalog that included this Palm Springs home as its amazing backdrop. I’ve pretty much been obsessed ever since.

Designed by architect Richard Neutra in 1946, the Kaufmann House is famous for its huge sliding glass walls and bedrooms that open up right onto patios. It’s the ultimate in indoor/outdoor living. I’ve recently come to really love the look of mid-century homes, and this one is no exception! Here’s more about it from Wikipedia:

This five-bedroom, five-bathroom vacation house in Palm Springs, California was designed to emphasize connection to the desert landscape while offering shelter from harsh climatic conditions. Large sliding glass walls open the living spaces and master bedroom to adjacent patios. Major outdoor rooms are enclosed by a row of movable vertical fins that offer flexible protection against sandstorms and intense heat.

A combined living and dining space, roughly square, lies at the center of the house. While the house favors an east-west axis, four long perpendicular wings extend in each cardinal direction from the living areas. Thoughtful placement of larger rooms at the end of each wing helps define adjacent outdoor rooms, with circulation occurring both indoors and out.

Yes, please!

When I think of Palm Springs vacation homes, the Kaufmann House is pretty much what comes to mind. What do you think? Could you handle waking up with all that natural light and then sliding open your glass wall for a dip in the pool? I think the answer is pretty obvious.

You can learn more about the history (and drama surrounding) the Kaufmann House here, here and here.

{Image Credits: Apartment Therapy, New York Times}

16 responses to “The Kaufmann House”

  1. Liz {Sequins and Stripes}, on October 19, 2011 at 6:41 am said:

    I need to visit Palm Springs for all of this architectural goodness! Hope you’re enjoying it!

  2. Lara Matos, on October 19, 2011 at 7:31 am said:

    the answer is definitely obvious. its stunning – the home, the decor, the yard. wow.

  3. Brooks (@brooksmr), on October 19, 2011 at 8:24 am said:

    That house is absolutely incredible. I don’t think there’s a better way to design a house to make the most of the beautiful mountains. Do you know if it was used in “Catch me if you can?”

    By the way, I love your blog!

  4. Amanda, on October 19, 2011 at 8:28 am said:

    I adore the modern 70′s feel! I could totally live there.

  5. Chelsea, on October 19, 2011 at 9:14 am said:

    Um, the mountains in the background? No, I wouldn’t mind waking up there. It reminds me of an episode of Mad Men when Don is off in California. Anyways, wow! xo

  6. Lonely Wife Project, on October 19, 2011 at 11:34 am said:

    I would move to Palm Springs if I could live in that house!

  7. Erika [small shop], on October 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm said:

    Yes ma’am! My favorite of all time. Did you try to drive by it? You can’t see much of it over the walls, but still, to be so close to genius.

    It just basically describes what I want my life to be like.

    p.s. tons of these types of homes in PS!

  8. Molly, on October 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm said:

    TOTALLY remember this house in the JCrack catalog!!! Stunning. So happy you posted on this for all of us J.Crew and design addicts

  9. Ashley, on October 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm said:

    This house is exactly what I think of when I think of Palm Springs. Such house envy!!

  10. rooth, on October 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm said:

    I love outside / inside living – it’d be lovely to enjoy it in the nice California weather

  11. tamra {walks with Bella}, on October 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm said:

    Ummmm I think I could live there. I mean if someone made me….. HAH. honestly, dream home!

  12. The NOW, on October 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm said:

    PERFECTION!!!! Great post!! xoxo e&a

  13. alyson, on October 20, 2011 at 7:49 pm said:

    Yeah, think you pretty much answered that one for me. Stunning!

  14. Aubrey, on October 21, 2011 at 7:30 am said:

    I’m pretty sure I could deal with living there…the sunshine, the cool vintage vibe, the history…it would be really tough, especially with the fabulous pool, but hey, someone has got to do it, right??? Happy Weekend, girl!

  15. Sara @ Gameday Stylist, on October 24, 2011 at 10:16 am said:

    OMG Love! I love anything mid-century – obsessed.

    Thank you for sharing : )

  16. Elsewhere « Visualingual, on November 4, 2011 at 4:08 am said:

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