Architecture & Design Collection

The architecture and design collection is the most recent addition to the museum’s collecting interests.

In 2011–12, the museum received from a private collector a major gift of architectural drawings, models, textiles, furniture pieces, and photographs that created a foundation from which to grow the collection.  

The museum’s architectural assets, including the Albert Frey House II, the E. Stewart Williams-designed Palm Springs Art Museum, and Architecture and Design Center building, are an integral part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Highlights of the architecture and design collection include materials from the archives of Arthur Elrod, Albert Frey, Hugh M. Kaptur, Donald Wexler, and E. Stewart Williams, among others; photographs by Julius Shulman; drawings by Richard Neutra, Lawrence Halprin, Steven Holl, Robert Irwin, and Daniel Libeskind; and furniture designed by Greta Magnusson Grossman, Frank Gehry, Ron Arad, the Campana Brothers, and Paul McCobb, to name a few.

Collection Highlights

Living Quarters residence of Warren by Richard Neutra
Richard Neutra, Living Quarters, Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Tremaine, Scottsdale, AZ, 1945
Edgar J Kaufmann House by Julius Shulman
Julius Shulman, Edgar J. Kaufmann House, Palm Springs, California, 1947
Thomas Griffing Residence (later Steve McQueen) drawing by Hugh Kaptur
Hugh Kaptur, Thomas Griffing (Later Steve McQueen) Residence, Southridge, Palm Springs, 1963
Francois Halard, View from the southeast Frey House II (Palm Springs, California, 1963-64/72)
François Halard, View from the southeast Frey House II (Palm Springs, California, 1963-64/72), 1995
Shoreline and Ecosystem at Sea Ranch by Lawrence Halprin
Lawrence Halprin, Shoreline and Ecosystem at Sea Ranch, Sonoma County, California, 1980
Wiggle Chair, Frank Gehry
Frank Gehry, Wiggle Chair (from the Easy Edges Cardboard Furniture series), 1972
Bar Cart, Greta Magnusson Grossman
Greta Magnusson Grossman, Bar Cart, 1954
Harumaki Chair, Humbert Fernando Campana
Humberto and Fernando Campana, Harumaki Chair, 2004
michael-boyd-flip-lounge-and-ottoman
Michael Boyd, Flip Lounge and Ottoman from the RODseries, 2011
paul-mccobb-shovel-chair
Paul McCobb, Shovel Chair, 1953
ron-arad-soft-heart-chair
Ron Arad, "Soft Heart" Chair, 1991
rudolph-michael-schindler-cantilevered-armchair
Rudolph M. Schindler, Cantilevered Armchair, ca. 1926 - 1940
russel-wright-chartreuse-american-modern-dinner-set
Russel Wright, Chartreuse American Modern Dinner Set, 1939
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