Midcentury Marvel: Is That a Pool in the Living Room?
Step inside the Raymond Loewy house, a modernist hideaway in the California desert designed by architect Albert Frey
Colin Flavin | Houzz Contributor
The Raymond Loewy house in Palm Springs, California, designed by Albert Frey for the celebrated industrial designer in 1946, isn’t what you might expect of a home created for a celebrity client. Instead of a large, lavish house, Frey’s design is pint-size, built with low-cost materials and beautifully integrated into the landscape, an innovative approach that continues to be relevant.
The house punches above its weight by making a seamless connection between the home’s interior, the exterior courtyard and the desert beyond. Frey’s approach to design, so different from the Spanish-style homes popular at the time, helped create a new style of architecture called Desert Modern.
The backyard pool merges with the living room of the Raymond Loewy House. Photo by David A. Lee