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}

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  1. 10.19.11

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

  2. 10.19.11

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

  3. 10.19.11

    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. 10.19.11
    Amanda said:

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

  5. 10.19.11
    Chelsea 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. 10.19.11

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

  7. 10.19.11

    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. 10.19.11
    Molly 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. 10.19.11
    Ashley said:

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

  10. 10.19.11
    rooth said:

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

  11. 10.19.11

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

  12. 10.20.11
    The NOW said:

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

  13. 10.20.11
    alyson said:

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

  14. 10.21.11
    Aubrey 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. 10.24.11

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

    Thank you for sharing : )

  16. 3.5.22
    Robyn Amott said:

    Hi Victoria
    By chance do you know the specific name of the print you feature in your block which is the one poolside with all the bright coloured cushions – no people
    Thanks heaps