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Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms Estate | Modernism Week’s Man About Modernism

In this episode of Man About Modernism for Modernism Week Stephen Collins visits Frank Sinatra’s first home in Palm Springs, the iconic Twin Palms Estate. Designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1947, it was drawn up and built in only 6 months! 


“The New World” revisits anonymous places of the 20th century. It is set in a time characterized by the conflict of Modernist and Postmodernist convictions, its influence on later 20th century history, and ultimately, the world we live in today.

On a formal level, this conflict defines the aesthetics of the collection. The interrelation of rational graphic design and anonymous photorealism reflects the contrast of manmade ideals and the acceptance of life in chaos. “The New World” is shaped by an original set of rules, metrics and processes. This enables the revelation of eclectic utopias that, for better or worse, withhold the definition of a photograph.

Series I (2011) of “The New World” is a foundation. By topic, an insight to the issues that rule its core. By design, it is a showcase of the visual language it employs.

Series II previews during Palm Springs Modernism Week 2013 and officially premieres Feb. 23rd at CURIO Studio & Collection in Venice, CA.

It is created by Robert G. Achtel (1980) and Jens Bambauer (1981) in Wiesbaden, Germany. As a design product manufactured in limited editions of 100 per piece, the PLEXIGLAS® sealed Kodak exposures, laminated on DIBOND®, are essentially based on the partnership’s architectural photography in the United States.

“The New World” is manufactured in cooperation with Oschatz GmbH & CO KG, one of Germany’s leading image production firms, founded as a photo laboratory in 1922.

Whether it is the setting of your own stories, or the things you might find beneath the ubiquitous veneers, they sure are colorful pictures.