Jonathan Adler Renovates the Parker Palm Springs with Carpet from The Shining & a Giant Golden Banana

Jonathan Adler Renovates the Parker Palm Springs with Carpet from The Shining & a Giant Golden Banana

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Maggie Coughlan
Feb 3, 2017

The ever-stylish Jonathan Adler recently redecorated the Parker Palm Springs, giving a refresh to his original 2004 design for the hotel—all while adding some of his signature whimsical touches.

Spread across 13 acres, the Parker Palm Springs originally opened in 1959 as California's first Holiday Inn.

In the 58 years since then, the property developed a reputation as the ultimate desert escape. After the talk show host and media mogul Merv Griffin — who renamed it Merv Griffin's Resort Hotel and Givenchy Spa — sold it to Jack Parker in 2002, the hotelier hired Jonathan Adler to oversee a $27 million dollar renovation.

In 2004, it was reopened (and renamed) as the Parker Palm Springs. At the time, Adler relied on a mix of vintage pieces to create a look he called "hippie chic."

Fast forward to the present day and Adler returned to the Parker Palm Springs to give the popular weekend destination a refresh.

"Look, we all need a face-lift," the ceramicist-turned-designer told Architectural Digest. "The hotel's design certainly wasn't broken. If anything the patina made it feel right, but there were just some spaces that had gone beyond patina and needed that lift."

Adler's fanciful style can be seen in several new additions, like a seven-foot-tall bronze banana sculpture on display on the hotel's main lawn and inside, patterned carpeting inspired by the 1980 horror film, "The Shining."

"To me, Palm Springs is Hollywood, luxurious and a little bit louche," Adler, 50, explained to the magazine.

The Gene Autry residence — a two bedroom villa where the singing cowboy (who owned the hotel in 1961) once lived — combines the property's storied history with Adler's distinct brand of design. The dining room is outfitted with furniture from Adler's own line, including wool and brass chairs.

"We made the Gene Autry Residence everyone's fantasy of a Palm Springs' getaway," he told AD. "It has an Old Hollywood vibe with a screening room, and it's just what Palm Springs should feel like: eccentric glamour."

There's still more to come from Adler. His next project to be revealed at the hotel is Counter Reformation, a wine bar flanked by brass, mirrors and patterned cement tiles.

See more photos over on Architectural Digest.

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