AS the architect of the Palm Springs Art Museum, Frank Sinatra's desert house and the mountaintop station of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, E. Stewart Williams helped shape the look of that city. "He was an early environmentalist with his own spin on desert Modernism," says Michael Stern of the Palm Springs Modern Committee, a nonprofit preservation group that will honor Williams at 2 p.m. on Friday with a star on the city's Walk of Stars. Williams, who died in 2005, left a body of work that included the 1954 Edris House, shown above. The star dedication, outside one of his bank buildings at 300 S. Palm Canyon Drive, will be the kickoff to Palm Springs Modernism Week, a 10-day celebration of midcentury architecture and design that includes the Modernism Show with 80 dealers on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a tour of architect Albert Frey's residence and a design symposium featuring East Coast furniture pioneer Wendell Castle. For a schedule, visit www.modernismweek.com.
It's what you want it to be
Inspired by the low Japanese seat called a zaisu, the Zaishu is a flat-pack stool, side table and (when inverted) magazine holder that assembles without nails or glue. The design was introduced in 2004 at the Australian Center for Contemporary Art in Melbourne with stenciled imagery by local street artists. Since then, the Zaishu Project (www.zaishu.com) has incorporated the work of Australian wallpaper designer Florence Broadhurst and traveled throughout Asia and Europe collaborating with artists for limited edition designs that are silk-screened on the exterior surfaces of the piece. The Botanical series Zaishu includes the wild fennel and geranium print ($270) shown here, available at ReForm School in Silver Lake, (323) 906-8660, www.reformschoolrules.com.