In New York Magazine’s most recent issue, we are excited to say there is a fantastic spread on the restoration of one of Edward Field’s many iconic projects: the 1962 Palm Springs modernist masterpiece of William F. Cody FAIA.
A successful career of bringing a distinct desert modern aesthetic to homes and businesses in Palm Springs and beyond from the 1940s through the early 1970s won Cody a rank among the best of mid-century California designers. Author and critic Alan Hess explains, “It is a restless energy that brings a liveliness to his plans, elevations and details. The radical thinness of Cody’s roofs or the daring reach of a cantilever are clearly the result of a wrestling match between the architect and the materials and the laws of physics; that energy and striving remains in the building.”
Edward Fields was commissioned for two rugs in Cody’s original design, shown above in the living and bedroom. So in 2007, when we began searching for a shoot location for some of Edward Fields’ most recognizable rugs, the Cody House was the natural choice.
We approached the globally-renowned architectural photographer Julius Shulman, out of retirement since 2000 to work with German-born Juergen Nogai, and in early 2008 the duo met our team in Palm Springs to take the images used in New York Magazine.
In late 2007, famed art book publisher Tashen released “Julius Shulman, Modernism Rediscovered”–an extensive three-volume set uncovering 300 architectural masterpieces from Shulman’s personal archive, who kindly signed our set when the shoot was finished.