The desert is the last place I thought I’d wind up. December 2019: I arrived in Palm Springs to work on the Mahala, a top-to-bottom design project that required my presence. Then, of course, a global pandemic happened and I stayed in place. On previous visits, so much had been hidden in plain sight. The spectacular natural setting, the architecture (beyond the mid-century blockbusters), the desert-inspired artists and designers were here all the time, but with a certain LA jadedness, I might have overlooked it. That’s what inspired ‘Vista Las Palmas’. It’s an admittedly urban, design-centric perspective on the less-seen magic of the desert, sharing found objects, always looking for more. It’s a large-format printed piece with some off-the-beaten-path info, interviews, photography, and graphics. It’s my own take, at least in the beginning. I hope you’ll check it out. November 2020.