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The Language of Modernism

It’s no secret that Heidi Creighton loves mid-century modern design. She’s the author of a new book, William Krisel’s Palm Springs: The Language of Modernism and was a featured guest in our Washington, D.C. showroom where she talked about the book and the design influence from the Hollin Hills neighborhood.

La Jolla house

La Jolla house

We were fortunate to catch up with Heidi and chat about what inspires her and why she loves mid-century design.

Every home should have a:

Library. I’m old school that way.

Three things you can’t live without?

Music, travel, books.

Where do you go for inspiration?

I find inspiration through visual experience: travel, architecture, design, art. Also I find it through music and hearing stories from bold explorers.

What’s your favorite spot in your home?

Next to any large window where the sun shines through and the view is stunning.

Art should be:


Who inspires you?

A mixed group of artists that would include: Patti Smith, Anselm Kiefer, Werner Herzog, Richard Neutra, Banksy, Terrence Mallick, Robert Frank, and of course, William Krisel.

Why does mid-century modernism inspire you the most?

I find it to be a great combination of inventiveness and practicality—accessible to everyone, meant for everyone where materials could be humble yet expressive.

What’s your favorite go-to design resource?

I like books even though I confess to spending hours on the Internet, but actually, I love to visit other people’s homes. I’m inspired by how others express themselves. Also, as a writer I love to hear stories of how people came to live where and how they are living. Those are endlessly fascinating to me.

What’s the best advice you’ve received?

It’s such a cliché, but “be impeccable with your word.”

Where is your favorite home away from home?

I lived in Pondicherry, India for six years in an old Tamil house. It was crumbling apart but had the inner courtyard open to the sky where water fell during monsoon season, where all the rooms opened onto this columned space, where daily activity was performed in this area. The quality of light, the colors of the tropical plants, the women’s saris, cooking smells and music. It was a magical place.

Photos by Julius Shulman and Darren Bradley

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