“I first visited Palm Springs during a road-trip in the U.S.A in 2012, driving through California, Nevada and Arizona. I’d just finished my design degree in Sydney and was taking a celebratory inspiration trip.
“I’ve always had a love for mid-century design; studying graphic design and being married to an industrial designer meant that a lot of the great designers prominent in the 1950s and 60s were inspiring me all the time. I had wanted to visit Palm Springs for such a long time, it’s old Hollywood history and architecture had such a pull that I couldn’t wait to see in person.
“I knew from the second we drove into the city that it was somewhere truly special, and have been visiting annually ever since. My love for Palm Springs inspired a lot of the work we do now at McKean Studio, and our best-selling Mini Cities have found many a new home with mid-century and architecture enthusiasts around the world.
“My most recent trip to Palm Springs this February was in time for ‘Modernism Week’, a 12 day celebration of all things Palm Springs and mid-century modern. The events that take place during Modernism Week raise funds that go back to the preservation of the city.
“This year I was invited to be part of the social team and to contribute some of our McKean Studio pieces for showcasing in the homes. My involvement with Modernism Week provided incredible opportunities to take in some places that are usually off limits to tourists, or are notoriously difficult to snag a ticket to! Seeing the Sunnylands Estates just outside of Palm Springs was a completely unforgettable experience. Peeking into the lives and history of the Annenburgs and hearing of their presidential and royal company through the years was such a thrill.
“We try to time our visit to Palm Springs each year with Modernism Week, and find ourselves meeting up with Aussies at almost every event! I can’t recommend it more highly, and the home tours of the neighbourhood Twin Palms is my most favourite, and something I recommend to anyone who might find themselves in Palm Springs next February.”
About Megan McKean
Megan McKean is a designer, illustrator and author living in Sydney, Australia. A travel obsessive, her work is inspired by cities and countries near and far. Her two children’s books “Hello, Sydney!” and “Hello, Melbourne!” are illustrated look-and-find books about Australian cities, published by Thames & Hudson. Megan’s illustration and design work has been featured in countless publications including “The Age”, “Frankie”, “Architectural Digest”, “Good Weekend”, “Harpers Bazaar”, “Inside Out”, The Design Files, Broadsheet, Cool Hunting and Design Sponge. She is one half of popular Australian design label McKean Studio which she runs alongside her husband, producing an array of jewellery, homewares and accessories inspired by places around the world that encapsulates the fun of travel.