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Lecture at Palms Springs Modernism Week (PSMW)

February 20, 2017


The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in Palm Springs.

Author, architect, and former Maloof Relocation Project Construction Manager Ann Kovara provides a talk and book signing regarding her new book “Moving Sam Maloof: Saving an American Woodworking Legend’s Home and Workshop.” In his City Observed blog, architectural critic Sam Hall Kaplan cheers Ms. Kovara’s “Moving Sam Maloof…” as a “singular book written with empathy” by an “adroit architect” who was involved in moving the craftsman’s compound in Rancho Cucamonga, California to a new site more than three miles away. Hall Kaplan goes on to say, “Kovara captures that spirit of Sam that was truly tested when the State made clear its intention to run a freeway through his 5 acre compound of 45 years.”

Sam Maloof passed away in 2009. Not only was he a truly great craftsman, he was also one of the few woodworkers to develop a unique architectural style, which he expressed at the Maloof Family Compound. Maloof’s direct experience with the 1950s Midcentury Modern movement was an important influence on both his furniture and home design. His experience working in this contemporary aesthetic contributed to his use of straightforward and clean furniture lines as well as his creation of a distinctive Maloof architectural style.


February 20, 2017


350 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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