Last week, I was given the opportunity to go on a fantastic work-fun trip. A set of clients recently relocated to Phoenix, AZ, after living in the Bay Area for several years. I had the pleasure of helping them design their East Bay home, and after they sold it, they asked me to help with their next house renovation in Arizona. Of course I said, "Yes!"
Coincidentally, my sister was also on a business trip there, so we were able to coincide our trips and mix in both work and enjoying all that the Scottsdale-Phoenix area has to offer, which I discovered is A LOT OF FUN and filled with mid-century modern architecture and inspiration.
Fresh off the plane, my Client took me straight to Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West.
Architecture and FLW Fans will not be disappointed. The setting, nature and history behind this national historic landmark and creative "laboratory" is fascinating and absolutely spectacular in person. I had seen some photos before, but nothing beats experiencing the property and architecture/rooms in person. Light diffusion, sound, and nature and how they all interplay can all be witnessed throughout the property and tour.
We spent the rest of my short trip enjoying local eats (due to allergies, I eat gluten-free, no dairy) and there were plenty of yummy spots to enjoy. My Client showed me the best vintage shopping (both mid-century focused and general thrifting) and I somehow was able to fill a small empty suitcase for the trip back to California!
Here are some photos of Taliesin West and our incredible hotel Hotel Valley Ho, which for mid-century fans, is a must-stay!
Hotel Valley Ho
Midcentury Modern Unique
4610 N. 7th Avenue
#303 N 7th Ave
Michael Todd's Treasures
4433 N. 7th Ave