For 70 years, designers Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman worked to create a body of work that would ultimately popularize the midcentury design that has become synonymous with luxury and high-style. The designers worked so tirelessly, fueled by their collective creative passion, that neither paused for even the slightest bit of recognition or accolade. Now, despite Evelyn’s death two years ago, Jerry still works profusely but recently he has allowed himself to slow down just enough to be honored at Modernism Week in Palm Springs in February as well as be the subject of a book and film profiling the design duo’s life and work.
“They don’t make people like Jerry anymore,” said Lisa Thackaberry to The Los Angeles Times.
Thackaberry, along with Dan Chavkin, authored a book called “Hand-in-Hand: Ceramics, Mosaics, Tapestries, and Wood Carvings, and Hardware by the California Mid-Century Designers Evelyn and Jerome Ackerman,” which profiles the creative fire that the married designers lit inside of each other and the immense oeuvre that was the result of their pairing. The Ackermans were also the subject of the film “In Tandem: The Life and Work of Jerry and Evelyn Ackerman,” which was also released earlier this year.
Through a variety of mediums, the Ackermans worked to make the concept of modernity functional for Southern California home owners. Their pieces incorporated organic forms but were also highly functional and colorful, which enabled them to encapsulate high-minded style and sensibility together for a universal appeal.
“They weren’t a household name; they were a household style. Often people recognized the work but didn’t know who made it. They definitely flew under the radar for a long time,” said Katie Nartonis, one of the filmmakers, to The Los Angeles Times.
Incorporate MidCentury Design Into Your Home
With its simplistic, yet sophisticated use of natural elements, midcentury style blends seamlessly into many Southern California luxury properties and is a favorite among celebrity home owners. While picking up an Ackerman artifact is one way to incorporate the style into your own home, there are a few other ways to capture the fundamentals of this timeless style.
With the proliferation of manufactured woods and surfaces, midcentury’s emphasis on natural materials becomes even more pronounced. Think of the high-quality furnishings of the 1950s. Many of these were made out of natural materials such as teak, walnut, oak and rosewood.
Midcentury is also a style that does not encourage everything to be matchy, matchy. Add flair by pairing these natural surfaces with the sleek lines of brushed metal or the elegant curves of blown glass. Let yourself fall in love with these artful pieces.
Another midcentury staple is the open floor plan. If your home feels closed off and stuffy, consider shifting some furniture around or even knocking down some walls to create an open, airy space.
If you are looking for the perfect midcentury home in Palm Springs, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of luxury property agents today.
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