Gibb Smith Arthur Elrod
Gibb Smith Arthur Elrod

Arthur Elrod

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The first monograph on Arthur Elrod, design king of the desert in the 1950s,’60s, and ’70s.

Arthur Elrod was the most successful interior designer working in the Palm Springs area from 1954 to 1974. His forward-thinking midcentury interior design appeared in primary homes, second houses, third houses, spec houses, country clubs, and experimental houses—in the desert and across the US. He was charming, handsome, and worked tirelessly for his A-list clientele, such as Lucille Ball and Walt Disney. Perhaps his most famous work was done in his own home, known as the Elrod House in Palm Springs, built by architect John Lautner in 1968.

His rise paralleled the growing modernist movement in desert architecture, and he worked alongside the leading California architects of the day including E. Stewart Williams, William F. Cody, Paul R. Williams, Buff & Hensman, A. Quincy Jones, Wexler & Harrison, Palmer & Krisel, Howard Lapham, Richard Dorman, Edward Fickett and, most famously, John Lautner.

Elrod’s life was cut tragically short when the convertible he was riding in was hit by a drunk driver one morning in February 1974; he was 49. This in-depth biography of the midcentury’s wunderkind interior designer, Arthur Elrod, is the first and only of its kind.

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