American decorating fantasies come and go, but in Palm Springs, they seem to linger for a while and leave some exotic traces behind. Designers Brent Leonard and Sean Webb, the two halves of FORMARCH, were duly inspired — and intent on avoiding the pitfalls of past styles in their renovation of a circa 1964 modernist villa. “We were trying to create a luxurious yet uplifting, happy and light feeling without relying on mid-century cliches,” Leonard says. Cue the sexy Italians — Giovanni Offredi’s undulating 1970s lounge chairs for Saporiti in sunbaked ocher — a few vintage treasures and a Mannerist-style painting, surely a rare find in the California desert. Not a cliché in sight.
Seen here in perfect harmony with the Mannerist-style painting hanging over the sofa, “the coffee table cum planter cum pirate-ship wheel — it’s obviously open to interpretation — is an element with which we have a love/hate relationship,” the FORMARCH partners playfully admit.
“One moves toward light in our interiors, and we carefully consider how to celebrate, and temper, the ways in which light activates a space and promotes overall well-being.”