dragonette ltd. on El Paseo

Tastemaker Patrick Dragonette offers the most discerning design connoisseur plenty of satisfying eye candy in his impressive showroom on El Paseo in Palm Desert. To dragonette ltd.brilliantly styled vignettes feature 20th-century artwork, decor, lighting, and furniture from designers such as William Haines, Dorothy Thorpe, Paul McCobb, and the Haas Brothers.

dragonette ltd. has an eye for the rare, the historic and the special. Visitors find items ranging from a 1900 blue and green floral painted urn with gold accents from Krauthein China to a modern copper-clad cedar biomorphic sculpture by Bill Anson, lighting such as the five brass “bullet ” by Karl Springer and the chandelier floor lamp by Tommi Parzinger, classic elements like the cast plaster console and mirror by Francis Elkins, and new designs, including the Lineage chairs by Kelly Wearstler.

Best museum gift shop

For a curated selection of cutting-edge, architecture-inspired products, one of the best places to turn is the Architecture and Design Center. Operated by the Palm Springs Art Museum, this downtown Palm Springs sister venue features design-focused exhibits in a classic mid-century building (a former bank) designed in 1961 by E. Stewart Williams. Located next to the entrance, the modest gift shop occupies the original bank vault. A range of modern jewelery and decorative items from local and international manufacturers sit alongside works of art, stationery and coffee table books covering Julius Shulman, Charles and Ray Eames, Lina Bo Bardi and Pierre Paulin. You’ll need to go through the thick vault door to browse the shelves; once inside, take a look at the old-fashioned emergency safe fan with call button that still adorns the wall. — Emily Chavous Foster

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