FAMED ARCHITECT BRINGS
MODERN NOSTALGIA TO CUSTOM MONOGRAM REFRIGERATOR
April 23, 2020
Refrigerator door panels generally don’t top the list of eye-catching design elements in a kitchen – unless, of course, they’re custom-designed by renowned mid-century architect Jim Tyler. Tyler is behind the simple-yet-stunning Monogram refrigerator panel in the newly-renovated kitchen at the Kirk Douglas Estate in Palm Springs, Calif., revealed at last month’s Modernism Week.
An associate and principal designer with influential modernist Craig Ellwood in the 1960s and 1970s, Tyler was working with the estate’s current owner, architect Diane Bald, on another mid-century property when Bald had the idea to collaborate on the Douglas estate. Bald had designed a full stainless-steel wall of Monogram Statement appliances there, and asked if Tyler could give it something extra. Though he’d never designed an appliance panel in his 65-plus-year career, Tyler took on the challenge. The result was a subtle, but powerful, moment in the kitchen.