Albert Frey’s Pre-fab Aluminaire follows
him to California, 80 years later
A case can be made that, as much as anyone this side of Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Neutra, Albert Frey brought Mid-Century Modern to America and California. The Palm Springs community has known this for a while, and continues to celebrate its connection to the foremost Desert Modernist as a means of appreciation and tourism.
The latest such effort is the Aluminaire (1931), Frey's first design after leaving Europe and his mentor Le Corbusier behind to come to America.
"It was a very compact but brilliantly planned house for a small space," said Mark Davis, who helped rally Palm Springs to embrace the unusual artifact.