The desert landscape of California’s Palm Springs served as the inspiration behind design brand Citta’s latest collection.
Urbis attended the preview event, which was hosted at Citta’s newly renovated showroom in Mt Eden, Auckland.
The Wish You Were Here, Postcards from Palm Springs collection has a colour palette of chalky pastels in shades of pink, yellow, blue, green and grey – with stronger pops of colour such as navy, bright yellow and orange scattered throughout.
The design team were not only inspired by the colours of the desert, but also the diverse textures of the Palm Springs landscape – so the collection features a mix of soft, smooth and more rugged textures.
Citta designers Imogen Tunnicliffe and Holly Clarke embarked on a tour to discover the modernist architecture, design, culture, colours and mood of Palm Springs.
“We stayed at the famous Parker Hotel – last remodelled by American modernist interior designer Jonathan Adler – which is famous for its incredible entrance, lush gardens and interior,” says Tunnicliffe.
The pair also took an architectural tour of modernist houses in the area, their own car tour through the residential areas of Palm Springs, visited the design district and Moortens Botanical Gardens, as well as ate at restaurants with notable architectural features.
Holly remarks: “What was particularly noticeable on our drive through the residential areas, was that lush gardens were removed, as they need a substantial irrigation system to sustain them. Instead, they were replaced with plants and natural substances like stone that don’t need a lot of maintenance.”
New additions in this collection include outdoor furniture, coloured glassware, cot blankets and tray tables.
Citta product designer David Moreland’s Segment and Tilt ranges for the collection are some of the new additions.
“Made out of American white oak veneered plywood available in either a natural or black finish, the Segment range includes coffee tables, side tables, mirrors and trays. The mirrors and trays feature a trim that only wraps around three quarters of the circumference – this gives them the ability to nest into each other. This element of the design is where the name for the range came from,” says Moreland.
The collection will be available from August.