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April 15, 2013
After visiting The Saguaro in Palm Springs during Modernism Week, we found ourselves hooked on the Stamberg Aferiat + Associates renovated hotel and wanted to see more from the duo behind it. Lucky for us, they recently released an update on their 1997 monograph and they’ve shared some images with us. The book features 21 projects from the body of work by Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat over the last three decades. While The Saguaro shows their mastery of color, a look through the book reveals the firm also has a strong command of a neutral palette. Dwell and The Saguaro celebrated the book’s release at The Saguaro during Modernism Week. Editor in Chief Amanda Dameron introduced Stamberg and Aferiat, who spoke about some of the projects spanning their career. Click through for images of the event and a peek at some of the projects featured in the book.


During the renovation of three spaces into one at the top of the Ansonia, one of New York City’s most dramatic Beaux-arts buildings, Stamberg Aferiat uncovered an out of sight dome in a storage and service area. The pair prioritized the layout of the space to celebrate the hidden architectural gem and made it a focal point in the home. Photo by: Paul Warchol.

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Faced with the daunting task of designing an addition to legend Richard Meier’s 1967 Hoffman House, Stamberg Aferiat studied the closed geometric system of the original design. They nearly tripled the size of the home while respecting its pedigreed bones. Photo by: Paul Warchol. 

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When a client asked Stamberg Aferiat to design an addition to their 200-year-old farmhouse, the pair did so while seamlessly integrating two of the homeowners’ passions: Japanese palace architecture and their collection of large-scale modern art. The home pulls a disappearing act within its country surroundings. Photo by: Paul Warchol.

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Stamberg Aferiat preserved the raw texture of this former printing plant for sheet music, while simultaneously bringing warmth to the space through the use of bold color. Photo by: Paul Warchol.

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Inspired by architect-designed furniture in the Knoll lineage, Stamberg Aferiat’s Salsa Lounge Collection has a wood exoskeleton and loose cushions. The legs and arms are endlessly customizable like many pieces created by their Modern predecessors, including the Eames', Saarinen, and Florence Knoll. Photo courtesy of Knoll/Paul Warchol.

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Taking cues from the clients’ prized Norwegian sailboat Lulu, Stamberg Aferiat situated this summer house on axis with the dock out back, creating a virtual extension of the sailboat. Photo by: Paul Warchol.

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Tasked with expanding a 150-year old barn with a previous addition built in 1973 by architect Charles Gwathmey, Stamberg Aferiat brought a modern twist while respecting the original structure. Photo by: Paul Warchol.

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At first glance it might appear Stamberg Aferiat chose a standard rainbow palette, but the duo strategically matched the colors to those of wildflowers found in the surrounding desert. Photo by: Paul Dryer.

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A bright reception desk greets visitors and lets them know they’re on vacation! Photo by: Tim Street-Porter.

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The architects brought together years of inspiration and experience to create their very own Shelter Island Pavilion. Taking to mind Cubists’ theory, they created a house with a powerful presence. Photo by: Paul Warchol.

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Geometric forms and strong colors provide a perfect backdrop for a day at the pool. The intense colors paired with translucent walls create ethereal puddles of color throughout the property. Photo by: Paul Warchol.

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Dwell celebrated the book’s release at The Saguaro during Modernism Week. Editor in chief Amanda Dameron introduced Stamberg and Aferiat, who spoke about some of the projects spanning their career. Photo by: Lani Garfield. 

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A hip crowd overtook the courtyard at The Saguaro on the opening weekend of Modernism Week and lined up to get their book signed. Photo by: Lani Garfield.

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Paul Aferiat signing a book for an architecture fan. Photo by: Lani Garfield.

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Dwell’s Amanda Dameron and Michael von Wittenau of The Saguaro. Photo by: Lani Garfield.

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During the renovation of three spaces into one at the top of the Ansonia, one of New York City’s most dramatic Beaux-arts buildings, Stamberg Aferiat uncovered an out of sight dome in a storage and service area. The pair prioritized the layout of the space to celebrate the hidden architectural gem and made it a focal point in the home. Photo by: Paul Warchol.

For more information on the book, click here.

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