Introducing a limited-edition porcelain tray featuring the best of Rancho Mirage architecture in collaboration with local artist Michael Weems, whose 15 architectural trays to date have only featured Palm Springs architecture.
The inaugural home in the annual collaboration is one of the most instantly recognizable buildings in our city, the Maranz Residence. It is featured in numerous books on mid-century architecture, as well as the cover of the Preservation Mirage Architecture Map. It was a highlight of our 2022 and 2023 Modernism Week walking tours of the Tamarisk neighborhood. The home was commissioned by Leo Maranz who was an engineer, artist, and inventor of ‘Tastee-Freez’ soft-serve ice cream. He purchased a lot at Tamarisk Country Club in the late 50s and asked his son-in-law Robert Marx to build him the most dramatic house on the golf course. Architect Val Powelson partnered with Marx to make that request a reality. Built in 1960, this is one of the earliest hyperbolic paraboloid structures in the Coachella Valley.
With original artwork penned by architect and member Ken Swoyer, only 150 of the collectible trays are being released, each measuring 10.75” x 6.5;” they are food and dishwasher-safe.
All proceeds are used to advance our mission.
Maranz Residence Architectural Porcelain Tray