Donald Wexler's Light Steel Prefab Homes Left a Mark

Irwin Weiner ASID - When architects tackle the challenge of creating homes that go up quickly and use simple, but strong materials to change the nature of housing as we know it, magic can happen. Architect Donald Wexler is such a magician. Pioneering steel in residential design, he created an open plan that practically takes flight, and has added to the mid-century modern home design vernacular of Palm Springs, California. The Dinah Shore home (above and below) is one of his masterpieces. Window walls take advantage of light and landscape views. Wood and stone complement and add warmth to the rigidity and simplicity of the steel frame. Watch this design video excerpt on Wexler and his work, and click here to purchase the complete documentary of Wexler's life and work from Design Onscreen.