February 23, 2022

Luxury Show House Production Inspires a New Era of Designer Show Houses
Palm Springs, Calif. (February, 2022) – Design Collaborative presents Desert Oasis Show
House March 31 through April 10, 2022 in Indian Wells located in the Coachella Valley, the
center of Southern California’s premier desert resort communities. The 4,350-square-foot Desert
Oasis, situated within the exclusive El Dorado Estates, was originally designed in 1978 by
Architect John Walling as a personal tribute to classic mid-century design. Building off of
Walling’s mid-century creation, the house reflects the beauty and ease of the South Pacific surf
lifestyle masterfully merged with a crisp, refined aesthetic. Design Collaborative will host a
series of exclusive events including tours, panel discussions, live and virtual events, and parties
offering attendees the opportunity to experience all that the estate has to offer. Additionally,
Desert Oasis will host three philanthropic events for FIND Food Bank, National Multiple
Sclerosis Society, and Special Olympics of Southern California to reach the target fundraising
goal of $100,000. To view a full schedule of events and purchase tickets to Desert Oasis visit

“We’re so excited to create an inspirational gathering place where our fellow design-lovers can
engage, learn, celebrate, and indulge,” states Karen Okner, President of Design Collaborative
and showhouse producer. “The world has had to put artful living on pause for nearly two years.
While we will honor strict safety protocols during our 10 day event, there is nothing to compare
with the electricity that our guests will experience when they find themselves face-to-face in the
same room with the best dream-makers and builders in the business.”

Pirch, a leading retailer of luxury kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor appliances and fixtures, will
act as Premier Sponsor of Desert Oasis. As Premier Sponsor, Pirch will provide the core
appliances, water fixtures, and hardware throughout the kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor areas
of the show house. Desert Oasis lead designer Michael Berman, of Michael Berman Limited,
brings a mastery of American Modern style that he expresses through a mid-century sensibility.
The house references classic Tiki and surf nostalgia that has been curated by homeowner Jeph
White, providing a unifying motif throughout every room of the installation.

Chris Barrett, Palm Desert based designer and founder at Chris Barrett Design, plays an
influential role in further differentiating it from others with its cohesive thematic approach. Barrett
creates a stunning statement with the installation of a slender 16 foot wa’a (dugout canoe)
mounted to the grass-covered wall across from the bed in the Primary Bedroom. This bold
design element calls for a cohabitation of naturalistic statement elements with modern luxury.

Desert Oasis has also enlisted the work of esteemed designers Linda Allen, Donna Johnson,
Jenika Kurtz, Shannon Palmer, Jen Samson, Huma Sulaiman, Amy Wax, and Maya
Williams to interpret the theme in their individual visions. Each of the designers worked in
conjunction with Senior Curator Chip Tom of Heather James Fine Art to select fine art to
complement their designs. Displaying works of art totalling upward of $10 million, Desert Oasis
will feature works by distinguished artists such as Picasso, Warhol, Chihuly, de Kooning,
Rauschenberg, and Bertoia.

David Wood, of Big Wood Builders, and John Feldman, of Ecocentrix Landscape Architecture,
both play a crucial role in the buildout and exterior treatments further elevating the postwar
fascination with the South Pacific for modern sensibilities. Barrett and John Feldman combine
design forces for the exterior design to maximize the dramatic views of the pool and the nearby
barranca.In addition, eight extraordinary designers have also contributed their talents to the
transformation of this private residence into an elegant exhibition space highlighting key
elements of architecture, interior design, fine art, furnishings, and advanced home technology.
To continue on the success of Desert Oasis, Design Collaborative will introduce their next show
house, Morningstar Modern, in the Fall of 2022. Architectural powerhouse Donald Wexler’s
iconic desert property sits as part of the elusive Vintage Club, one of the nation’s most
prestigious country clubs. For this exclusive Show House, Heather James Fine Art will allow the
designers to select their art from the private vaults of the gallery, with works on loan totaling
upwards of $20 million. The 8,300-square-foot house, with an additional 1,200-square-foot air
conditioned garage, will have the distinction of being the first show house at the Vintage.

Desert Oasis Sponsors

Pirch – Premier Sponsor
Veranda View – Exclusive Window + Door
Circa – Exclusive Interior Lighting
Heather James Fine Art – Exclusive Art

Gold: Arhaus, Island Stone, Moya Living, Resource Furniture, Teaki Tiles, The Rug Company,
Trifecta Tile Concepts

Silver: Corona, Daltile, Marazzi, Oceanside Tile

Bronze: Cesar Stone, Custom Comfort Mattress, Dunn-Edwards, Epic Garage Designs,
Forever Lawn, PlanIt, Wall Covetings by Brenda Houston

Ticketed Events:

Grand Opening Party
Friday, April 1, 2022 │6-9pm │$125
Presented by Pirch

Poolside Chat
Saturday, April 2, 2022 │11am-1pm │$75
Presented by Pirch

Tiki Cocktail Party
Saturday, April 2, 2022 │6-9pm │ $100
Presented by Teaki Tiles, join us for a tiki party paying homage to the home’s Polynesian

House Tours:

Monday, April 4, 2022 │9am-2pm │$38
Discover the reimagination of Desert Oasis by its esteemed designers, vendors, and partners.
Fixtures + Selection

Monday, April 4, 2022 │4-6pm │$75
Hosted by House of Rohl, an exclusive look by Lou Rohl and lead designer Michael Berman
into luxe plumbing fixtures as well as expert insight into what it takes to design as well as select
the perfect pieces.

House Tours

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 │10am-2pm │$38
Discover the reimagination of Desert Oasis by its esteemed designers, vendors, and partners.

House Tours

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 │9am-2pm │$38
Discover the reimagination of Desert Oasis by its esteemed designers, vendors, and partners.

House Tours

Thursday, April 7, 2022 │9am-2pm │$38
Discover the reimagination of Desert Oasis by its esteemed designers, vendors, and partners.

Rethinking the Backyard

Saturday, April 9, 2022 │11am-1pm │$75
Hosted by ARHAUS featuring Landscape Architect John Feldman, Designer Chris Barrett,
Moya O’Neill, and Santa Barbara Umbrella.

House Tours

Sunday, April 10, 2022 │9am-2pm │$38
Discover the reimagination of Desert Oasis by its esteemed designers, vendors, and partners.

About Design Collaborative
Collaboration is at the heart of what we do and how we think. It’s even in our name. The Design
Collaborative brings top-of-field designers and architects together to transform iconic properties
into unparalleled modern luxury living spaces. The properties provide vital exposure for interior
designers, architects, builders, and manufacturers of premium furniture, kitchen and bath,
outdoor furnishings, lighting, flooring, hardware, and home technology. Designers, artists, and
manufacturers can leverage our current Show House – Desert Oasis – to demonstrate their
talents and products to design lovers and enthusiasts in an intimate setting. Contributors to this
exclusive property will share the inspiration behind their work at a series of live and virtual
events including tours, podcasts, panel discussions, art exhibits, fashion shows, and
philanthropic events. For more information visit and follow Design
Collaborative socially via @designcollaborativeusa on Instagram.

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