In the patterns of many Destination PSP products, especially those form our Sunmor collection of melamine, ceramic, placemats and more you’ll find recurring patterns of simple squares and rectangles with interior designs. While we do take credit for the incredible merchandise we create, and we’d love to take credit for the specific design details, these are actually based on mid-century breeze block designs.

Breeze blocks, sometimes called concrete blocks or screen blocks, were actually concrete blocks used frequently in the middle of the 20th century to create privacy walls, screens, etc. They were not used in actual building construction, but rather as way to create a wall but with air flow that would allow the occasional desert breeze to come through.

Breeze block use actually started in the 1930s Art Deco period but were popularized in midcentury architecture as they exemplified the clean, simple lines of mid-century modern architecture and design.

There are a finite number of known breeze block designs. At last count we heard there were just over 200 and we understand the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation is in the process of documenting them all.

There are, of course, a few that are extremely popular, and you’ll find the designs on many Destination PSP products. Edward Durrell Stone, a famous midcentury American Architect was famous for his use of breeze blocks in the 1950’s was known for a rather controversial use on an upper East Side town house.

If you’re in Palm Springs be sure to check out the Parker Hotel. Their huge breeze block entrance is proof positive that the breeze block design not only works in today’s environment but is hip, modern and should be celebrated.

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