Shock Treatment

Stars of fashion and film, David Meister and Alan Siegel demand art and accessories that don't fade into the background.

Erin Feher
  • Photo credit: John Ellis
    Party of Two
    Designed by Timothy Guetzlaff

    Clean, modern, sexy and glamorous—those are the four words fashion designer David Meister lives by. And although his dresses may dazzle on the red carpet in royal blues, electric pinks and shimmering golds, the Palm Springs home he shares with his partner, movie producer Alan Siegel, trades color for chrome, white tile, black leather and what David calls “a little 1980s coke-whore fabulousness.”

    “Our Los Angeles house is more elegant—there’s lots of taupe,” says Meister. He adds with his signature snark, “Here in Palm Springs, I was thinking more Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface.” The art collection the couple curated here has the same in-your-face aesthetic as the interiors and yet, despite the inclusion of some four-letter words, still manages to meet Meister’s aforementioned four-word credo. That’s thanks in part to interior designer Timothy Guetzlaff, who has been working with the duo for so long that he knows how to translate such off-the-wall inspirations into real-life rooms. “We understand each other’s tastes. When it comes to ideas they’ve come to me with, I’ve been surprised, but never shocked.”

  • Photo credit: John Ellis
    A Place Among the Palms
    Designed by Timothy Guetzlaff

    When the couple purchased the classic midcentury modern house five years ago, it was in a strange state. The former owners, art lovers themselves, had an affinity for Southwestern plein air landscapes and had installed dark paneled walls and heavy timber furniture throughout the house. “It was a style that you are more likely to see on the East Coast,” says Guetzlaff. “I thought, Why would you buy this house to do that?” The one perk? The track lighting throughout the home would work well with Meister and Siegel’s art collection, although it was of a very different nature.

  • Photo credit: John Ellis
    Light from Above
    Designed by Timothy Guetzlaff

    Meister and Siegel’s modern and monochromatic decorating style is now the perfect fit for the updated Palm Springs home, which was once filled with landscape paintings and Southwestern-style furniture. One of the couple’s favorite pieces is a neon sign created by LA artist Anthony James, which they bought at the Art of Elysium gala. “It was almost impossible to hang,” recalls Siegel. “But we love it. We turn it on the second we walk in the door.”

  • Photo credit: John Ellis
    Urban Dictionary
    Designed by Timothy Guetzlaff

    “A few of the pieces can be a little bit shocking to others,” says Siegel. “They don’t shock us, but we aren’t exactly, um, normal.” The first piece the couple bought for their new house was a painting by LA artist Russell Young titled Iggy Pop “Gimme Danger,” featuring the rail-thin rock star in a cringe-worthy backbend. “Art should be something that you believe in and that elicits a reaction from you,” says Meister, who also likes to get to know local artists and learn about their process. “I can appreciate art based in realism, but I don’t want a picture of a fruit bowl and some flowers hanging on my wall.”

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