So, I have a confession… I’m totally obsessed with breeze blocks. Nope, it is not just a song. These gloriously decorative concrete blocks have adorned exteriors of homes in the 50’s and 60’s and they’ve returned in such a sweet and unobtrusive way. Breeze blocks have been around since the Art Deco period in the 1930’s and continued to be a defining characteristic of Mid-Century Modern architecture. After the 1970’s their popularity unfortunately dwindled. These cheeky little buggers are making everyone who ever knocked them out want to kick themselves.
While preparing for our renovation we were looking at various ways we could create a wall to house a shower in a new and interesting way and breeze blocks were one of the ideas we were playing around with. I had it all worked out but unfortunately it didn’t make the cut in terms of practically. The idea of using breeze blocks has not left me alone since then. Not only do I have a slight obsession with, I also have a slight obsession with Palm Springs and the ever so gorgeous breeze blocks at Parker Palm Springs features a few times in this post. Just so you know, I’m incredibly jealous of this couple who got married there.
What I love most about breezeblocks is the potential they hold in terms of light and shadows. And of course the variety of patterns. I think these spaces encapsulates and revives the beauty of the breeze block and might I say… They are sensational.