Cult Film Actor Udo Kier's Palm

The cult film villain lives in Palm Springs’ Crocker Library, surrounded by his designer furnishings

German cult film villain Udo Kier (Melancholia, Blade, Andy Warhol’s Dracula) has one of the most unusual homes in Palm Springs, a conversion of the 1965 Francis F. Crocker Library, which was originally co-designed by Swiss-born modernist Albert Frey and John Porter Clark (who engineered the Palm Springs tram).

The home is dominated by a sprawling 1,000-square-foot living room area, which feels more like a mid-century furniture showroom than a traditional living room, thanks to Kier’s impressive collection of vintage lights and chairs by the likes of Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and George Nelson — the result of 20 years of avid collecting by Kier.

<em>(From the pages of the April 23 issue of Variety.)</em>

“Somebody tried to analyze my taste once,” says Kier, who has around 25 collectible chairs in his living room alone. “I collect chairs and lights, which obviously means I want to sit in the light — not surprising for an actor I suppose.”

Palm Springs has long been a mecca for mid-century modern collectors, but these days Kier’s mood is less acquisitive than before. “I have everything I want,” he says.

Instead, the actor longs to leave the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, where he also owns a home, and tend to his serene desert garden, complete with lap pool and cacti. “My great joy these days is giving palm trees water,” he says. “Simple as that.”

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