Modernism Week Highlights

Last weekend, we headed to Palm Springs to take in Modernism Week. The festival is now in its 8th year and continues to get bigger and better with a jam packed 11 days of design events, tours, talks, films, parties—all celebrating the glories of midcentury modern design and architecture. They say that the population swells from 40,000 to double that during the annual Modernism Week and we could definitely feel that infusion of energy and people!

Our visit last week kicked off on Thursday evening at the Palm Springs Convention Center for the gala preview of the Modernism Show & Sale.  The fair included 80+ exhibitors, including L.A. mainstays Reform Gallery, Inner Gardens and Fat Chance,  as well as galleries from further afar like Paris’s Alexandre Huygevelde.

Saturday evening found us at the Christopher Kennedy Compound for cocktails with old friends and new. The Show House was spearheaded by Christopher Kennedy, and was named the #1 Must-Experience Modernism Week event by The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to read story. Kennedy called upon the nation’s top designers including Jiun Ho, Celerie Kemble, Woodson & Rummerfield, Tamara-Kaye Honey, Thomas Lavin and Lori Dennis to reimagine the John Caranci-built home for the way we live in Palm Springs today. The finished result is nothing short of spectacular!

Come Sunday, we decided to begin our final day in Palm Springs with a bike tour sponsored by. It was an exhilarating way to start the morning, not to mention burn off the calories from the cocktails the night before. Uncovering architectural gems on winding side streets in Northern Palm Springs was a delight—we even stumbled upon an open house listed for $2.75 M with stunning light and outdoor space (every wing of the home opened onto the central pool and patio).

Our bike tour brought us back to downtown Palm Springs and the Modern Living Expo, Several of our friends were exhibiting there including Semi Handmade, Technogel, Just Not Normal and Pete Walker, to name a few. The medley of food trucks was a welcome surprise and offered us great options to refuel.

If you missed it last weekend, you still have time to get in on the action today.  Sunday, Feb. 23 marks the final day of Modernism Week. The Modern Living Expo runs through today and there are several lively talks scheduled including one with KCRW DnA’s Frances Anderton who’ll be discussing living in midcentury, multifamily buildings.

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