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Prefab Preview: Airstream Loft and Land Yacht

photo credit: Christophe Popper

Airstream‘s trademark aluminum travel trailers are synonymous with adventure, good times, and old fashioned road trips.  If you love the open road and mobile living, then make sure to stop by the Prefab Showcase at Modernism Week to check out Christophe Popper’s mobile living space, the Airstream Loft, and the new Airstream prototype Land Yacht. Continue reading

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Preview: California Home and Design Explores “The Modern Mindset”

Erin Feher

Not everyone agrees on the meaning of the word “modernism.” For some, it’s a strict adherence to the design style of the 1950s and ’60s. For others, it’s a philosophy that can be applied to pieces and places both old and new—an aesthetic that continues to evolve and push the boundaries of what came before.  Continue reading

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Preview: The Frey House II – Additional Tickets Just Released

Frey House II by Darren Bradley

With Modernism Week just around the corner, tickets are selling out quickly for some of Palm Springs’ hottest architecture and design events. Fortunately for those still hoping to snag a spot at one of the coveted home tours, additional tickets have just become available for daytime tours of Albert Frey’s famous mountainside perch.  Widely praised as a landmark example of desert modernism, the Frey House II tour invites modernist fans to experience a rare walkthrough of this iconic structure.  Continue reading

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Modernism Week Round-Up of Free Events


As Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson put it, “the best things in life are free.”  We agree.  That’s why we’ve pulled together this handy round-up of Modernism Week events that are free and open to the public.  For the impulse visitor who may not have bought their tickets in advance or the modernist on a tight budget, this is a listing of events that will leave you feeling culturally enriched without taxing your wallet.  No tickets necessary.  Just come out and enjoy the show, as it were. Continue reading

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Moby on Modernism

Moby press photo_print version- 2011Modernism Week is thrilled to announce that we’ve added a very special panel discussion to the jam-packed schedule.  Don’t miss GRAMMY-nominated musician Moby as he joins the the inimitable Frances Anderton – author, curator, and host of KCRW’s Design and Architecture – for a candid chat about his perspective on wonderfully weird LA architecture, preservation, modernism, and much more.

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Photo by: Bridget Fleming

Photo by: Bridget Fleming

With Palm Springs Modernism Week commencing in a little over three weeks, here’s your last chance to win tickets! Our prize this week is a pair of tickets to the Silver Factory Gala on February 15th (a value of $250). Come and celebrate Andy Warhol’s notorious studio, where decadence and impropriety reigned supreme. For those of you who are new around here, the #ModernismProject is our first-ever mobile initiative encouraging the global community of modernism fans to express visually what modernism means to them. This week’s theme is…..#FASHION.

If you’ve read our recent post on the fashion at Modernism Week, you’ll realize that it’s sort of a big deal. From the parties to the fashion shows, bouffants and glittery gowns are a must. We know that many of you have an amazing collection of vintage pieces in your closet, or perhaps some vintage fashion magazines stashed in the attic. Shoot them all and post them to Instagram – we want to see your fashion inspired photos!

Our special guest judge for this challenge is Brenna Egan from Refinery 29 – a personal style and feel-good online magazine engaging women and sharing with them content, commerce, and community while giving them all the tips, tricks, and tools they need to live a more beautiful life.

“In our cyclical fashion world, if there’s one aesthetic era that designers and stylists reference most, it’s hands-down the Mid-Century. Courrèges, Quant, Twiggy, Edie — what symbolizes freewheeling fun and rebellion more? That kind of revolutionary edge-turned-timeless vibe is something that I don’t believe can ever be replicated. Fashion was always meant to be an art form, and these decades were the first time whimsy worked its way into mainstream with moxie. For that, all I can say, is that I wholeheartedly wish I could have been alive to experience (and wear) it all,” says Egan.

Scroll down for contest rules…

Our judge, Brenna Egan from Refinery 29

Participants are encouraged to submit as many photos as they’d like.

To participate in the #fashion challenge:

• follow modernism_week on Instagram
• be ABSOLUTELY sure to tag your photos #ModernismProject and #Fashion.
• More on the rules and regulations here.
• Contest begins at 12:01am PST on Thursday, January 24th and ends at 11:59pm PST on Monday, January 28th.
• The winner will be announced January 30th.



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Photo by @honeyburbon | Deb Piepenburg

Photo by @honeyburbon | Debbie Piepenburg

Thank you to everyone who participated in our latest #ModernismProject photo challenge –#typography. It was a pleasure to have Bobby Solomon with The Fox Is Black look through all of your submissions, so thank you for being our special guest judge! Bobby chose Debbie Piepenburg’s photo (@honeyburbon) of the Hollywood Downtowner Motel. As a Hollywood resident, Debbie’s obsessed with the old signs that line the streets of her neighborhood. She loves how fresh and alive they appear to be with their neon lights twinkling throughout the day. She loves how the light combinations constantly change and give passerby’s a glimpse into the past and the future all at once.

Follow Debbie on Instagram (@honeyburbon) to see more of her inspirations as she snaps photos of her neighborhood, her travels, and her favorite cats.

Check back next Thursday, January 24th when we announce our LAST #ModernismProject challenge – and your last chance to win tickets to Palm Springs Modernism Week!

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Preview: Inside the “Jewel of the Desert” Marrakesh Designer Showcase


Marrakesh Rendering

Don’t miss the Marrakesh Designer Showcase, the Coachella Valley’s first  interior design showcase.  Once dubbed the “Jewel of the Nile,” the Marrakesh Country Club will be opening up its grounds to the public to give us all a glimpse of the glamor and glitz of yore.  A veritable who’s who of designers have been tasked with creating five gorgeously appointed homes in the Hollywood Regency style of the architect, John Elgin Woolf.  No photos are available just yet so you’ll have to come and see for yourself just what exactly lies behind those pink walls.

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Prefab Preview: TRAILER BAR

R+U Trailer Bar

See how an old classroom trailer gets a chic facelift with R+U‘s TRAILER BAR, on display at Palm Springs Modernism Week, February 14-24, 2013.

Standing by the philosophy that “designing something new does not mean starting from scratch,” R+U’s innovative approach to upcycled modular architecture results in reduced costs, quicker production, lower energy consumption, and less waste – all while being well-designed.

R+U Trailer Bar

R+U Trailer Bar Floor PlanWith its sleek, circular bar and lounging area, TRAILER BAR will offer Modernism Week guests 480 square feet of unique space for entertaining. As a single piece, the unit can be easily transported and installed as a fun alternative to a traditional cabana or guest house.

Designed by award-winning architect Robert Anderson, TRAILER BAR includes a powder room, stainless steel appliances, a wine rack, and margarita-colored onyx countertops. Doors run the length of the unit. The middle doors fold and stack, while the doors at the ends swing out to become stylish walls for the deck. Decks, trellises, and other exterior additions are separate and will be constructed on site.

To learn more about the Prefab Expo and other cool events happening during Palm Springs Modernism Week, check out The Guide or visit

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Lecture Highlight: Hagy Belzberg, FAIA

Santa Monica architect, Hagy Belzberg of Belzberg Architects, is all about architectural innovation – and his recently completed, award-winning projects illustrate this beautifully. His tendency toward molded and sculptural forms defines his approach. This is evidenced from the triangular shapes of the award-winning Conga Room, to the relationship of the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum to its adjacent park which envelopes the structure. Join Belzberg as he discusses his design strategies for creating architecturally innovative projects in his lecture, Desert Installations, Salsa Dancing and the Architecture of Tragedy  at Palm Springs Modernism Week. Design is a collaborative process between client and architect, and Belzberg will illustrate his lecture with recent projects of his Santa Monica firm.

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