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Lecture Highlight: Marimekko Behind the Scenes

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Marimekko‘s bold, colorful, and effusive designs are unmistakable.   Founded in 1951, Marimekko is a company made by women for women.  CEO Armi Ratia was responsible for making the avant garde mid-century designs of female artists like Maija Isola a part of the Marimekko identity.  In the 1960s, the company’s bold prints and boxy fashions became the height of fashion in Finland and abroad, launching Marimekko into the international limelight.  Today, Marimekko is a leading textile company, producing fabrics and readymade items for stores all over the world. Continue reading

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#MODERNISMPROJECT > CHALLENGE NO. 5 > TYPOGRAPHY > SPECIAL GUEST JUDGE BOBBY SOLOMON

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Happy New Year everyone! We took some time away from the #ModernsimProject to enjoy the holidays, and we’re back with two more challenges (and two more chances to win tickets!) before Palm Springs Modernism Week in February.  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…..#TYPOGRAPHY.

Go forth and capture images of vintage signs and ephemera that inspire modernism. Anything from roadsigns and posters to cereal boxes and soda cans. Typography is everywhere, so we want to see it in your community!

Our special guest judge for this challenge is Bobby Solomon, Editor-In-Chief of The Fox Is Black – a blog that focuses on design, architecture, music and culture. The Fox Is Black was started in 2007 as a way of sharing interesting ideas with likeminded people. Solomon currently lives in Los Angeles where he works as an art director at Disney Interactive.

Solomon believes that, “typography, both for digital use or hand-lettered, are thriving industries which have seen huge amounts of growth over the last 10 years. Though these styles are very different, the two are so critical to our world these days. Artists with the ability to paint beautiful signs on the glass of a storefront are equally important as a designer creating legible typefaces that make our reading experiences better.”

And we wholeheartedly agree!

Scroll down for contest rules…

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Bobby Solomon

Participants are encouraged to submit as many photos as they’d like. An amazing panel of special guest judges will review all the submissions and pick a lucky winner in each category.

To participate in the #typography challenge:

• follow modernism_week on Instagram
• be ABSOLUTELY sure to tag your photos #ModernismProject and #Typography.
• More on the rules and regulations here.
• Contest begins at 12:01am PST on Thursday, January 10th and ends at 11:59pm PST on Monday, January 14th.
• The winner will be announced January 16th.

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#MODERNISMPROJECT > CHALLENGE NO. 2 > PATTERN > SPECIAL GUEST JUDGE DESIGN MILK

Did you enjoy our first #ModernismProject challenge? I know we did! There were so many beautiful submissions, so thanks again for participating. Here’s your second chance to win tickets to Palm Springs Modernism Week. 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…..#PATTERN.

Cruise your city, and scour your local hangouts for patterns that evoke modernism with bold design, graphic grids, and patterned surfaces. Simple, repetitive, and colorful interior screens, wallpaper, tiles, fabric or graphic design are all great examples.

Our special guest judge for this challenge is none other than the awesome design scavenger – Jaime Derringer, founder of Design Milk. This gal and her team provide you with a daily dose of vitamin D (that’s “D” for design!) An online magazine dedicated to modern design, Design Milk offers what’s new in art, architecture, interior design, furniture and decor, fashion and technology. Always fresh + never sour, Design Milk fills your thirsty cup to the brim with design finds from around the world, so drink up!

Jaime Derringer is founder and editor of modern design blog Design Milk , which has been featured in the Los Angeles TimesTime Out New YorkSan Francisco Chronicle, Singapore Home & Decor magazine, and Real Simple magazine. Design Milk is one of the Google Engineers’ Staff Picks and a Twitter influencer in Art & Design. Additionally, Jaime has been noted as an expert on design trends, speaks on design and design blogging, contributes to a multitude of  design blogs and acts as a consultant. The blog is read by many entertainers, hundreds of retailers, magazine editors, and HGTV hosts and designers. Tweets from @designmilk have been featured in Dwell magazine and on HGTV. Jaime believes that modernism involves clean, simple, timeless yet forward-thinking design – so perhaps you can keep that in mind when photographing your patterns!

Twice a month (between now and February), we’ll be issuing a new “challenge” or prompt. Participants are encouraged to submit as many photos as they’d like. An amazing panel of special guest judges will review all the submissions and pick a lucky winner in each category. The winner of this week’s challenge will receive a pair of tickets to the Modernism Week Home Tour on February 17, 2013!

To participate in the #pattern challenge

  • follow modernism_week on Instagram
  • and be ABSOLUTELY sure to tag your photos #ModernismProject and #pattern.
  • More on the rules and regulations here.
  • Contest begins at 12:01am PST on Thursday, October 25th and ends at 11:59pm PST on Monday, October 29th.
  • The winner will be announced October 31st.

Pattern Photo by YourPalDave

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MODSHOP Till You Drop

For ten days every spring, modernism fans flock to Palm Springs from around the world to experience first hand authentic midcentury lifestyle and culture, delving into art, architecture, and all manner of design from that era.  But Palm Springs Modernism Week is not just about looking backwards with fond nostalgia on a time gone by.  It’s also about looking forward and enhancing the concept of modernism for the 21st century lifestyle.  For this reason, Modernism Week is thrilled to announce a new partnership with retail incubator Raymond Lawrence and pop-up shop experts extraordinaire Larry Abel and Raymond McAllister.  Together, we’ll be hosting our first-ever MODSHOP.  Consider this your invitation to MODSHOP till you drop!

The MODSHOP will sell a variety of private-label and branded Palm Springs Modernism Week schwag as well exclusive products and limited edition posters by modernist artists like the inimitable Charley Harper and  paper goods by local graphic design star Kurt Cyr.  Most importantly, the MODSHOP will give Palm Springs Modernism Week a temporary brick-and-mortar home where visitors can go all year around to pick up information and buy tickets for all events.

“Palm Springs Modernism Week fans often buy tickets as soon as they go on sale in September,” quips Jacques Caussin, Palm Springs Modernism Week Chairman.  “But now anyone who pops into the Raymond Lawrence space to shop will be able to stop by the MODSHOP, purchase art prints and other modernist goodies, and buy their tickets all in one convenient one-stop-shop.  And the MODSHOP will also become an information center for visitors during Modernism Week 2013.”

The MODSHOP will be in good company at Raymond Lawrence, which features home decor, furniture, accessories, textiles and bedding, men’s and women’s fashion, shoes, and jewelry brands, along with private concierge, real estate, and interior design services.  A cafe and an international newsstand make Raymond Lawrence a destination for lovers of style and only add to the cache of the burgeoning Uptown Design District of Palm Springs.  Other featured pop-ups include Alpha‘s sophisticated gear for gents, Crate‘s urban denim, Slip‘s modern lighting, and Soup‘s sustainable home textiles, to name a few.

“Raymond Lawrence pop-up incubator will provide an integral tool to help us foster the growth of design and lifestyle- oriented businesses that are new to Palm Springs and will bring even more variety to the uptown design district,” explains co-founder Larry Abel. “The synergy of the District has been building for quite some time now, and we feel this concept will help solidify the area’s reputation as yet another thriving component of the current Palm Springs renaissance. This is all about fostering creativity, uniqueness, an entrepreneurial spirit, and exclusivity.

The MODSHOP launched on September 5th with considerable fanfare.  If you missed the festivities, don’t worry.  Just stop by anytime.

Raymond Lawrence: Where Creativity Comes to Play
MODSHOP
830 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 322-3344
info@raymond-lawrence.com
Monday – Saturday 10 – 6
Sunday 11 – 5

 

 

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