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Palm Springs Modernism Week Celebrates Huge Turn Out for 2013


The 11-day celebration of midcentury architecture, design, and culture drew record crowds this year, attracting more than 40,000 visitors to the Coachella Valley.  As the only such event in the country when it was launched in 2006, Palm Springs Modernism Week has helped fuel a robust national interest in the preservation and appreciation of modernism, and has grown quickly over the years, with estimated attendance reaching 35,000 last year. Continue reading

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It’s the last weekend of Modernism Week! Be sure to make your way to these fabulous Friday events before they’re gone! Continue reading

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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
830 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 322-3344
Monday – Saturday 10 – 6
Sunday 11 – 5



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Palm Springs DOCOMOMO National Tour Day, October 5-8, 2012


Known to many as the Golf Capital of the World and a haven for retirees seeking the better life, Palm Springs is finding a second calling as a cultural destination for new generations of architecture and design fans.  Over the past fifteen years, the city has become recognized as a goldmine of mid-century modern architecture, design, and style – a throwback to the days when Hollywood’s biggest stars would escape the glitz and glamour of the silver screen by hiding out in this desert playground and a look forward at what modernism means today in a contemporary context.

From celebrity estates to modernist classics like the Kaufmann Desert House, Palm Springs gives visitors a unique perspective on a seminal period in American Architecture. As a celebration of Palm Spring’s importance in midcentury design, for the second year in a row, Palm Springs Modernism Week organizers are giving design aficionados a sneak peek of what to expect in February by hosting a series of signature architectural bus tours as part of the DOCOMOMO National Tour Day, with four days of design-filled events on October 5-8, 2012.


In an effort to raise the awareness of and appreciation for buildings, interiors, neighborhoods and landscapes designed in the United States during the mid-20th century, the DOCOMOMO (International Working Party for DOcumentation and COnservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the MOdern MOvement) Tour Day will invite people from across the nation to participate in one of the largest events devoted to the appreciation of American Architecture.  To see what other states have in store, check out the National Tour page for more information.


If you’re in the SoCal area, don’t miss this opportunity to hop on a double decker bus and explore the architectural gems of Palm Springs. These tours are often the first to sell out during Palm Springs Modernism Week so consider this an extra chance to catch this epic ride.  Book tickets now at

DOCOMOMO National Tour Day/Modernism Week events:

Double Decker Architectural Tours – October 5, 2012
Double Decker Architectural Tours – October 6, 2012
Double Decker Architectural Tours – October 7, 2012
Double Decker Architectural Tours – October 8, 2012

Modernism Week Cocktail Party – October 6, 2012

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Hello, Modernists!

Welcome to our brand new, very official Modernism Week blog!  Check back often to get the latest news and updates about programs, events, and much more.  We’ve spent the summer planning, programming, and revamping and will soon have much to report.  Among the exciting developments for Palm Springs Modernism Week 2013, we’ve just launched a new website. By the end of this week, members and new fans should be able to log on to purchase tickets to upcoming Modernism Week events.  We’re also about to announce several brand new initiatives that will have Modernists around the world booking their plane tickets to Palm Springs before the sun sets on summer.  (It might be after Labor Day, but in Palm Springs it’s still summer!)

In addition to the blog, you can always follow us on:

Facebook (Palm Springs Modernism Week)

Twitter (@ModernismWeek)

Instagram (@Modernism_Week)

Photo Credit: (Name), Los Robles House, featured by Palm Springs Modernism Week 2012

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