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Moby, modernism, Marrakesh – need we say more? Check out today’s top Modernism Week events! (Also, you won’t want to miss the unveiling of Modfire’s newest design, the Astrofire, at the Modern Living Expo, 10:30am.) 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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Weekend Pass: Prefab Showcase, Vintage Trailer Show, and Modern Living Expo


Get ready for the closing weekend of Palm Springs Modernism Week 2013!   As an added treat this weekend, dozens of vintage trailers will be temporarily taking up residence on the Hilton Hotel Parking Lot embodying and reviving that most classic of American past-times – traveling the open road – when the Vintage Trailer Show returns to Palm Springs.   To simplify things for our visitors, Modernism Week is offering a special weekend pass for the first time-ever.  Visitors are invited to buy a special weekend pass at the door for $20 on Saturday, Feb. 23rd and Sunday, Feb. 24th.  This pass gets them into the Vintage Trailer Show, the Prefab Showcase, and the Modern Living Expo.  Who loves ya?

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Today @ Modernism Week – Wednesday, Feb. 20

Ray Kappe

Modernism Week continues with a variety of lectures, tours, exhibitions, and showcases.  Tickets are still available to all of these events. Continue reading

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Today’s @ Modernism Week – Tuesday, Feb. 19

Altius Architecture, Modernism Week Prefab ShowcaseIt’s officially mid-week, but Modernism Week shows no signs of slowing down.  Once you’ve had breakfast and nursed yourself back to full energy, be sure to check out the day’s full array of lectures, exhibitions, showcases, and more.

Just a reminder that tickets are still available for lectures and films.  Buy them at the Hospitality Desk at the Hilton Hotel or at the door at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Museum of Art.

Tickets to films can be bought at the door at the Anneberg Theater at the Palm Springs Museum of Art.


  • Poolside Reception at the Viceroy Hotel – 415 S. Belardo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 320-4117.  Buy your tickets at the door.  The $20 ticket includes two glasses of wine and assorted canapes.


  • Welcome Aboard – Check out the preview here.  Tickets available at the door for $10.  California Poppy Room, The Saguaro Hotel, 1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264
  • Prefab Showcase – Our much-lauded prefab pop-up village, just featured on the local news.  Tickets are only $5 through Thursday.
  • Marrakesh Designer Showcase – Tours leave on the half hour.  Book now.


Photo via Secret Agent PR, Fashion Flood.

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Today at Modernism Week – Friday, Feb 15th

PS Modernism Week Opening Party

It’s Friday, the sun is a lot, and the weather is warm.  Welcome to Palm Springs everyone!  While tickets are all sold out for the architectural bus tours and many of the home tours and parties, please know that there are still LOTS of events that have available tickets and/or are open to the public.  Here’s a list of what you could see today, Friday, Feb. 15th.

  • Prefab Showcase
    Prairie Schooner Parking Lot behind The Hilton Hotel – 10am to 5pm
    Check out this state-of-the-art pop-up prefab village, replete with food trucks and live music.
    BUY TICKETS AT THE DOOR ($10).  Gets you into both Prefab Showcase and Modern Living Expo.
  • Modern Living Expo
    Prairie Schooner Parking Lot behind The Hilton Hotel – 10am to 5pm
    The best in modern lifestyle accessories, furniture, and more.
    BUY TICKETS AT THE DOOR ($10).  Gets you into both Prefab Showcase and Modern Living Expo.
  • A. Quincy Jones Star Dedication
    300 S. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, CA 92264 – 2pm -3:30pm
    Join officials, architecture aficionados, and fans as they pay tribute to architect A. Quincy Jones as a star is added to the sidewalk in his name.  Sneak peek at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Center, Edward Harris Pavilion and reception at the Palm Springs Historical Society following the dedication.
  • Marrakesh Designer Showcase
    The Gardens on El Paseo, 73-545 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260 – 12;30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm
    Tour the Coachella Valley’s first-ever designer showcase.  See why it’s called the Jewel of the Desert.  Problems booking?  .
    Book your ticket here.  Park at El Paseo, entering off of Larkspur Lane, and take the complimentary shuttle to the Marrakesh Country Club.
  • Stamberg Aferiat Book Signing
    The Saguaro Hotel @ Tinto Restaurant – 5pm to 7pm
    Meet the architects behind this brightly-hued boutique hotel and pick up a signed copy of their new Rizzoli book.
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Prefab Preview: miniHome by Altius Architecture

Sustain MiniHome

Few homes leave a physical and carbon footprint as small as the miniHome by Altius Architecture – and this week, Palm Springs Modernism Week guests can tour the energy efficient, modern prefab home during the exciting new Prefab Showcase.

Designed by Altius Architecture and built by HMK Prefab Homes, the miniHome represents the best in modern design and energy efficiency. Design details – such as a structural steel chassis and floor assembly, green materials, reflective thermal barrier, cedar siding, energy efficient windows and cork flooring – have resulted in a reduced environmental footprint, as well as lowered operational and maintenance costs. Like its name, the urban dwelling is a lean, green, eco-friendly machine, incorporating a surprising amount of sustainable technology into a compact (and comfortably livable) space. Continue reading

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Preview: Lectures, Live Music and More @ the Modern Living Expo and Prefab Showcase


This year, your $10 ticket at the door buys you entrance into a whole world of modernist fun at the Prefab Showcase and Modern Living Expo.  Here’s a quick rundown of some of the programming that’s in store!

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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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Steel Modern – The History of Steel Houses in Palm Springs

KCET, steel construction, Donald Wexler, Modernism Week

The gorgeous Donald Wexler-designed Steel Houses are a popular stop on the DOCOMOMO bus tour this weekend.  Steel allowed Wexler to open up spaces and create the floating expanses of glass that make these homes so remarkable.  Of the 38 homes that were part of the original master plan by Wexler & Harrison, only 7 were constructed.  But each of them has been designated Class1 Historic Sites by the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board. To understand more about the history, and the future, of steel construction in the desert, check out this amazing retrospective on steel construction on KCET.

This great video by Design on Screen also highlights what exactly is so special about the Wexler Steel Houses.

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