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TODAY @ MODERNISM WEEK – SUNDAY, FEB. 24

1st Annual Modernism Yard Sale

We couldn’t ask for a more perfect day to conclude this year’s Palm Springs Modernism week with. Spend your sunny Sunday exploring the best of today’s modernist designs, tour local architecture gems, and shop the 1st Annual Modernism Yard Sale while you still can! Continue reading

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TODAY @ MODERNISM WEEK – SATURDAY, FEB. 23

Moby

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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TODAY @ MODERNISM WEEK – FRIDAY, FEB. 22

Marrakesh

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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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.
    FREE EVENT
  • 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.
    FREE EVENT
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Flash Giveaway: Two Pairs of Tix to Sunnylands!

Photograph by Mark Davidson; copyright The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.

Photograph by Mark Davidson; copyright The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.

Here’s a last minute chance to win a pair of tickets to the SOLD OUT Sunnylands Tour on February 15th at 11:45am – thanks to a gracious donation by Brad Kuhns. All you have to do is leave a comment either here on the blog, or on the post announcing this contest on our Facebook page. Simply let us know what you’re most excited about at Palm Springs Modernism Week this year. You have until this Wednesday, February 13th at 12 noon (pacific time) to enter, and TWO winners will be chosen (each winning a pair of tickets).

Please make sure you can attend this Friday at 11:45am before you enter. Good luck!

Sunnylands Tours – Designed by A. Quincy Jones in the mid 60s for Walter and Leonore Annenberg, Sunnylands is arguably one of the only purely modernist estates in the United States. Many key figures of the 20th century enjoyed relaxing as guests at Sunnylands. The list includes seven U.S. presidents, the British royal family, and Hollywood icons like Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart, Ginger Rogers, and many others.

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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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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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Preview: Vintage Trailer Show

Photo Credit: Christy Eugenis

Photo Credit: Christy Eugenis

What’s shinny, mobile, and symbolic of the open road? The Vintage Airstream of course! And this year we’re bringing back this cult favorite exhibition for the closing weekend of Palm Springs Modernism Week, February 23-24th. Peek inside one-of-a-kind, renovated travel trailers and tour their groovy interiors, modular custom built furniture and retro finishes. Trailer owners will be on hand to talk history, restoration and adventures on the open road. This show will also feature a variety of retail booths with a fun mix of gifts, art, products, and services that relate to the Vintage Trailer lifestyle.

Photo Credit: Christy Eugenis

Photo Credit: Christy Eugenis

The Vintage Trailer Show will be held at the Hilton Hotel, 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, Ca 92264
February 23-24 from 10am to 4pm. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

 

 

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The Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Modernism Week 2013

TheGuide_LogoModernism Week features eleven days and ten nights of cocktail parties, exhibitions, lectures, films, expos, home tours, and much more.  In other words, there is a lot to see.  Lest our guests get lost at this veritable Woodstock-in-the-Desert for fans of modernist design, we’ve created The Guide, a handy dandy outline of events with links to where to buy tickets.

Basically, The Guide is meant to help guests who have already purchased tickets figure out what else they might want to see while in Palm Springs, and give guests without tickets a chance to see what they still have time to sign up for!  While many of the popular events have already sold out, there are tons of lectures, design showcases and expos, and gallery receptions that have available spots.

Modernism Week Home Tour OneWe’ll continue to update The Guide as new events are added.  Look for an updated round-up of cocktail parties in the coming weeks.

 

 

 

 

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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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