Modernism Week typically kicks off with fanfare and flourish, and this year is no exception. The eleven-day celebration opens with a timeless soiree at the famed Frank Sinatra Twin Palms Estate on Valentines Night. And frankly (pun intended!), for fans of midcentury design and culture, there is absolutely no better way to spend the most romantic night of the year than walking in the footsteps of inimitable Old Blue Eyes, himself.
Sinatra’s parties were once famous (or perhaps the correct term infamous) and he welcomed some of the most glamourous and recognizable names in Hollywood as regular guests. Known as the Twin Palms Estate, the house was originally named for the two tall palms which still stand sentry poolside. Between the palms stood a flagpole upon which Sinatra was said to have hoisted his Jack Daniels flag as a signal to guests that cocktail hour had begun. While the flagpole is no longer there, the Opening Night Soiree continues in the same Sinatra spirit; a convivial signal to all Modernism Week guests that the festivities have officially begun. May the midcentury indulgence begin!
The historic Sinatra House was originally designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1947 for Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato. Sinatra later lived here with his next wife, the tempestuous Ava Gardner. This Palm Springs architectural gem features period furnishings and the famous piano-shaped swimming pool. The residence has been completely restored with vintage designer furnishings throughout the residence and includes Sinatra’s original sound and recording system installed by Valentino Electronics in Hollywood.
The Opening Night Soiree is Thursday, February 14 from 7pm to 10pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
You might just be in the throes of planning your Thanksgiving meal now, but book your tickets now if you want to snag a spot at this unforgettable party. Don’t miss your chance to spend V-day under the stars, cocktail in-hand, hanging with your very own rat pack.