Preview: California Home and Design Explores “The Modern Mindset”

Erin Feher

Not everyone agrees on the meaning of the word “modernism.” For some, it’s a strict adherence to the design style of the 1950s and ’60s. For others, it’s a philosophy that can be applied to pieces and places both old and new—an aesthetic that continues to evolve and push the boundaries of what came before. 


California Home+Design Editor in Chief Erin Feher sits down with two designers who have made names for themselves by breaking out of the period-perfect modernist box—fashion and design icon Trina Turk and one of  SoCal’s premiere architects and product designers, Barbara Bestor—as well as a pair of traditionalists—Chris Menrad, the president of the Palm Springs Modernism Committee and Danny Heller, a young artist whose subjects include original Eames chairs, classic cars and the perfectly preserved architecture of the midcentury era.


Join us for “The Modern Mindset: Purists of the Past and the New Futurists,” a lively discussion that pits modern purists against the ones that broke the mold, and discover where they find common inspiration and common ground. In the mean time, you can also check out California Home+Design‘s top picks for the best events of Modernism Week here.

The Modern Mindset: Purists of the Past and the New Futurists
Panel discussion with Barbara Bestor, Trina Turk, Danny Heller and Chris Menrad
Moderated by Executive Editor Erin Feher
Saturday, Feb. 23 – 11am to 12pm
On Stage at the Modern Living Expo

Prairie Schooner Parking Lot, corner of Calle El Segundo and Andreas, behind the Hilton Hotel, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Tickets cost $10 and include admission to the Modern Living Expo Tent and the Prefab Expo – Buy them HERE.  Tickets will also be sold at the door.




Photo credits:

Erin Feher – California Home and Design
Trina Turk Residential – John Ellis for California Home and Design
Colorful interiors – Barbara Bestor Architecture
Danny Heller – Danny Heller Art
Chris Menrad interiors – USC News
Chris Menrad exteriors – Darren Bradley

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