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Video: Moby on Modernism


We had a full house yesterday at The ACE Hotel to see Grammy-nominated musician Moby wax poetic on LA architecture, minimalism, Lautner and much more.  The conversation covered everything from John Pawson to Zaha Hadid, madly unlivable minimalism, and a bit of personal history on how the artist came to be such a fan of architecture.  Dubbed LA architecture’s newest mascot by the LA Weekly, the populist Moby effect is quite clear.  As he said himself, everyone should feel entitled to have a point of view on architecture.  When architecture is made exclusively for architects and academians, it ceases to be relevant.

If you missed the event, the Desert Sun filmed the event.  Watch it here now.

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Photo and video courtesy of the Desert Sun

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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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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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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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Moby on Modernism

Moby press photo_print version- 2011Modernism Week is thrilled to announce that we’ve added a very special panel discussion to the jam-packed schedule.  Don’t miss GRAMMY-nominated musician Moby as he joins the the inimitable Frances Anderton – author, curator, and host of KCRW’s Design and Architecture – for a candid chat about his perspective on wonderfully weird LA architecture, preservation, modernism, and much more.

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photo by @earqio

Your participation in the #ModernismProject has been outstanding so thanks to everyone who submitted photos in our second challenge – #pattern. Jaime Derringer of Design Milk poured through hundreds of submissions and chose a detail shot of the lattice wall at Pepsi’s Durango, Mexico offices and distribution center. The winning photo comes from Sergio Rivatilla, a young architect based in Durango, Mexico!

Jaime chose Sergio’s photo because, in her words, “it represents what comes to mind when I think about Palm Springs Modernism – the elaborate, repetitive geometric screens seen on the interiors and exteriors of many of the mid-century homes. But it’s the repetition and perspective of the photo that I liked most – it almost makes you feel like the pattern could continue on forever if the wall didn’t end.”

Follow Sergio @earqio on Instagram to see more of his photos, and stop by his website to see more of his work. We’re excited that he’s confirmed he’ll be making the trip up from Mexico to redeem his prize: a pair of tickets to the Modernism Week Home Tour.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and especially to our guest judge, Jaime of Design Milk! Please keep playing along and sending in photos from around the globe. Stay tuned for the next challenge which will be announced on November 8th when we partner with amazing photographer, super-charged Instagrammer, and of course our special guest judge, Jason Hudson from JasonHudson.com.

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Did you enjoy our first #ModernismProject challenge? I know we did! There were so many beautiful submissions, so thanks again for participating. Here’s your second chance to win tickets to Palm Springs Modernism Week. For those of you who are new around here, the #ModernismProject is our first-ever mobile initiative encouraging the global community of modernism fans to express visually what modernism means to them. This week’s theme is…..#PATTERN.

Cruise your city, and scour your local hangouts for patterns that evoke modernism with bold design, graphic grids, and patterned surfaces. Simple, repetitive, and colorful interior screens, wallpaper, tiles, fabric or graphic design are all great examples.

Our special guest judge for this challenge is none other than the awesome design scavenger – Jaime Derringer, founder of Design Milk. This gal and her team provide you with a daily dose of vitamin D (that’s “D” for design!) An online magazine dedicated to modern design, Design Milk offers what’s new in art, architecture, interior design, furniture and decor, fashion and technology. Always fresh + never sour, Design Milk fills your thirsty cup to the brim with design finds from around the world, so drink up!

Jaime Derringer is founder and editor of modern design blog Design Milk , which has been featured in the Los Angeles TimesTime Out New YorkSan Francisco Chronicle, Singapore Home & Decor magazine, and Real Simple magazine. Design Milk is one of the Google Engineers’ Staff Picks and a Twitter influencer in Art & Design. Additionally, Jaime has been noted as an expert on design trends, speaks on design and design blogging, contributes to a multitude of  design blogs and acts as a consultant. The blog is read by many entertainers, hundreds of retailers, magazine editors, and HGTV hosts and designers. Tweets from @designmilk have been featured in Dwell magazine and on HGTV. Jaime believes that modernism involves clean, simple, timeless yet forward-thinking design – so perhaps you can keep that in mind when photographing your patterns!

Twice a month (between now and February), we’ll be issuing a new “challenge” or prompt. Participants are encouraged to submit as many photos as they’d like. An amazing panel of special guest judges will review all the submissions and pick a lucky winner in each category. The winner of this week’s challenge will receive a pair of tickets to the Modernism Week Home Tour on February 17, 2013!

To participate in the #pattern challenge

  • follow modernism_week on Instagram
  • and be ABSOLUTELY sure to tag your photos #ModernismProject and #pattern.
  • More on the rules and regulations here.
  • Contest begins at 12:01am PST on Thursday, October 25th and ends at 11:59pm PST on Monday, October 29th.
  • The winner will be announced October 31st.

Pattern Photo by YourPalDave

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ModernismProject Architecture Challenge Winner: Yutsai Wang

Salk Institute by Yutsai Wang

The #ModernismProject‘s first photo challenge to capture images of modernist architecture was truly a global competition.  We received over 400 stunning submissions from roving Instagrammers around the world.  From Albania and Israel to Mexico City, Paris, Milan, and Georgia (the state, not the country).  The editorial team at Archilovers painstakingly reviewed each and every entry before coming to a unanimous decision.  The winner of the first #ModernismProject #architecture challenge is Yutsai Wong, a Los Angeles-based architectural photographer.

In the words of the editorial team at Archilovers:

“After some soul-searching and fruitful discussions amongst our editorial office, we have finally come to our decision and we have chosen the “salk institute” by Yutsai as the first winner of the modernism project photo challenge.  We chose the photo because in our opinion it is the one which best embodies the tenets of modernist architecture: adherence to logic, rationality and rhythm. The building’s symmmetrical form which symbolises precision, but also the open spaces symbolising an openness to creation. The function and utility of this building with research into “modern” diseases like AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.   The photographer has managed to capture modernism in his photo which shows the material honesty, the symmetry and openess of Louis Kahn’s architecture.”Read more from Archilovers here.

Follow @Yutsai on Instagram to see more of his work.  Yutsai will receive a pair of tickets to the Modernism Week Home Tour.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and especially to our guest judges, the amazing and insightful editorial team at Archilovers!  Please keep playing along and sending in photos from around the globe!  Stay tuned for the next challenge which will be announced on October 25th with special guest judge Jaime Derringer from Design Milk.

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House of the Future Past

Disneyland Montsanto House of the Future, Yesterland

While we wait for the results of the first ModernismProject photo challenge on architecture, we figured we’d share this blast from the past.  One of our Facebook friends posted this on our page this week and we couldn’t help but share it again.  Check out Monsanto‘s incredible House of the Future which lived in Disneyland‘s Yesterland from 1957 to 1967.  The four-lobed raised home was entirely built out of plastic and meant to be a living demonstration of style and technology.  It was apparently nearly indestructible.  When demolition day finally came in 1967, the wrecking ball literally bounced off the walls.  Workers were forced to take hacksaws to it in order to remove the suspended structure, which was designed by San Diego-based architect Vincent Bonini.

Montsanto House of the Future
This house portrayed the projected living environment of 1986.  Among the interesting features; dishwashing with ultra sonic waves, the smell of roses released into a room with your heat, closets full of polyester clothing, an experimental microwave oven, and tons of other displays of the various ways that plastics could be employed throughout the home.
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Clearly, what was modern then is not modern now but has our vision of the future been clarified or clouded with the passage of time?  What’s really next?  We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Photos via The World is Our Oyster, Yesterland, and Private Stock Brand.

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#ModernismProject > Challenge No. 1 > ARCHITECTURE > Special Guest Judge Archilovers

Palm Springs Modernism Week is thrilled to announce the launch of #ModernismProject, our first-ever mobile initiative to encourage the global community of modernism fans to express visually what modernism means to them.  The theme of our first challenge is…..#ARCHITECTURE.

Go forth and capture images of any built structures that exhibit the tenets of modernism – function and utility, abstract beauty, sculptural form, symbolism, honesty in materials, use of modern materials and technology.  It could be a building, a room, a shack, a facade, an outhouse, a play house, any kind of structure.  We just want to see what modernist architecture means to you, today.

And without any further adieu, please meet our special guest judge for this challenge: Bari, Italy-based Archilovers.  You may recognize their signature hot pink heart.  These folks truly *heart* architecture and they know it inside out and around the globe.  It’s precisely because they have such a diverse perspective that Modernism Week has asked Archilovers to be our special guest for this enormous challenge.  Their entire editorial team will be on hand to review submissions.

Archilovers, architecture, buildings, modern architecture

Archilovers is the first true professional network for architects, designers and lovers of architecture from all over the world. It is an international and totally free platform with boundless space, where you can post projects, get to know designers and architects and create your own professional network. The big news, which makes Archilovers unique, is its use of “product tagging” to indicate objects and not people. For the first time you can tag the materials and furnishing objects used, in the project photos, by retrieving them from the archiproducts.com database.

The editorial office of the network comprises 15 architects, interior designers and journalists with over a decade of experience in the sector, whose job is to report the latest news from the world of architecture and design and to scour the thousands of projects we receive daily from architects and architectural offices all over the world, selecting those which catch the eye with something new and innovative to offer.  With their keen eye for progressive and stunning design, Archilovers is the perfect judge for this first, exciting, and wide-reaching challenge.

So get ready, set, and shoot!

Twice a month (between now and February), we’ll be issuing a new “challenge” or prompt.  Participants are encouraged to submit as many photos as they like.  An amazing panel of special guest judges will review all the submissions and pick a lucky winner in each category.  Those lucky winners will receive tickets to Modernism Week or a print from the MODSHOP.

To participate in the #Architecture challenge, just follow modernism_week on Instagram and be ABSOLUTELY sure to tag your photos #ModernismProject and #architecture.  More on the rules and regulations here.  Contest begins at 12:01am PST on Thursday, October 11th and ends at 11:59pm PST on Monday, October 15th.  The winner will be announced October 17th.

Tell us what you think!

Photo by Eric Hauser

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