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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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Prefab Preview: Airstream Loft and Land Yacht

photo credit: Christophe Popper

Airstream‘s trademark aluminum travel trailers are synonymous with adventure, good times, and old fashioned road trips.  If you love the open road and mobile living, then make sure to stop by the Prefab Showcase at Modernism Week to check out Christophe Popper’s mobile living space, the Airstream Loft, and the new Airstream prototype Land Yacht. Continue reading

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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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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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Palm Springs DOCOMOMO National Tour Day, October 5-8, 2012

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Known to many as the Golf Capital of the World and a haven for retirees seeking the better life, Palm Springs is finding a second calling as a cultural destination for new generations of architecture and design fans.  Over the past fifteen years, the city has become recognized as a goldmine of mid-century modern architecture, design, and style – a throwback to the days when Hollywood’s biggest stars would escape the glitz and glamour of the silver screen by hiding out in this desert playground and a look forward at what modernism means today in a contemporary context.

From celebrity estates to modernist classics like the Kaufmann Desert House, Palm Springs gives visitors a unique perspective on a seminal period in American Architecture. As a celebration of Palm Spring’s importance in midcentury design, for the second year in a row, Palm Springs Modernism Week organizers are giving design aficionados a sneak peek of what to expect in February by hosting a series of signature architectural bus tours as part of the DOCOMOMO National Tour Day, with four days of design-filled events on October 5-8, 2012.

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In an effort to raise the awareness of and appreciation for buildings, interiors, neighborhoods and landscapes designed in the United States during the mid-20th century, the DOCOMOMO (International Working Party for DOcumentation and COnservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the MOdern MOvement) Tour Day will invite people from across the nation to participate in one of the largest events devoted to the appreciation of American Architecture.  To see what other states have in store, check out the National Tour page for more information.

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If you’re in the SoCal area, don’t miss this opportunity to hop on a double decker bus and explore the architectural gems of Palm Springs. These tours are often the first to sell out during Palm Springs Modernism Week so consider this an extra chance to catch this epic ride.  Book tickets now at www.modernismweek.com.

DOCOMOMO National Tour Day/Modernism Week events:

Double Decker Architectural Tours – October 5, 2012
Double Decker Architectural Tours – October 6, 2012
Double Decker Architectural Tours – October 7, 2012
Double Decker Architectural Tours – October 8, 2012

Modernism Week Cocktail Party – October 6, 2012

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