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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.
  • 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.
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Available Tickets – Lectures, Films, Tours and More


Palm Springs Modernism Week officially began at 4pm with much fanfare and many a cocktail.  As guests check in to their hotel, ready their outfits, and prepare to explore the wondrous modernist fair that is Modernism Week, we wanted to let you all know that there is still time to get tickets to some pretty fantastic films, lectures, and tours.  Especially if you’re going to be here mid-week.  Here’s a rundown of events that still have tickets available for purchase.

Buy tickets for lectures and films at the Hospitality Desk at The Hilton Hotel or at the door at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum.  Buy tickets for other events online, using the links provided.

We hope you’ve arrived safely and are ready to have some serious fun this week.

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Prefab Preview: miniHome by Altius Architecture

Sustain MiniHome

Few homes leave a physical and carbon footprint as small as the miniHome by Altius Architecture – and this week, Palm Springs Modernism Week guests can tour the energy efficient, modern prefab home during the exciting new Prefab Showcase.

Designed by Altius Architecture and built by HMK Prefab Homes, the miniHome represents the best in modern design and energy efficiency. Design details – such as a structural steel chassis and floor assembly, green materials, reflective thermal barrier, cedar siding, energy efficient windows and cork flooring – have resulted in a reduced environmental footprint, as well as lowered operational and maintenance costs. Like its name, the urban dwelling is a lean, green, eco-friendly machine, incorporating a surprising amount of sustainable technology into a compact (and comfortably livable) space. 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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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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Preview: The Silver Factory

PSMW The Silver Factory

“ I have Social Disease, I have to go out every night! …If I stay home I start spreading rumors to my dogs.”  – Andy Warhol

Treat your “social disease” with style, and join the Palm Springs Modern Committee for a star-studded night of glitz, glamour, period costumes and more.

This year, the annual benefit gala, The Silver Factory, is a tribute to the  decadence and creative expression of the Andy Warhol era. Just as Warhol’s artistic abode became the avantgarde  headquarters of New York’s most infamous fetes, Modernism Week guests will be invited to celebrate modernist design at the historic Michael H. Lord Gallery in Palm Springs.

Unleash your inner Edie, Holly, or other Warhol Superstar, and reserve your spot at The Silver Factory today!


The Silver Factory
Saturday, Feb. 16 – 8pm to 11pm
1090 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Tickets cost $125 – Buy them HERE.

Photo by Steve Schapiro

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Shaken or Stirred? The Cocktail Party Round-Up


Cocktail parties were an integral part of mid-century culture.  As such, Palm Springs Modernism Week feels that it is our responsibility to provide as many opportunities as possible for visitors to experience this important cultural phenomenon, which of course continues to be an cornerstone of Palm Springs culture today.  (That’s our way of saying: you don’t want to miss these!) Continue reading

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Prefab Preview: TRAILER BAR

R+U Trailer Bar

See how an old classroom trailer gets a chic facelift with R+U‘s TRAILER BAR, on display at Palm Springs Modernism Week, February 14-24, 2013.

Standing by the philosophy that “designing something new does not mean starting from scratch,” R+U’s innovative approach to upcycled modular architecture results in reduced costs, quicker production, lower energy consumption, and less waste – all while being well-designed.

R+U Trailer Bar

R+U Trailer Bar Floor PlanWith its sleek, circular bar and lounging area, TRAILER BAR will offer Modernism Week guests 480 square feet of unique space for entertaining. As a single piece, the unit can be easily transported and installed as a fun alternative to a traditional cabana or guest house.

Designed by award-winning architect Robert Anderson, TRAILER BAR includes a powder room, stainless steel appliances, a wine rack, and margarita-colored onyx countertops. Doors run the length of the unit. The middle doors fold and stack, while the doors at the ends swing out to become stylish walls for the deck. Decks, trellises, and other exterior additions are separate and will be constructed on site.

To learn more about the Prefab Expo and other cool events happening during Palm Springs Modernism Week, check out The Guide or visit modernismweek.com.

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