Recently Doug and I went to Palm Springs for the Modernism Week preview weekend. Modernism Week takes place for ten days in February (this year it will be February 16-26, 2017).
The week in February is built around the Palm Spring Modernism Show and Sale, a trade show at the Palm Spring Convention Center that focuses on midcentury design. There are typically around 80-90 vendors, most of whom are West Coast based midcentury dealers. We saw a mini version of this show over the weekend where the opening night party was held.
At the show in February, there is “the Camp” (“community and meeting point”) in the downtown Design District and this is where panels, talks, and commercial vendors like Room and Board show. This is around the corner from the Architecture and Design Center, which is a satellite of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
They anticipate around 40,000 attendees for the show in February. A major component of the show is house tours and events in notable homes around the city. In the 50s and 60s many celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Elvis Presley, Bob Hope, Kirk Douglas, and others had homes in the area. (Leonardo Dicaprio now owns Dinah Shore’s old home). There are also bus tours of significant midcentury buildings (we went on one of these – three hours on top of a bus in 95-degree weather/blazing sun-- a local told us we were lucky it was a ‘mild’ day!).
On Saturday evening, we went to a Preservation Party / fundraiser for E Stewart Williams. Each year they nominate a notable local architect and work to register their buildings as historic landmarks and this year’s honoree is Williams. The event was held at a small collection of design stores called The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five (a mix of vintage and new design) in a building designed by Williams.
We loved the experience and look forward to going back in February!
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