Palm Springs Modernism Week

A 10 day festival of all things modern in architecture and design drew me to Palm Springs in late February along with 4 of my favourite designer friends. We rented a fabulous mid-century house and headed south for some inspiration and a dose of sunshine during Modernism Week. There were so many great moments on this trip. One of the highlights was a very interesting and informative double-decker bus tour featuring important architecture by such greats as Richard Neutra, William Cody, Donald Wexler, Paul Williams, Stewart Williams and John Lautner. I would highly recommend it if you are ever in town for Modernism Week. Another evening was spent at a private cocktail party visiting Frey House II – the iconic structure by Albert Frey built around a huge boulder. It was absolutely incredible to see this architectural masterpiece in real life and to be in a space that has inspired so many in the field of design. I loved that all proceeds for both of these events went towards the preservation of modernist architecture and scholarships to students pursuing education in design related fields. One afternoon we explored a designer showcase called the Christopher Kennedy Compound. Each room was decorated and renovated by a different design firm and it was inspiring to see spaces by design superstars like Woodson & Rummerfield and Celerie Kemble first hand. I’m looking forward to seeing the photos of the project in an upcoming issue of Luxe Magazine so I can revisit all of the great decor details. Of course there was also lots of pool time, a spa treatment at the Parker Hotel, visits to local vintage and furniture stores, drinks and dinner at several hot spots, a walk thru an outstanding cactus garden and an epic shopping trip that will go down in the history books – or at least on my credit card statement. A great time was had by the lovely ladies of the #yycmodsquad: Nyla Free, LeAnne Bunnell, Sarah Ward and Lori Andrews. I can’t wait to get back to this little pocket modernism paradise. 

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1 Comment on Palm Springs Modernism Week

  1. Nyla
    March 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm (5 years ago)

    Fabulous re-cap! I love your collage of photos. Great memories indeed 🙂

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