Take a Trip to Palm Springs’ Modernism Week




credit:Jake Holt Photography

credit:Jake Holt Photography

Are you craving a good dose of sunshine during these gloomy days of winter?  Then why not also take in some amazing Mid-Century architecture and design along with it and head to the mecca. Palm Springs’ Modernism Week, is an event not to be missed and runs from February 16-26, 2017.


“The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the greater Palm Springs area.

Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. Modernism Week features more than 250 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more.” (modernismweek.com)

Tickets for popular events sell out quickly. So book yours today!

Some notable events:

Sunnylands Historic House Tours


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“In groups of seven, visitors on the Historic House Tour are taken on electric shuttles from Sunnylands Center & Gardens to the former winter home of Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg. A midcentury masterpiece with Mayan influences, the 25,000-square-foot residence was completed in 1966. Famed architect A. Quincy Jones designed the home, which interior designers William Haines and Ted Graber decorated in the Hollywood Regency style. Guides on the 90-minute tour also inform guests about the rare paintings, sculptures and other works of art on display in the home, as well as the world-famous 20th-century entertainers and politicians who visited the estate. It is recommended that visitors see the 20-minute movie, “A Place Called Sunnylands,” prior to going on the tour. The movie is shown free to the public every hour and half hour at Sunnylands Center & Gardens. Art exhibitions, walking tours and informational kiosks at the Center also are free.”(modernismweek.com)

Frey House II Tours


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“Hosted by Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Council, these 45-minute docent-led tours are a rare opportunity to see the residence of modernist architect Albert Frey. A limited number will enjoy this unique experience and gain insight into this Modern master’s architectural sensibility. A shuttle van will transport participants from Palm Springs Art Museum’s Box Office to Frey House II. A reception is included with the last tour of the day, which lasts 75 minutes.”(modernismweek.com)

Modernism Week Showhouse 2017: The Christopher Kennedy Compound Home Tour


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“Named by The Hollywood Reporter as the #1 Must-See Event of Modernism Week! Traditional Home and California Home + Design magazines present The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House. For the fourth year, Christopher brings together nearly 20 of the nations most prominent tastemakers to create unique rooms in this decorator showcase house.

In an exciting twist, Christopher is partnering with social media star Kelly Golightly to renovate her 6,500 square foot home in the spectacular Andreas Hills area of Palm Springs. Kelly runs a lifestyle guide for modern-day Audrey Hepburns and will serve as our muse and client. Many influential bloggers/designers will also be creating rooms at the Show House, dubbed Villa Golightly. Stay tuned at TheChristopherKennedyCompound.com to learn about the celebrity Designers Tastemakers!

The Christopher Kennedy Compound was specifically created to raise funds for Modernism Week and other preservation efforts. This quintessential remodel respects the property’s architectural pedigree while updating it with the best and brightest materials in modern design. The project is brought to life by Chairish, Thermador, Ferguson, DuPont, Eggersmann USA cabinetry and more than three dozen other local and national design resources.” (modernismweek.com)

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