As a guy who likes to put his own designs on a thing or two in the Palm Springs Valley, I’m a huge fan of one of the winter season’s true treasures: Modernism Week. Being held this year from February 16 – 26, this popular extravaganza will boast dozens of events taking place throughout the valley, bringing in thousands of design lovers to bask in the clean, simple lines and elegant informality of the mid-century desert modernism modality. www.modernismweek.com
I’ve been following it since its early days, when it began as the Modernism Show in 2001. Rechristened as Modernism Week in 2006, it’s the only happening of its kind in the country, and has been growing ever since, now offering a broad range of activities that showcase design, architecture, art, and culture from the ’40s through the ’60s and beyond.
The opening night cocktail reception takes place at the amazing Arthur Elrod House, designed by John Lautner and built high above South Palm Springs in 1968 and made even more famous by the work of architectural master photographer Julius Schulman. The next 10 days will be filled with offerings such as films, lectures, architectural tours, educational seminars, and plenty of parties at cool mid-century homes and boutique hotels. One of the highlights will be the grand unveiling of the newly refurbished Sunnylands (and its accompanying Visitor Center and Gardens) in Rancho Mirage, the estate of former Ambassador Walter Annenberg and his wife, Leonore. Beg, borrow, and steal to get tix for this one! www.sunnylands.org
For sheer fun and quirkiness, don’t miss the Airstream and Vintage Trailer show at the Riviera Hotel. The Palm Springs Convention Center will be the host of the Modernism Show from February 18-20, where all manner of mid-century furniture, art, and furnishings will be available for purchase. www.dolphinfairs.com/palmsprings
I love this week of fun and fascinating things to do! Pour yourself a martini and get in the mood for all things mid-century.