| Feb 6, 2014 |
Modernist mecca welcomes enthusiasts far and wide
Boh staff
By Staff

Nicknamed Woodstock for modernists, Palm Springs Modernism Week is an 11-day celebration (February 13 – 23) of mid-century modern architecture and design, taking place throughout Palm Springs and other desert cities in Southern California.

“Modernism Week is a great opportunity to share the cool, iconic, modern design aesthetic of Palm Springs with visitors from around the world,” said the event’s Board Chairman Chris Mobley.

The week includes more than 100 events: house tours, architectural bus tours, garden tours, lectures, exhibitions, parties, dinner shows, decorative and fine art sales, and new this year—a show house.

Modernism Week Show House 2014 rendering

Luxe Interiors + Design will present the Modernism Week Show House 2014, which will be open to the public for tours. The compound is the brainchild of Palm Springs-based designer Christopher Kennedy, and includes rooms designed by Celerie Kemble, Jiun Ho, Trina Turk, Lori Dennis, Patrick Dragonette, Sammy Castro, Ron Woodson and Jamie Rummerfield.

Celerie Kemble and Jiun Ho

The cost of the 45-minute tour is $35 and the house will be open from Saturday, February 15, through Sunday, February 23. Attendees are also invited to the opening night party on Saturday, February 15, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.; and twilight tours on Tuesday, February 18, and Wednesday, February 19, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tickets for any of the events and tours can be purchased here.

Another new event this year is the “Sunset Tour of Illuminated Modern,” a free nightly exhibition along Palm Canyon Drive that showcases a selection of specially illuminated contemporary and mid-century buildings designed by prominent desert architects.

Sunset Tour of Illuminated Modern building

More options for evening entertainment have also been added with the introduction of “Modernism Week After Dark,” including special nightly events such as the retro Mambo party to kick-off the week; cocktail parties at stylish hotels; multiple music venues featuring live bands, DJs and dancing throughout the week; and a special “Party at the Prefabs” to allow visitors to experience the prefab model homes lit up after dark.

2013 Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale display

The 14th annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale will kick off on Friday, February 14, with a preview gala from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The show features collections from more than 82 dealers including Design\One, Fat Chance, ocmodern, Off the Wall, Reform and Studio One 11.

Hugh M. Kaptur

Acclaimed Palm Springs architect Hugh M. Kaptur will be celebrated with a special dedication ceremony on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on Friday, February 14, at 2:00 pm. Kaptur is also the subject of an independent film documentary “Quiet Elegance—The Architecture of Hugh M. Kaptur,” which will premiere during Modernism Week. The screening will take place on Monday, February 17, at 3:00 p.m. at the Hilton Palm Springs.

Attendees of Modernism Week will also have the opportunity to view several of Kaptur’s residential designs during tours on Friday, February 21.

Trina Turk

Modernism Week will draw to a close on Sunday, February 23, with a talk given by designer Trina Turk who is known for her Palm Springs-inspired designs. She will present “Sunnylands Chic” at the Rancho Mirage Library and discuss her insight on the iconic style of Leonore Annenberg and the Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands. A meet-and-greet cocktail reception will be held immediately following the lecture.

Attendees on the Double Decker Bus Architectural Tour

Other program highlights throughout the week include the “Premier Double Decker Bus Architectural Tours” running four times daily; the return of speaker Charles Phoenix at the Annenberg Theater (2/15); daily tours of the Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands; and a vintage fashion show at the Hilton Palm Springs (2/16).

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