Modernism Week has a new and exciting component, with the introduction of CAMP (an acronym for Community and Meeting Place), which will serve as the central hub of activity during the 10-day event. CAMP is a 30,000-square-foot tented festival headquarters created specifically for Modernism Week, featuring a variety of entertainment and guest services.

Modernism Week CAMP

Located at 555 N. Palm Canyon Drive (at the corner of Palm Canyon and W. Chino at the start of the Uptown Design District), CAMP is the Modernism Week check-in location for Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours and ticket sales, as well as offering programs, films, book signings, daily happy hour entertainment and special events. All events are open to the public with the purchase of a CAMP wristband for admission, which is $20 for 1-5 days, $30 for 10-days. CAMP wristbands are available for purchase at the door or in advance at

CAMP will feature designer hospitality and lounge spaces, including the Room & Board Lounge where guests can relax and recharge; a Café with specialty on-the-go lunch cuisine and an outdoor bar featuring cocktails and happy hour specials with live entertainment daily from 3-6 p.m.

The 120-seat CAMP theater will host design talks and panels, films and vintage fashion trunk shows (more details below). The Hospitality Suite, open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m,. will offer a Koffi bar, event ticket sales, bus tour check-in, media registration and the Modernism Week Shop with unique souvenirs and merchandise. The Modern Marketplace is a gathering of a dozen top retailers in modern home accessories and furnishings.

Modernism Week is also collaborating with executives at Ferguson and editorial staff from California Home and Design to produce a series of panel discussions titled “Renovation Insights.” The “Renovation Insights” panel discussions will feature local designers, contractors, property owners and developers discussing various aspects of evaluating, buying and renovating midcentury homes for personal use, vacation rentals or resale (more details below).




10th Anniversary Opening Night Party: Modernism Eclectic Dance Blast with KCRW’s Jason Bentley

7-10 p.m.; $125 per person, 21 and over

Make it a Throwback Thursday night celebrating 10 years of Modernism Week and 60 years of midcentury modern style at the best party of the decade! DJ Jason Bentley, KCRW’s Music Director and host of ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’ and ‘Metropolis’ will take everyone on a wild musical ride. Open Bar Service, signature Modernism Week cocktails and a delectable selection of retro-style hors d’oeuvres will keep you fueled for the dance floor! Think fashion – dig out your platform shoes and bell-bottomed jeans, dust off that sharkskin suit and skinny tie, pull out the Pucci mini-skirt or the poodle skirt, give attitude with a demure 50’s or wild 60’s bouffant, or revive the Afro!  $125 admission includes a 5-day wristband for return admission to MW CAMP ($20 value included).


12-5 p.m.                        Vosges Chocolate tasting (Room & Board Lounge)

3-6 p.m.                          Happy Hour Entertainment Provided by Hot Purple Energy (Outdoor Courtyard Bar)


11 a.m.-12 p.m.            Theater Panel Discussion – Swimming in Succulents: A New Playground for Palm Springs

Join KCRW’s Frances Anderton in a panel discussion about new looks in desert landscaping in the Coachella Valley. In the face of water shortages, hear what’s happening at home, at the resort and at Sunnylands.

12-5 p.m.                        Vosges Chocolate tasting (Room & Board Lounge)

3-6 p.m.                          Happy Hour: KCRW’s “Modern Love” with DJ Anne Litt (Outdoor Courtyard Bar)


3-6 p.m.                          Happy Hour: Infusion Beach & Hotel Presents DJ Ayler (Outdoor Courtyard Bar)


1-2 p.m.                          Renovation Insights, Presented by Ferguson

Join MW for a series of five lively discussion panels at CAMP, drawing on local speakers from the fields of real estate, design, architecture, building and home ownership, addressing issues related to the evaluation, buying, renovating and updating of a historic home. Attend one or all sessions, learn from the real-life experience of specialists and debunk the myths of reality design shows. Each session will offer plenty of time for Q&A with experts in the field, who have drawn their own Renovation Insights from multiple projects, start to finish.

Session 1: How to Buy Right: Evaluating the Opportunity in the Real Estate Market Today

Description: Ready to buy but not sure how to set your priorities? Learn how to identify good real estate purchase opportunities and market valuations in a changing environment. Hear insights from realtors, contractors and people with real market experience.

3-6 p.m.                        Happy Hour: Live Music Presented by Hot Purple Energy (Outdoor Courtyard Bar)

                                       Vintage Trunk Show by The KERSON Gallery & Boutique  (Theater)


1-2 p.m.                         Renovation Insights, Presented by Ferguson

Session 2: Maximizing Your Real Estate Investment: Flipping vs. Vacation Rentals

Description: Once you’ve identified and purchased your property, how do you determine its best income potential? Understand the economics of short and long term options – to flip or not to flip? Learn about the most important features of the hottest vacation rentals and how to make a successful venture out of your property.

3-6 p.m.                       Happy Hour: Live Music Presented by Hot Purple Energy (Outdoor Courtyard Bar)

                                      Vintage Trunk Show by Deja Vu Vintage Finery and Route 66 West  (Theater)


“Eichler Day”

Come celebrate the history of Joseph Eichler, a visionary developer who brought modern to the masses, through a full day of activities including a panel, film and tour of the newly completed first Desert Eichler home.

10-11 a.m.                      Eichler Panel Discussion (Theater)

Join Eichler experts, Paul Adamson (author of Eichler, Modernism Rebuilds the American Dream), Monique Lombardelli (producer of the film, People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler), and Troy Kudlac (developer of Desert Eichler) in a panel discussion to include the history of Joseph Eichler, the process of licensing historical plans for today’s use, and the implementation of these 60 year old plans into modern building standards. Stay and talk shop with the author, producer, and developer following the panel discussion.

11 a.m.-12 p.m.            Film Screening: People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler

1-5 p.m.                          Tour of Desert Eichler #1, off-site

3-6 p.m.                         Happy Hour: Live Music Presented by Hot Purple Energy (Outdoor Courtyard Bar)


1-2 p.m.                          Renovation Insights, Presented by Ferguson

Session 3: How to Create a Successful Contractor Relationship & Avoid the Horror Stories

A good contractor can make your project a breeze. Discuss tactics for filtering through reviews and references to find the best person for the job. Hear both sides of the story, from clients and contractors. Topics include setting a budget, making your wish list, sticking to a timeline, managing expectations and taking on a construction project in a second home destination.

3-6 p.m.                         Happy Hour: Live Music Presented by Hot Purple Energy (Outdoor Courtyard Bar)


1-2 p.m.                         Renovation Insights, Presented by Ferguson

Session 4: Challenges and Opportunities with Historic Homes

You’ve found your gem, but what surprises are hiding behind the architectural details? Learn about common problems and how to identify what is worth keeping or restoring, and why. Talk to homeowners, architects and designers who have restored or remodeled midcentury treasures.

3-6 p.m.                         Happy Hour: Live Music Presented by Hot Purple Energy (Outdoor Courtyard Bar)


11 a.m.-12 p.m.            DeLaB: Alex Cohen in Conversation with Leo Marmol

KPCC’s Alex Cohen, co-host of “Take Two,”, will talk with architect Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner about preservation and new design in the desert, highlighting the newly opened Architecture & Design Center of the Palm Springs Art Museum.

2-3 p.m.                          De LaB: Hospitality Through a Design Lens

Travel writer Eric Hiss (New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, etc.) in conversation with Jaime Kowal, David Dittmer and Chris Pardo, to talk about the new face of hospitality in Palm Springs.


1-2 p.m.                         Renovation Insights, Presented by Ferguson

Session 5: Finishing Touches: Money Well Spent

Find out where to get the most bang for your buck at the end of the project. Understand how to set priorities when wanting luxury and quality while sticking to the budget.

3-6 p.m.                        Happy Hour: Live Music Presented by Hot Purple Energy (Outdoor Courtyard Bar)

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