For the past ten years, people from around the country and the world have converged on Palm Springs to celebrate midcentury design and architecture during Modernism Week. The annual 11-day festival features more than 180 events, including double-decker bus architectural tours; walking and bike architectural tours; the Modernism Show & Sale with midcentury modern furniture, décor and art dealers; films and lectures; tours of Sunnylands and the Palm Springs Art Museum’s new Architecture and Design Center; nightly parties; and more. Modernism Week 2015 is taking place Feb. 12-22, 2015, and designer Todd Oldham will kick things off with a keynote address during the first weekend.
Modernism Week is becoming more social this time around, with the introduction of ‘CAMP’ (the Community and Meeting Place), a new central headquarters on Palm Canyon Drive at the start of the Palm Springs Uptown Design District, featuring designer hospitality and lounge spaces, a café, a film and lecture auditorium, curated pop-ups and image galleries, a social media coffee bar, live music and DJs, and more.
One of Modernism Week 2014’s most popular features, the Christopher Kennedy Compound Modernism Week Show House, is returning for a second year. Named for local interior designer Christopher Kennedy, who spearheaded the inaugural Modernism Week Show House, a midcentury modern residence in Palm Springs will be re-imagined by Kennedy and fellow designers (2014’s roster of designers included Celerie Kemble, Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield of Woodson & Rummerfield, Lori Dennis, Trina Turk and more), with the show house open to the public for tours.
Tickets for Modernism Week events are available now at modernismweek.com.