Modernism Week 2017 celebrates and fosters the appreciation for midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields. Whether you decide to take an electric bike tour, a walking tour, the Premier Double Decker Bus tour or the Christopher Kennedy Show Home Tour with 20 of the nations most prominent designers and tastemakers who each created unique rooms for the Show House. No matter what you choose, you won’t be dissapointed with this year’s Modernism Week 2017 events.
Celebrating and fostering the appreciation for midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields. Whether you decide to take an electric bike tour, a walking tour, the Premier Double Decker Bus tour or the Christopher Kennedy Show Home Tour with 20 of the nations most prominent designers and tastemakers who each created unique rooms for the Show House. No matter what you choose, you won’t be dissapointed with this year’s Modernism Week 2017 events.
Modernism Week is excited this year to have on the schedule the inaugural “Peek Behind The Hedges” home and garden tour of historic Old Las Palmas. Old Las Palmas, dating to the 1920s and boasting the largest number of celebrity homes, is the oldest residential neighborhood in Palm Springs.
Audaciously christened “The Gem of the Desert” by its developers, Seven Lakes Country Club has played host or home to a long list of Hollywood celebrities and two U.S. Presidents. Situated behind the Parker Hotel, this gated enclave presents a rare opportunity to tour a curated collection of magnificent midcentury homes designed in 1966
From tackling common problems for midcentury homeowners to identifying red flags for those hunting for their next ranch, our panelists will provide mid mod enthusiasts with the information they need to enjoy and maintain their modernist design and architecture. After the discussion moderated by Sarah Jane Stone, editor of Atomic Ranch Magazine
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.
Tour two new architectural masterpieces in Palm Springs’ last hillside development. Set lightly into the natural terrain of what is likely the last hillside development in Palm Springs, The Chino Canyon Project represents the mindful neighboring of old and new. Two architectural homes, one based on a never-constructed plan
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.
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.
Join Modernism Week on this fun and exciting new electric bike tour of the downtown neighborhoods of Palm Springs. The Sunny Cycle is a safe and entertaining electric bike service that makes the Palm Springs touring experience a memorable one. Passengers pedal for awhile, then stop for a refreshment and appetizer, then mount the bike again and pedal on! View architecturally significant neighborhoods and buildings and hear about the legendary celebrity stories of downtown Palm Springs.
Modernism Week’s signature tour! The Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour provides guests with a 2.5 hour overview of significant civic and commercial buildings, as well as residential properties located within notable Palm Springs neighborhoods, including the midcentury “leisure lifestyle” communities in South Palm Springs
William Krisel achieved what most architects could not: designing innovative, practical, and stylish residences with the look of custom construction that could sell for the cost of a tract home. The explosion of interest this sparked in homebuyers of the mid-1950s transformed Palm Springs and firmly established it as a Mecca of desert modernism
Enjoy a day in the open air, exploring breathtaking landscapes, gnarly Joshua trees and the unusual flora and fauna, now home to a bohemian crowd of urban refugees lured by the intoxicating mystique of the High Desert. This fun, authentic desert trip meanders across dirt roads touring the exteriors and interiors of homesteads, ranches
Direct from the Los Angeles A + D Museum this self-guided exhibit celebrates the centennial of architect William F. Cody and his seminal contribution to modern architecture. See images, photos, plans and more spanning his career; some never previously on display. Plus see new projects created by architecture students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Creating innovative, award-winning homes, public and commercial buildings for over 50 years, Emerson Stewart Williams (1909-2005) brought his curious mind and love of the natural environment to Palm Springs in 1946, where he practiced and lived for the rest of his life. His architecture celebrated our city and its unique desert and mountains,
85 premier national and international exhibitors showcasing vintage furniture, decorative and fine arts including sculpture, lighting, paintings, jewelry, prints, ceramics, porcelain, glass, silver, pottery, bronzes, rugs, design books, designer clothing and accessories reflecting all design movements of the 20th century, and especially emphasizing midcentury modern. Weekend admission: Includes catalog and unlimited return entry
Walt Disney had a major influence in the popular culture of what, at the time, was considered ‘modern.’ Along with advocating for modern architecture and industrial design during the 1950s and ’60s he also celebrated new technologies and innovative methods of transportation. Theme park designer Bill Butler hosts a discussion about the influences
“Modernism With a Twist” has become one of the most popular events during Modernism Week. Five informative, witty and captivating 10-minute talks will be presented by leading Modernism luminaries and guest celebrities, on an amazing range of topics, accompanied by a richly detailed audio and visual presentation.