Modernism Week: Weekend Two


Heading out to the desert this weekend to catch the tail end of Modernism Week? Here’s a list of things to see, things to do, where to stay and where to eat!

The Wave House

Modernism Week Showcase Home: Gillman Residence by Herbert Burns. Known for the Hideaway and The Orbit Inn, Herbert Burns is a lesser known early midcentury modern architects whose work draws inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and the Late Moderne style. This home, built in 1948, is one his more lavish designs. Long neglected, Thomboy Properties discovered it and, with the help of Herbert Burns’ biographer Steven Keylon, painstakingly restored it to its original splendor…and then some! (Photo by Lance Gerber)

Wave House by Miles C. Bates. This iconic house was rescued from the brink of obscurity by LA-based Stayner Architects.  After three years of painstaking restoration, the Wave House will be unveiled during Modernism Week.  In the coming year, Stayner Architects will build two more structures and a pool area to create the Desert Wave, a micro-hospitality destination open to the public and also for artist residencies.

Photo by Paul Vu

Mesa Modern. This is a new construction home designed by the glamorous Michelle Boudreau, “a nod to modernism with an eye towards the future,” features high-end furniture courtesy of MASS Beverly and Minotti and outdoor furniture courtesy of Juniper House. The expansive grounds were designed by Ecocentrix.

Photo credit: Rex Bonomelli

Pro Tip: El Rancho Vista Estates. This is a great neighborhood tour on the very last day of Modernism Week that takes guests inside TWELVE Donald Wexler-designed homes in an off the beaten path Palm Springs neighborhood.

The interior of Sandfish Sushi and Whisky

Rooster and the Pig: The best part about a meal here is the bowl of complimentary congee, but don’t even think of asking for seconds (it’s not gonna happen).  Consider it a good reason to return.  The chicken curry ball is life-changing. Sandfish Sushi & Whisky: With its Scandi-fornian design, amazing sushi and startling selection of Japanese whiskey (try the Nikka Coffey Malt), this is a treat for the eyes and the mouth.

The courtyard at The Dive Palm Springs

WHERE TO STAY: The Dive Palm Springs, the newest kid on the block, is inspired by 1960s French Riviera. Bring your biggest hat and your largest shades. Les Cactus is yet another perfectly Instagrammable spot (in a city in which your camera phone is already getting quite the workout!), a pink adults-only pied-a-terre who recently flung open their doors in the Warm Sands neighborhood.

Les Cactus