Palm Springs Preview: Modernism Show Starts This Weekend


On Friday morning I’m off to Palm Springs for my first-ever taste of Modernism Week. I’ve been pouring over the schedule and trying to figure out how to fit it all in. Officially, the events kick off Feb. 16 and continue through Sunday, Feb. 16. Here’s a sampling of some of the things I especially don’t want to miss.

The Modernism Show 

This is the reason I’m making the trek. (And A trek it is: all direct flights from SFO to Palm Springs were sold out, so I’m flying into LA, picking up a car and roadtripping into the dessert). Every designer and design lover says it is the best shopping pilgramage on the West Coast. 

The Sunnylands Tour

We delved into the fascinating history of the Annenberg’s A-List retreat in our January issue, and now that the renovation and new visitor’s center is complete, it’s open for us regular folk to see. This popular tour happens every day through the 23rd, but I hear the bulk are already booked up, so sign up now. 

Double Decker Bus Architectural Tour

We have plenty of double decker buses in SF. What we don’t have is sunny, 80 degree weather in February and incredible midcentury architecture. I will be upper deck all the way, taking in all the sites. 

Lecture: California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way

This exhibition at LACMA is all any design lover is talking about. I’ve got the exhibition monograph and I have a trip planned to see the show in March, but this is a topic I write a magazine about 9 times a year, so there’s no such thing as too much information.

Have you been to Palm Springs Modernism Week before? Any recommendations for tours, parties or booths that a Palm Springs novice like myself should surely check out? 

Come back to the site next week for my coverage of the events.  

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