2021 Modernism Week Happening Now!


It’s one of our favorite times of year, when the celebration of mid-century modern architecture, design and culture at the annual Modernism Week in Palm Springs begins. While this year looks different, there are still many ways you can join the 11-day design festival from both near and afar. You can purchase tickets to select in-person home tours designed to allow for social distancing and safety protocols or stay at home while enjoying exciting new programs in a new Modernism Week online experience running from April 15 – May 15 at modernismweek.com

Sunburst Palms home. Photos courtesy of Modernism Week.

“We are thrilled that the Modernism Week activities we are offering this year have been met with such enthusiasm,” said Lisa Vossler Smith, Modernism Week Executive Director. “While some events such as the tours of Sunnylands and the walking tour of  Indian Wells are sold out at this time, many exciting events still have availability. Because we are regulating the number of people who can participate in each program to ensure the safety of our guests and volunteers, Modernism Week participants are reminded that they must purchase tickets in advance on modernismweek.com and not at the door.”

Modernism Week programs that still have availability include:

“Sunburst Palms” – Tour H3K’s latest renovation of a 1956 Lawrence Lapham property in the iconic Deepwell neighborhood and enjoy and be inspired by their fun-filled and colorful take on classic midcentury modern design.

-“Seventies Sackley” – This architectural home tour in the Indian Canyons neighborhood will allow participants to experience a seamless blend of contemporary furnishings and vintage pieces on display at this stunning 1975 Palm Springs residence designed by noted architect Stan Sackley and offered by Grace Home Furnishings.

“Desert Modernism: Two Perspectives. Two Home Tours – Kappe and Lockyer” April 8-18, $60
One ticket, two tours. Discover architect Raymond Kappe’s last project as well as architect Sean Lockyer’s newly completed Desert Palisades project. Palm Springs Life has partnered with the Kappe family, and Sean Lockyer, and the builders of Desert Palisades to bring these homes to the public eye. 

-“A Curated Collection” April 17 and 18, $10 (general admission) and $15 (early preview) Retailers and private dealers from all over will showcase their finest vintage apparel, textiles, jewelry and accessories in one upscale venue.

-“A Night Out on the Town: A Fashion Show Retrospective Over the Decades” April 11, $60. In this fun fashion show event, participants will stroll down memory lane as they view iconic fashions from the past in this exciting retrospective that spans decades.

“Viva Las Vegas!” April 15, $35
This rollicking presentation showcases entertaining vintage movie clips and a thrilling slide show celebrating Las Vegas from the early 1900’s through the 1970’s. This is an outdoor event at Palm Springs Cultural Center and guests are advised to bring their own chairs.

“Mod with a Twist” April 9, 10, 15, 16, $55
Mod with a Twist is a light-hearted but deep dive into some of the more obscure topics of the midcentury. Chuckle along with these witty presentations while you sip wine and learn something new.

The Monument House. Photo by Renee Hoang.

Thank you to all the Modernism Week sponsors Brizo, Dunn-Edwards Paints, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, JennAir, and Willis generously contributed to these projects and making this year come to life.

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