Escape to the Desert for Modernism Week


It’s our favorite time of the year when designers, architects and mid-century enthusiasts flock to Palm Springs for the weeklong celebration of design. Run don’t walk to the 23rd annual Modernism Week. to access entrance to the most exclusive homes designed by iconic architects, learn from today’s greatest design minds at the dynamic design discussions and shop for rare 20th century design. Here, we share a few highlights that we are looking forward to most.

Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale

Open February 17-20, shop one of the best presentations of vintage 20th century design and 21st century contemporary art and design all in one place, at the annual Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale. Get your tickets now for opening night to get first dibs on rare vintage finds after sipping a glass of bubbly inside the California Home+Design lounge curated and co-hosted by Coco Republic and Studio M Lighting.

House of Tomorrow Home Tour

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Experience the newly renovated Alexander Estate, known as the House of Tomorrow, where Elvis and Priscilla Presley honeymooned in 1967. Located in the historic Vista Las Palmas neighborhood, this extraordinary home was built in 1960 by architect William Krisel for Helene and Robert Alexander of the Alexander Construction Company. Purchase tickets HERE.

Architecture Unbound: A Century of the Disruptive Avant-Garde

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Joseph Giovannini coined the term deconstructivism in the 1980s to describe the explosively complex buildings by such architecture “disruptors” as Gehry, Hadid, Eisenman, Koolhaas and Libeskind. Enjoy a presentation and discussion around his recently published work, Architecture Unbound: A Century of the Disruptive Avant-Garde, (Rizzoli, November, 2021,) a definitive book on the period that explains the surprising architectural inventions built internationally from the 1980s and ‘90s until today. Purchase tickets HERE.

The Modern Architectural Movement Chronicled – Photographer G. E. Kidder Smith

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Join Michelangelo Sabatino, Professor and Director of the PhD Program at IIT College of Architecture for a discussion on author, educator, photographer, preservationist and “builder” of books and exhibitions, Kidder Smith’s multidimensional work in North American architecture. Purchase tickets HERE.

The Modern Utopia: Why the Southern California Desert?

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Icon of architecture and design Leo Marmol, FAIA presents an in-depth review of the history of modern architecture in Southern California, uncovering why the area is a mecca of mid-century design. Purchase tickets HERE.

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