Modernism Week is the ultimate celebration of midcentury architecture, design and culture. Book your stay in one of our Palm Springs Vacation Rentals and don't miss out on Modernism Week.
The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster an appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the greater Palm Springs area. While the big event happens in February, the kick-off to the active social and recreational season in Palm Springs is known as “Fall Preview” weekend occurs in October. This year there are various events occurring from October 19th through 22nd.
With more than 250 events for you to choose from, the 12th annual Palm Springs Modernism Week is something you won't want to miss. Running from February 16-26, 2017, this expanded signature festival highlights midcentury modern architecture and vintage culture as well as art, landscape and interior design. And that's just the start of what you'll experience.
From red carpet events and behind-the-scenes tours to film screenings and parties, there's no end to the wide range of festivities. Opening night is a red carpet affair with a James Bond Diamonds Are Forever 1960s spy movie theme, acknowledging the legendary Palm Springs Elrod House - known as a "residential sculpture" - which was the prominently featured mansion in the film.
Simple elegance and clean lines are two of the many coveted features that define the mid century modern Alexander Construction Company homes of Palm Springs. Built between 1955 and 1965, the 2200+ "Alexanders" comprise 11 neighborhoods, and these homes are very much in demand today by people of every generation.
Alexander's foray into Palm Springs began with the construction of The Ocotillo Lodge, which today is a condo-style hotel but still remains a pillar of mid century modern style. The company then began focusing on building stylish tract homes that could be "efficiently produced", but since this type of home was considered revolutionary and had thus far been untested, Mr. Alexander built the first ten homes as an experiment to see if the public would be interested in them. With over two thousand homes built in ten years, we'd say the experiment was most definitely a success!
If you needed another reason to come to Palm Springs, this fall from October 21-23 will hold the Modernism Week Fall Preview. February is when you can find Modernism Week in Palm Springs, but the fall preview promises to be packed with some amazing things to do.
Modern Home Tours
Along with many other tours of modernist homes including Frank Sinatra's, you'll be able to tour Christopher Kennedy's home, which is credited with starting the 'New Generation of Desert Modern'.
Save the date - the fabulous Modernism Week FALL PREVIEW is set for October 21-23, 2016, kicking off Palm Springs' active social and recreational season. The preview will showcase midcentury modern design, fashion, art, architecture, and culture of the Palm Springs area.
This highly anticipated event will be held at various locations throughout the Palm Springs area and is a preview of the Modernism Week festival scheduled for February 16-26, 2017. The fall preview will feature some of the best events planned for the upcoming February festival - visit notable architectural sites on walking or bike tours; enjoy fabulous home tours; mingle at festive cocktail parties; attend interesting lectures; view classic cars; enjoy a Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour and visit the Modernism Show & Sale. There are so many diverse things to do, it'll be a Columbus Day weekend you'll always remember.
A true adventure is to explore Modernism Week Palm Springs. The Modernism events occur twice a year - once in mid October (Fall Preview) and the weeklong event in mid February. If you appreciate mid-century design and architecture and enjoy home tours that showcase contemporary design, art, fashion, and sustainable modern living, Modernism is not to be missed.