palm springs modernism

Image from Christopher Kennedy

Every February, design fans descend upon the mid-century Mecca of Palm Springs for Modernism Week. Euro Style Lighting has put together a snapshot of the state of Modernism...its past, present and future...as seen through the lens of this week-long series of parties, exhibits, lectures and tours.

prefab showcase at modernism

Image from Modernism Week

The Prefab Showcase and Modern Living Expo (pictured above) gives a snapshot of where mod design is headed. This "village" of prefab homes highlighted the intersection of modern living, affordable architecture, green design and lighting efficiency. Here was a chance to see products and designers on the cutting edge of residential Modernism.

Meanwhile, the Vintage Travel Trailer Show, featuring classic trailers and campers from collectors across the country, offers a kitschy nod to Modernism's past.

vintage trailer show

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Perhaps, nothing captures the spirit of the region's post-war design scene better than the Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Palm Springs Show House 2014 presented by Luxe Interior+Design. This mid-century-inspired home has been decorated lavishly for Modernism Week 2014 by some of the design community's brightest stars. Photos are unfortunately not permitted in the space (a rendering of the space can be seen at the top of this post), but we can promise you from experience, it is indeed exceptional. Of note is the playful pool decor by Trina Turk, a fabulous living room by Woodson and Rummerfield's House of Design, and a chic-noir bedroom by Thomas Lavin. 

modernism show and sale

Image from the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

At the Palm Springs Convention Center, the Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale showcases more than 80 exhibitors of modern furniture, collectibles, and memorabilia.

Next door (but officially unrelated to Modernism Week), the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair showcased post-war and contemporary art over Presidents Day weekend. British Artist Andy Burgess' paintings (pictured below and exhibited by Cynthia Corbett Gallery) were in lock step with theme of the week.

post-war art

All in all, Modernism Week has something in store for every fan of modern design. Add nightly parties, receptions and the inevitable downtime by the pool and this is a day, week or weekend worth to remember. Modernism Week events continue officially until February 23, 2014.

Images: Christopher Kennedy, Modernism Week, Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism