Thursday, February 11, 2016

DESTINATIONS: Sizzling with Hollywood style: Palm Springs Modernism Week presents gems of American Mid Mod

cool. iconic. modern

Palm Springs Modernism Week 2016 will be replete with the jazzy sights, sounds and celebrations that have drawn enthusiastic visitors to this glamorous desert town for over a decade: house and garden tours, talks, films, open-air double decker architectural bus ridesand an ongoing show and sale of Modernist furniture and other interior decor at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

 Roll up for the Modernist Mystery Tour ...

Even the Palm Springs airport is getting on board with the Modernism theme.
Here, Virgin America's gate is decked out in retro furnishings 
 to welcome February visitors. 

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Saturday, Feb. 13 will be "Eichler Day" at the mod-fest, celebrating the 
work and legacy of visionary designer and real estate developer Joseph Eichler.
Events will include a house tour, a panel discussion, and a screening of 
the newly-remastered film “People in Glass Houses: The Legacy of Joseph Eichler”.
11,000 "Eichlers" were built in numerous CA communities during the 1950s.

Above: Desert Eichler house

"Eichler brought his social justice values into his plans for modern housing 
for middle-class Americans. Combining the midcentury esthetics of airiness, 
use of glass and steel as construction materials,  and a seamless integration of 
indoor-outdoor space, his homes captured the imagination of thousands 
of young families who were looking for affordable 
yet stylish housing during the post-war boom."
                                                                            ... Mad for Mod, Jan. 9, 2016

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A highly coveted ticket will be for "An Afternoon with Mad Men" (Feb. 18), 
a three-part presentation by the show's set design team, fashion designer Tina Turk, 
and creator Matthew Weiner. (Update: It's already sold out -- it figures.)

Languid ladies + Don Draper

Set of the Drapers' NYC apartment

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Below: A modern Kennedy compound
Named by The Hollywood Reporter as the “#1 Must-See Event of Modernism Week!” Traditional Home and California Homes magazines present Show House 2016: 
The Christopher Kennedy Compound. For a third year, home decor and 
design maven Kennedy brings together ten of the nation's most prominent 
tastemakers to create unique rooms in this showcase venue. 
The house is "spectacularly sited" on the fairway of the Indian Canyons Golf Resort, 
a favorite of Hollywood stars like Frank Sinatra, Walt Disney and Bob Hope. 
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Another mustn't miss event:
The film Gray Matters, about the life and work of iconic designer
Eileen Gray, will be screened on Feb. 14 .

Above: Eileen Gray's famed "E1027 House", built o
the French Riviera in the late 1920s. The home -- which is wrapped in a story of love, 
revenge and madness --  was recently restored and opened to the public.

For a comprehensive article about the life and work of EG, 
a piece I wrote for the Spring 2011 issue of Modernism magazine.

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Glass House, William F. Cody, 1967
Cody was considered a master of sleek desert Modernism.
He designed country clubs, residences, hotels, restaurants and other 
public venues in Palm Springs, numerous southern California towns, 
Arizona, Mexico, and Cuba. A Feb. 20 tour included in Modernism Week 
will be a rare opportunity to visit Cody's iconic Glass House, 
a magnificent example of his elegant style. 

... and there's so much more ... 

Visit the "Events' link at 
for the full daily schedule

Link here for "A Procrastinator's Guide to Modernism Week"
See you there!

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