Modernism Week In Palm Springs

Feb 16, 2024
House of Tomorrow Modernism Week Palm Springs Website

(House of Tomorrow photo from Modernism Week Website)

Ah, design festivals – those vibrant celebrations of creativity, innovation, and style that draw enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. There's something magical about immersing oneself in a world where every corner tells a story, every line has a purpose, and every detail is meticulously crafted. And when it comes to design-related events, one of the gems shining brightly on the calendar is undoubtedly Modernism Week in Palm Springs. Today, let's dive into the sun-drenched world of Modernism Week and explore why it's a must-visit for design aficionados and fun-seekers alike.

What Is Modernism Week In Palm Springs

Modernism Week is an annual festival held in Palm Springs, California, typically in February. This year is is happening right now, February 15-24th. It's a celebration of all things mid-century modern, including design, architecture, art, fashion, and culture. The event aims to foster a deeper appreciation for the rich legacy of mid-century design that permeates the Palm Springs area. From its humble beginnings in 2006, Modernism Week has grown into a world-renowned event, attracting design enthusiasts, historians, and curious travelers from around the globe.

Palm Springs Modernism Week Activities

Starting with the highlights I am most excited about for 2024:

Touring Frey House #2:

One of the events I'm most excited about is the exclusive tour of Frey House #2. This modern architecture masterpiece, designed by Swiss-born architect Albert Frey, is perched high above Palm Springs and offers breathtaking views of the desert landscape. Built in 1963, the house seamlessly integrates into its natural surroundings, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living. With its clean lines, minimalist aesthetic, and innovative use of materials, Frey House #2 is a shining example of mid-century modern design at its finest.

(image from Modernism Week website of Frey House II)

Cocktail Workshop at Mr. Lyons:

For those looking to add a dash of mixology to their Modernism Week experience, the cocktail workshop at Mr. Lyons restaurant is a must-attend event. Led by expert bartenders, this hands-on workshop teaches participants the art of crafting classic cocktails with a modern twist. From the perfect martini to innovative libations inspired by mid-century design, this workshop promises to elevate your cocktail game to new heights.

Visiting Joshua Tree Retreat Center by Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.:

Another highlight of Modernism Week is the opportunity to visit the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, modern architecture designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. This serene desert sanctuary, nestled amidst the Joshua Tree National Park, is a testament to Wright's organic architectural style. With its low-slung buildings, earthy tones, and harmonious integration with the natural landscape, the retreat center offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Check out my reel highlights video tour of the retreat center.

Staying at Life House Hotel and Chilling Poolside at Minerva's California Pool House:

After a day of exploring Palm Springs' modern architecture treasures, what could be better than unwinding poolside at Minerva's California Pool House? Located within the stylish confines of the Life House hotel in Palm Springs, this chic retreat offers the perfect blend of modern comfort and retro charm. With its vibrant decor, lush landscaping, and sparkling pool, Minerva's California Pool House is the epitome of desert cool – the ideal spot to sip cocktails, soak up the sun, and savor the laid-back vibe of Palm Springs.

(image from Life Hotels Minerva's website)

Classic Car Show Garden:

Imagine strolling through a lush garden, surrounded by the sleek curves and polished chrome of classic automobiles. That's exactly what you'll experience at the Classic Car Show Garden during Modernism Week. This unique event combines the beauty of nature with the timeless elegance of vintage cars, offering visitors a feast for the senses.

Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour:

Climb aboard and embark on a journey through Palm Springs' iconic architecture. The Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour takes you on a guided exploration of the city's most notable mid-century modern landmarks, giving you a firsthand glimpse into the area's design heritage.

Fashion Shows:

Modernism isn't just about buildings and furniture – it's also a lifestyle. At Modernism Week, you can immerse yourself in the glamorous world of mid-century fashion with a variety of fashion shows showcasing the best of vintage style and modern interpretations.

Garden Tours:

Discover the hidden gems of Palm Springs' botanical landscape with guided garden tours. From meticulously manicured estates to desert oases teeming with life, these tours offer a glimpse into the natural beauty that complements the area's modern architecture.

(image from Modernism Week website of Edgar J. Kaufmann Residence - garden tour)

How Much Are Tickets To Modernism Week In Palm Springs?

Tickets to Modernism Week vary depending on the event and package options. Prices typically range from $25 for individual events to $500 for VIP packages. Tickets can be purchased online through the official Modernism Week website or at select locations in Palm Springs.

Modernism Week Schedule 2024

Find the full list of events from February 15-25th, 2024 here.

As you can see, Modernism Week in Palm Springs offers a diverse array of activities and experiences for design enthusiasts and curious travelers alike. Whether you're exploring iconic architecture, sipping cocktails by the pool, or soaking in the desert sun, there's something for everyone at this one-of-a-kind festival.

And while you're in the area, don't forget to check out the Hwy 62 Open Studio Art Tours and add to your fall schedules for another dose of creative inspiration!