Modernism Week 2016 Highlights

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Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
Modernism Week CAMP

This year's CAMP (Community And Meeting Place) was held in the famed Robinsons Building, a Class I Historic property originally built in 1958 by Charles Luckman Associates and William L. Pereira for the J.W. Robinson Department Store. (Image: Jake Holt Photography)

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
Opening Night Party

Modernism Week tapped into the inimitable spirit and allure of the golden era of Hollywood for a truly glamorous red carpet opening night event, complete with craft cocktails, cigar girls, and music through the night! (Image: Jake Holt Photography)

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
16th Annual Modernism Show & Sale

This annual favorite returned to the Palm Springs Convention Center, and featured 85 premier national and international dealers presenting furniture, decorative and fine arts reflecting all design movements of the 20th century. (Image: Jake Holt Photography)

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House 2016

This year's Show House was one of the most Instagrammed events during Modernism Week! And with good reason - Christopher Kennedy and his team of designers brought plenty of color, style, and design inspiration to this midcentury home. (Image: Jake Holt Photography)

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights

For the first time ever, we had the Mod Squad join us for both weekends of Modernism Week. This group of talented creatives, designers, photographers, artists, and tastemakers gave us a peek at Palm Springs through their eyes (and respective Instagram lenses). Special thanks to The Saguaro for hosting the Mod Squad!

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
Virgin America Goes Mod

Wonderama's Marc Joseph and artist Nat Reed gave the Virgin America gate at Palm Springs International Airport a mod makeover, just in time for Modernism Week.

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
Palm Springs Walk of Stars Dedication for Richard A. Harrison, P.A.

A special dedication ceremony on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was held for this year's honoree: acclaimed modernist architect Richard A. Harrison. (Image: Jake Holt Photography)

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
Illuminated Modern

If you think modernist architecture looks beautiful in the day time, just wait until you see it at night! Our Illuminated Modern Sunset Bus Tours invited guests to see the city in a new light. (Image: Jake Holt Photography)

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
Modern Market at CAMP

We scored plenty of modernist goods, thanks to our amazing vendors at CAMP: AMMO Books, Country Floors, Wilsonart, Modfire, Pashley Cycles, Anthony Cioffi Design, Tribeca Shortlist/Mad Men, Golightly, Destination PSP, Gibbs Smith, SHAG Store Palm Springs, Loll Designs, Fab Trailers Photo Booth, VIP Mobile Suites & Greenrooms, Cheeky's Palm Springs To Go, and Desert Sun. Special thanks to our sponsors: Room & Board, Plantscapers, Inc., Mountain States, Big Ass Fans/Haiku Home, Dunn-Edwards Paints, JUST Water, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, and ELLE DECOR.

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
Desert Eichler

We partied, played, toured, and soaked in the beauty of Desert Eichler #3 by KUD Properties. (Image: Monica Orozco)

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
Fashion Forward

2016 saw more fashion-oriented programming than ever, from tips to developing "Your Signature Modernist Style" with William Squire and Susan Stein, to going "Off The Runway" with Lisa Perry. (Image: Lisa Perry)

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
Aluminaire Fundraiser

The Raymond Loewy house served as the backdrop for this year's fundraiser for the Aluminaire Foundation, which has been actively working to bring Albert Frey's Aluminaire House to Palm Springs. (Image: Christine Joo)

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
Mad Men Exhibit

A special "Mad Men" exhibit, sponsored by Tribeca Shortlist and Lionsgate, was curated by the show's prop master Ellen Freund and set decorator Claudette Didul, and was open to the public at CAMP. Roger Sterling's couch, Don Draper's desk, and Joan's iconic red dress were just a few of the featured memorabilia. (Image: Christine Joo)

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
An Afternoon with Mad Men

“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, prop master Ellen Freund, set decorator Claudette Didul, and fashion designer Trina Turk were among the guests who joined us in Palm Springs for a "Mad Men"-filled day. (Image: @theluxps)

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
Home Tours

We got up close and personal with stunning residences normally closed to the public, like the Abernathy House, designed by midcentury architect William F. Cody for millionaire socialite James Logan Abernathy in 1962. This home was also the backdrop for a special "Mad Men Affair" party. (Image: Jake Holt Photography)

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
Retro Pinball Mania!

Modernism Week guests were treated to free play on over 700 vintage pinball machines, as well as all the food and craft soda we could eat and drink. (Image: Jake Holt Photography)

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
Vintage Trailer Show

This year's show featured even more stunning trailers, campers, vintage cars, memorabilia, and art than ever. It's hard to pick a favorite, but we were certainly impressed by the interior of this reimagined Greyhound bus! (Image: Christine Joo)

Modernism Week 2016 Highlights
Last Call with Charles Phoenix

Charles Phoenix wrapped up the final event of Modernism Week in a truly sweet fashion, with a towering cake (filled with local date cream cheese and sunny California citrus) by Over the Rainbow Cupcakes & Desserts. (Image: Mary Jensen)

Missed Modernism Week 2016? Here’s a recap from some of this year’s top events.

From a glamorous Old Hollywood-themed Opening Night Party to a Last Call with Charles Phoenix, Modernism Week 2016 was filled with non-stop tours, lectures, films, parties, shopping, and so much more.

Over 77,500 attendees visited Palm Springs, an increase of more than 30% over last year’s attendance. Highlighting midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture in Palm Springs, the 11-day festival generated an estimated $28.6 million in revenue for area hotels, shops, restaurants, and other local businesses from Palm Springs to Indian Wells and beyond. More than $1 million of the proceeds generated by ticket sales from this year’s event went directly back to community neighborhoods and partner organizations, a new record for Modernism Week. This was an estimated 15% increase over the amount generated for these organizations last year. In addition, CAMP, Modernism Week’s ‘Community and Meeting Place’ and headquarters for tours and events, saw more than 25,000 visitors, almost doubling last year’s CAMP attendance.

“We are elated by the increasing interest in Modernism Week and the positive effect that our festival has on Palm Springs, our neighborhoods, and the entire valley,” said J. Chris Mobley, Modernism Week Board Chairman. “The worldwide publicity that the event generates continues to help brand the entire Coachella Valley as a Mecca for Modernism and architecture, which has a year-round influence on the valley’s tourism and international stature. The support of the City of Palm Springs and the larger community, our sponsors, partners, and volunteers makes this event one in which attendees plan to return to each year. In addition, I’m thrilled that we were able to disperse more than $1 million back to local neighborhoods and partners.”

Special thanks to the Modernism Week Board and each of our amazing sponsors, partners, media, volunteers, and friends for making every year better than the last!

We’re already looking forward to the next Modernism Week. Until then, keep following for the latest news and mark your calendars for Modernism Week Fall Preview 2016 (October 21-23, 2016) and Modernism Week 2017 (February 16-26, 2017).

Check out the gallery for some of our favorite moments from this year’s celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture in Palm Springs!

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