Procrastinator’s Guide to Modernism Week

Modernism Week couldn’t agree more with Heinz.  Good things DO come to those who wait.  Check out our annual last minute guide for chronic procrastinators.


If each year, you suffer from an acute case of FOMO (fear of missing out) when you see all your friends’ photos of beautiful midcentury homes mixed in with the obligatory shots of cacti, and you curse yourself for not buying tickets and making the pilgrimage to Palm Springs yourself, then you need to read on.  Live the dream, carpe diem, and pounce like a cat on nip.  There are still tickets available if you make your move now.  For the full and most current list of available events, click here.

Home Tours

Everyone’s favorite part of Modernism Week is gaining access to some of the most amazing midcentury modern homes in the city.  Here’s a rundown of the home tours that are still available, including Modernism Week’s Featured Homes.

Moroccan Modern Manse
This gorgeous Hal Lacy-designed residence was restored to perfection with a modern Moroccan twist by Thomboy Properties.  If you missed it during the Fall Preview or on the cover of Interiors this month, this might be your last chance to get a peek inside this quintessential Palm Springs home.  Snag a ticket to the soiree here.

Sunrise Lanai: Franz Rodriguez
Sunrise Lanai: Franz Rodriguez

Hidden Frey Comes Out of Hiding
Thomboy Properties brings this little known Albert Frey residence out of obscurity with their signature style and panache.  Tickets are still available here to take a tour of this stealthy stunner.  Multiple tour dates and times.

H3K Serves Up Maison a l’Orange
Nicknamed Maison a l’Orange for the current owner’s love of the color orange, the house was recently finished with a complete renovation and will be unveiled for the first time during Modernism Week 2018.  Designed by Clair Earl in the 1960s, this home is a midcentury modern gem, polished to perfection.  Tickets are still available here.  Multiple tour dates and times.


Meet the Love Child of a Swiss Miss and a Tiki Hut
Don’t miss your chance to peek inside the quirky Sunrise Lanai property designed by Charles Du Bois.  This village of striking A-frames with sympathetically restored interiors is getting a beautiful refresh on the exterior, thanks to Dunn-Edwards.  Tickets are still available here.

Other Tours

Premier Bus Tour
Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour. Photo courtesy of David A. Lee.

Bus Tour of Champions
These signature bus tours are one of the most popular Modernism Week events.  Snag a spot on the top deck of the bus to get the best view in town of architectural gems like William Krisel’s House of Tomorrow, Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann Desert House, Sinatra’s “Twin Palms” estate by E. Stewart Williams, and more. This is the best way to see and understand the different neighborhoods of Palm Springs.  Tickets still available here.

Stunning Sanctuaries
From the sweeping curves and corners of St. Theresa Catholic Church to the intricate patterns of concrete block and stained glass at the original Desert Chapel, see how architects helped inspire the sacred spaces where the likes of Eisenhower, Sinatra, and even Elvis Presley worshiped. Tickets still available here.

The Door Tour Returns
Palm Springs Style brings back the Instagram pilgrimage that is the Door Tour.  Hop on a bike, courtesy of the Saguaro Palm Springs, and explore the famous Indian Canyons neighborhood by pedal.  Special thanks to Dunn Edwards.  Head back to the Saguaro for post-ride cocktails overlooking the pool.  Tickets still available here.

Photo courtesy of Dunn-Edwards Paints


Photo courtesy of Jake Holt

Let’s Fiesta!
Join PS ModCom for La Fiesta Moderna, a 1970’s Spanish-inspired soiree with a Palm Springs twist. Tap your toes, dine on tapas, and sip exotic cocktails during this unforgettable evening at the Rubenstein Estate – the last commission designed by renowned architect William F. Cody. Tickets available here.

Cocktails at Canyon Country Club
Celebrate Donald Wexler, one of Palm Springs’ most influential midcentury modern architects, at the iconic Canyon Country Club. The stunning property was designed by the architect himself in 1962. Special guests Robert Imber and Sidney Williams will share about Wexler’s legacy, followed by live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and more. Tickets available here.

Preview the Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale
Be among the first to explore the world-class collections at the Opening Night Party at the Modernism Show & Sale before the show opens to the general public. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, music, and more.  Tickets available here.

Talks, Films, & Shows

Martyn Lawrence Bullard Keynotes Modernism Week
Don’t miss this year’s keynote with celebrity interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, whose work graces the cover of photographer Tim Street-Porter’s new visual tome “Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise.”  The talk is followed by a panel conversation with Architectural Digest’s Mayer Rus, Tim Street-Porter and other designers whose work is featured in the book.  This is a treat for the design-obsessed.  Tickets still available here.

MLB_Palm Springs A Modernist Paradise Book
Photo courtesy of Tim Street-Porter

(Re)Introducing Ward Bennett
With no office, no archive, and no heirs, Ward Bennett left behind scarce traces of his legacy. But that didn’t stop Various Projects’ Elizabeth Beer and Brian Janusiak from uncovering all that they could about the once-celebrated, iconic, midcentury designer. Join Herman Miller and Phaidon for a special event and book signing for Ward Bennett, the first-ever monograph of the midcentury designer’s work. Tickets still available here.

A Fabulous Fashion Retrospective
Things are getting haute next month! Experience a unique retrospective of stunning designs by CHANEL, Emilio Pucci, Dior, Pierre Cardin, and more. Sip bubbly from Azucar at La Serena Villas, get style tips from Neil Cohen, and take in all the vintage fashion presented by Mitchells Palm Springs + M Vintage. Tickets still available here.

“Atomic Ranch” Live!
Whether you’re house hunting, contemplating renovations, or simply looking to up your interior design game, Atomic Ranch Magazine has you covered. Get tips from industry experts during a special series of three talks and tours. Last year’s seminar sold out, so don’t wait until it’s too late! Tickets still available here.

Tour & Talk at Home with Designer Michael Berman
The talented designer will open the doors to his impeccably restored midcentury home for a soiree of conversation, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Berman will be joined by Traditional Home Editor in Chief Jill Waage to explore the themes of midcentury design that have withstood the test of time and influenced generations of designers. Tickets still available here.

Photo courtesy of Ben Rahn/A-Frame

Making the Modern A-Frame
Explore the beauty of this iconic architectural style, captured by photographer Ben Rahn in his new book The Modern A-Frame. Following the presentation, guests are invited to join Chris Menrad, noted author and preservationist, in a private visit to an impeccable A-Frame home in the secluded and unexplored neighborhood of Snow Creek. Tickets still available here.

Vintage Trailer Show
Cap off the modernist festivities during the last weekend of Modernism Week with plenty of vintage trailers, campers, buses, motor homes, retro memorabilia, and more. The annual event continues to impress with its collection of stunning, unique and rare RV’s. This is one Modernism Week tradition you don’t want to miss! Tickets still available here.

Architecture Design Art Film Festival 2018
This year, the Palm Springs Cultural Center has partnered with Modernism Week to host a new ADAFF 2018 film series. There is a full program featuring 26 films, documentaries, and short films, grouped into 14 programs. Tickets still available here.

ADAFF_Marmol Radziner
Photo courtesy of Marmol Radziner
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