Cool, Iconic & Modern: The Best of Modernism Week:

Few things pay tribute to midcentury architecture and design the way Modernism Week in Palm Springs does.

 

For 11 consecutive years, the nonprofit organization’s lively signature event highlights mid century modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture all throughout the Palm Springs area of Southern California. Here’s the best of Modernism Week.

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Palm Springs’ core essence is filled with a love for architecture and design, hence our instant attraction to the area. Since the 1920’s, visionary modernist architects have designed sleek, modern homes that have embraced the desert environment. The dramatic geographic surroundings inspired a design aesthetic in the middle of the 20th Century now called Desert Modernism. As a result, Palm Springs has one of the largest concentration of mid century modern architecture in the US. It is no coincidence that here,  we also find the best modernism week accommodations.

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Besides celebrating the appreciation of the genre, Modernism Week also fosters contemporary thinking in these fields via education and sustainability in efforts to preserve modernist architecture throughout the state of California. A roster of events for that week is available online and in addition, we recommend staying at one of these quintessential mid century modern properties to get a close look at some of the most classic and timeless architectural gems in the area.

 

Racquet Club Alexander

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This vintage classic keeps it simple, bright and fun with a colorful restoration that sticks to William Krisel’s bold vision while adding a few contemporary additions that tie it to today’s aesthetic.

 

The Orbit In

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Breathtaking mountain views, poolside breakfast, cruiser bikes and cocktails are only a few of the perks of staying at this boutique mid-century style hotel.  The Orbit is where vintage modernism meets the 21st century, experience it for yourself.

 

Wexler House

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An architectural beauty from Palm Springs legend Donald Wexler, this three bedroom house has been sensitively renovated to maintain all of the original mid-century details for a perfectly modern experience.

 

Palm Living Modernism

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This original William Krisel home is bold, earthy and a little edgy.  Located in prime Palm Springs, the decor makes a dramatic statement, translating the aesthetics of retro desert Americana into the 21st century.

PS Mod House

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A classic mid-century modern private home, PS Mod House is pure magic. Boasting a saltwater pool and mountain views from the spacious and serene backyard, the home also enjoys a rare soaring ‘butterfly’ roofline, mountain views from each bedroom and an open floor plan.

 

Berkus Modern

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This gem located in Park Imperial South in southern Palm Springs is part of a custom, mid-century condominium community designed by Barry A. Berkus. Built in 1960, the home has all of the simple, stylized elements and stunning retro character that represents a golden age in architectural expression.

 

Desert Modern

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Uniting past and present with chic modern style, this is classic Americana at it’s best. Furnished with an imaginative and personal selection of handpicked decor and vintage items, the house and interiors are seamless and chic.

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