Modernism Week happens every year in Palm Springs in February with a “fall preview” in October. It's a celebration of all things mid-century--- design, architecture, art, and style. It's longer than a week (two weeks!) and it's FUN!
There’s tours, films, lectures, events and most of all PARTIES!
Palm Springs is just 45 minutes from Joshua Tree, but the vibe is very different. I headed "down the hill" to take part in the festivities for the weekend of February 16-18. The Mod Squad stayed at the Saguaro Palm Springs, the most colorful hotel ever. It’s such a cute spot!
Saturday morning brunch with the other members of the Mod Squad was a highlight. Great food and fun to meet friends from Instagram in real life.
I focused my itinerary on home tours. There are a ton of events during mod week, and picking which tickets to get was a difficult choice! I love seeing homes and how people live. I visited The Loewy House, The West Elm Pool House, The Hidden Frey, The Steel & Glass House, the Vintage Sale & Show, and the Signature House Tour. I did attend one lecture-- with Dunn-Edwards Paints about color at the Saguaro. Did you know the city of Palm Springs was torn about whether to approve the color scheme for the Saguaro? Crazy, as it's probably the most photographed hotel EVER.
Palm Springs knows how to POOL. The swimming pools at all the house tours were truly spectacular. All the homes integrated outdoor space in their designs- in the desert, your patio is an extension of your home.
My favorite homes were the older, lived-in historical homes like the Loewy House and the Kirk Douglas residence. Art collections, objects, signs of day-to-day life-- those are the magic bits. I have a soft spot in my heart for danish furniture design and the mod lines of the chairs and couches were catching my eye too. The use and juxtaposition of textures as design elements (rugs, wood, ceramics) also caught my eye.
Here are a few recs for bopping around Palm Springs while you're in town for Mod Week. I got links for youuu!
Stay: The Saguaro Hotel (highly recommend their room service btw, delish)