Modernism Week in Palm Springs
If you love art, design and wine then Palm Springs is certainly a place you want to visit, and if you can be there during Modernism Week then that’s even better!
Modernism Week’s signature February event is an annual celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. This exciting festival takes place in February in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. Modernism Week features more than 350 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more.
So once again I share with you what is just one of those events & places I hope you have a chance to visit. You can certainly experience it over 3 days but a week is even better.
I hope this will inspire you to find your “Art of Living” wherever you are.
When I travel I always search for places that will add to the “experience” of their location. It is NEVER just about a place to stay and ALWAYS about how the hotel, condo, or home can enhance the experience and environment. I want to share how each day unfolds, and hopeful uncover places, and experiences that feel unique and entice to the audience to make the trip themselves. I never want to stay somewhere that is just a place to sleep!!! Just as important to me as the art and design of a property so is the in-room experience and food/beverage. All are sensory experiences that should enhance the stay.
On my recent trip to beautiful Palm Springs, California during Modernism week, my husband and I managed to do that by staying at the ideal hotel, (right after what was an invitation to experience a so called perfect palm springs style hotel was complete disappointment and checked out before spending the night!) the newly opened Kipton Rowan. They were not only a perfect hotel to stubble on to but also gave me the privilege of meeting one of my new favorite people in Palm Springs, Kevin the Concierge. Kevin was still new to the hotel by just a few weeks and I managed to be his unexpected training program. (I’m a lady with lots of questions)
Palm Springs is wonderful and one of my favorite moments that always takes my breath away is when my husband, Adam and I go for our run and we pass private art that people have installed outside of their homes. They take art and design to heart throughout the valley and it shows. With a mountainous backdrop and the stunning blue skies, it often can seem unreal!
I will be featuring the art collection of the Kipton Rowan Hotel itself in a later post so if you love fun and well curated art collections stay tuned!
There is a “Base Camp” set up which has all the information you need and a perfect place to begin.
It shares with you what is going on from lectures, culinary classes and design panel inside the camp location and all the other go to events and tours.
This year one of my highlights was attending the unveiling of the walk of fame star for Nelda Linsk. Nelda, one of the women who was featured in what is now one of the iconic photos of palm springs titled “Poolside Gossip” taken by photographer Slim Arrons was present throughout the week at a variety of events for some great photo opts.
This was a test drive offered by Alpha Romao USA at Modernism week base camp which was conveniently situated between the Rowan Hotel and the Palm Springs Museum.
Speaking of the Museum, there is always an interesting exhibition ongoing and until May 28th, 2018 you can still catch Andy Warhol "Prints" exhibition from the Collection of Jordan D Schnitzer and his Family Foundation.
While in Palm Springs Cocktails are a must and no better place to snag a craft cocktail and fab small plates than Truss and Twine
Created to offer a bar aesthetic that the Palm Springs landscape is missing, for visitors and locals alike, Truss & Twine specializes in classic cocktails broken down by era.
MIXED MEDIA 24 X 24
Photo courtesy of Janssen Artspace.
Another great feature in its second year was the "Vintage Trailer" exhibition. Owners come together for a 2-day exhibition of highly decorated and stylized vintage trailers and pull out all the stops to get your vote for People's Choice Award.
Modernism closed shop with the final day hurrah of the “Annual Vintage Yard Sale” a favorite of ours. Where both private and retails share their carefully curated collections.
This year I found a great vintage collection of appetizer plates and little glass ice bucket…feeling the wine and small plates theme again?
Here are some other cool items I discovered.
This Mid Century styled dog house was my fun find and one that almost made it home for my daughter’s dog, Moka…thank goodness I came to my senses!
That said, maybe they deliver!!!
We ended the day by grabbing some eclectic local nosh at newly opened “On the Mark”
I hope you find time to take a trip to Palm Springs and while doing so find WHAT INSPIRES YOU & your "Art of Living"!