Modernism Week Discovery: Walter S White

73271 Buckboard Trail, Palm Desert Photo George Gutenberg

Walter S White – Modernism Week Discoveries As we suit up for MW 2017 to learn more about this genre, it might be good to recall that we’ve learned a lot in the past. One such discovery at MW 2016 was the little-known Mid-Century Modern architect Walter S White who did memorable structures from Palm Springs to Indio, as well as work in Colorado and Los Angeles. He was first introduced to us in a blog by Professor Volker M. Welter, in 2015, who later did a lecture on the architect at MW 2016. Photo by George Gutenberg Professor Welter also authored “Projects and Inventions in Architecture”, published by the Art, Design and Architecture, UCSB.  This book provides a thorough review of his work and working life with details, background, drawings, locations and photographs. It can be ordered here. Thus the architect has been moved from being little known to well recognized. The […]

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Modernism Week Fall Preview

Modernism Week Fall Preview 2016

Modernism Week Fall Preview October 21-23, 2016   The Modernism Week Fall Preview is an abbreviated version of the ten-day 2017 Modernism Week February 16 -26, 2017, founded in 2009, that brings visitors from all over the world. Many of the ten-day event historical tours, social gatherings, lectures and other functions are available at the Fall Preview. It’s reported that the Coachella Valley had 60,000 international visitors for Modernism Week last year. This preview weekend provides a wonderful opportunity to attend and enjoy the events without the congestion of the main event early next year. As part of the events planned by the Modernism Week Fall Preview organizers, the Architecture and Design Center of the Palm Springs Art Museum will have a number of planned events including tours of the wonderful Frey House II. The Preview will also coincide with a new exhibit at The Architecture & Design Center, a […]

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What is Mid-Century Modern?

Mid-Century Modern in Palm Springs

The community of Palm Springs, California is home to one of the highest concentrations of Mid-Century Modern architecture in the world, making our community a famous destination for aficionados of all things modern. In fact, each February visitors flock from all over the world to celebrate this design style during our world-renowned Modernism Week, which offers events ranging from architecture tours to art exhibitions, swanky parties to film lectures, and much more. Let’s take a look back at the history of Mid-Century Modern architecture in Palm Springs and how we’ve earned this prestigious reputation. Starting in the 1920’s, Hollywood’s elite found that Palm Springs was the ideal location to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city, yet was close enough to get back to the studios quickly if needed – just a two-hour drive. They and other affluent elite would turn Palm Springs into a private oasis of […]

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Modernism Week 2014

Modernism Week 2016

Modernism Week 2014 in Palm Springs Palm Springs in California has made its name over the years to attract a lot of people from all over the world to the Palm Springs Modernism Week taking place from February 13th till 23rd, 2014.  This is a yearly event celebrating various cool parties, mid-century modern architecture and designs, special touring of homes and other adventures. Additionally to the Bus Tours showing architectural significant homes which runs on a daily basis four times during modernism week, the famous Estate of Annenberg at Sunnylands is open to the public for touring and the Convention Center in Palm Springs is holding the popular Modernism Show.  Another event which should not be missed is the Exposition of expanded Prefab Showcase and Modern Living which include: Modern Mambo! Modernism Week After Dark Opening Night, February 13, 2014 The Caliente Tropics Hotel built in 1964 kicks off the Modernism […]

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Los Angeles Design Festival In Full Swing

Now underway through June 30, the Los Angeles Design Festival is an annual series of design events staged around greater Los Angeles that celebrates how design in — all its disciplines — impacts our quality of life. A plethora of events are held from the Los Angeles Convention Center, home tours and skyline walks  to small design shops, produced by organizations and companies that have a point of view on design and its role in the LA environs and culture.  The Festival encompasses Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties.  Major sponsors and partners include Dwell on Design, The Lincoln Mercury Company, JC Penney, and the American Society of Interior Designers. www.dwellondesign.com Some of the exciting adventures and events are the Modern Skyline Walking Tour, June 15-29 from Pershing Square; the DMI Design Thinking Conference/Santa Monica, June 17-19, at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel; the IdeaFest LA, June 19, […]

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Events for Modernism Week 2013 Announced

  Get ready for Modernism Week 2013, February 14-24, for 11 days of parties, a retro fundraiser, bus tours, lectures and the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale. Palm Springs Preservation Foundation just unveiled four events including PSFP board member Gary Johns’ acclaimed free lecture Lost, Saved & Endangered: Modernist Architecture in Palm Spring; the always popular tour of Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms estate; a new tour of three steel homes; and the signature Retro Martini Party fundraiser. Steel Modern After All These Years, a fascinating and educational new tour, features three steel houses built in 1937, 1962 and 2012:  A rare and remarkably intact early steel house by General Houses (Fisher, 1937); one of the iconic Steel Development Houses (Wexler& Harrison, 1962); and a new steel house constructed by Blue Sky Building Systems (O’Donnell, 2012).  The Wexler/Harrison house was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tour […]

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Mid Century Design Continues to Influence Today’s Art and Fashion

The Galen

Art and fashion of the 1960s continues to deeply influence today’s art trends. Recent events and exhibits at the Palm Springs Art Museum underscore that influence when a 60s-themed opening party topped more than 800 guests for The Galen and Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden in Palm Desert. Images from the 60’s themed party are on the museum’s web site at www.psmuseum.org Make it Work: Material Matters in Art and Design And, a major Art and Design exhibit, Make it Work: Material Matters in Art and Design, now at The Galen through January 20, 2013, explores the relationship between materials and forms in the creative process by juxtaposing a range of dynamic art and design objects from the 1960s to the present. Whimsical contemporary fashion designs are featured alongside a selection of significant modern and contemporary art by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Louise Bourgeois, and Yoshitomo Nara, among others. […]

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Modernism Celebrated In Desert this Fall

There is much Modernism to celebrate in the California desert, and things get underway in October  when seasonal temperatures drop to warm days with cool, balmy evenings. The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation recently celebrated Del Marcos Hotel’s Class 1 Historic designation with a tour and ceremony.  The hotel was designed by William Cody in 1947 for then-owners Samuel and Adele Marcus.  Current owner are Lars and Kelly Viklund. Built of native stone and redwood surrounding a swimming pool, special architectural features include an “organic” asymmetrical  entrance doorway and floor to ceiling glass.  The two-story hotel features luxury suites in a U-shaped plan centered around a courtyard that encourages guests to socialize. It’s style and design is said to have been inspired by  Frank Lloyd Wright’s Arizona architecture, and won a creative design award from the Southern California  chapter of AIA as an example of cutting-edge resort architecture. Del Marcos Hotel […]

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