Mad About Mod: Palm Springs Modernism Week Returns for its Sixth Year!

Original Rendering for the Impala Lodge (now the Triangle Inn Palm Springs).

Mid-Century Modern Design Aficionados will be flocking to sunny Palm Springs, California in February for the city’s sixth annual Modernism Week Festival. The self-described “celebration of all things modern” kicks off on February 17th, and continues for ten activity-filled days, closing on February 27th.

The diverse array of events scheduled to take place during Modernism Week include the centerpiece event – the Modernism Show at the Palm Springs Convention Center, plus tours of the city’s many mid-century architectural treasures, genre-specific film screenings, educational lectures and art exhibitions, a mid-century modern fashion show, themed cocktail parties, music, food, fun and more.

The Mid-Century Modern style of interior design, architecture and urban development has seen a dramatic revival during the past decade; attracting the interest of many of the world’s leading fashion designers, interior designers, urban planners and architects.

Palm Springs, California boasts what may be the world’s largest concentration of architectural examples of the style, which traces its history through the Bauhaus movement in Europe, the International Movement (which was popularized by many Scandinavian Architects), and, of course, Frank Lloyd Wright, and his principles of organic architecture.

modweek4The clean simplicity, flowing lines and organic, natural shapes of Mid-Century Modern Architecture were translated by the industrial designers and artists of the day into incredible furniture designs, dramatic lighting fixtures, artwork, glassware, and even tableware – all created to complement the Mid-Century Modern style. These, too, will be celebrated during the Palm Springs Modernism Week Festival, with many great examples available for viewing, and/or for sale at the Modernism Show or at one of the many Mid-Century Modern galleries, consignment shops and showrooms in Palm Springs’ popular Uptown Design District.

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