Modernism Week, celebrating midcentury modern design, returns to Palm Springs.

Midcentury modern design is forever associated with Palm Springs, where homes by celebrated architects William Cody, John Lautner, Albert Frey and Hugh Kaptur survive alongside 1960s motor lodges, gas stations and post offices that have been converted into hip resorts and restaurants .

Modernism’s enormous popularity continues thanks to its simplicity and is demonstrated at Palm Springs’ Modernism Week, an annual festival of 20th-century design, taking place February 17-27 this year and attracting more than 350 visitors. big celebrated events such as house tours, panel discussions, bike and hiking tours and parties.

Many events such as Tours of Sunnylands and Frank Sinatra’s Twin Palms estate sell out fast, but there are still plenty of events to choose from.

Here we offer 13 events that are still available on the key date. A list of all events and tickets can be found at

Colorful fabric samples by Vera Neumann.

Colorful fabric samples by Vera Neumann for Vera.

(Week of Modernity)

1. “Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon,” starring Susan Seid and Trina Turk

Seid, author of the book “Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon”, and fashion designer Turk talk about artist Vera Neumann, one of the most successful design entrepreneurs of the 20th century. 10 am February 24th. $20. The event will also be streamed live for $10.

A midcentury house in the desert.

The Lautner site will be open for guided tours during the week of modernity 2022.

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2nd tour of the Lautner site

Lautner’s 1947 four-family home, formerly known as Hotel Lautner and now a collection of boutique rental properties used for weddings and other events, opens its doors to the public once a year for Modernist Week. Desert Hot Springs tour includes an open-air performance room and a 1957 California bungalow. 10:00 AM to 2:45 PM February 18-20. $50.

A two storey Midcentury Modern house made of glass and wood.

Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in Silver Lake.

(Week of Modernity)

3. Richard Neutra Home Tour at Silver Lake

In a special event in Los Angeles, Noam Saragosti, resident director of Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, will tour Neutra’s home, a 1932 glass box overlooking the Silver Lake Reservoir. 11am to 2.30pm 20th and 27th February. $50.

Modernist Week 2022 poster.

Modernism Week 2022 Poster by Josh Agle, aka Shag.

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4. Party with shag

Enjoy the rare opportunity to meet Josh Agle, the Southern California artist and designer popularly known as Shag, whose candy-colored works immortalize midcentury hipster and tiki-kitsch. After the event, Agle will be autographing books and the commemorative posters he designed for Modernity Week 2022, as pictured above. 3 to 4 p.m. February 20. $18. Agle will also be hosting a print release party with cocktails and live music on February 19th and 26th from 6pm to 9pm at the Shag Store, 745 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.

A vintage trailer with an awning and furniture in the front.

Take a peek inside one-of-a-kind refurbished trailers at the Vintage Trailer Show during Modernism Week.

(David A Lee)

5th Classic Car Trailer Show

Peek inside uniquely refurbished vintage trailers, RVs, buses and RVs and meet the owners who will discuss the restoration process. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 26 and 27 February. $25.

A mid-century modern home in the desert

Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann Desert House.

(Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

6. Architectural Double Decker Bus Tour

Admire the city’s most famous architectural landmarks from a double-decker bus as the guided tour passes by William Crisis’s House of Tomorrow, Neutra’s Kaufmann Desert House (pictured above), E. Stewart Williams’ legendary “Twin Palms” estate, and the Tram- Gas station, now the Palm Springs Visitor Center. Various appointments. $110.

A glass house on a hill overlooking a pool.

The Steel House in West Hollywood.

(Lisa Boone/Los Angeles Times)

7. The Geometry of the Home: The Family History of the House of Stahl

Join Shari Stahl Gronwald, Bruce Stahl and Kim Cross, authors of The Stahl House: The Making of a Modernist Icon, for an intimate conversation about the little-known family history of Case Study House No. 22 (like the fact that she used to jump in the pool from one of the most famous rooftops in all of Los Angeles). The Stahl siblings will discuss the history of the home, share never-before-seen photos and preview a documentary to be released later this year. Noon, February 19th. $50 includes a copy of the book.

A living room with pink chairs and a white leather sofa.

Maison Bleue Moderne, a redesigned property in the Vista las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs designed by William Crisisl.

(Lance Tanner)

8. House tour of Maison Bleue Moderne

Visit this classic William Cristel home in the Vista las Palmas neighborhood, brought back to life thanks to interior designer Michelle Boudreau. Noon to 4pm February 18-20 and February 25-27. $35.

A living room with blue chairs and a green couch.

Tour this 1975 Palm Springs residence, designed by noted architect Stan Sackley and remodeled by interior designers Michael Ostrow and Roger Stoker of Grace Home Furnishings.

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9. Sackley home tour in the 1970s

Visitors can expect the signature see-through fireplace and glass walls by architect Stan Sackley, and a warm palette of greens and blues by interior designers Michael Ostrow and Roger Stoker of Grace Home Furnishings, who renovated the 1975 Palm Springs home. 9am to 1pm 18th to 20th February. $35.

A man standing in a grassy sculpture garden holding a spherical artwork.

Landscape and ceramic designer Dustin Gimbel at Sculptura Botanica, his art exhibition at Sherman Library and Gardens.

(Allen J. Cockroaches / Los Angeles Times)

10. Sculptura Botanica

Long Beach-based artist and landscape designer Dustin Gimbel will provide a visual tour of Sculptura Botanica, his 2020 solo show at the Sherman Library and Gardens, and offer tips on incorporating sculptural objects into the home garden. 9 am February 24th. $12.

Vintage furniture at the Palm Springs Modernism Show.

The Palm Springs Modernism Show takes place February 18-21 during Modernism Week.

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11. The Palm Springs Modernism Show & Modern Design Expo

More than 90 exhibitors will be selling vintage furniture, lighting, jewelry, ceramics and more at the 21st show. The show runs concurrently with the fourth Palm Springs Modern Design Expo at the Palm Springs Convention Center. One ticket is valid for entry to both shows. 10am-6pm February 19, 10am-5pm February 20, 10am-4pm February 21. $30. A full vaccination status check or a negative COVID test result is required prior to entry. $25 to $30.

Visitors tour a mid-century boutique hotel surrounding a pool.

Originally built as an apartment building in 1964, Limón is a colorful seven bedroom private retreat in South Palm Springs.

(Christine Joo)

12. Limon Home Tour

Originally built as an apartment building in 1964, the all-steel structure is now a colorful seven-bedroom boutique hotel in south Palm Springs, Limón. Renovated by H3K Home+Design, the design is inspired by graphics from the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. 9am to 12.30pm 18th to 21st and 24th to 27th February. $35.

A house on a hill in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles architect Barbara Bestor will speak about her three-year renovation of John Lautner’s Silvertop during Modernism Week.

(Iwan Baan)

13. Silvertop: A vision for the future

Los Angeles architect Barbara Bestor, who spent three years renovating Lautner’s Silvertop concrete dome overlooking the Silver Lake Reservoir, will present a short film about the history and revival of Silvertop, narrated by a “surprising guest host.” After the film, Bestor will talk about the renovation in a slide show and answer questions from the audience. 11 am February 18. $15. Modernism Week, celebrating midcentury modern design, returns to Palm Springs.

Russell Falcon

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