Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Palm Springs Modernism Week

What better way to celebrate a mid-century birthday (yes, really) than with a visit to Palm Springs Modernism Week? This has been on my to-do list for several years, and we decided this would be the year we made it happen. We rented a spectacular mid-century modern Alexander house for 4 days, and to say it was a perfect weekend would be the biggest understatement. Some close friends joined us, and we spent our days enjoying the sunshine, window shopping, eating at some spectacular new-to-us restaurants, and taking in some of the fun events they have planned during this 10 day modernist showcase. One of the tours we loved was a walking tour of the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood, which in the 40's & 50's was home to many celebrities, including Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Peter Lawford, Sidney Sheldon, and many others. Here are some of the beauties:

 Color abounds everywhere - I loved the orange door!

This was too perfect with the vintage Avanti in the driveway.

My favorite house: the owners don't quite know it yet, but this will be mine.

A typical Swiss Miss mid-century A-frame.

By far one of the most beautiful, most inspiring, was Kaufmann House. Designed by Richard Neutra in 1946, and later restored to its' original splendor by Marmol Radziner. Everything about this house is gorgeously appointed. Against the backdrop of the San Jacinto mountains, it is amazing. I certainly envy the current owners.

Here are some interior/exterior shots via Marmol Radziner - who couldn't get used to this?

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