Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Going Mod in Palm Springs Modernism Week Feb-17-27

The sixth annual Modernism Week takes place in Palm Springs February 17 through 27, with a new lineup of midcentury modern design events. As in past years, the celebration will include celebrity home tours, architect panel discussions, a double-decker bus tour, and an exhibit of vintage Airstream trailers. New this year: an interior design tour of local homes and a show of vintage Braniff Airlines uniforms designed by Pucci and Halston. Catch The Architecture of Donald Wexler exhibit at the delightful Palm Springs Art Museum and visit the Palm Springs uptown design district to shop for furnishing finds. Shops like Trina Turk Residential, Christopher Anthony Ltd. (, Asylum (, and house 849 carry unique new and vintage decor, everything from Herman Miller pieces to steel fabrications to religious relics. All will ship large purchases, and all offer great pricing compared to LA’s inflated finds.
In keeping with the spirit of Modernism Week, book a room at the recently refurbished Riviera Palm Springs from $360, promo code “ModERN”; . Its ├╝ber-design aesthetic is a nod to hollywood Regency, Rat-Pack glam (it was a favorite haunt of Frank Sinatra), and midcentury modern design. The renovation kept the original buildings and layout from architect Irwin Schuman, who initially designed the Riviera (opened in 1959) to mimic Las Vegas hotels like The Flamingo and The Stardust. It still feels like Vegas, but better—with two pools, tennis courts, a gorgeous spa, and a swank dining and bar scene. Or check out the Orbit Inn (photo above of me enjoying the sun in an animal print bikini by the pool) or try its sister hotel The Hideaway both very Rat Pack chic!

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