🎄 The Modernist’s Gift Guide: 2017 🎁

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (other than Modernism Week, of course) and let’s be real – some of you are still looking for last minute holiday gift ideas. Read on for some great stocking stuffers you can still get today! 

Photo by Bethany Nauert
Photo credit: Bethany Nauert

We love giving experiences to loved ones as gifts, and we can’t think of a better way to ring in 2018 than having a trip to Palm Springs for Modernism Week to look forward to. There’s something for everyone – check out our gift guide below!

For the Modernism Week newbie…

double decker bus tour

Feb. 15-25: Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours

Feb. 17: Sagewood: A Donald Wexler tour

Feb. 17-18, 24-25: Home Tour of West Elm House 2018: The Pool House

Feb. 18: Boom Town: The Story of Uptown Palm Springs

Feb. 18: Racquet Club Garden Villas an intimate oasis by William F. Cody

Feb. 18, 25: Palm Springs Door Tour

Feb. 19: Twin Palms Home Tour

Feb. 19-20, 23-24: Illuminated Modern Sunset Bus Tour

Feb. 19-20, 24-25: Heart of the City

Feb. 20: Historic Home Tour of the 1925 Thomas O’Donnell House

Feb. 20-22: Palm Desert Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour

 Feb. 21: Frey House II Tours

For the one who can’t stop watching “Fixer Upper”…


Feb. 16-18, 23-24: Modernism Week Showcase Home – Moroccan Modern

Feb. 16-18: “Atomic Ranch” Live (various seminars + home tours)

Feb. 16-18, 23-25: Steel & Glass 2018 Home Tour

Feb. 17: Ask a Landscape Designer

Feb. 17: A Day in Old Pompeii

Feb. 17-19: Modernism Week Featured Home – Maison a l’Orange

Feb. 18: Making the Modern A-Frame

Feb. 18: Carl E. Haymond Residence Tour

Feb. 18: Ask an Interior Designer

Feb. 18: El Rancho Vista Estates Home Tour

Feb. 18: Merito Manor: Iconic folded-roof homes by Barry Berkus, 1961

Feb. 22: Palm Desert Signature Home Tour

For the midcentury architectural history buff…


Feb. 15-25: Open House – Architect Walter S. White’s ‘Miles C. Bates house’ in Palm Desert + Walter S. White Exhibition : A Sojourn in the Desert

Feb. 16: Paul Revere Williams: Architect to the Stars…and Everyone Else

Feb. 16: Modernism — with Soul

Feb. 16: The Creative Collaboration of Paul R. Williams and A. Quincy Jones

Feb. 16, 19, 23: Architecture in Service of the Sacred and Spiritual

Feb. 18: Alan Hess Presentation on Frank Lloyd Wright

For the old soul with a love for vintage design and culture…


Feb. 16-24: Mod With A Twist (MOD LIFE or MOD DREAMS)

Feb. 17: Charles Phoenix: Addicted to Americana

Feb. 17: Styling – the Look of Things: Selling Design to the Masses in the 1950s

Feb. 17-19: Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale

Feb. 18: Modernism Fashion Show – “Spanning the Decades”

For the modernist bibliophile/cinephile…

Feb. 16: Designing the Disneyland Landscape

Feb. 17: Modernism Week Keynote: Martyn Lawrence Bullard and “Palm Springs: A Modernist Paradise”

Feb. 18: World Premiere Film – “Frey: Part 1 – The Architectural Envoy”

Feb. 19: Stile Transatlantico / Transatlantic Style: Author Presentation & Book Signing

Feb. 19: Monday with Legendary Women of Design

Feb. 19: The Power of Pattern Book Signing and Tour

Feb. 20: World Film Premiere of ‘Sinatra in Palm Springs – The Place He Called Home’

Feb. 21: Phillip K. Smith, III: Experiments in Light, Space, Form and Change

For the life of the party…

Feb. 15: Modernism Week Opening Night After Dark Party

Feb. 16: Preview Party at the 18th Annual Modernism Show & Sale

Feb. 16: Tiki Beat at Royal Hawaiian Estates Dance Party

Feb. 16: The Big Reveal Party at the West Elm House 2018: The Pool House

Feb. 17: La Fiesta Moderna – Palm Springs Modern Committee Annual Gala Benefit

Feb. 18: ARRIVE 2 Year Anniversary Party

Feb. 23: Sunrise Lanai Party & Twilight Architectural Tour with Host Shag

Feb. 24: ADC Cocktail Party: The Koerner Affair