Modernism Week 2018: It’s a Wrap!

Modernism Week 2018 was our biggest year yet. Read onto see why!


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Photo credit: Jake Holt Photography

Celebrating midcentury modern design, architecture, art, and culture in Palm Springs, the 11-day festival generated an estimated $47.25 million in revenue for area hotels, shops, restaurants, and other local businesses from Palm Springs to Indian Wells and beyond.

“Modernism Week continues to offer our attendees opportunities to learn about midcentury modern design, architecture and culture and about Palm Springs and other desert communities,” said William Kopelk, Modernism Week Board Chairman. “Our expanded range of programing continues to emphasize preservation and education and also offer fun and unique experiences through tours, parties and other activities. We couldn’t do this without the support of our primary sponsors, including Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery, Corian Design, DXV, and Thermador. The support of these sponsors as well as the City of Palm Springs, our Civic Presenting Sponsor, makes this event one in which attendees plan to return to each year. The worldwide publicity that the event generates continues to help brand the entire Coachella Valley as a Mecca for Modernism and architecture, which has a year-round influence on the valley’s tourism and international stature.”


Photo credit: Jake Holt Photography

Modernism Week’s CAMP – Community and Meeting Place – welcomed over 32,500 visitors throughout the festival, also a 30% increase from the previous year. The headquarters were located at the future Downtown Palm Springs Park, and featured a number of exciting programs.

Ferguson, Modernism Week’s exclusive Kitchen, Bath and Lighting sponsor, presented entertaining culinary demonstrations by Top Chef and restaurateur Brooke Williamson, and many local chefs from popular Coachella Valley restaurants, in their state-of-the-art kitchen and featured Thermador appliances alongside new products from DXV. The expansive CAMP space also featured a café and bar by Cheeky’s-to-go, a merchandise area managed by Destination PSP, and a large theater that featured more than 40 stimulating programs, panels and demonstrations. This included a series of three panels organized by Atomic Ranch magazine and several Learning Lab seminars, targeted to architectural and design professionals, and sponsored by Corian Design. It was also the hub for the daily Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours and was the departure location for test rides of Alfa Romeo vehicles, one of the event’s premier sponsors.

“This year attendees returned daily to CAMP which was free and open to the public to attend talks and cooking demonstrations, depart on tours, shop, and dine. The comments we received during the event reinforced that CAMP continues to be an important part of Modernism Week’s success,” said Chris Mobley, CEO of Modernism Week. “We are grateful to the City of Palm Springs and Grit Development for providing Modernism Week with the incredible downtown location for CAMP. In addition, the Aluminaire Foundation installed a full-scale representation of the 1931 Aluminaire house, sited on the portion of new Downtown City Park where it will be reassembled in 2020.”

Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale and Modern Design Expo

Photo credit: Jake Holt Photography
Photo credit: Jake Holt Photography

More than 12,500 participants attended the popular sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center, up 25% from the previous year. This figure does not include the additional 1,400 guests who attended the show’s preview party on Friday, February 16. Attendees were eager to view and purchase furniture, decorative and fine arts representing all design movements of the 20th century from more than 85 premier national and international dealers.

“The 2018 Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale was by far the most well-attended of the Palm Springs shows in our company’s history,” said Rosemary Krieger, President of Dolphin Promotions. “Our record-breaking number of significant exhibitors reported increased sales and their enthusiasm for the increased traffic was amazing. The new Modern Design Expo added an additional 40 exhibitors and attendees enjoyed browsing the modern decorative solutions that these exhibitors offered.”


Photo credit: Jake Holt Photography

Over 85 lectures and films highlighted famed architects, landscape designers, historians, design experts and authors were presented to attendees, including a special series of talks this year on the Legendary Women of Design. Additional Modernism Week educational programs this year included the world premiere of two films, and a new Architecture Art and Design Film Series, created by the American Documentary Film Festival.

Modernists were able to enjoy even more home tours, parties, and architectural excursions in Palm Springs and outside of the immediate area including Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and Indian Wells.


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Photo credit: David A. Lee Photography

The festival continued to garner significant national and international media attention, including coverage in the Daily Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller UKVogue Australia, Vanity Fair ItaliaLos Angeles TimesWallpaper*, DezeenDwell Magazine, Architectural Digest, and Locale Magazine, to name a few.

Mark your calendars for Fall Preview on October 18-21, 2018 (tickets on sale August 1 at 12 p.m. PST) and the next Modernism Week on February 14-24, 2019 (tickets on sale November 1 at 12 p.m. PST)!