2020 Editors’ Picks

Find out what the pros are looking forward to seeing at Modernism Week.

We read their stories, get FOMO from their feeds, and listen to their podcasts.  They are always in-the-know and we look to them to tell us what’s trending, what’s cool, what’s not to be missed.  So read on to see what these industry insiders are excited about at Modernism Week 2020.

Amelia Barnes, The Design Files

Melbourne based interior, lifestyle and portrait photographer

“I am really excited to step inside Frey House II. With its view, minimal interiors and that incredible boulder infiltrating the interior, it’s the ultimate mid-century desert home.”

Katy Carrier, Modern Luxury Palm Springs, Modern Luxury San Diego, Palm Springs Style

“There’s so much to look forward to during Modernism Week 2020! This year’s featured and signature homes sound so great, so I can’t wait to see them in person. There are some excellent lectures and presentations coming up as well; a few I’m most looking forward to are “Todd Oldham Loves Alexander Girard” and “Daughters of Design: Bertoia, Eames, and Saarinen.”  And of course the Palm Springs Door Tour, which explores the colorful doors of the Indian Canyons neighborhood! This is my fourth year producing the event with Dunn-Edwards paints, and we’re excited to include some beautiful new additions this year, as well as some returning favorites.”

Lydia Kremer, Palm Springs Life, 100 Things To Do in Palm Springs Before You Die

Author of “100 Things to Do in Palm Springs Before You Die”

“As Modernism Week has exploded from the early days when a small group of us launched it in 2006, it’s so thrilling to see the depth and breadth of how the programming has grown. The focus is so broad now with so much to see and do! I’m excited to hear Daniel Libeskind’s keynote presentation and other fabulous lectures; the premiere of Part Two of the Albert Frey Film; the House of Cardin film; the newest fun and irreverent topics that Modernism With a Twist will dream up this year; the debut of the restored Walter S. White’s Wave House; and so much more! Modernism Week is a fun endurance test that tests our stamina: how much fun can you handle?!”

Paul Makovsky, Contract

“This is my first time to Modernism Week.  I’ve been following it from afar for years and its been on my bucket list.  This year I want to jump right in, and see and experience everything I can.  You could say I’m a bit obsessed with Alexander Girard. I really think his interiors work is under-appreciated, so I’m going to go to as many talks on Girard that I can go to.  The whole Marvin Lecture Series will explore aspects of Girard’s life and work that no one has talked about, like Modernism and India.”

Jessica Ritz, AD Pro, Los Angeles Times, T Magazine

“In addition to the usual archi-tourism and unparalleled people watching that comes with all the home tours and parties, I’m psyched to get an immersive dose of pattern mastery and cheer at the Jim Isermann exhibition. Because Modernism Week programming is so adept at connecting to international architecture and design stories while continuing to celebrate local heritage, I’m eager to hear what insights Daniel Libeskind will share during his keynote presentation. I’m excited to see the Wave House rehab debut and follow the ongoing evolution of that project, too.”

George Smart, US Modernist Radio

“I look forward to the warm sunshine, the martinis at sunset, seeing great friends like Ms. Modernism Annalisa Capurro, and my favorite house in the world, Frey II.”