Palm Springs Modernism Week 2020

What is PS Modernism Week?  It is an iconic event celebrating the midcentury modern lifestyle  that has taken place annually in mid-February since 2006. Midcentury modern aficianodos descend upon Palm Springs  and for 10 days to soak in everything midcentury modern .  Every hotel, motel, Airbnb, and  vacation rental is sold out months in advance.  If you’re even remotely interested in midcentury modern furniture, architecture,  design, and/or art, Palm Springs  is THE place to be for Modernism Week.

PS Modernism Week 2020 - Palm Springs

Dinner at the Kirk Douglas Estate with Monogram Appliances

The fabulous parties and dinners are what Modernism Week has become known for and the reason why so many designers I know flock to Palm Springs for opening weekend.    On most years, I look forward to touring my friend and designer Christopher Kennedy’s show house, The Christopher Kennedy Compound, but this year he took a year off.  Producing a high-caliber show house is demanding!

Among the dinner parties we attended this year was dinner with Monogram Appliances.  This took place on the grounds of the former Kirk Douglas Estate.


The home recently underwent a major renovation which included a full kitchen remodel, compliments of Monogram Appliances!  The hearth oven, above on the right, is unique to Monogram and provides the performance of a wood-fired brick oven.  Perfect for entertaining large crowds because of the speedy cooking time and perfect results with minimal effort.

Stainless steel Statement Collection convection wall oven and refrigerator by Monogram Appliances at the Kirk Douglas Estate Kitchen - Palm Springs

An evening of intimate conversation was had by 50 designers, all while enjoying signature cocktails and a delicious meal that was prepared in the newly installed Monogram kitchen.  The meal served even demonstrated how some of the new appliance features such as the hot air fryer can produce delectable (and healthy) results without the use of oil in the electric convection wall oven.

Outdoor dinner table with Monogram Appliances at the Kirk Douglas Estate in Palm Springs during Modernism Week 2020

A long table set up on the estate grounds on a perfect mid-February evening under the stars was a treat!

The Kirk Douglas Estate pool at night - Palm Springs


The Monogram Appliances team - Modernism Week 2020 at the Kirk Douglas Estate

The Monogram Team

Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale

Another event not to be missed during the opening weekend of Modernism Week is the Palm Springs Modernism Show and Sale.  Held at the Palm Springs Convention Center, dealers from all around the country bring their vintage wares.   It is a mecca and treasure trove of midcentury modern art and furniture.   Here is a glimpse of what I saw:

Midcentury modern art and furniture at the Modernism Art Show and Sale - Palm Springs 2020

Hand / Palm lounge chair - Modernism Week 2020

One part of the show was dedicated to new resources – ones that complement the midcentury modern aesthetic.  Here were a few of our favorites:

Modernism Art Show and Sale

Another thing to take advantage of during Modernism Week is the home tours.  Tickets sell out quickly so make sure you secure them well in advance.

I attended 4 home tours during Modernism Week and below is the first of the four – the Lautner Compound.

The Lautner Compound

Famed architect John Lautner,  the architect behind the Elrod House (located in Palm Springs) and the Sheats-Goldstein Residence (perched on a hillside in Los Angeles), designed and built The Lautner Compound in 1947.    An interesting fact:  It wasn’t until recently that I realized that my childhood friend’s dad, Andrew Nasser, was Lautner’s structural engineer late in Lautner’s career.  All this time I knew Mr. Nasser was a structural engineer but I had no idea he was JOHN LAUTNER’S structural engineer.  Knowing the complexity of Lautner’s work, that is impressive!

Lautner Compound - Desert Hot Springs

The project went through many ups and downs and spent a significant amount of time sitting vacant or under renovation.    In 2008 it underwent a 4 year restoration by its current owners.   Vintage pieces from midcentury modern furniture designers such as Platner and Bertoia adorn the boutique apartments. The Lautner Compound now serves as a destination wedding and event venue, with a recent addition of an outdoor event area and adjacent bungalow.

Lautner Compound exterior and before images- Desert Hot Springs

The renovation included full bathroom renovations with each bathroom sporting a different color scheme with tile sourced from Heath Ceramics.

Heath Ceramics green tile bathroom and bedroom at the Lautner Compound

Each room boasts loads of natural light flooding through each room from the plethora of large, expansive windows and angled skylights from above.

Bedroom at the Lautner Compound #midcenturymodern #midcenturybedroom #architecture #JohnLautner

Living Room with midcentury modern furnishings at the Lautner Compound - Palm Springs #midcenturymodernbedroom #MCMbedroom #modernismweek #architecture #palmSprings #lautnerarchitecture

A living space in a boutique apartment in The Lautner Compound - Palm Springs

Remodeled modern concrete kitchen at the Lautner Compound, Palm Springs #kitchen #midcenturymodernkitchen #palmsprings #JohnLautner

Heath Ceramic tile midcentury modern bathrooms at The Lautner Compound, Desert Hot Springs, CA #blacktile #blacktilebathroom #bathroom #midcenturymodernbathroom #tile

California bungalow at the Lautner Compound - Palm Springs

California boho chic bungalow -The Lautner Compound - Desert Hot Springs, CA #modernismweek #palmsprings #eventvenue

Outdoor event space at the Lautner Compound - #outdoorlounge #outdoorliving #socal #palmsprings #palmspringslifestyle #bohochic

If you love midcentury modern art and design, you won’t want to miss Modernism Week in Palm Springs when it returns in 2021.  Be sure to book your accommodations and purchase your home tour tickets well in advance to ensure your spot.

Have a look at our last post, The Morse House.  The indoor/outdoor pool is an entertainer’s paradise!

Jeanne K Chung | Cozy Stylish Chic