Palm Springs Design Projects Featured in the HGTV Faces of Design Awards!

Local Design and Consultation Firm Nominated for Two Categories in National Contest

Palm Springs’ reputation as a design mecca just received even more national endorsement. H3K, a Palm Springs-based firm specializing in design consultation and project management for upscale residential and commercial remodeling and renovation, is one of the companies selected to participate in the annual The HGTV “Faces of Design Awards,” which asks nationwide viewers to vote on projects that exhibit excellence in a wide array of categories. H3K has projects in the “Curb Appeal” and “Living Large in Small Spaces” categories. Online voting opened on July 25 and will continue through September 5. Both H3K entries may be seen […]

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Palm Springs: A Modern Mecca for Art, Architecture & Design!

Palm Springs just keeps getting better. It truly has become a modern mecca for art, architecture, and design—not to mention fabulous hotels, resorts, and fine dining. I had the pleasure of spending President’s Day weekend in the desert with friends at the intersection of the apex of Modernism Week and Art Palm Springs.

This year’s Palm Springs Modernism Week ran from February 16 – 26th, and was yet another huge success! The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as […]

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Get Excited for Palm Springs Modernism Week—Here's What's On Deck!

Photo credit: David A. Lee Photography

Modernism Week’s signature February festival will take place February 16-26, 2017, highlighting midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. For the twelfth year, the annual 11-day festival will feature a wide array of events including the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, tours of iconic homes in more than 25 neighborhoods including the Signature Home Tour on both weekends, architectural walking, biking and double-decker bus tours, a world-class series of film screenings and informative talks, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, a Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedication for John […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Palm Springs Art Museum’s Brooke Hodge

Photo: Lani Garfield

Brooke Hodge is the Director of Architecture and Design at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Hodge is a curator, writer, and critic whose credentials include Deputy Director of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York; Director of Exhibitions and Publications at Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum; Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA); and Assistant Dean of Arts Programs at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, among other positions. 

Hodge’s curatorial credits include major exhibitions on the work of such international architects and designers as Frank Gehry, Gio Ponti, Zaha […]

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Palm Springs Spotlight: Modernism Week Announces Local Contributions

You’ve heard of Modernism Week. You’ve probably even attended a grand event or two. But did you know that this annual festival also gives back on a grand scale? Modernism Week recently announced that it contributed significant funds to local Coachella Valley neighborhood organizations, local and statewide preservation organizations, and awarded two new scholarships for aspiring architectural students.

An 11-day festival celebrating midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture in the greater Palm Springs area, Modernism Week is hugely popular with architects, designers, collectors, and modernism aficionados from around the world. During its signature annual February event in 2016, more than 77,500 […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Lisa Vossler Smith, Executive Director of Modernism Week

Lisa Vossler Smith is the Executive Director of Modernism Week and is passionate about promoting cultural tourism and the rich heritage of the Palm Springs desert region.  Lisa attended Indio High School and grew up in La Quinta where she began her early career training at La Quinta Hotel. After graduating from the University of California, Irvine, Lisa pursued a career path in special event management, which eventually led to her employment at the Palm Springs Art Museum where she was most recently the Senior Director of Administration & Operations. Lisa and her husband, the artist Phillip K. Smith III, […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Dave McAdam, Founder of Homestead Modern

Dave McAdam earned a degree in journalism from San Diego State University and then began his professional life in community newspapers in Orange County, California.  He eventually was named Executive Editor overseeing 15 newspapers published in south Orange County by a subsidiary of Media General, Inc. After 10 years in journalism he left to become a Managing Partner at Sitrick And Company in Los Angeles, at the time the leading crisis and issues management public relations firm on the West Coast.  

After seven years with Sitrick he left to become Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications at Tenet Healthcare, the nation’s […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Modernism Week Chairman Chris Mobley

Chris Mobley opened his midcentury modern design store, Just Modern, in 2011 in Palm Springs. He currently serves as the Board Chairman of Modernism Week Palm Springs. Most recently, he collaborated on the book, “The Desert Modernists: The Architects Who Envisioned Midcentury Modern Palm Springs.” 

Kate Buckley: Chris, what led you to open your store, Just Modern—specializing in unique, midcentury modern inspired home accessories, art furniture and decor—in Palm Springs? 

Chris Mobley: My partner and I bought our home in Palm Springs in 2010 and immediately went on the search for art, decor, furniture and accessories. In particular, we were searching for a […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Designer Trina Turk

Famed fashion designer and business visionary Trina Turk is renowned for putting the iconic Palm Springs style on the international stage. Known for her bold prints and dynamic hues that celebrate the relaxed Palm Springs resort lifestyle, Trina is greatly respected locally as the pioneer who first took a chance on what is now the flourishing Uptown Design District in the City of Palm Springs. The shopping destination, celebrated around the world by tastemakers and lovers of fashion, furniture, design and all things modern, is now an ultra-cool style mecca due in large part to Turk’s initial investment. In addition, she […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Designer Greg Wolfson

Greg Wolfson began his career in design at 18, creating unique advertising campaigns for mens’ sportswear in Seattle, WA for companies like Union Bay and International News.  Upon landing in Los Angeles in 1987 at age 21, Greg embarked on a career in set design. He quickly found a niche in television, working on soaps (Generations), sitcoms (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, The Parent ‘Hood, Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher), Disney specials (101 Days of 101 Dalmations, Mighty Joe Young, Flubber, Hercules: From Zero To Hero), talk shows (Montel Williams, Pat Sajak, Sally Jesse Raphael, Gabrielle), game shows (The Price is Right, […]

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