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

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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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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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Greater Palm Springs Pride Unveils 2015 Marketing Campaign

Greater Palm Springs Pride recently unveiled artwork [pictured at right] created by renowned, mid-century modern artist, Nat Reed as the cornerstone of the 2015 marketing campaign for Palm Spring Pride Festival and Parade scheduled to take place November 6-8, 2015 in downtown Palm Springs.

“We wanted to take our marketing to an all new level,” stated Ron deHarte, President, Greater Palm Springs Pride. “There are six major Southern California Pride Festivals and we wanted a brand and a compelling image that was iconic, very Palm Springs-centric and that would really stand out,” said deHarte.

“We loved what Nat came up with,” said […]

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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 Lisa Vossler Smith of Modernism Week

Lisa Vossler Smith and her husband Phillip K. Smith III

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 under the leadership of her mother, Judy Vossler. 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 […]

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