Modernism Week in Palm Springs: 5 Top Kick Off Events

Palm Springs, CA – February 12 – Modernism Week in Palm Springs is here. More than 60,000 modernists from all over the world have begun their descent upon our desert city to celebrate Midcentury Modern design, architecture, art and lifestyle.

With more than 300 events over a span of 11 days, it is impossible for visitors to do everything during Palm Springs Modernism Week.  To help guide the guests staying in the Vacation Home Rentals managed by Acme House Company, we’ve compiled this crib sheet of our top picks for the first few days of Modernism Week in Palm Springs..

Modernism Week in Palm Springs: 5 Top Kick Off Events

Racquet Club Estates Home Tour

The Racquet Club Estates’ Eighth Annual Home Tour will showcase the midcentury modern beauty of seven unique Alexander homes built in the late 1950s and early ’60s. Included on the tour is The Aperture – one of the fabulous pool homes that is now available as a Vacation Home Rental through Acme House CompanyIf You Go: Saturday, February 13, 2016. 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. $75 admission. Advance Ticket Purchase Required.

Modernism Week in Palm Springs: 5 Top Kick Off Events

Modernism Show and Sale

The 16th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale returns to the Palm Springs Convention Center and features 85 premier national and international dealers presenting furniture, decorative and fine arts reflecting all design movements of the 20th century, especially emphasizing midcentury modern. If You Go: The Show runs through Monday, Feb 15. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase at the door, or in advance online.

Modernism Week in Palm Springs: 5 Top Kick Off Events

Starlight After Party: Christopher Kennedy Modernism Week Show House

This is where all the cool cats will be after hours on Saturday night. Get your swank on by sipping cocktails around the firepit and taking in the sultry sounds of jazz under the starry Palm Springs sky at this intimate party at The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House. Mingle with design star Christopher Kennedy and the rest of the celebrity designers who re-imagined this midcentury gem. Expected to be on hand are Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Michael Berman, Bravo’s Carson Kressley, Michel Boyd, HGTV’s Jamie Durie and Kelli Ellis, Justin Shaulis, Style Blogger Kelly Golightly, Trellis Home, 31 Westgate and all the rest of the Who’s Who of the design world. If You Go: Saturday, Feb 13, 2016. 1330 E. Murray Canyon, Palm Springs. 10:00 PM – Midnight. Tickets are $100 and are available online. 21 and over. No pets.

Modernism Week in Palm Springs: 5 Top Kick Off Events

Vintage Movie Poster Exhibit at The Five Hundred Building

The Acme House Company team highly recommends stopping by The Five Hundred Building to check out Jim Cook’s Vintage Movie Poster Exhibit and Sale.  The Exhibit returns to Palm Springs for a brief showing through March 6. Each piece of movie memorabilia shown has its roots in Palm Springs. The research ties the stars who lived and played here, and the locations where they were filmed with the iconic art of Hollywood’s heyday.

If You Go: The self guided exhibit is free to the public through March 6th, 2016, during The Five Hundred building’s normal business hours, seven days a week: 7 AM – 6 PM. No reservation is required for the self-guided exhibit and sale. 500 South Palm Canyon Drive at Ramon Road.

Meet The Collector Tours are also free but do require a reservation. Thursdays thru Sundays at 11 AM and 1 PM. Meet The Collector Tours begin at Ristretto for Coffee Lovers on the building’s main floor. To reserve: call Nostalgia PS at (760)459-5191 or email [email protected] To view the entire collection: visit


Book Launch: William Krisel’s Palm Springs

Don’t miss this very special celebration to launch the beautiful, new 224-page book, ‘William Krisel’s Palm Springs:The Language of Modernism” edited by Chris Menrad and Heidi Creighton. This event takes place, appropriately, in a classic Krisel-designed home in the historic Twin Palms neighborhood.  This is the first major monograph chronicling the work and architectural philosophy of William Krisel and features examples and insights from Krisel’s own papers, culled from his personal collection as well as the extensive archives of the Getty Research Institute. Krisel’s architectural drawings and renderings, as well as many archival photographs, highlight examples of his custom homes, mass-produced housing, and recreational facilities in Palm Springs and rest of the Coachella Valley. If You Go: This event is free. Sunday, February 14 from 4:00-6:00 PM. 1882 S Caliente Road, Palm Springs, CA


Still Looking For A Place To Stay For Modernism Week in Palm Springs?

Acme House Company manages Luxury Vacation Home Rentals in Greater Palm Springs and the surrounding desert cities, catering to those looking to travel to the world-renowned desert destination for the season, week-long stays and extended weekends. We still have a few fabulous midcentury vacation rental homes available for Modernism Week in Palm Springs. Sleep 6 for as little as $369 per night. Shown above: Purple Cactus. Visit Acme’s Website to explore more homes.

Read the Condé Nast Traveler article that included Acme House Company in their list of Top 10 Vacation Rental Managers to Trust.

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