Modernism Week 2016 – Recap!

Martyn Lawrence Bullard Modernism Week

OK, so I made it through the week! Technically, Modernism Week is actually 10 days long, but that doesn’t sound as good, “Modernism 10 Days”? I attended many events; lectures, cocktail parties, and walking tours and I wanted to share a few highlights.

One of the “grooviest” events for me was held at Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s completely renovated home in Palm Springs. Hosted by Kohler and Ann Sacks Tile, the house boasted all new plumbing fixtures by Kohler and Martin’s custom designed line of tile for Ann Sacks. With lots of bold wall colors, and large geometric patterned wallcoverings the house is definitely the perfect party house.


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To balance out all the partying, I attended several lectures on Modernism in Cuba. They included Eduardo Luis Rodriquez presenting “Cuba’s Modern Movement: Before & After the Revolution”, Rosa Lowinger speaking on “Tropicana Modern: A Cultural Journey Through Havana’s 1950s Nightclubs,(more partying), cubaand “Cuba’s Vanishing Modernity: The Architecture of Nicolas Quintana, a lecture by Josef Asteinza. I had no idea of the vast cultural influence Cuba had on the United States prior to the revolution. Our music, art, and architecture especially during prohibition in the 1920’s and into the 30’s were all cross-pollinated by Cuba’s vibrant lifestyle.

“I added a lot of details to give the eye something to look at — rubble stone on some interior walls, wall coverings, Venetian plasters, tongue and groove ceilings which I then had faux-painted, wood flooring, and some crown and base moldings,” she says. “The client and I both wanted to design a home loosely based on the French Moroccan style, but with a more Berber, or tribal twist to it.”

Another great home featured during Modernism Week was the Thomboy Properties renovation of a 3,700 sq. ft. home in the Indian Canyons neighborhood of Palm Springs. Built in 1972 and fully decorated by Egg & Dart it includes rugs from Shiraz, fabrics from Beacon Hill, and furnishings from Christopher Guy.

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My last event for this year was a walking tour of Sunrise Park. The neighborhood features architecturally significant homes, by Robert H. Ricciardi, Dan Palmer, William Krisel, Hugh Kaptur, and the ever popular, Donald Wexler. The homes on the tour were built between 1954 – 1973. Some have been renovated back to their original floor plans, most with modern amenities including appliances, thermal pane windows, and completely enclosed carports. All of which makes desert living a bit easier.

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Overall a great week celebrating design and Modernism in Palm Springs, although it did feel a bit longer……