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13 Design Treasures Spotted During Modernism Week in Palm Springs

13 Design Treasures Spotted During Modernism Week in Palm Springs
Photo by Jessica Testa

​Phoenix's annual Modernism Week is still a month away, but Palm Springs Modernism Week is raging on just four-and-a-half hours away.

The city of Palm Springs, whose midcentury modern architecture holds the gold medal over Phoenix's bronze, has hosted its Modernism Week since 2006.

But the week wouldn't exist without the Modernism Show and Sale, an exhibition of 80 national and international vendors launched in 2001 to benefit the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.

The three-day show began on Saturday, kicking off Modernism Week and unraveling a string of lectures, tours, book signings and parties that gets longer every year. (The event has grown from an actual seven-day week to a calendar-defying 11-day week.)

In advance of our local show, we spent the weekend checking out Palm Springs' annual exposition.

Take notes, Phoenix; here are just a few things we wanted to hitch to the roof of our car ...

13. (pictured above) Arlene Slavin painting, $3,000, from Atomic Bazaar in San Diego.

​12. Amazing floral patterned Phillip Stark Mademoiselle chair from Kartell Los Angeles -- at a staggering $500 each.

13 Design Treasures Spotted During Modernism Week in Palm Springs
Photo by Jessica Testa

11. Take a deep breath, fashionistas. These vintage Chanel pieces from Connie Parente in Los Angeles start at $300.

13 Design Treasures Spotted During Modernism Week in Palm Springs
Photo by Jessica Testa

10. Set of paintings, sold, from Midcenturyla in north Hollywood.

13 Design Treasures Spotted During Modernism Week in Palm Springs
Photo by Jessica Testa

 

9. Vintage European Posters in Berkeley collects and sells these original advertising posters, starting at $800.

13 Design Treasures Spotted During Modernism Week in Palm Springs
Photo by Jessica Testa

8. Turn up this architecture-inspired 1950s Atomic Stroberg Carlson tube radio, $300, from Palette Contemporary Art and Craft in Albuquerque.

13 Design Treasures Spotted During Modernism Week in Palm Springs
Photo by Jessica Testa

7. Chairs from Denver's Z Modern. One of each, please. (Prices vary)

13 Design Treasures Spotted During Modernism Week in Palm Springs
Photo by Jessica Testa

6. Clock centerpiece from Modern Days in west Hollywood. (Sold to the koolest Kardashian.)

13 Design Treasures Spotted During Modernism Week in Palm Springs
Photo by Jessica Testa

5. Lights from shipping container docks from Katz Antiques in Berkeley. Prices vary.

13 Design Treasures Spotted During Modernism Week in Palm Springs
Photo by Jessica Testa

 

4. Up for auction: this bird house project designed by students at College of the Desert and inspired by Pablo Picasso's The Guitar Player.

13 Design Treasures Spotted During Modernism Week in Palm Springs
Photo by Jessica Testa

3. The best pieces are definitely the "What were they thinking?" pieces. Sheep piece, (remarkably) sold.

13 Design Treasures Spotted During Modernism Week in Palm Springs
Photo by Jessica Testa

2. Beautiful watercolors by John Norment, $950 each from planetglass.net in Glendale, Calif.

13 Design Treasures Spotted During Modernism Week in Palm Springs

1. Fabrics from awesomely named Urban Burp in San Francisco. Prices vary.

13 Design Treasures Spotted During Modernism Week in Palm Springs
Photo by Jessica Testa

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