Condé Nast Traveler: Why Midcentury Design Fans Should Head to Palm Springs Right Now
Enjoying the Modernism Week Fall Preview? Condé Nast Traveler has a few reasons you should be, including Frank Sinatra's Twin Palms Estate!
"Modernism Week, Palm Springs’ annual celebration of midcentury design and architecture that’s held every February, is a design lover’s dream, but lasting 10 days and boasting more than 250 events, the festivities can be overwhelming, even for the hardest core design nerd.
But there’s a way to study the modernist gems in the greater Palm Springs area without the crowds thanks to Fall Preview Week, which kicks off on October 9. Billed as a smaller, more intimate version of Modernism Week, Fall Preview Week is hosting architectural tours—including a double-decker bus tour by retro pop culture expert Charles Phoenix—along with several social events and art shows and of course, the opportunity to purchase any midcentury pieces for your collection.
Here are a few highlights of Fall Preview Week:
Frank Sinatra's legendary home in the city's famed Movie Colony neighborhood, will be open for one day only (Sunday). during Fall Preview Week. Designed by modernist architect E. Stewart Williams for Sinatra in 1947, the home became party central for other movie stars in the neighborhood. It was also a battleground for Sinatra and his first wife, who divorced not long after they moved in. His subsequent relationship with Ava Gardner was similarly tumultuous, with one of the bathroom sinks in the house still sporting a crack from when Sinatra lobbed a champagne bottle at Gardner."
The article also mentions Sunnylands and a few other fantastic Modernism events.
Click here to take a virtual tour of Frank Sinatra's Twin Palm Estate (and book it for your next Palm Springs Vacation!)