Every year thousands of visitors dressed in their best Mad Men fashions flock to Palm Springs for a taste of mid century modern architecture and lifestyle. Modernism – which originated in the 1950s and 1960s – is a design aesthetic defined by clean, simple lines and elegant informality – some believe was Southern California’s golden era.
In 2006 a group of local design and architecture enthusiasts created Modernism Week to showcase the world-renowned mid century modern architecture of Palm Springs. Homes characterized by open floor plans and indoor/outdoor living. The annual February event features 250 exciting and diverse activities throughout the week celebrating mid century modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture, as well as the ultimate modern mobile vacation home - vintage travel trailer exhibition.
You don’t have to be a design professional to appreciate Modernism Weeks events. If you haven’t visited Palm Springs mark your calendar for next year, That gives you plenty of time to get your mod squad together for some retro-kitsch and explore the beautiful valley for some space age design inspiration.
Enjoy the photos from last week’s events.
Las Vegas’ Design & Construction Week!
Every year, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and the International Builders' Show (IBS) brings together designers and brands for a whirlwind intro to the latest and greatest new products for these most-important spaces. This year’s Design Week did not disappoint.
I scoured the floor looking for the trends I knew my clients would love. From artisan tiles, wood sinks, 3D printed faucets and more. Check out some of my favorites form when Sin City literally went to the toilets
Downsizing has become the new up-sizing and I couldn’t be more excited. It use to be people chose small homes strictly because of budgetary constraints. But in this fast past culture people are choosing to live in homes as small as 300 square feet not only for their ability to cut costs, but for their efficient uses of space, and simplified living.
No doubt small homes become more efficient when customized by a designer with built in furniture or tailored interiors, creating that big impact. But, customizing your space to make life easier can also get expensive. So, here are a few of my tips to make the space you have feel larger without having to break the bank.
1. Select small-scale furniture.
Keep sofa and chair seat depths to 34” - 38”. Look for low profile sofas and chairs, ones with low backs and arms or arm-less.
2. Select lightweight appearing furniture.
Choose small frame or glass furniture as well as furniture that are light in color thus appearing light in weight. If you are doing a bathroom renovation, choose glass shower doors over a shower curtain, which becomes a visual barrier likewise, you can replace wooden doors for glass panels doors.
3. Select furniture that reveals more floor space.
Longer legs on furniture allow the floor line to continue, expanding the space visually letting your eyes take in every inch of space that exists.
Dwell on Design, America’s largest design show, returned to Los Angeles Convention Center this month. The three-day event was a celebration of modern design, with 400 exhibitors and over 2000 products. With a focus on looking beyond the urban dwelling and on the hunt for the new modern products, the exhibit expanded to the outdoor area that included the best prefabs and landscaping. A resurgence of luxurious design, bold neon colors and many other cutting-edge creations, here are some of my favorites at this year’s show as well as a few from last years.