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Missing out on Modernism Week in Palm Springs is enough to drive any true design lover crazy. Between this year’s Desert X installations, never-before-seen home tours, and rainbow-infused pool parties, it’s easy to see why mid-century-modern fiends are milking every minute of this year’s festivities before they come to a close.

For the lot of us who won’t be hunkering down in the desert this season, we’re living vicariously through our design peers on Instagram. From iconic kitchen interiors to awe-inspiring sculptures, here are just a few of our favorite moments they’re capturing on the ground.


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We are delighted to be working with the very talented @lucasstudioinc @joeyluke with a custom colourway of Braque for #ModernismWeekShowhouse #PalmSprings ・・・ Joe Lucas quotes “We began the design of this living room with one of my favorite Fromental wallpapers but customized the colors of the Braque design with some of our favorite Farrow and Ball colors. We wanted a graphic backdrop for the more contemporary and clean lines of our furniture shapes. Come visit the Christopher Kennedy Compound during Modernism Week. Open 2/14-2/24” ・・・ Photo: @karynmillet Design: @lucasstudioinc @joeyluke ・・・ #LucasStudioInc #ChristopherKennedyCompound #ModernismWeekShowhouse #PalmSprings #interior #interiordesign #fromental #wallcovering #wallpaper #handmade

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The Christopher Kennedy Compound was high on every designer’s must-see list this season. The renowned interior designer invited a group of 14 decorators to transform a drab 1962 property into a modern show house. Joe Lucas’s living room is just one of many divine moments.


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DIVE-IN to the deep pink.. Under the dusty memory of the Coachella Valley lie the imprints of its underwater past: numerous rests of fossilised shells remain testimony of a radical transition from seabed to desert. One hundred miles inland from the Pacific shore, early Spanish settlers discovered these troves of ancient shells, leading them to name the valley Conchilla (“little shell”). This name later mutated to its Anglicisation “Coachella”, thereby erasing the fact that six million years ago, this desert was connected to what is known as the Western Interior Seaway. Commissioned by @_desertx in collaboration with @tba21academy Sound: Dark Morph @iamjonsi @cmvonhausswolff ? @lance.gerber #superflex #deepseaminding #divein #coachella #pink #sigurros #verticalmigration #desertx #art #publicart #desertx2019 #ocean #climatechange

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Artist collective Superflex dropped this bubblegum-pink structure (dubbed “Dive In”) for this year’s Desert X series as an art-meets-activism response to the prospect of rising sea levels.

Pia Camil’s “Lover’s Rainbow” perfectly captures the colorful attitude of Palm Springs living. The piece, also designed for Desert X, draws on a previous project from 2011 where Camil documented exposed steel rebar through the lens of the Mexican landscape.


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Above the Frey The #CreeHouse designed by #AlbertFrey in 1955

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Swiss-born architect Albert Frey has long been regarded as one of the founding fathers of desert modernism. Fun fact: The kitchen at Frey’s Cree House (built in 1955) still boasts the original appliances and countertops.

Groovy modern architecture meets old Hollywood glamour at the Parker Palm Springs—a luxurious oasis for vintage furniture geeks. All you need is an extra-dirty martini to complete this ultra-mod scene.

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