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FROM WEXLER TO SHAG: A VIP EXPERIENCE OF PALM SPRINGS' MODERNISM WEEK

I'm excited to share my recent experience at Modernism Week in Palm Springs. This extravaganza, sponsored by Willis, the powerhouse behind brands like Corian, Lapitec, and Fenix cabinets, was an absolute whirlwind of inspiration and education. As an interior designer passionate about mid-century modern architecture and design, attending events like Modernism Week isn't just a luxury—it's a necessity.

Let's journey through some of the incredible homes we toured and the invaluable insights we gained along the way. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, Modernism Week truly showcased the best of mid-century modern design. Brace yourself for a visual feast, as this blog will be brimming with captivating photos that will surely inspire you to scroll through with delight!

Our adventure began bright and early at 7am at Stone Systems, the ultimate destination for premium quartz, ultracompact surfaces, glass tile, mosaics, and porcelain tile in San Diego. Though it was early, my Velvet Couch Sister, Treci Smith and I, embraced the day with style, donning our finest vintage attire and accessorizing with bejeweled cat-eye glasses. After relishing in steaming lattes, indulging in scrumptious breakfast sandwiches, and sipping refreshing mimosas, we were primed and ready to embark on our chic journey to Palm Springs.

Our journey commenced with a visit to the recently remodeled iconic House of Tomorrow, affectionately known as Elvis' Honeymoon Hideaway, where the legendary Elvis and Priscilla Presley celebrated their union in 1967. Nestled in the heart of Palm Springs, this architectural gem, initially crafted in 1960 by architect William Krisel for Helene and Robert Alexander of the Alexander Construction Company, stands as a testament to visionary design.


With its four floating geometric pavilions tucked beneath a striking stealth boomerang-shaped roof, the House of Tomorrow transcends mere architecture—it embodies the boundless creativity and innovation of the mid-century era. As the King himself would say, this house had me all shook up!


Our next destination was the Villa Sierra, fondly recognized as the iconic "Pink Door House" that has graced countless Instagram feeds. Stepping behind those unmistakable pink doors felt like entering another realm altogether. Crafted by the talented James McNaughton, this desert ranch epitomizes the essence of mid-century style, boasting expansive rooms and awe-inspiring mountain vistas that leave a lasting impression.


And who could forget the SHAG house? With its whimsical design and playful aesthetic, this mid-century gem reimagined by the artist known as Shag is a true testament to the enduring appeal of modernist architecture. From preserved layouts to swanky party lounges, every corner of this home tells a story of innovation and creativity.


Last but not least, our final stop was the Wexler '54 house—a quintessential masterpiece of post & beam residential design. Crafted by the renowned architects Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison, this home encapsulates the very essence of mid-century living. Its sleek lines and seamless fusion of indoor and outdoor spaces pay homage to the golden age of design.


Upon arrival, Howard and Kevin, the talented designers of H3K Home + Design graciously welcomed us, providing invaluable insights into the house's background and design philosophy. It was a rare opportunity to delve into the creative minds behind this architectural gem, deepening our appreciation for its timeless allure and innovative spirit.

At Modernism Week, our experience extended far beyond the mere admiration of architectural wonders—it became a journey of profound learning and enrichment. As interior designers, we seized every opportunity to delve deeper into the realm of mid-century architecture, nurturing our knowledge and appreciation for its timeless allure.


All good things must come to an end. As the sun set on Wexler '54, we gathered for a cocktail reception, nibbles, live music and a fabulous go-go dancer in the cutest green fringe dress—a perfect ending to an unforgettable day of inspiration and discovery.



Cheers to embracing the spirit of mid-century modern design and continuing our journey of discovery!

With love from, Treci & Rachel, The Velvet Couch Sisters


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