Last weekend in Palm Springs, a huge crowd gathered, anxiously awaiting entrance into the opening night of one of the most acclaimed modernism shows in the world: The Palm Springs Modernism Show. This past weekend the Modernism Show & Sale opening night gala kicked off the 16th annual Modernism Week, a week to celebrate all things mid-century modern. The Palm Springs Modernism Show is the largest modernism show in the United States, drawing in thousands of attendees every year. This year’s opening night gala became the most well attended event in the show’s history with over 1,800 in attendance.
The opening night gala gave attendees a chance to shop an expansive inventory before the show opened up to the public. Eighty-five top-tier exhibitors from around the world gathered to display their carefully selected furniture, art, and decorative art pieces, reflecting popular 20th-century vintage designs, with a special focus on mid-century modern pieces. Amidst the mid-century excitement, there was live musical entertainment as guests delighted in tantalizing hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
Avid 20th-century design collectors were present as well as many acclaimed members of the design community.
“The opening night had a record turnout with an amazing group of faces all recognizable from the Los Angeles and New York design community,” shared John Gilmer of antiques shop Porter & Plunk in Palm Springs.
Among the night’s notable attendees were interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Bianca Chen of the Architecture and Design Council, Elle Decor Editor-in-Chief Michael Boodro, Jamie Durie of HGTV, and designer Geoffrey DeSousa of DeSousa Hughes.
“This year’s show was by far the largest crowd we have experienced. The entire city is jumping. We had buyers from as far away as Japan, Italy and London,” says dealer James Claude of a La MOD from Palm Springs. “We experienced a large cross-over from the show to our gallery. The general consensus we heard over and over again was the quality of merchandise presented at the show was beyond comparison.”
The night was a spectacular success, with dealers reporting record sales and the crowds happily reveling in the mid-century fervor.
Photography by: David A. Lee and Douglas Scott.