Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Attention: Modern Garden Aficionados

I am anxiously counting down the days until the 7th Annual Palm Springs 2012 Modernism Week.  This 11-day event celebrates everything associated with the mid-century modern era (1940s, 50s and 60s) from historic architecture and interior design to vintage cars and other mid-century modern cultural interests.  With more than 75 events already in place, there will also be a few new events that I think my fellow landscape designers and gardeners need to know about.

This year, landscape designer, Paul Ortega and  landscape architect, William Kopelk have organized the first modern garden tour for Modernism Week.  Visitors will be able to tour several modern-inspired, desert gardens and experience the success of xeriscape and desert-loving plants. 

Desert Garden Center, LLC
Palm Springs, CA

There will also be a variety of home tours throughout the week that will give visitors an opportunity to see private residential  gardens.

The Russell House by Albert Frey

The Prefab Home Showcase Village will also be a popular event at Modernism Week.  This is where several prefab structures will show off the newest ideas in alternative energy while still maintaining a high standard of modern design.  This year, it has been decided to have an expo tent within Showcase Village.  This expo tent will be showing off the most fashion-forward, environmentally conscience, mid-century modern inspired products.  Here are a few booths you may find me at...

I imagine myself in this photograph.  Poolside, warming by the Modfire with a martini in hand...a blue one perhaps.

 You will definitely see me at the Just Modern booth.  They will be displaying our new Steel Life product line along with many other great accessories.

Just Modern Inc. specializes in unique, mid-century modern
inspired home accessories and personal style items. 

Lastly, I plan to visit Sunnylands Gardens while I'm in Palm Springs.  Over 9 acres of beautiful desert gardens designed by landscape architect, James Burnett.  I can't imagine that I will be disappointed.

So, don't just sit there... 
The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs
Photo taken by Chris Mobley, Just Modern, Inc.

Pack it up.

 Get moving.  Get modern.


  1. Now that is an event that I can totally get into! If only Palm Springs was a little closer to Long Island. Please takes lots of pictures! Cheers!