Mad for Modernism

Greetings! So in case you didn’t know this week is Modernism Week in Palm Springs – a celebration of the art and architecture from the American Modernist movement. When I initially heard Modernism and Palm Springs together my mind instantly flashed to the Mad Men episode when Don Draper and his team went on a business trip to Palm Springs. Talk about total eye candy. Gorgeous architecture and a gorgeous man – it honestly doesn’t get much better than that.

don draper palm springs



Anyway, as an Interior Design student and overall design enthusiast I’ve always felt drawn to the sharp, clean lines and natural materiality that defines the style. The Modernist movement has been one of the most influential art and design movements in architectural history. It actually began in the early 1900’s in Europe with the opening of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany – which later moved to Dessau then closed under pressure from the Nazi regime before World War II. Mies Van Der Rohe, the last director of the Bauhaus, moved to the US where Modernism further picked up steam and became highly popular with icons such as Ray and Charles Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan, just to name a few. Since then it has continued to resonate generations and influence designers of all disciplines around the world.

So in honor of this special week I’ve put together a little Modernist-inspired moodboard to add a little mod-madness into your day  – enjoy!

Mad about Modernism moodboard

1 | Saguaro Hotel  2| Bertoia Barstool   3| Eames chair and rug
4| Palm Springs Pad  5| Tom Scheerer  6| Jonathon Adler Claude Walnut Bar  7| Mid-Century Interior

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