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2019 Modernism Week: A Modernist Mecca

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The annual spring Modernism Week show in Palm Springs kicked off Feb. 11 and lasted 11 days, offering a host of events and tours highlighting the Mid-century Modern era indicative of the Coachella Valley. As annual sponsors, Dunn-Edwards was proud to return to support many of these events and tours. And, for those seeking more information about Dunn-Edwards headed to CAMP (community and meeting place) to visit and explore.

During this time, Dunn-Edwards was honored to host the modernist illustrator and artist SHAG, aka Josh Agle, at CAMP to sign copies of his book, as well as custom-designed posters highlighting Dunn-Edwards paint and color. Agle, known to his legions of fans as SHAG, has created a niche artistic blend of Tiki culture and modernist vibes with his artwork. A Palm Springs local and favorite of visitors from around the world, those who meet him come away with a smile.

Dunn-Edwards Revised Poster

The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of Mid-century architecture and
design — as well as contemporary thinking in these fields — by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the greater Palm Springs area.

Dunn-Edwards was an active participant in the event and the exclusive paint sponsor for a variety of projects, including:

“Green Gables” by H3K — Designed by Palmer & Krisel and built in 1958, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is undergoing a full renovation by H3K Design. The high gable roofline is a classic example of Mid-century Modern design.

Green Gables

Photo Credit: KETCHUM PHOTOGRAPHY and H3K DESIGN


"La Vie en Rose” by Christopher Kennedy — Interior designer Christopher Kennedy's spectacular renovation of a quintessential Mid-century property. This 1958 home is in posh Vista Las Palmas and backs up to the San
Jacinto mountains.

La Vie en Rose

Photo Credit: BETHANY NAUERT PHOTOGRAPHY


“Axiom Desert House” by Turkel Design — This 2,110-square-foot modern prefab will become home to the Turkel family. Designing their future family home was a way for the founders of Turkel Design to dive deeply into the design, building and delivery process for prefab homes. The home is a testament to modern prefab, celebrating desert design that is simple, elegant and replicable. When tour participants stepped inside the
transformative, net-zero-energy home, they witnessed a creative ecosystem that is a fusion of process and true collaboration.

Axiom Desert House

"Desert Eichler" by KUD Properties — This newly built residence is a replica of the original homes designed by Joseph Eichler but modernized for today’s standard of living. This inviting dream oasis features
bright colors with a focus on outdoor living. Homeowners Brad and Heather Fox, stars of HGTV’s “Stay or Sell,” collaborated with prestigious design partners to outfit the home’s interiors with fun and colorful décor and create the perfect vacation home for their young family.

Desert Eichler

Photo Credit: PETER TRAN


“Christopher Kennedy Compound” by Christopher Kennedy — The Christopher Kennedy Compound (in partnership with Traditional Home magazine) is a complete refurbishment of a classic Mid-century home in the Indian Canyons neighborhood of Palm Springs that featured the work of 12 leading interior designers.

Dining Room Celerie Kemble Karyn Millet

Designer: Celerie Kimble. Photo Credit: KARYN MILLET


Exterior Nathan Cox

“Sackley Shagadelic” by Thomboy Properties — Making its debut during Modernism Week, this 1979 Stan Sackley-designed home has been completely renovated and re-designed by Thomboy Properties. This classic
Sackley features strong horizontal and vertical lines, varying ceiling heights, a dramatic fireplace and retail doors that lead to an entry courtyard. In addition, it offers complete privacy from the street with clerestories and walls of glass off the rear of the home that celebrate the majestic San Jacinto Mountains.

Thomboy Stan

“The Forgotten Frey: The Cree House” — One of Albert Frey’s most intact residential works has been meticulously preserved and restored to nearly its original 1955 condition. Never before seen by the public, it has been owned by a single family and has been largely forgotten, as it quietly existed in Cathedral City
on its hilltop perch overlooking the desert floor.

Cree House Front

Photo Credit: LANCE GERBER


“Palm Springs Door Tour 2019”— Participants explored the colorful and unique doors of the Indian Canyons neighborhood during the Palm Springs Door Tour, presented by Dunn-Edwards Paints and curated by Palm Springs Style. This self-guided bike tour began at the Saguaro Palm Springs hotel, which featured colorful hues by Dunn-Edwards Paints, and then participants headed over to the Indian Canyons neighborhood, where docents at each stop shared information about the homes' architecture and front doors.

Door Tour Sara

Photo Credit: Sara McLean