Modernism Week in Palm Springs kicks off today, and we’re having fun reading up on the many events and parties that celebrate midcentury modern design and architecture and contemporary thinking. The week will also see the debut of the The West Elm House, an idea house created to inspire and guide architecture and design enthusiasts when it comes to the art of modernizing a midcentury home for the way we live today.
Palm Springs welcomed its very first West Elm retail store last fall. Now, West Elm has adopted a mid-century home, remodeled it and outfitted it with the company’s furniture, and created its first Living Showroom.
The home, an iconic midcentury design (circa 1958) originally built by the legendary Alexander Construction Company and recently remodeled by Solterra Builders, embodies a “Midcentury to Next-Century Transformation.” The renovation at once celebrates and honors the iconic architecture of the past while embracing 21st century life.
As part of Modernism Week, West Elm is offering free tours of the West Elm House, where docents will be on hand to answer questions about design choices.
And if touring the home isn’t enough for you modern design enthusiasts, get this: the West Elm Home is also available as a vacation rental, clocking in at $955 per night on AirBNB. Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with the entire West Elm product line. It’d be like having a sleepover at a West Elm store — if a West Elm store had a concept pool with an integrated waterfall spa, disco lights, tanning shelf, bubbling surface jets, a raised sun deck with panoramic mountain views, fire features, outdoor showers, and a bocce ball court.
If you’re in Palm Springs, check out the West Elm Home and the rest of Modernism Week, and let us know what you think!