Modernism Week’s CAMP (“Community And Meeting Place”) will provide a central hub for Modernism Week from February 18-27, 2022. For the first time, CAMP will be located in the spacious atrium-style lobby of the Hyatt Palm Springs hotel located at 285 North Palm Canyon Drive in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. CAMP will include an information desk, a box office, a shop by Modernism Week’s merchandise and branding partner Destination PSP, a theater, and many interactive sponsor booths, including Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Jenn Air, Brizo, Willis, Dunn Edwards, Mirai (Toyota), Tidelli and FLOR. Entrance into CAMP is free and open to the public daily from February 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CAMP is also the ‘terminal’ for departures and returns for Modernism Week’s Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours that will depart for their tours on Amado Road.

CAMP is the central meeting place for all things modernism, said Chris Mobley, CAMP Manager. “At CAMP, our attendees may discover activities to attend, shop at our Destination PSP outpost, explore design elements for their homes and relax and commune with fellow modernists. If Palm Springs is the epicenter of modernism, CAMP is the epicenter of Modernism Week.”

Here are a few of the activities available this year at CAMP:

Sponsor Activations

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery will feature a spirited display of form-forward designs from co-sponsors Ferguson, JennAir®, Brizo and Signature Hardware ranging from distinctive luxury kitchen appliances to cabinet hardware, fixtures, and indoor lighting. Modernism Week attendees visiting CAMP will experience the architecture inspired Frank Lloyd Wright Collection, Litze® and Odin faucet collections by Brizo® as well as Park Harbor pendants lighting and stunning minimalist faucet designs including Signature Hardware’s BOK Collection. With two distinct Design Expressions — RISE™ and NOIR™ —JennAir® , the brand that pushes form and function to transform spaces, will feature custom cooktops with expansive black glass and hidden lace textures.

Famed furniture provider Tidelli will furnish CAMP with a new line of indoor/outdoor furniture in a retro-inspired color palette. Area rugs in CAMP are provided by FLOR. Dunn-Edwards Paints will provide professional color advisors to assist attendees in choosing the best color of paint for their projects. 

On-Site Store

The Modernism Week Shop, an on-site special pop-up store by Destination PSP, will offer a wide range of newly created merchandise that capture the retro vibe of Modernism Week. These include a line of products inspired by revered designer Vera Neumann, whose career will be honored in a presentation called “Vera – The Art and Life of an Icon, with Susan Seid and Trina Turk” on February 24 in the nearby Annenberg Theater. Destination PSP’s excited new line of Vera-related products will include gorgeous, oversized bags, towels, ice buckets, and placemats. Additional new products to be showcased in the pop-up store include the official 2022 Modernism Week poster designed by celebrated artist SHAG, commemorative 2022 Modernism Week t-shirts, and a line of cheery products featuring a retro-daisy motif reminiscent of the vintage TV show ‘The Dating Game.’

CAMP Theater programming 

A 150-seat theater will adjoin the main CAMP space and will be the location for more than 20 provocative and compelling presentations throughout the festival. Many of the presentations qualify for AIA/CES Learning Units (LU). Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Highlighted presentations in CAMP Theater include:

3D Printed Houses – Designing for the Future (2/22, $12): This panel discussion focuses on the collaboration between leading architecture firm EYRC Architects and construction technology company Mighty Buildings in creating Mighty House.

Capturing the Spirit of the Modern Garden (2/26, $12): David Hocker, FASLA and Millicent Harvey will discuss how their individual processes intertwine to successfully capture the spirit of the modern garden through design and photography.

Case Study House #26 at 60 (2/25, $12): The owners of Case Study House #26 (1962) talk about Beverley Thorne’s design, about living and maintaining the home and their plans on how to commemorate its 60th anniversary later this year. 

Jock Peters: A Forgotten Early Modernist in Los Angeles (2/20, $12): This presentation will survey the life and career of the German-born architect and designer Jock Peters (1889–1934), who was one of the pioneer modernists in Los Angeles.

Modernism in the Middle: Exhibit Columbus and the Future of the Middle City (2/26, $12): Explore how Exhibit Columbus, a biannual exhibition of design, architecture and community, uses public art to celebrate the Modernist legacy of Columbus, Indiana and contemplate possible futures.

Regenerative Landscapes and Climate Adaptation (2/19, $12): This presentation draws upon Nature’s processes to highlight the growing climate crisis, bringing solutions to the surface and empowering communities to protect natural, living systems.

Sandfuture (2/21, $12): Artist and writer Justin Beal will discuss his book Sandfuture, about the life of World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki, and the enormous influence of his work on American architecture.

Scaling 3D Printing to the Community Level: A Net Zero Master Plan (2/22, $12): This panel discussion focuses on the future of sustainable housing made possible by advances in 3D printing.

Sculptura Botanica (2/24, $12): Join artist and landscape designer Dustin Gimbel for a visual tour of Sculptura Botanica, his 2020 solo show at Sherman Library and Gardens.

Surfacedesign on Modern Landscapes: California and Beyond (2/20, $12): Surfacedesign elaborates on its approach to landscape architecture and modernism: a fusing of place and materials, beauty, ecology and culture.

The Architecture of Whimsy: Mid-Twentieth Century Modern Architecture in South Florida (2/25, $12): Whimsy is defined as playfully odd behavior; impulsive or illogical or capricious character; and to make fantastic. All describe this subset of mid-20th century modern architecture in South Florida.

The Partnership of Russel and Mary Wright (2/20, $12): A conversation with Frances Anderton, longtime host on KCRW NPR station in Los Angeles and Modernism Week board member, and Jennifer Golub, author of Russel and Mary Wright: Dragon Rock at Manitoga.

On Sunday, February 27 the theater will showcase several free events, including a free film and screenings and of previously recorded Modernism Week presentations:  

“The Desert Modernists Video Series with Alan Hess” – Modernism Week introduced this new series highlighting Desert Modernists envisioned Palm Springs in February. In this film, Alan Hess, author, architect and Modernism Week Board of Directors member, will give three brief, capsule presentations on a select group of the most revered desert modern architects from the midcentury period.

“Quiet Elegance: The Architecture of Hugh M. Kaptur” – Hugh Kaptur has been practicing architecture for over 50 years and during that time has designed homes for celebrities such as Steve McQueen and William Holden, civic buildings, commercial structures and condominium complexes. His art is celebrated in this film created by ThisnThat Films.

“Poolside Gossip: More Than a Photograph” – This is a delightful recording of a special conversation between Nelda Linsk, who appeared in the iconic Slim Aarons “Poolside Gossip” photograph, and Modernism Week Board Member and historian, Gary Johns.

On-Site Design Consultations

CAMP attendees will be able to schedule thirty-minute sessions with interior designers. These consultations, called Interior Design Consultations with ASID Professional Designers, will be offered on Sunday, February 20, where experts will give advice and recommendations on current or future renovation projects. Each session is $40.

ModernismWeek@Sea Booth

CAMP attendees will also be able to learn more about the upcoming ModernismWeek@Sea cruise at a special booth. Modernism Week recently partnered with Oceania Cruises to offer a customized one-of-a-kind architecture-themed ocean cruise along the spectacular Baltic coast on Oceania’s luxury cruise ship Marina. The 12-day luxury cruise will visit seven culturally significant ports in the Baltic region that demonstrate how modern influences in architecture and design have been artfully folded into these sometimes-ancient cities. Departing London, England on July 9, 2022, the cruise will take passengers on a historic journey across Germany, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Poland and Russia, and will end in Copenhagen, Denmark on July 21. On the cruise, ModernismWeek@Sea participants will receive a rare, insiders-view of the Baltic region’s modernist architecture and will be able to enjoy special Modernism Week-curated parties and tours.

Concierge/Information and Box Office

A special Concierge/Information Desk and Box Office will assist customers with tickets and last-minute purchases. Staff will help attendees locate Modernism Week venues and suggest events to attend. 

This year Modernism Week worked with Coachella Art to feature interactive mural panels created by students aged 8-13. These panels are designed to be moved around by CAMP participants to make new artistic designs in the space. 

Modernism Week top sponsors include Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Brizo, Dunn-Edwards Paints, JennAir, Mirai, Willis, Flor, and Hyatt Palm Springs. The City of Palm Springs is the Civic Presenting Sponsor. Many Modernism Week programs qualify for AIA Continuing Education credits. The Hyatt Palm Springs, Modernism Week’s official host hotel for lodging and CAMP, is offering a special room rates starting at $249+ for a limited time only. Use Hyatt group code: G-10MO at hyatt.com. To receive Modernism Week updates, visit modernismweek.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.