Dolphin Promotions’ 20th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale and the related Modern Design Expo set a new record for the number of attendees at its annual event, held in Palm Springs during Modernism Week 2020. More than 15,675 people attended the popular sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center, up nearly 10% from the previous year making the shows the most well-attended in the company’s history. Additionally, more than 1,200 attendees participated in the opening night event that benefitted Modernism Week. The show will return to Palm Springs for the Modernism Week Fall Preview Oct. 18-21, 2020 and again February 12-15, 2021 in conjunction with Modernism Week.
The Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale is the largest modernism show in the U.S. and regularly draws thousands of attendees from around the world. More than 90 top-tier national and international exhibitors presented the very best of vintage 20th century design, focusing heavily on mid-century modern. The Modernism Show & Sale was accompanied by the Palm Springs Modern Design Expo that showcased contemporary cutting-edge home design products and technology from more than 40 exhibitors. Attendees had the opportunity to explore both shows with the same entry ticket.
“The 2020 Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale and Modern Design Expo was by far
the largest and most well-attended of the Palm Springs shows in our company’s history,” said Rosemary Krieger, President of Dolphin Promotions. “Many exhibitors in the Modernism Show and the Modern Design Expo reported strong sales all weekend. Exhibitors from both shows also reported robust sales on the opening night. We are grateful to our supporting sponsors – Amara Rugs, Bidsquare, Bonhams, California Closets, Freightforwarding.com, John Moran Auctioneers, and to our media sponsors Antiques & Fine Art, Atomic Ranch, California Home+Design, California Homes, Magazine Antiques, Palm Springs Life, and Santa Fean who helped make this year’s show a major success.”
“This year the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale achieved the milestone of offering its compelling shows for twenty years,” said J. Chris Mobley, CEO of Modernism Week. “We celebrated this tremendous achievement as Modernism Week also achieved the milestone of offering our event for 15 years. We were thrilled to observe these milestones together. Many of the Modernism Week attendees come to Palm Springs specifically to attend this amazing show and interact with dealers from around the country. We are delighted to continue our long-standing partnership with Dolphin Promotions and their Modernism Show & Sale and Modern Design Expo.”
New Modernism Show & Sale dealers included Gillian Bryce from Stone Mountain, GA, Chicago Center for the Print from Chicago, IL, Travelogues Fine Art from New Mexico and California, Glen Leroux from Westport, CT, and Dragonette LTD from Palm Desert, CA. Returning dealers included 20CDesign.com from Dallas, TX, Archive 20th Century from Costa Mesa, CA, Den from Los Angeles, Gallery 925 from San Francisco, Sputnik from Dallas, TX, Peter Blake Gallery from Laguna Beach, CA, Red Modern from Phoenix, AZ, and Reform Gallery from Los Angeles. Local dealers included Bridges Over Time at PS Art & Design Gallery, a La MOD, Route 66 West, Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, Gallery 24 Jewelry, and Palm Springs Vintage Lighting.
“After moving our showroom from Los Angeles to Palm Desert, the show was the perfect opportunity to introduce our new location,” said Patrick Dragonette of Dragonette Limited. “Attendance was fantastic and in addition to selling well at the show, the follow up sales were great. This show is truly a high point on the nationwide calendar.”
New exhibitors at the Modern Design included Resource Furniture from New York, Ulloo 42 from Costa Mesa, CA, Munson Furniture from Oakland, CA, and Pijuan Design Workshop from Torrance, CA. Returning dealers include Amara Rugs from Torrance, CA, Architectural Grille from New York, Moya Living from Fountain Valley, CA, Eugene Stoltzfus Furniture Design from Harrisonburg, VA and Light in Art from Los Angeles.
“Modern Design Expo is one of the best shows for us,” said Nabeel Malik of Amara Rugs. “Not only does this show bring in big numbers but the quality of the audience is great, too. On top of all this, the show organizers do an amazing job curating the show and making sure it is very easy for exhibitors to set up and get everything we need. Love this show!”
“Modernism 2020 was a great fair for us,” said Peter Blake of Peter Blake Gallery. “The opening night was well attended with some of the most sophisticated collectors, designers, architects, and advisors. The rest of the weekend brought out all of the midcentury modern lovers who converged unto Palm Springs from all over the world. The fair was well produced and Rosemary and her team excelled!”