Above, a look inside rooms from the 2017 Christopher Kennedy Compound Modernism Week Show House.
Now in its 13th year, Palm Springs Modernism Week has become one of the biggest celebrations of all things mid-century. Held from February 14-24, the annual gathering includes everything a vintage aficionado would love: house tours of landmark properties, lectures on the unique personalities that shaped the desert city, a film festival, and so much more. (There’s even a vintage trailer show, proving that mobile homes can be covetable examples of mid-century design.) One of the most notable events is the Modernism Week Show House: The Christopher Kennedy Compound. The show house features the work of a dozen top interior designers, who brought their own sense of style to a stunning property — a circa-1962 home in the Indian Canyons neighborhood.
If you can’t make it to this year’s show, you can bring home a piece of Palm Springs flair to your home with our favorite mid-century pieces currently for sale at Sotheby’s Home:
Why we love it: This settee has that recognizable mid-century silhouette that instantly adds character to a room. The warm teak frame beautifully sets off the cream-hued leatherette upholstery, a material that allows for easy care. Overall, it’s that rare vintage piece that can still hold up to everyday use.
Why we love it: Speaking of recognizable silhouettes, it doesn’t get any more iconic than the Tulip table. Compact yet spacious enough to eat on or entertain comfortably, this sleek table feels just as fresh now as it did when the design made its debut back in 1956.
Why we love it: The mid-century era wasn’t just about the very sleek silhouettes rendered in wood, cast aluminum, and other “hard” materials, descended from the Scandinavian designs of the era. The other side of mid-century modern evolved from Hollywood Regency, and featured cushier upholstered pieces like this love seat. You could just imagine this caramel-hued piece in the apartment of a ’50s starlet.
Why we love them: Brighten up your space with this pair of sculptural lamps. Each is glazed in a textured cream and amber color, which brings out the unique texture of the surface. Display them on either side of a sideboard, sofa, or anywhere that needs extra interest.
Why we love it: The mid-century period was an exciting one, particular for storage pieces. Cabinets, sideboards, and dressers featured stylish details that made putting things away a little more exciting. This charming piece by American of Martinsville has six spacious drawers, each accented by a unique wooden curved handle.