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West Coast Modern Week 2024 Preview

Annual West Vancouver event to celebrate architect Arthur Erickson   By Ken MacIntyre (May 10, 2024) – During the post-war years, design innovation gave rise to a variety of unique… Read more »

Tucson: A Modernism Oasis

Midcentury optimism is alive and well in the Arizona desert By Ken MacIntyre (April 25, 2024) – Nestled amid the backdrop of the Santa Catalina mountains in the southeast corner… Read more »

A Vintage Novelty Toy Gets a Modern Makeover

Photographer Martin Knowles pays tribute to View-Master By Ken MacIntyre (January 30, 2024) – For architectural photographer Martin Knowles, there’s nothing quite like viewing a photograph through the nostalgic lens… Read more »

Five Must-See ‘Modernism Week’ Events

Our Recommendations for a Modernism Week to Remember By Ken MacIntyre January 15, 2024 – Every year when Modernism Week rolls around, newbies to the annual celebration of all things… Read more »

It’s a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World

A Sneak Peek at Palm Springs Modernism Week, February 15-25 By Ken MacIntyre (December 1, 2023) As anticipation builds for Modernism Week’s 19th annual gathering in the desert this coming… Read more »

Embracing a Midcentury Lifestyle

Lisa Rathbone’s Love Affair with the Past By Ken MacIntyre (October 1, 2023) In a world smitten by the allure of shiny new things, there are those of us who… Read more »

Building The Past in Phoenix, Arizona

Vintage ‘Haver Home’ Inspires New Midcentury Guest House By Ken MacIntyre September 18, 2023 – As midcentury enthusiasts are keenly aware, most cities can point to a handful of architects… Read more »

Fun in the Sun; Modernism Week – October

Nearly 50 Unique Events to be Offered Over 4 Days   By Ken MacIntyre July 25, 2023 (Palm Springs) – Summer’s not even half over and it’s already time to… Read more »

Retro Road Tripping Through the Emerald State

Washington offers road-trippers plenty of Mid-Century gems   Written and Photographed by Ken MacIntyre May 1, 2023 – When people are asked what their favorite mid-century spots are in Washington… Read more »

Hawaiian Modernism; Valley of the Temples

Sensitive renovation gives historic building new purpose    By Ken MacIntyre (March 1, 2023) Located on the windward (eastern) side of Oahu near Kaneohe, the Valley of the Temples Memorial… Read more »

Modernism Week 2023 Preview

Making their debut in Palm Springs this February…   By Ken MacIntyre, October 31, 2022 The 18th iteration of Modernism Week is still three and a half months away but… Read more »

Travel Across the USA, in Retro Style

Interesting ways to Retro Road-Trip! August 5, 2022 Planning to go big on your next retro road trip? You’re not alone. According to Destination Analysis, Americans are setting aside more than $4,100… Read more »

Four Days of Modernist Bliss

Over 50 events on hand at Modernism Week – October, 2022 By Ken MacIntyre, July 22, 2022 No longer relegated to “fall preview” status, this year Modernism Week’s annual October… Read more »

Retro Road-tripping at Roy’s

As any retro road tripper will tell you, Roy’s Motel and Café on old Route 66 in California’s eastern Mojave Desert is a bucket list must-see of mid-century proportions.

‘Tis the Season … for Modernism

Holiday book ideas for your favorite Modernista!   By Ken MacIntyre November 13, 2021 – ‘Tis the Season, as they say, so what better way to show your favorite modernism enthusiast… Read more »

Deck the Halls with Diane Dempsey

Retro Christmas Cards inspired by Midcentury Memories   October 2, 2021 – If you grew up in the 1950s, ‘60s or ‘70s, you’ll remember shiny tinsel trees, atomic age ornaments… Read more »

Palm Springs Living at CoCo Cabana

VACATION RENTAL CONDO AT “COCO CABANA” IN SOUTH PALM SPRINGS   Located in coveted South Palm Springs, this quiet one bedroom condo is tucked away in the iconic mid-century enclave… Read more »

Stay at a Wexler Masterpiece

Stay at a Wexler Masterpiece

By Ken MacIntyre, October 2, 2020 The first thing you notice upon entering the recently restored Dinah Shore Palm Springs Estate – aside from the wood ceilings, stainless steel flooring… Read more »

Aluminaire House Secures New Home

Revolutionary Albert Frey-designed masterpiece of modernist design will soon be on view in Palm Springs PALM SPRINGS, CA – September 3, 2020: The Aluminaire House Foundation announced that it has donated… Read more »

Full Speed Ahead with Charles Phoenix

Hands down, my favorite Palm Springs Modernism Week event every year – in addition to the countless Midcentury Home and Neighborhood Tours, the Cocktail Parties and the Annual Show & Sale – is the Charles Phoenix Retro Slide Show.

The Futuro Is Here

A Midcentury oddity lands in Joshua Tree, California By Ken MacIntyre November 2, 2019 – When LA-based music producer Ronald “Jukebox” Jackson was musing about what to build on his… Read more »

SoCal Artist Rides Nostalgia Wave to Success

  Danny Heller’s Paintings Evoke Mid-Century Americana April 19, 2018 – Artist Danny Heller was ahead of his time, so to speak, when he began immortalizing Southern California’s modernist architecture… Read more »

West Coast Modern: My Vancouver Condo Makeover

West Coast Modern: My Vancouver Condo Makeover

By Ken MacIntyre September 21, 2017 – When most people think of West Coast Modern, condominiums probably don’t come to mind. Rather; mid-century post & beam construction with lots of… Read more »

Mid-Century Modern Sojourn Inspires UK Artist

Mid-Century Modern Sojourn Inspires UK Artist

April 1, 2017 When it comes to interpreting the essence of Mid-Century Modern architecture, design and lifestyle as artistic expression, especially in Southern California, many contemporary artists have succeeded in… Read more »

Palm Springs Modernism; 52 Weeks a Year?

Palm Springs Modernism; 52 Weeks a Year?

By Ken MacIntyre, January 14, 2017 As far as annual celebrations of all things mid-century modern go, Palm Springs Modernism Week is not to be missed. A 10+ day event… Read more »

A Palm Springs Photographer’s Journey

A Palm Springs Photographer’s Journey

June 1, 2016 Growing up in the 1950s, Gary Dorothy had little use for modernist architecture… that would come later. Rather, Dorothy, who spent his childhood in the farming community… Read more »

A Visit to the Stahl House

A Visit to the Stahl House

By Anant Topiwala, March 1, 2016 As an architect and designer, I have admired the Stahl House from afar. In books and magazines I’d read about it as Case Study House… Read more »