More than any other era, people go “Mad for Mod” in Palm Springs. A timeline that swings from the fashionable 50s through the stylish 60s, the modernism movement inspired a glam look of sleek fashion and furniture designs. The epoch is a fixed part of the city’s culture, evident today with the many vintage boutiques and replica shops where you can dress up your home, and yourself, in trends from decades past that will forever be in style here in Palm Springs. Visitpalmsprings.com for a complete guide in planning a unique mod shopping experience.
“We love the midcentury modern era due to its unbridled optimism, minimalist architecture and its spectacular aesthetic with product designs, which we feel is unparalleled by any other era,” said Jay Nailor of The Shag Store, a swanky Jetsons-cartoon-meets-martini-shaken-not stirred-James Bond-type-of-art gallery he owns with MiShell Modern in the Uptown Design District. “We’re always happy at The Shag Store to provide decorating advice as many of us here are midcentury furniture fanatics and can recite catalogs of the great modern manufacturers. There are also many shops in town that produce designed pieces and knock-offs for those on any budget to indulge.”
From fully restored Fibrella sun chaises to original cone chairs and peg-leg davenports, Modern Way offers an extensive collection to turn your living room or outdoor patio into a modern work of art. A La Mod is another showroom showstopper featuring some of the best home décor and interior lighting. There’s also lots of treasures to uncover at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, an expansive two-story outpost of antiques, vintage glassware and collectibles.
Bargain hunters love Revivals, not just for the budget-friendly prices, but because as a donation center proceeds support local charities, like the Desert Aids Project. Items from lava lamps to bootcut jeans are rotated in daily so there’s always something new on the shelves. “Revival” signifies something that’s become popular, active or important again, noted Director of Community Development Steven Henke.
Racks at Gypsyland, Dazzles, The Frippery, and Mitchells are stocked with vintage cocktail attire, decorative blouses, flowing kaftans, pillbox hats, costume jewelry and snazzy shoes to get the mod look from head to toe. Check out the pink Shops at Thirteen Forty-Five, a collection of design stores in an authentic midcentury building designed in 1955 by famed architect E. Stewart Williams. For a contemporary twist, Candice Held carries designer swimwear and bold, patterned dresses inspired in the mod style.
“With all of the midcentury modern inspired shops and galleries throughout Palm Springs, it’s one of the few cities where you can recreate a mod look that fits you on any budget,” said Nailor. “After all, isn’t that what great home design and your personal style is about anyway?”
Find your mod madness style in Palm Springs. Less than two hours away and a whole lot of fun.