Interview with Gordon Merkle, Producer
One of the country’s hottest events for design and décor aficionados will once again take place at the Palm Springs Convention Center for a fun four-day marketplace of high quality collectible and retro modernist items offered by dealers from around the U.S. and Europe.
This year, the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale is bookended with two big holidays to add to the festivity! The show begins with a chic Preview Reception on Friday evening, February 14 at 6 p.m. Bring your Valentine and buy them something special! The reception will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. This is an opportunity to scope out the best buys of the show before it opens to the general public. The show continues throughout the weekend and wraps up on Monday, February 17 (President’s Day).
Tickets to the Friday Preview Reception are $75 and can be purchased at www.modernismweek.com. Tickets for Saturday – Monday are $20 can be purchased at the door; your ticket gets you unlimited entry throughout the weekend.
We sat down with producer of the Palm Springs Modernism Show to find out what to expect from this year’s show.
Gordon Merkle, Dolphin Fairs Partner, Producer of Modernism Show
1) Tell our Palm Springs visitors and residents what exciting things you are up to.
We have been making final preparations for the return of the 14th annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale at the convention center on Feb. 14-17. It’s the largest show we’ve ever had with over 85 exhibitors coming from across the U.S. and Europe, presenting vintage 20th century furniture, lighting, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, silver, vintage fashion & accessories, glass, ceramics, posters, prints, textiles, and more. In fact, it will be the largest modernism show ever held in North America!
2) For someone who has not visited Palm Springs before, how would you describe the experience?
It’s a virtual oasis in the desert, and flying into Palm Springs Airport is one of the most awe-inspiring views I’ve ever seen – those huge majestic mountains capped with snow and then below the tiny blue pools and green golf course fairways of Palm Springs. It’s so dramatic! And then once on the ground, those immense mountains define every view no matter in what direction you’re facing.
3) Why would you encourage visitors to come to Palm Springs?
It’s really relaxing because it is small and easily manageable, but still has a very cool vibe, great hotels and restaurants, people are friendly, the natural beauty of the mountains and desert are breathtaking, and the historic mid-20th century architecture is abundant, amazing, and appreciated.
4) What is one thing you think people might want to know about Palm Springs or be surprised to discover about the destination?I think many people would be really surprised that a small city of its size has such a vibrant design community, with a large number of high quality art and design galleries – especially those specializing in 20thcentury furniture and fine art.
5) What is your vision for the future of Palm Springs as a tourist destination?
I think it will continue to appeal to a growing number of younger, urban, art and design loving travelers who are inspired by and really appreciate it for its iconic architecture and design – but still want to visit a place where you can enjoy the outdoors and go hiking, biking, or just lay by the pool and stare at those mountains.