L.A. Modernism Show and Sale: Midcentury Furnishings and the Stars Who Love Them
Since Los Angeles is an epicenter for all things midcentury modern, it’s no surprise that stars like Jenna Elfman and Julie Bowen came out to support the show and a good cause at the same time.
More than 800 party-goers couldn’t resist that opportunity recently, when the 27th Annual Los Angeles Modernism Show and Sale kicked off with an Opening Night Party to benefit P.S. Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving children’s lives through arts education.
This year's show was held for the first time at the chic 3Labs Studio in the Hayden Tract Arts District of Culver City, a special events and design showcase venue that is so new, many L.A. residents don’t even know it exists – yet. More than $200,000 was raised at the pre-event cocktail party, and that money will go towards bringing the arts to thousands of L.A. public school children in lower income areas. Who knows? Maybe some day a number of those students will be showing their designs at an L.A. Modernism Show of the future, and will feature "retro" pieces that are considered cutting-edge modern today.
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vintage clothing and accessories from more than 40 presenters.
Some of our favorite items included a spectacular sculpted gold-leafed steel modernist fire screen by American artist Del Williams, from Christopher Anthony Ltd. for $3,750 — we can just see it in front of a white brick fireplace. We also loved the completely transparent ghost chair made of draped plastic, the art deco ticket booth and box from Off the Wall L.A., the working vintage radios from PaletteContemporary.com, the multiple sputnik chandeliers and anything and everything Bakelite, from phones to jewelry to dishes.
But if you’re as mad about modernism as we are, just about every square inch is a highlight. The Los Angeles Modernism Show and Sale is is presented by Dolphin Promotions. The popular events organizer also hosts similar annual events in Palm Springs, Palm Beach, Houston and Sarasota, so if you don’t live in the L.A. area, you don’t have to miss out.