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.

Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for P.S. Arts Classic Hollywood couple Ted Danson (CSI) and Mary Steenburgen (Last Vegas) stopped by Culver City's new 3Labs Studio in the Hayden Tract Arts District to check out the midcentury modern furnishings and help raise funds for P.S. Arts.

Who doesn’t love the chance to check out, and perhaps even take home, uber-hip, one-of-a-kind furnishings and fine arts pieces from multiple design movements of the 20th century? Especially when you can rub shoulders with Hollywood celebs and benefit a great 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.

Items at this year’s show focused on the recent past, and were scooped up by celebs like Jenna Elfman, formerly of Dharma & Greg, currently of Growing Up Fisher; Modern Family’s Julie Bowen (or Claire Dunphy, as many fans like to call her) and Hollywood power couple Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. Amanda Righetti of The Mentalist, Costa Ronin of The Americans, and  mega producer Joel Silver, among many other celebs, were seen deliberating over the amazing furnishings and decor that the rest of the public would have a crack at over the weekend.

Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for P.S. Arts Midcentury Modern Family's Julie Bowen showed that she knows a little about design herself, in a dress that almost upstaged the displays.

Top designers and stylists like Trina Turk, Kathryn M. Ireland, George Kotsiopoulos and Elizabeth Stewart were also on hand to enjoy the broad range of products that included classic design elements for home and office, such as furniture, lighting, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, silver, glass, ceramics, photography, textiles, prints, rugs, posters, 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.


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