Yours truly visited sunny Palm Springs, California for Modernism Week, a ten-day celebration of Mid-Century Jet Age architecture and design, and recapped the trip for listeners of Cocktail Nation. We discussed a variety of topics.
Palm Springs is a hotbed of 1950s and 1960s architecture with many specimens unmolested and either in well-preserved original condition or faithfully restored.
I visited a number of homes, some of which had functioning period audio gear in use.
There were a few Mad Men seminars discussing the behind-the-scenes work that went into creating the meticulously accurate look of the 1960s.
Later that evening around the swimming pool I was able to have a long chat with Claudette Didul, set decorator for Mad Men seasons 4-7, at the Mad Men Cocktail Party. The owner of the home hosting the event had a wonderful collection of sixties machinery in his garage including a Volvo P1800S, a ‘65 VW Beetle, a ‘63 Buick Riviera and a Mercedes-Benz 230 SL.
Modernism Week base camp had a Mad Men display with several production items, including 1960s liquor bottles, cocktail glasses, shakers and ice buckets. At the top, a mocked-up signed photo dedicated to Harry Crane from Buddy Ebsen (as Jed Clampett).
Finally, while I failed to get a photo of the rare 1953 Kaiser Dragon mentioned on the broadcast, I did succeed in capturing a 1962 Volga M21 lurking inside a parking structure.
This Volga is a couple years newer than the M21 that Vladimir Putin keeps under guard in the Kremlin garage.
Listen to the discussion on Cocktail Nation Episode 395 – the Modernism Week segment starts at 07:40.