Design Stars Turn Out for Palm Springs Gala

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L.A. store Fat Chance at this year's Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale

The 14th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale attracts L.A.'s top decorators and furniture dealers.

Architecture and design hit the desert in a big last way last weekend when an impressive roster of design stars attended the Preview Gala for the 14th Annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale. Noted Los Angeles dealers Joel Chen of JF Chen, Bianca Chen, Adam Blackman of Blackman Cruz, and White House interior designer Michael Smith all attended the event, which anchors Modernism Week in Palm Springs. Also on hand were interior designer James Magni and photographer Tim Street-Porter along with interior designer and author Annie Kelly. And the event was not without a nod to the Olympics, as world champion skater Dorothy Hamill also made an appearance at the design show and sale, held at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

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"I was impressed by the international selection of goods," says Patrick Dragonette, owner of L.A.-based showroom Dragonette Ltd. "Especially works by Mexican Modernists." Pieces ran the gamut from studio jewelry exhibited by renowned New York-based dealer Mark McDonald to jewel-like furniture by Jacques Duval-Brasseur through Palm Springs dealer a La MOD.

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"We had a record-breaking attendance of nearly 10,000 people over four days," say Gordon Merkle, media director of Dolphin Promotions, which produces the annual design extravaganza highlighting all eras of 20th-century design. With 82 exhibitors from across the U.S. and Europe, including Alexandre Huygevelde from Paris, Bridges Over Time from New York, Christopher Anthony Ltd from Palm Springs, Off The Wall Antiques from Los Angeles and Sputnik Modern from Texas, the offerings provided a vast selection of enviable pieces for buyers and enthusiasts alike.

"It's exciting to be part of Modernism Week and its focus on the legacy of ground-breaking design," noted San Francisco designer Jiun Ho. "It brings designers from around the globe together, allowing them to step into a time capsule that puts the spotlight on Palm Springs and its remarkable heritage of design, architecture and art."

Modernism Week continues until Feb. 23.