Hollywood Celebrates L.A. Modernism's Opening Night

Courtesy of LA Modernism Show
Bill and Maria Bell

Julie Bowen and Ted Danson were among the stars to step out for the Friday night bash in support of 20th century design and modern-day arts education.

One of Hollywood’s favorite design events, The Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale, launched Friday with an opening-night party that attracted such attendees as Julie Bowen, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Joel Silver and Julia Sorkin as well as A-list designers such as Jeffrey Alan Marks, Kathryn M. Ireland and Betsy Burnham.

More than 800 people gathered at Culver City’s 3Labs, the former umbrella factory-turned-state-of-the-art events space in the Hayden Tract Arts District of Culver City, to view one-of-a-kind 20th century furniture, accessories and art from more than 40 exhibitors from throughout the U.S. and Europe.

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"This was probably the best show we’ve ever had," says Maria Bell, who attended opening night and  also is the president-at-large for P.S. Arts, an L.A.-based nonprofit organization that partnered with the show. "We had a section where people could make art projects and participate in taking photos. This brings P.S. Arts home in a way where people can tap into their creative side. Plus, the whole show was chic and elegant."

Local dealers who participated in the sale included Danish Modern Noho, Loft Thirteen and Reform Gallery, with one-of-a-kind pieces from midcentury designers such as Arne Vodder and Gio Ponti. The opening-night event raised more than $200,000 for P.S. Arts, which provides arts education to more than 15,000 children in Southern California.