The Method team recently traveled to Palm Springs, California to participate in 2014’s Modernism Week as part of the Prefab Showcase and Modern Living Expo with Paradigm, our prototype home for the Paradigm Series by Bogue Trondowski Architects.

The 11-day festival highlights Mid-Century Modern architecture, design, and culture. Proceeds from the event provide funding for preservation of historically significant Mid- Century works, in addition to providing scholarships for design and architecture students. Here are a few of the Week’s highlights:

Paradigm at Modernism Method HomesThe Paradigm Prototype arrived in Palm Springs nearly 100 percent complete – aside from the corten steel sun brow and decking.

Corten Steel Brow Paradigm
A closer look at the sun brow with a CNC-cut design prior to installing.

Paradigm Side by Method Homes
The East elevation shows Paradigm’s fold detail and on the Western Red Cedar siding.

Paradigm’s West elevation with corten steel accents.

Method Homes Team The Desert Sun
Team Method installing the brow on the front page of The Desert Sun.

Ready for Modernism Week!

The Prefab Showcase and Modern Living Expo were fully powered by local solar company Hot Purple Energy, who also hosted architectural bike rides, a music stage with live performances, and a solar powered video arcade.

Also being powered by solar was the impressive selection of gourmet food trucks, including this Cousin’s Maine Lobster truck that was featured on the hit television series Shark Tank. This wraps into the city’s most recent cultural developments as food trucks have just become legal in Palm Springs.

Paradigm New Century Modern
Method partnered with Design 849 to outfit Paradigm in New Century inspired furnishings from their 11,000 square foot Palm Springs design house, including pieces from their in-house line of California-made furniture, D849.

Paradigm Kitchen

D849 Prefab Sofa coffee table
Sofa in Paradigm by D849.

Recognizable around Palm Springs during the events were the bright red double decker buses that conducted tours of iconic Mid-Century architecture.

The Kauffman House
The Kauffman House by Richard Neutra.

Swiss Miss House
One of Palm Springs’ 15 Swiss Miss A-frames designed by Charles Dubois.

Mid Century Design Palm Springs
Another house in the Los Palmas neighborhood. The landscape architecture of the homes was equally impressive.

Design 849 Outdoor
Many of the Modernism Week events were held in the design district, including our partners Design 849. Here is a look at the entry to their outdoor furniture selection.

Design District
Pantone chairs from Trina Turke’s pop-up home store in the design district.

Vintage Travel Trailer
Next door to the Prefab Showcase was the Vintage Travel Trailer Show. This featured mostly restored Airstreams from the 50s and 60s, in addition to a few outfitted Greyhounds. It was intriguing to see what economies of space can be created to keep these compact trailers comfortable.

Palm Springs during Modernism Week
For those looking for a multi-day design event, Modernism Week offers the best of both up and coming modern architecture and decor in addition to a Vintage Show and Sale. It was great to be on the cutting-edge of sustainable prefab during this year’s event with the Paradigm prototype, which was designed to meet both Net-Zero water and energy requirements. Click here for more on Paradigm’s sustainable features and to watch the time-lapse video of Paradigm construction in our shop.