Icon keeps good company with Uptown Design District.
It’s official: When it comes to Modern design, Palm Springs is one of The Most “Stylish” Cities in America.
That’s according to Wayfair.com, the nation’s largest online-only retailer for home decor and furnishings. Based on their per capita statistics for Modern-style furnishings sales, Palm Springs easily beat out every other stylish U.S. city - including Beverly Hills and Miami.
Palm Springs (or “Mod Mecca” as Architectural Digest dubbed it) is home to the world’s largest collection of intact Midcentury Modernist architecture. The city remains at the forefront of Modern’s newfound worldwide renaissance - mainly thanks to eleven days of February Mod-madness otherwise known as Palm Springs Modernism Week, the largest event of its kind on Earth. Palm Springs’ population more than doubles during the celebration, held concurrently with the Modernism Show & Sale (for decor and furnishings) and Palm Springs Fine Art Fair (for post-war and modern art).
But where can you buy a piece of the action the rest of the year? In Mod Mecca, pretty much everywhere.
Palm Springs overflows with one-of-a-kind boutiques brimming with hard-to-find vintage Midcentury Modern decor and updated 21st Century Modern reinterpretations. Brand-new stores and short-term pop-up shops continually reshape Palm Springs’ ever-evolving retail scene.
To help navigate your mod-shopping safari, our five-part blog series will introduce you to different Palm Springs’ shopping areas, each with quirks and class all their own: Uptown Design District, Downtown, Sunny Dunes Vintage Row, The Curve District, and The Backstreet Arts District.