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1959 blue glass Blenko bowl from Swank Interiors.

David A. Lee

With this month’s much anticipated Modernism Week events — taking place from Feb. 14 to 24, midcentury modern design will be on everyone’s mind. The communities of Greater Palm Springs are packed with stores of every stripe offering myriad products that evoke the ’50s and ’60s, from furniture and fashion, to that all-encompassing category of “tchotchkes.” Discover your new favorites:

Pick up a pair of handmade ceramic bowls imported from Thailand used as votive holders or as objets d’art at HAYMAN & SUMMERS — an emporium of contemporary chic outdoor furniture and furnishings on El Paseo in Palm Desert. The store’s exclusive collection of ceramic stools and oversized pottery will add flair to any décor. And for your cat or dog, consider the simple design of a Petit Nest Rest by Dedon. 73111 El Paseo Dr., Palm Desert.760-836-0800;

Find “the real deal” at SWANK INTERIORS in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive. You’ll see owner Lisa Sullivan showing off her wares — pristine relics of the mid-century decades spanning from the ’40s to the ’70s — with reverence and wit. Standouts include kitschy ’60s tiki mugs, a beautiful 1959 blue glass Blenko bowl, and a pair of exquisite sterling “head” vases made in Peru in the ’50s. 462 S. Palm Canyon Dr., 760-327-1731;

The modern and transitional furniture at PLUMMERS FURNITURE in Rancho Mirage offers shoppers the style and simplicity of an earlier era. Hand-painted black-and-white vases, graphic area rugs, and the Abba Lamp made of clear Plexi stones will help any room “pop!” 72767 Dinah Shore Dr., Rancho Mirage. 760-324-8730;

Find rare accessories like a Tonka toy VW Bug or a classic midcentury Laurel Mushroom lamp at Thomas Sharkey and Charles Pearson’s HEDGE, in the Perez Art and Design District in Cathedral City. Both establishments carry wild extras like these and many other charming second-hand items. 68929 Perez Rd., Cathedral City. 760-770-0090;

Be the envy of your circle by picking up perfectly proportioned floatable spheres of stainless steel at MODERN DESIGN SHOWROOM in Rancho Mirage. Browse the extensive line of accessories that includes stainless steel and aluminum kitchen accoutrements, magazine holders, picture frames, candleholders, and planters. 71905 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. 760-773-6419;

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