Palm Springs Designer Creates Show House for Modernism Week

Christopher Kennedy enlists help of other local designers to outfit Stan Sackley home

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Palm Springs designer Christopher Kennedy has created a show house featuring the work of other local designers for Modernism Week in February.
Ethan Kaminsky


Palm Springs designer Christopher Kennedy never hesitates to credit Modernism Week for helping to put him on the map.

Now it's payback time.

Kennedy has created The Christopher Kennedy Compound, which will be open to the public for tours during Modernism Week, Feb. 13-23, 2-14.

“The Jet Set and Mid-Century Modern styles have a uniquely American bent to them," Kennedy says. "While some of the architecture has Bauhaus and other European influences, I feel that the American architects had a uniquely American interpretation, and that my brand is uniquely Californian/American at its core."

This architecturally significant Stan Sackley home, circa 1971, has been re-imagined by an unparalleled roster of celebrity designers for today’s style of Southern California living.

"When I first conceptualized this Modernism Week Designer Show House more than a year ago, I knew it would take a global village. And it has," explains Kennedy. "I am humbled by how generously both the local and national design/build communities have stepped up to provide talent, time and product to reinterpret this iconic property in true Palm Springs-style.

"All along, my philosophy has been to go big by drawing on our local resources. Design show rooms and distributors from all over the Coachella Valley have brought the lines they represent on board to donate tens of thousands of dollars in furnishings and fixtures. The Modernist Community is in for a spectacular treat."

Team Design

The property includes rooms created by today’s most respected voices in interior design and home furnishings, including Celerie Kemble, Jiun Ho, Trina Turk, Lori Dennis, Patrick Dragonette, Sammy Castro, Ron Woodson, and Jamie Rummerfield.

Their vision has been brought to life by First Atrium Construction, in partnership with Cosentino Silestone Quartz, Aran Cucine, Neo Metro Fixtures, Gessi Bath, La Cantina Doors, Crestron Home Automation, and more than three dozen local and national residential design resources like Pirch, Egg & Dart Showrooms, and Modern Home.

“My goal with the Compound is to celebrate Palm Springs’ architecture in its heyday, while updating a swanky vintage house for the realities of modern living, using the best of today's technology,” adds Kennedy. “This is truly a home created for a Jetsetter – a world-traveler who comes to Palm Springs for privacy, rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation of the mind and body.”

The 45-minute tour costs $35. For a complete schedule of tour times and for information about other hosted events at the property, visit

Also in Store

Modernism Week's lineup also includes the rarely seen Grace Miller residence, Richard Neutra, 1937; the original Donald Wexler family home designed by the architect in 1955; the Palm Springs Glass House, William Cody, 1967; and the Edris House, E. Stewart Williams, 1953.

Along with the tours, PS ModCom’s Annual Gala benefit will celebrate “A Night at the Casbah” at the magnificent hillside Bougain Villa estate. Originally designed by local architect Hugh Kaptur in 1958, the villa underwent significant expansion by Albert Frey. Floating high above the City of Palm Springs, the villa is accessed by private buses, which will caravan guests to an authentic Moroccan evening under the stars.

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