If you ask me, nothing quite compares with a road trip. Well, maybe not just any road trip, but a good one is tough to beat for sure. We took The HEX Bus out over some remnants of Route 66 to the annual minimalist mecca known as Modernism Week Palm Springs.
For all of you who are wondering, our 1963 made the 2 1/2 hour drive with flying colors. We made friends the whole way, as evidenced by all the many thumbs up , smiles, and nods of respect. We were boss in The Bus.
We checked out some serious standouts in the world of California Modern design ranging from the famous Palm Springs Visitor Center with its impossibly cantilevered roof, to the experimental tract of Alexander Steel homes, to some great examples of restoration in Racquet Club Estates, to examples of Neutra and Donald Wexler.
This was the town of the Rat Pack - Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior, Dean Martin, and a few less-savory folks as well. Legend has it that The Chairman Of The Board would raise his flags high at his Twin Palms estate so all his friends knew if he was home and ready to party.
We posted The HEX Bus up on Palm Canyon Drive Thursday night outside of BAR and sold some special HEX gear and chewed the fat with some people who seemed as though their whole mission in life was to talk to only us.
The next day, our rolling pop-up-shop moved to the Pre-Fab marketplace put on by Modernism Week. This was great to see all the advances in design and modular building. There happened to be a vintage car auction going on right across the street that brought many people over to try to entice us to sell our beloved bus, but the answer was always "No."
In the end, we enjoyed a relaxing night at the Ace Hotel - I would highly recommend the orange-riccotta pancakes - saw some great design and architecture and got to visit some of our favorite stores like Just Fabulous, Modernway, and Just Modern. But beyond all this, we got to connect at a very personal level with people who enjoy great design, just like we do and spread the word about HEX all over town.
ACE Hotel Lobby