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Inside Curbed's Modernism Week Party at the Siva House

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[Photos by David A. Lee]

This past weekend saw the conclusion of Modernism Week, Palm Springs's annual celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, art, fashion, and culture. Capping off 2014's festival was a sunset cocktail party at the Siva House, a glassy modern designed in 1959 by noted local architect Hugh Kaptur. Embedded into the hills above the private Palisades Road just below architect Albert Frey's long-time residence, the property features an infinity pool (the first in Palm Springs) designed by Frey and accessorized by a giant boulder. Alas, despite the open bar offering signature "Cliffside Cocktails," a concoction combining both tequila and vodka, the evening passed without anyone becoming sufficiently emboldened to jump in.

In the house: Desert modernist Hugh Kaptur, who still maintains an active practice at age 82, and his glamorous wife, Helen; Lisa Vossler Smith, executive director of Modernism Week (and wife of artist Philip K. Smith III), and J. Chris Mobley, its chairman of the board.
Menu: Local institution Spencer's provided a carving station and catered hors d'oeuvres. The hardest item to resist, yet most awkward to eat: giant strawberries dipped in chocolate.
Dress code: Mad Men-in-Palm-Springs retro chic. Major points to Siva House owner Liz Ostoich, whose eye-popping orange fringed dress and towering sandals matched the home's Frey-designed awnings perfectly.
Soundtrack: Honey-throated singer Leslie Page kept the crowd swaying with jazzy renditions of pop hits.
Parting gift: Godiva chocolates.
· Inside Modernism Week's Showpiece: The 1959 Siva House [Curbed LA]