Palm Springs airport goes retro for Modernism Week
Each February, Palm Springs hosts Modernism Week — a festival celebrating the mid-century modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture embraced by the city — and this year Virgin America has convinced the airport to let it transform the airline’s gate area into a vintage modernist exhibit as part of the program.
The festival runs Feb. 11 - 21 and during that time passengers at PSP will notice that Virgin’s gate area looks decidedly retro, with a mod rug, late 1960s-era lounge chairs and matching ottomans, tables and Lucite lamps. A specially designed backdrop will be part of the gate exhibit as well.
“We’re excited to partner with Modernism Week to add a touch of 60s glamour to the airport at Palm Springs through this unique exhibition”, said Virgin America chief marketing officer Luanne Calvert in a statement, “We look forward to making travelers headed to this year’s Modernism Week feel like their last name is Draper ...”
Virgin America flies to Palm Springs six days a week from San Francisco International airport and offers service to PSP from JFK as well.
Harriet Baskas is a Seattle-based airports and aviation writer and USA TODAY Travel's "At the Airport" columnist. She occasionally contributes to Ben Mutzabaugh's Today in the Sky blog. Follow her at twitter.com/hbaskas.
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