Modernism Week, the annual 11-day Palm Springs, California, festival celebrating all things modern, and Corian will offer the inaugural ‘Learning Lab,’ a certified course for design professionals during the February festival. Limited to only 100 design professionals, the VIP course will take place on February 17 at CAMP, the “Community And Meeting Place” central hub for Modernism Week activities at its downtown Palm Springs location, and will qualify for CEU (Continuing Education Units). VIP Access Passes for the course are now available for $185 and can be purchased here

Learning Lab is designed to convey business and design-related ideas through CEU-accredited presentations by leading industry designers, architects, and marketing professionals from across North America. Each hand-picked professional will present a CEU-accredited presentation on topics including architecture, color theory, marketing and cutting edge design materials.

“The Learning Lab speaker series is the first of its kind for Modernism Week and continues to exemplify our commitment to providing outstanding educational content during the festival,” said Modernism Week Board Chairman, Chris Mobley. “We are thrilled to partner with Corian to provide these top-notch presentations by four leading design professionals.”

The CEU presentations include Lance O’Donnell, AIA, (02 Architecture) on finding ideal building materials, Mark Woodman (Color Marketing Group) on color trends, John Gillespie (LIXIL Water) on brand building and Mike Hetherman, CKD, (Willis) on global design trends.

“Being part of this addition to Modernism Week is exciting and meaningful for us,” said John Richard, Global Business Director, Corian. “At the center of creativity and the future is right where we belong.”

The Learning Lab VIP Access Pass also includes a breakfast hosted by appliance manufacturer Thermador, a lunch hosted by kitchen and bath manufacturer DXV, cocktails hosted by bath, kitchen and lighting gallery Ferguson and complimentary admission to the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale VIP Preview Reception on February 17.

Modernism Week’s signature 11-day festival will take place February 16-26, 2017. To receive updates, visit and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The Hilton Palm Springs Resort, Modernism Week’s official host hotel, is offering a special room rate for a limited time only. Contact them directly at 760-320-6868.

The Learning Lab itself will be produced by Willis, a North American distributor of World Class building materials, including Corian and Zodiaq. Learning Lab educator and Willis President, Mike Hetherman said, “The Willis team and I are thrilled to bring a professional learning series to this already successful event. We fully intend on making this a one-of-a-kind, VIP experience for the design community, adding another layer of interest for the best and brightest designers to attend the Modernism Week festivities.”