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Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-18 17:25
Noted architect Henry van de Velde (1863-1957) designed gorgeous, modern buildings and interiors in his now famous Art Nouveau style.
What Van de Velde was to Art Nouveau architecture Walter Gropius was to Bauhaus. The stunning Art Nouveau buildings he designed still exist in Germany’s Thuringer and Saxony region.
Van de Velde and two other Belgian architects, Victor Horta and Paul Hankar were the founders of Art Nouveau, or, Jugendstil architecture as it is called in Germany. He was one of the first modern architects to develop the theory "form follows function".
After starting his career as a painter in Belgium, Van de Velde turned to architecture and design after becoming enamored with the works of William Morris and John Ruskin of the Arts and Crafts Movement (1860-1910).
One of his most important commissions came in 1895 when he designed the interiors and furniture for the famed Maison de l’Art Nouveau in Paris. Refusing to bend to the process of historical patterns, which he thought were banal and hideous, he put his Art Nouveau mark on everything; buildings, furnishings, china, wallpapers, and even draperies.
In 1902 the Grand Duke of Weimar contracted Van de Velde to design two buildings for his School of Art and Applied Arts, now Bauhaus University. It was from these that the Bauhaus style of architecture emerged. They are now listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
During the time that Van de Velde was director of the school, 1902 to 1917, he designed several houses in Thuringer and Saxony. In each he adhered to the principal of exposing the interiors to natural light with large windows that brought nature inside.
A beautiful example of this is his house in Weimar, Hohe Papplin Haus, with its stunning sky jutting angles. Another is the airy interior he designed for the Nietzsche Archives that houses the papers of noted German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche.
With the outbreak of World War I Van de Velde was forced to return to his native Belgium. It was he who recommended to the Grand Duke that Walter Gropius be appointed his successor as superintendent of the School of Art and Applied Arts.
In celebration of Henry van de Velde’s 150th birthday events and exhibits will be take place in Thuringer and Saxony throughout the year. For information click here.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-15 23:57
Alongside Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, German architect Walter Gropius was a foundational figure in modern architecture design.
Best-known as the founder of the German art school Staatliches Bauhaus, where he served as director for many years, Gropius also founded the Architect's Collaborative (TAC) in 1945, and designed the D51 armchair and the F51 armchair and sofa. Before it went bankrupt in 1995, TAC was among the world's most esteemed architectural firms and is credited with works including the Harvard Graduate Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin, Germany, and the University of Baghdad in Baghdad, Iraq.
Cover photo by Max Dupain via Wikimedia Commons.
His first wife, Alma Mahler, was the widow of esteemed composer Gustav Mahler. Serving as a sergeant in the first World War, Gropius won an Iron Cross for his service. On a pretext, he escaped Nazi Germany in the 1930s with his protege Marcel Breuer and his second wife, Ilse Frank, establishing himself as a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Gropius died in 1969 after becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Beyond his pioneering work as an architect, instructor and designer, Gropius was a theorist and a visionary. In his 1923 essay, "The Theory and Organization of the Bauhaus," Gropius outlined the governing philosophy of the Staatliches Bauhaus and posed critical, forward-thinking questions that echo visibly through all the subsequent ages of modern design. "But what is space," he asks, "how can it be understood and given a form?"
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-15 21:10
Originally designed in the late 1940s, the Straight Chair has been reintroduced by Knoll. George Nakashima's extraordinary blend of the organic, natural qualities of wood and clean modern design formed this Modernist interpretation of the traditional Windsor chair. Featuring natural, low-sheen finishes and live wood grain patterns, the Straight Chair epitomizes Nakashima and his craft.
Based in Pennsylvania, Knoll has been an international leader in contemporary home and workplace furniture since 1939. Their motto is that Knoll is Modern Always, because modern always works, which reflects their commitment to pioneering vision and sustainability to help enhance and evolve the environment of contemporary life. Bringing a big name to modern elegance, Knoll offers a unique line of luxurious furniture from office chairs to outdoor dining tables that should not be missed.
Photo Courtesy of Knoll
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-15 21:04
George Nakashima’s sublime Japanese-style bathroom endures at his rural estate.
Completed in 1977, the Sanso Villa, or "reception house," was the last of 13 buildings George Nakashima designed for his property in New Hope, Pennsylvania. He spared no expense in the space, which was used to host guests and hold dinner parties, incorporating rare woods and lavish materials throughout. Aware of the looming late-1970s energy crisis, he also wanted a structure that did not depend on fossil fuels and purchased a wood-fired boiler from Japan to heat water for his playful interpretation of a traditional soaking tub in the bathroom.
Blue and white penny tiles imported from Japan form the abstracted patterns, which Nakashima designed with help from his grandchildren. "He thought it would be fun for the kids to have their artwork preserved in the bath area," says his daughter, Mira, pointing out their names set into the floor and bathtub. He built the towel rack from holly and used cedar and teak elsewhere in the room. Like much of Nakashima’s work, the space is connected to nature: Sliding glass doors lead to a moon-viewing platform with a panorama of the valley. "Luckily," Mira says, "we don’t have neighbors nearby."
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-15 21:00
Impressive, edgy—and yes, Instagram-worthy—here are the highlights of the sprawling, multipurpose campus opening in Manhattan today.
Designed as a city within a city, the $25 billion Hudson Yards project, which opens today on Manhattan’s far west side, is a colossal architectural and technological achievement. Built entirely from scratch atop an active rail yard, the experiment in large-scale urban planning is punctuated by multiple venues that dazzle and delight—including the Elkus Manfredi Architects-designed Shops & Restaurants. While big-box stores like Uniqlo and Sephora may be found here, Hudson Yards as a whole is chock-full of modern design statements that beckon to be touched and experienced (and Instagrammed, natch). The best part? They’re all open to the public.
There’s a ton to see and do at the Hudson Yards—below, we distill the development down to what we’re most excited about.
To distinguish itself from other malls, The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards offers a unique prospect for shoppers called "The Floor of Discovery." Spread out across the entire second floor, the spaces are dedicated to digitally native brands, experiential shopping, and food and beverage concepts.
Among the highlights are Snark Park, a permanent exhibition space from Snarkitecture that will feature a tri-annually rotating schedule of playful and immersive design environments (not to mention a Kith Treats ice cream shop), and Batch, the San Francisco–based home and lifestyle collective that offers curated, up-and-coming products and innovative brands perfect for home furnishing (the launch collection is dubbed "Batch Hello").
"It’s such a great synergy because we do a lot of [shoppable] home staging and so being able to be part of the development that has all this residential attached is a really great opportunity," says Lindsay Meyer, Batch cofounder and CEO. "Bringing things we know our audience in California love to be exposed to the New York market, in a stylish and welcoming home environment, is exciting."
Adds Daniel Arsham, a principal of Snarkitecture, along with Alex Mustonen and Benjamin Porto, "In many locations we’ve been installed inside of another space, and we couldn't control the space in its entirety. Here, from the merchandise down to even the experience of waiting in line, we were able to curate it all and build it from the ground-up. We created the ultimate controlled experience."
Encompassing 16,000 square feet across four separate retail spaces on the fifth floor of The Shops & Restaurants, Dallas–based luxury boutique Forty Five Ten’s Manhattan debut echoes the retailer’s penchant for unusual design. Snarkitecture created the artful storefronts in collaboration with Forty Five Ten president and creative director Kristen Cole and Headington Companies, which includes an asymmetrical glass brick facade and grid-like retail displays within the stores. The women’s store is highlighted by a pink-painted area evocative of an optical illusion of consecutive shops that, while purposefully disorienting, is Instagram heaven. Custom Calico wallpapers enhance the walls in the 4510/Six and vintage boutiques, while the latter also features multiple marmoreal surfaces.
Boasting nearly one mile of vertical climb, the interactive sculpture known as the Vessel is the Big Apple’s newest social media attraction. Imagined by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio as a focal point of the Hudson Yards complex, the non-corrosive structure is comprised of 154 interconnecting flights of stairs—almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings—that overlook the Public Square and Gardens. Expanding outwards, the Vessel is, quite simply, the inversion of all the buildings surrounding it. So soaring is this new landmark (open to the public via free, timed-entry tickets) that it’s already being called New York’s Eiffel Tower.
With the luxury 15 Hudson Yards condominium high-rise cantilevered over it, the Shed is certainly transformative—both literally and figuratively. Inspired by the adjacent High Line and designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro to be reminiscent of a train car, the 200,000-square-foot space is an all-encompassing performing arts center. Recently named in honor of former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, its remarkable design features a 4,000-ton outer shell that glides along rails to retract telescopically on six-foot-tall wheels, morphing the space into an open plaza. The layout of the eight-level space is entirely flexible and mobile, encased in Teflon-based polymer "pillows," cross-hatched with steel, that, from afar, look almost soft enough to hug.
Due to open sometime in 2020, the Edge, hovering 1,100 feet above the ground, will be the tallest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere and the fifth highest in the world (it will just beat out the Empire State Building’s observation deck, in fact). Extending 65 feet out from the 100th floor of 30 Hudson Yards as it pierces the sky, the Edge will certainly be both an exceptional—and exhilarating—experience for visitors.
"Edge offers a new perspective on New York from a vantage point that has never existed before," says Jason Horkin, executive director of Hudson Yards Experiences. "You become completely absorbed in the vastness of our iconic skyline."
Learn more about the Hudson Yards.
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-15 20:53
A skilled and spiritual craftsman, George Nakashima crafted wood furniture that elevated and showcased natural forms.
Working with a reverence for his material that bordered on spiritual, woodworker and designer George Nakashima (1915-1990) created one of the more influential legacies in furniture in the 20th century. Cutting wood was like cutting diamonds, he once said, a philosophy reflected in his body of work, filled with intricate pieces that preserved and magnified the beauty of every knot and grain. He would often keep boards around his workshop in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, for years before they would reveal themselves to him.
Nakashima studied architecture at École Américaine des Beaux Arts and M.I.T. and began working in the ‘30s, at one point journeying to India to design an ashram. His work earned him the fitting Sanskrit name, Sundarananda ("one who delights in beauty"). He returned from overseas to set up shop in Seattle in the early ‘40s before, like other Japanese-Americans during WWII, he was interned by the government. While at Camp Minidoka in Idaho, Nakashima met a fellow internee who was a master Japanese craftsman, who taught him traditional practices and philosophies that informed his future work. His career blossomed after the war, when he began creating pieces for companies like Knoll and Widdicomb-Mueller, as well as his own custom work, such as a 200-piece collection for Nelson Rockefeller’s mansion. His reverence for nature and inner beauty was reflected in one of his last projects, a massive peace altar installed in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. His designs are still being made by his daughter and the staff at George Nakashima Woodworker.
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-15 20:35
Scary Spice's recently remodeled home is currently for sale.
Former Spice Girl Mel B first listed her modern residence in West Hollywood's exclusive Bird Streets neighborhood in 2017 for $8,999,00, however it dropped to $7,495,000 in 2018. Now, the home is back on the market at a slightly less scary price of $5,900,000.
Originally built in 1928, the home underwent a major renovation in 2016. Upgrades include a Control4 Smart Home system that controls sound, lighting, automatic shades, and fireplaces throughout the entire home—both indoors and out.
The 5,226-square-foot, four-story home features 20-foot ceilings, spectacular city views, an elegant bar off the living room, and a lovely updated chef's kitchen. Star-worthy, Hollywood-esque elements include Baccarat fixtures, a home theater, a home gym, and even Mel B's very own home recording studio.
9236 Cordell Drive West Hollywood is currently listed for $5,900,000 by Ben Belack and Blair Chang of The Agency.
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-15 19:45
Residence 2S is a modern mix of design-forward thinking, sophisticated materials, and old-world charm.
Located in 211 Elizabeth Street, an exclusive downtown Manhattan, 15-unit condominium designed by innovative New York City firm Roman & Williams—who also designed the interiors—Residence 2S is a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home, with an expansive 1,120-square-foot landscaped terrace. The elegant home is full of character and showcases rich, high-end finishes, luxe materials, design-forward details, and quality craftsmanship throughout.
The beautifully proportioned rooms feel open and flow like a contemporary version of a stately pre-war apartment. The living room is anchored by a dramatic, floor-to-ceiling, wood-burning fireplace that was custom-made for the unit from flamed granite. The bedrooms are set on either end of the living space with dramatic 9-foot-high French doors serving to divide the space.
French doors lead to the bright and airy master suite where two walk-in closets and a large linen closet provide ample storage. The ensuite master bathroom enjoys rare dual exposures and features a glass-walled shower and a standalone deep soaking tub. Clad in rich materials such as Calacatta Gold marble slabs and brass fixtures the bright white space was designed to have, "the look and feel of a grand European hotel". On the other side of the unit, the second bedroom is currently being used as a media room and features custom built-ins and a walk-in closet. Recently renovated, the ensuite bathroom now boasts a Watermark steam shower with a bench and tiling from Heath Ceramics’ Dwell Collection.
The large, open kitchen is full of distinctive and moody Roman & Williams touches. There is an island set in the center of the space and tall cabinetry, all framed in walnut with fronts hand-painted with high-gloss black oil paint. The countertops are crafted from Danish oiled wood and perfectly paired with brass Watermark hardware. High-end appliances from Viking and Sub-Zero complete the space.
Another highlight of the unit is the expansive 1,120-square-foot landscaped terrace that features a gas fireplace, irrigation system, and two oversized pergolas veiled in ivy. Covered in elegantly-designed, red-brick, herringbone pavers, the private and elevated space perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining.
211 Elizabeth Street 2S is now being listed for $6,995,000 by Nick Gavin of Compass Realty.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-15 19:43
Oriented towards the landscape, this modern home in Ecuador embraces stunning ocean and forest views.
Located along the coast in Ecuador's Manabí Province, Cabana Don Juan looks out over the ocean and the forest. Architect Emilio Lopez situated the home at the top of a hill to best take advantage of views, and its east-west orientation and funnel-like shape facilitate cooling cross-breezes.
At roughly 1,200 square feet, the home has as simple plan. Communal, public spaces are located on the ground floor, and two bedrooms lie on the second floor in a loft-like space.
The rooms on the ground floor include a dining room, kitchen, full bath, and living room whose double-height ceiling stretches up to the second floor along the ocean-facing facade.
At the rear of the residence, facing the deciduous forest, another double-height wall of windows provides continuous views as one ascends the staircase.
The stairs and the entire structure of the home are made of locally sourced amarillo (Yellowheart) and asta wood. The exterior consists of glazed window walls at the front and rear, and fiber cement panels along the sides.
The home’s furnishings lean toward simplicity, in large part because of the texture and warmth that comes from the walls lined in bamboo. The kitchen, for example, has wood cabinets, but the countertops are gray granite, continuing the neutral palette.
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Architect of Record: Emilio López
Builder: Daniel Corti
Structural Engineer: Patricio Cevallos
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-15 18:46
We chat with the founder and CEO of Spinnova, a Finnish company turning wood pulp into cellulose fibers that can then be used in textiles, insulation, filling—even hygienic wipes.
To mark the March/April issue of Dwell Magazine and its focus on material innovation, we interview Janne Poranen, the cofounder and CEO of Spinnova, which processes wood pulp into textile fibers in the forests of Jyväskylä, Finland. The production uses zero harmful chemicals and produces zero waste—and the fibers can be reused without losing any quality.
Tune in to hear how a talk on spider silk inspired Poranen and his business partner Juha Salmela—and how the concept of the adjacent possible works to stoke innovation across disciplines.
RM-3 is produced by Jenny Xie, edited by Laura Spencer-Morris, and hosted by Dan Maginn. Our theme music is by Slag Ralden, with additional scoring by Hyps. Special thanks to Janne Poranen and Spinnova, to Stuart Kauffman for the concept of the adjacent possible, to Steven Johnson and Matt Ridley for connecting it to innovation, and to Ann Willoughby at TG&Y.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-15 17:53
There’s room for you and everyone you know at this $4.3-million ski house, so consider going in on it with some friends.
True log cabins aren’t quite as large as this newly for-sale, 7,380-square-foot villa in Finland, but then again, the wood-frame cottages of yesteryear weren’t designed to house hordes of weekend guests and mountains of sports gear, either. Located near the Levi ski resort, in the endless forests of Lapland, the rustic lodge features walls built of hearty tree trunks, a branch-free wood-paneled ceiling, a little gazebo, and, of course, a sauna. Inspect the home’s voluminous yet surprisingly cozy interiors below, then decide if it’s worth the $4.3 million price tag here.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-15 17:40
This architecturally significant home designed by John Marsh Davis is located right on the beach. The home features a large open concept living/dining space with a custom dining table that has unparalleled ocean views. The compact kitchen is surrounded by glass windows that extend along the entire front of the house, making for views from every angle. The large wood burning fireplace is centered in the living room making a cozy place to curl up and watch the surf after a long day on the beach. On the ground floor is the only private bedroom. The second floor loft “bedrooms” are built-in berths that make one feel as if they were on a boat, each nook featuring stunning beach and ocean views. Each of the sleeping areas can be made private by lowering the custom sail-cloth blinds. There is also a third floor loft with two twin beds. This truly exceptional home boasts a large private inner courtyard, wrap around ocean front decks, and a hot tub overlooking the ocean.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-15 16:43
Working hard or hardly working? These sleek homes from the Dwell community get the job done with envy-inducing home offices.
Architect: TOUCH Architect, Location: Nonthaburi, Thailand
From the architect: "The three-story small home studio for [our] architectural firm has been divided into three parts: an office space, a private house, and a co-sharing space. An indoor office area on the first floor is a working space for all employees. On the second floor, there is a co-sharing space. There is a tiny office space for founders which can be connected to a center space by sliding the glass partition to open it. Sanctuary space is located at the top floor of this home-studio."
Architect: DeForest Architects, Location: Burien, Washington
From the architect: "Inspired by this hillside site and the owners’ childhood memories, we designed this family home to feel like a virtual walk in the woods."
Architect: ANACAPA Architecture, Location: Santa Barbara, California
From the architect: "This private residence was designed for a young, creative entrepreneur. The structure maximizes natural light through an abundance of fixed and sliding glass, including skylights throughout the three-bedroom, two-bath home. A simple material palette of ipe and white stucco was selected for the exterior, while the interior is warmed with custom walnut cabinetry, Italian marble and brass fixtures."
Architect: Studio DiDeA, Location: Palermo, Italy
From the architecture firm's PR: "The owners, a couple, wanted an efficient home with generous storage spaces, and also a more contemporary look. The architects, following the clients' desires, renovated the apartment into a more airy, bright space with a better distribution."
Builder: Hawthorn Builders, Location: Needham, Massachusetts
From the builder: "This midcentury farm house has wonderful urban views out the back and considerable natural light. The first floor features an open-concept dining, kitchen, and family room with a spacious mudroom and dedicated home office. The home was constructed in a traditional wood frame building style, but incorporates all of the more modern conveniences."
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-14 21:47
Carefully nestled in the Colorado Rockies, Gammel Dam is an award-winning family hideaway whose serene, minimalist interiors recall Norwegian cabins.
When a couple approached Colorado–based Cottle Carr Yaw (CCY) Architects for a modern mountain retreat, they brought with them images of what would be the founding inspiration behind the new design—a simple and rugged cabin in Norway where the husband and his relatives had been gathering since the 1950s. Much like this ancestral Norwegian cabin, the new getaway is designed with the same rustic charms and deference to the landscape, as well as an inviting environment for friends and family to gather for generations to come.
"They specifically didn’t want large bedrooms for the guest wing to encourage their family and guests to congregate in the home’s public spaces," Todd Kennedy, principal architect at CCY, explains. He also adds that because the couple also planned to spend time in the retreat alone, the guest bedrooms, accessible via a bridge, can be closed off from the main living spaces when not in use so that the home could function as a one-bedroom cabin, comfortably scaled for two.
A connection to the outdoors was paramount to the design both in form—the low-lying building is topped with a roof angled to follow the sloped terrain—and accessibility. Large windows pull mountain views indoors while the house, carefully positioned to minimize site impact, feels immersed in its landscape of aspen groves, scrub oaks, sage, and spruce. The architects even worked closely with an arborist to ensure the long-term health of the mature spruce trees, and balanced all cut and fill on site.
"In addition to the spruce trees, the client wanted to preserve as much of the existing vegetation around the house to help the house appear as though it was set within its natural environment," Kennedy notes. "To achieve this, we worked with the general contractor to define very tight limits of construction just beyond the building’s footprint."
Careful consideration of the environment also carried over to the energy-efficient design of the house, oriented for optimal passive solar performance. Thanks to an airtight building envelope and triple-glazed windows, the interior requires no supplemental heat or cooling other than radiant heat.
Daylight, landscape views, and a predominantly timber-and-concrete palette define the modern interiors. White oak, in particular, is used in abundance to create a tranquil, monochromatic palette meant to lend a sense of intimacy to the interior.
"It allows the focus of the room to be the views rather than one’s focus being drawn to the interior architecture," Kennedy says. "We used two different grades of plain-sawn white oak. The minor differences in the grades of oak, in combination with how it was finished and the way we laid it up, created subtle amounts of contrast through the interior palette which helped create a level of sophistication within the home."
Sentimental reminders of the husband’s Norwegian childhood also decorate the space, from the framed wildflowers he pressed as a child to the stacked walls of chopped wood and collections of hatches and axes.
"Norwegian blood," says Kennedy, "instills in him the need to chop wood and a love for wood-burning fireplaces."
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Builder/ General Contractor: Key Elements Construction
Structural Engineer: KL&A
Civil Engineer: Boundaries Unlimited
Landscape Design Company: Mt. Daly Enterprises
Lighting Design: LS Group
Fixed Finishes/Cabinetry Design: CCY Architects
Cabinetry Manufacturing: Whalen Custom Cabinets
Photography: Draper White Photography
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-14 20:53
Brigitte Schuster captures Switzerland’s charming cat architecture trend in her upcoming book Swiss Cat Ladders.
In Switzerland, devout cat owners are showering love on their feline companions with a charming house modification—the cat ladder.
Designed to help cats move around more easily without resorting to acrobatic jumps, these strategically placed ramps and ladders have caught on—and residents have developed a wide variety of styles to match the aesthetics of different buildings.
For Bern–based writer and photographer Brigitte Schuster, these architectural oddities also presented an interesting research project. "A closer look at the cat ladders reveals sociological, architectural, and aesthetic perspectives," Schuster says.
The rise of cat ladders in Switzerland is perhaps of little surprise. Cats are the most popular household pets in the nation, and Bern is full of cat lovers, notes Schuster.
While the thought of burglars using the outdoor structures may deter other cities from hopping on the cat ladder bandwagon, the Swiss seem to be less concerned, perhaps because of their country’s relatively low crime rates. (The cat climbing aids would also not likely be strong enough to hold a person's weight.)
Having photographed the many cat ladders throughout Bern, Schuster has compiled her findings and photographs into an upcoming book, Swiss Cat Ladders.
The book, which is bilingual in English and German, showcases the creativity and eccentricity of the climbing structures—ranging from sleek spiral staircases to foldable zigzagging contraptions—and even explores the necessity of the cat ladder as well as the phenomena’s underlying cultural meanings in essays, diagrams, and full-page photographs.
Schuster's book Swiss Cat Ladders will be printed in the fall of 2019, and it's currently available for pre-order on her website.
Permalink - Posted on 2017-10-03 16:39
These modern wineries offer a full-bodied experience.
A weekend away at a vineyard doesn't have to be just about the wine tasting—rather, it should be an opportunity to escape to a beautiful destination complete with impressive modern architecture. So, whether you're a fan of a full-bodied pinot noir, a zesty chardonnay, or just great design, these modern wineries on the West Coast will soon be on your "go-to" list.
Location: Napa, California
Architecture: Barbara Bestor
Inspired by the iconic, modern architecture of Albert Frey and Donald Wexler, Ashes & Diamonds winery is a bright, white, geometric display that marks the cinematic valley landscape of rolling hills and vineyard rows. The winery consists of two rectangular buildings: A two-level wine production facility with an industrial aesthetic and large portholes that reference works by Frey, and a smaller, single-level, stucco-clad tasting room topped with a folded-plate, pavilion-style canopy that mirrors the valley hills and mitigates sunlight.
Location: Newberg, Oregon
Architecture: Lever Architecture
Located 45 minutes from Portland on a picturesque 23 acres, L'Angolo Estate is a family-owned winery that was designed by Portland-based Lever Architecture and completed in 2016. The firm tackled their first winery by creating a sleek and modern tasting room experience that embodies the family’s minimalist approach to winemaking.
Location: Oakville, California
Architecture: Piechota Architecture
San Francisco–based firm Piechota Architecture created a net-positive water tasting room and production facility for the small, family-owned Silver Oak winery in Alexander Valley. Water—which plays a key role in wine production—also figures prominently in the design, with a large, rectangular reflecting pool that cuts its way through the black, barn-like tasting room. Clad in wood siding repurposed from 100-year-old wine tanks from Cherokee Winery (and salvaged by Robert Mondavi, a Napa Valley pioneer winery), the wood-and-steel material palette of the wine cellar references the construction of a wine barrel.
Location: Dundee, Oregon
Architecture: Waechter Architecture
To create Furioso Vineyards, Portland–based Waechter Architecture renovated and expanded a pre-existing winery and added a new tasting room with additional public amenities. Located in the heart of Oregon’s wine country, the original Furioso estate was made up of "a series of disconnected utilitarian structures scattered across its property," including a steel-shed winery, various storage facilities, an outdoor crush pad, and an adjacent residence—all of which lacked an overall identity. Waechter sought to unify the vineyard and refocus buildings to heighten vistors' experience of the surrounding landscape and the wine-making process.
Location: Dundee Hills, Oregon
Architecture: Allied Works
The Sokol Blosser family, one of the founders of Oregon’s wine-making industry, has been producing pinot noir, pinot gris, and other varietals since 1978. When the winery commissioned Allied Works to design a new tasting room and event space for the 100-acre estate, they devised a structure composed of three interconnected volumes to showcase the surrounding landscape and spectacular views of the Yamhill Valley. The new tasting room incorporates a number of green features and is the first winery in the U.S. designed to comply with the key components of the Living Building Challenge.
Location: Rutherford California
Architecture: Walker Warner Architects
Located in Napa Valley, Quintessa, a family-run vineyard, turned to Walker Warner Architects to create modern wine tasting pavilions that blend in with the bucolic California landscape. They wanted the structures to offer protection from the sun, wind, and heat without disturbing the land or coming between the visitor and the vineyard. Walker Warner Architects' response was a series of three 250-square-foot open-air structures, set amongst the oak trees overlooking the vineyard-covered hills and the lake beyond.
Location: Paso Robles, California
Architecture: BAR Architects
Situated on a 55-acre site with full panoramic views of the breathtaking countryside, Law Estates Wines' architecture reflects the wine-making characteristics that distinguish them from other producers in the Paso Robles region. Much like their focus on showcasing the natural characteristics of each varietal and the specific territory in which they were grown, the minimalist building responds directly to the natural materials of the site, its hillside topography, and the climatic influences of the sun and wind.
Location: Napa Valley, California
Architecture: Signum Architecture
Designed by Juancarlos Fernandez of Signum Architecture, the tasting room for the BRAND winery creates a striking silhouette. Simple and unadorned, the corrugated-metal building is set atop tall concrete foundation walls, with a welcoming, wrap-around porch to shelter guests from the hot summer sun and winter rains that are characteristic of California's Napa Valley. Inside, exposed wood beams soften and warm the space, creating a lodge-like atmosphere.
Location: Napa Valley, California
Architecture: Herzog + De Meuron
Private and difficult to visit, Dominus Estate has also been dubbed "the stealth winery," as the structure is barely discernible from the foothills and vineyards. Completed in 1997, Dominus Estate was the first U.S. project designed by the Swiss architecture firm Herzog + De Meuron. The structure draws more inspiration from Miesian modernism and brutalist influences than traditional winery architecture.
Location: Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Architecture: Olson Kundig
Proprietor Anthony von Mandl's latest project is a newly opened winery in British Columbia. Tucked into a steep hillside in the Okanagan Valley—which has the lowest rainfall of any wine-producing region in the world—the architecturally stunning Martin’s Lane was designed by Seattle-based Olson Kundig and boasts a dramatic structure made of glass, steel, and concrete.
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-14 18:18
WALA renovates and expands a heritage listed home with a second-floor addition that presents a graphic, batten-screen facade.
Sited on a "pizza-shaped" lot in Albert Park area of Melbourne, a Victorian home was in need of a major renovation for a family of four. Charged with removing inefficient, ad hoc additions at the rear and adding on an architecturally distinct, light-filled space for the family, Melbourne–based architecture firm WALA created a volume covered on the exterior with a "wall of light" made out of translucent polycarbonate.
WALA started with rethinking the traditional placement of bedrooms on the second floor, instead locating them on the first floor in the rear addition. This decision allowed the bedrooms to take advantage of the privacy and security of a new street wall while opening up the living room on the second floor to receive better views and daylight.
On the exterior, local preservation laws required the new addition to be visually distinct from the historic facade, and WALA sought to connect the two through form and color. Inspired by the slopes and angles of the existing home’s gabled roof and those of the Victorian homes in the area, the design team created a faceted, angular facade of vertical battens for the new extension.
The battens not only have strong graphic sensibility, but also create privacy and views into neighboring gardens, while a full-height polycarbonate wall along living spaces on the upper floor allows for lots of daylight and provides a fresh alternative to traditional punched windows.
WALA also considered color and material palette, looking to shades of white and translucency to tie both parts of the home together. To break up the neutral tones, texture became critical, with the regular machined finish of aluminum-extruded battens contrasting with the aged texture of the existing building’s weatherboard cladding.
On the interior of the home, light pours in on the second floor from the spaces between the battens, and are emphasized with mostly white interiors with moments of color like a sculptural pink sofa, blue dining chairs, or a sliding yellow door.
On the first floor, a bedroom with neutral colors opens up to a private garden, with protection overhead from a cantilevered second floor.
At street level, the architects were able to introduce a shared garden at the because of the irregularly shaped site. The garden is made possible by angling the home’s street wall back away from the sidewalk, creating a small green space. The garden promotes engagement with the street and passersby, ultimately making the intervention a way of thoughtfully integrating into the neighborhood.
Builder: Daylan Developments
Structural Engineer: R.I. Brown
Civil Engineer: R.I. Brown
Landscape Design Company: Australian Vertical Garden Group
Lighting Supplier: Beacon Lighting
Interior Stylist: Rowena Moore
Cabinetry Design: LV Kitchens
Window Supplier: Uptons Windows
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-14 17:01
Renovated to foster indoor/outdoor living, the charming La Jolla home was featured in a Dwell home tour in 2016.
Built in the 1940s as a fisherman’s cottage in La Jolla, the residence at 5681 Dolphin Place received a makeover from Architects Magnus. "Because indoor/outdoor living is an integral part of San Diego living, large glass sliding doors completely open the house to the private patio that was hidden in the prior plan layout," says the firm.
Now, the rear of the 1,360-square-foot home seamlessly joins its backyard, and a 400-square-foot, detached entertainment "cube" with a rooftop deck offers even more opportunities to lounge under the sun.
Inside, every aspect of the open-plan living area, from the couch to the dining table to the kitchen island, can appreciate sight lines to the backyard.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-13 21:51
Marmol Radziner and homeowner Brent Harris shed light on the exhaustive, five-year process of unearthing the plans for Richard Neutra’s iconic Kaufmann House in Palm Springs—and the meticulous work it took to recreate its design.
It would begin with one full year of research. Every day, for four of those months, the architectural restoration team donned gloves and combed through the archives at the UCLA Research Library to solve the puzzle of Richard Neutra’s famed Kauffman House, completed in 1946 and since fallen into disrepair. Floors were cracked, casework had been removed, portions of the land had been sold, and the square footage had nearly doubled through additions over the years.
Sans original plans, they visited the archives daily, redrawing everything original they could capture by hand as part of an intensive, five-year restoration project taken on by the new homeowners. "There are truly iconic, important pieces of architecture, and this is one of those," says Ron Radziner, design partner at Marmol Radziner. "This is one of the 20 best homes in this country, and it deserved that level of restoration."
The year was 1993, and the internet was not what it is today, but they kept on. In addition to the work at UCLA, research also included time spent on-site, unearthing years of additions and modifications to the home in search of any clues they could find, such as the original mica plaster hidden behind an electrical box, identified through microscopic evaluation.
It would also include sifting through the archives of Julius Shulman, the world-renowned photographer who documented the home in its heyday and shared never-before-seen photos with the restoration team. Those photos would drive the entire restoration.
"This is one of the 20 best homes in this country, and it deserved that level of restoration."
"After looking at the archives of Julius Shulman, it led us to better understand that it was quite a work of sculpture and much richer than really anyone knew, because nobody had seen Julius’ archives," says homeowner Brent Harris, who undertook the restoration with his former wife, Beth Harris. "The decision was made when we saw the famous Shulman photo from 1947, the twilight photo. It was taken in one snap—a one-time exposure. It seemed like right place to take the home back to."
The research team also discovered letters from Neutra to the original owner, Edgar Kaufmann, a wealthy department store owner who sought this property as a vacation home. He passed away in 1955, when the home was sold to a series of owners, including Barry Manilow. The letters helped solve what Harris describes as "a gigantic, national scavenger hunt for the pieces that were gone." They contained specs, sketches, and material details, which led to the team to identify the original buff stone. It originated from a quarry in Utah—but it had since closed. Conquering all obstacles in pursuit of authentic restoration, the team had the quarry reopened to procure the original stone.
A final piece of the puzzle was consulting with several experts, including another architect who helped build Palm Springs, Albert Frey. "He taught me the importance of materials," says Harris, who worked closely with Marmol Radziner throughout the restoration.
It wasn’t enough to just locate the origin of the buff stone; it would have to be set by the best masons they could find. It was initially installed using a dry stack technique—new to Neutra’s work—whereby mortar is applied to the rear of the stone, resulting in a natural look invisible to the eye. A mason worked at the site for a year and a half, chiseling and cutting blocks precisely in place to create a pleasing mosaic. Tops and bottoms of the stones were cut smooth to sit in horizontal position, allowing the sides and faces to be more organic. But the stone wasn’t the only meticulous detail of the renovation.
The fascia sent the team on wild goose chase—or rather a crimped metal chase. They had never before seen that vertical pattern in metal and set out on a mission to reproduce the material. After sending 3" x 3" samples to sheet metal fabricators nationwide, they found a clue. A fabricator in Kansas City, Missouri, recognized the pattern—and likely made the original. They resuscitated an old machine they hadn’t used in 30 years to replicate the design. "We have worked on many renovations and have never done a project to that level of authenticity," says Radziner. "This was about expressing what Neutra originally intended, not us."
About a decade before the home was designed, Kaufmann had commissioned another notable architect to design a home for him in Pennsylvania. The architect was Frank Lloyd Wright—and the project, Fallingwater. But unlike Frank Lloyd Wright, whose designs grow out of the landscape, Neutra’s designs descend upon it. The glass-and-steel home was, and still is, bold, given its harsh desert landscape—or as Neutra’s described it, the most uninhabitable site next to the moon. "It’s a bit of a stretch, but I definitely felt it several times with the temperature and special equipment needed to bring this about," says Harris.
The Kaufmanns only lived in the home some 60 days a year, and Neutra designed it as such. While the integration of radiant heating and cooling at that time made the home somewhat of a prototype, the home could not sustain long-term habitation without the intervention of air conditioning given the omnipresence of wood. It is one of just a few modern-day amenities that have been thoughtfully incorporated into the restoration. Ductwork was carefully inserted below ground. Return air can flow beneath a bed, and in the dining area ceiling, where wood meets plaster, an air return is cleverly concealed.
"We really were true to the original goals of Neutra," says Radziner. "And we tried to very authentically recreate and restore what wasn’t there and make it authentic as humanly possible."
The home is lauded in part because of Shulman’s work, but also because of its design, which has endured the test of time. Its pinwheel shape leaves the home without a backside, creating an organic orientation, photogenic from every angle.
"Its place in history as a home—a pristine, modern sculpture in the raw desert—is incredible," says Radziner. "As you walk around and experience it, it’s incredibly dynamic. The significance of this home in the fundamental sense is that it’s moving to people."
The meticulous restoration included the sourcing of the original toilets and tables. The steel louvers were recreated, serving both as privacy and sun screening for the top-floor, open-air "gloriette"—Neutra’s solution for zoning that restricts second stories. Subcontractors were given rigorous tests to evaluate not only their abilities, but also their interest in the project. And while a pool house was added to include amenities that accommodate modern-day lifestyles, it was designed to complement—never to compete—with the restored home, which has since been designated by the Palm Springs City Council as a Class 1 Historic Site, the most prestigious historic designation. Says Harris, "It pioneered the field for historic modern architecture."
"Its place in history as a home—a pristine, modern sculpture in the raw desert—is incredible."
Richard Neutra was a disruptor. He built what he described as a machine amidst a harsh desert landscape that defied all odds. And thanks to the team who respected its significance and dedicated so much of their lives to honoring the integrity of the design, it will endure—as good design does. Says Harris, "My favorite part is seeing it through other people’s eyes. Ultimately, I’m really happy that it has inspired people to restore modern houses."
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Architect: Richard Neutra
Consultants: Cass Rogers (structural); Mel Bilow & Associates (mechanical); John Snyder & Associates (electrical); Seebohm Ltd. (architectural conservation); Reginald Hough (concrete); Eric Lamers and William Kopelk (landscape)
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-13 19:08
As metropolitan areas swell in size, smaller towns face diminishing populations and a shortage of talented workers. To help revitalization, cities are handing out some pretty incredible perks to encourage new residents and investments.
If you’re looking for a new place to call home, have the option to work remotely, want to seek out new opportunities—or all of the above, you may be interested in checking out these places that offer some compelling incentives to move. Below, you’ll find 10 cities and states that will pay you to live there.
The Tulsa Remote Program pays remote workers $10,000 to move to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for one year. As part of a series of efforts to attract new talent, the program hopes to bring diverse and talented individuals to the city for community building and collaboration. A co-working membership, up to three months of discounted rent in Tulsa’s renowned Arts District, plus plenty of networking events, are all part of the perks.
This small Italian town is paying people $2,350 (2,000 euro) to move there. To help recover the town's population loss, the city’s mayor is offering up money to encourage people to relocate there and regain the town's reputation as "Little Naples." What was once filled with booming streets of tourists, merchants, and vendors, has diminished to just 2,700 residents. Baroque buildings, winding alleys, and picturesque terraces await new Candela residents.
Baltimore, Maryland, is hoping to get rid of its dilapidated neighborhoods and vacant lots. The historic port city is offering up to $10,000 for individuals to buy a vacant lot and develop it through Live Baltimore. Additional incentive programs, such as loans for home upgrades and rehabs of historic properties, hope to encourage and increase homeownership. All you have to do is attend a Trolley Tour to become eligible.
Looking for free land to build the home of your dreams? The small town of New Richland, Minnesota—with a population of just 1,200—may be the perfect new stomping grounds. Just off 1-35 and near Minnesota’s major cities, lakes, golf courses, and trails lies the opportunity to acquire an 86-foot by 133-foot lot. Build a new home within a year after the property is deeded to you, and the land is free.
Known as "Silicon Welly," Wellington, New Zealand. is looking to recruit 100 talented technology candidates across the globe with a focus on U.S. citizens. A program known as LookSee Wellington hopes to connect individuals with leading technology companies, creative people, and a great lifestyle. It is a place where people can make a positive impact, and a chance to connect with prospective employers.
For just $1, you can purchase city-owned property in St. Louis, Missouri. As part of an effort to reduce the number of vacant lots and in hopes of revitalizing fading neighborhoods, the St. Louis Dollar House Program has been implemented as a 1-year pilot program to sell single-family residential properties. With 18 months to renovate the property and 551 eligible properties, a dollar goes a long way here.
The rural municipality of Pipestone in Southwestern Manitoba, Canada, will pay you a grant of up to $32,000 to transform your ideas into a business. Or, if building a home is more your speed, you can get a grant to help you build or buy a residence within the municipality. Pay a deposit of $1,000, and you can buy a lot for just $10. These are just two of the many initiatives designed to build a stronger, healthier community by encouraging residential and commercial development in this picturesque region along the Saskatchewan border.
Governor Phil Scott of Vermont has approved a piece of legislation that will pay 100 people up to $10,000 to move to Vermont with the new Remote Worker Grant Program. Aimed at remote working, the campaign hopes to attract new residents in a world of ever growing co-working capabilities.
If a small town is more your scene, the forward-thinking community of Marquette, Kansas is a great option to live and raise a family, right in the heart of America. Surrounded by wide-open rolling hills, expansive vistas, and just over 600 residents, the town has plenty of free land waiting to be built upon.
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-13 18:37
Sim-Plex Design Studio creates a home that shifts and adapts, with dedicated nooks and crannies for three people, a parrot, and a cat.
The name says it all. Pets Playground is a multifaceted 453-square-foot residence in Yuen Long, Hong Kong, that puts the family’s most important members first—their fur babies.
As the house is shared between a young couple, one of their mothers, a cat, and a parrot, Pets Playground is all about creating balance between partners, generations, and species.
Sim-Plex Design Studio created a private space for each member of the family, as well as communal spaces for everyone to gather—essential for striking harmony between multiple personalities under one roof.
"Pets Playground not only is a project designed for pets, but also a standpoint to achieve a balance between privacy and communion through spatial layout, bringing a new inspiration to the co-living social problems of young and elderly," explains Patrick Lam, founder and creative director of Sim-Plex.
Sim-Plex created a flexible layout to fulfill the many living requirements of the residents and to provide activities for their pets. The couple’s parrot enjoys basking in the sun, so its cage is located in the living room in front of a large west-facing window that captures warm afternoon light. A sliding door closes off the raised living area so the parrot can safely come out of its cage for some exercise, without fear of interaction with the cat.
The sliding glass doors in the center of the home separate the couple’s master bedroom and living room from the mother’s bedroom and the dining area. The materials and color palette shift slightly between the two spaces, with light maple and gray tones in the master bedroom and living area. and white oak in the other two rooms.
The playground aspect of the home applies most to the mother’s cat. The dining table is integrated into a cabinet to provide more room to roam, and the cabinets create a sort of fort with round holes and walkways to explore. At the entryway, a seat doubles as a kitty litter box enclosure.
All wooden furniture is made from ecologically sound melamine-faced board to prevent the cat from scratching. This material choice also reduces exposure to formaldehyde, which is commonly used in composite wood products. In the mother’s bedroom, a built-in cat house sits in the wardrobe, while a catwalk and a cubby with steps floats above the bed.
Interior Design: Sim-Plex Design Studio
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-13 18:09
Omelette you finish, but these are the best egg-shaped buildings of all time.
Suddenly, it feels like everywhere we look an egg-shaped structure is popping up. From a mirrored, golden sauna to a perfectly oval, wood-shingled tree house, each one is unique in its own way. Intrigued? There are even a couple companies offering these cozy capsules for sale.
The Pigna tree houses were created by Tarvisio-based architect Claudio Beltrame in collaboration with DomusGaia, an Italian firm that manufactures wooden prefabricated homes. The team developed the dwellings for an architectural competition in 2014, and they're now available as holiday rentals.
This 150-square-foot cabin gives hikers a comfortable place to rest and recharge while hiking through the rugged, unspoiled beauty of Hammerfest, Norway. The region was previously inaccessible due to its challenging terrain and harsh climate, so the Norwegian Trekking Association developed plans for a "day trip" shelter in collaboration with SPINN Architects and Format Engineers to encourage exploration. This unique egg-shaped structure, dubbed the Hammerfest Cabin, is the result.
Architects Aurélie Poirrier, Igor-Vassili Pouchkarevtch-Dragoche, and Vincent O’Connor took inspiration from French naturalist Émile Plocq when they created this egg-shaped camping pod. Mr. Plocq’s Caballon is located on the banks of the Loire estuary.
Inspired by the Plocq's expeditions to Africa, the pod has a naval vessel’s wooden hull, with a cockpit-like top half that is covered in white canvas and clear plastic, so guests can enjoy a view of the stars as they sleep. The team built the 161-square-foot structure for the annual Imaginary Nights event hosted by Loirestua, the local tourism board, which allows visitors to stay in extraordinary quarters along the Loire estuary.
Sweden’s northernmost city, Kiruna, sits above a giant iron ore mine owned by the state-run mining company Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag (LKAB). Over a century of industry has endangered the stability of the location, so in 2004, city officials resolved to shift the entire city about two miles east.
To commemorate the move, Swedish housing cooperative Riksbyggen enlisted internationally-acclaimed artists Mats Bigert and Lars Bergström to create a public art installation. The resulting Solar Egg is an ovoid sauna constructed out of 69 polygons of gold-plated stainless steel. Inside, a heart-shaped wood-fired burner heats the fully-functional sauna. Stateside sauna fans now have a chance to check out the Solar Egg, as it will be installed in downtown Minneapolis from March 6 to April 28.
Korean studio Yoon Space designed these white, egg-shaped pods for easy mobility. The tiny seaside cabins, which the firm calls "Albang," are only 21 square feet long. The pods are hand-whittled from blocks of polystyrene, making them light enough to be easily transported.
Belgian firm dmvA originally designed this egg-shaped "Blob" as an office space for a client. However, when the firm was unable to obtain a building permit, they redefined the mobile unit as an "art object" in order to skirt strict building regulations.
The small, smooth egg may be compact, but it is designed to house everything you need: a bathroom, a kitchen, lighting, a bed, and even storage. You can even order a Blob of your own (price available upon request).
The Exbury Egg is an egg-shaped, energy-efficient, self-sustaining workspace built for British artist Stephen Turner. Turner worked with Space Placemaking and Urban Design and PAD Studio to develop the Egg, which was set in the River Beaulieu estuary on Exbury Estate, Hampshire, UK.
The team developed the Exbury Egg as an artwork, a temporary place for Turner to stay, and a laboratory for studying the life of the tidal creek. Over time, it took on the patina of the daily tides and over 18 months of weathering by wind, rain, and the sun.
The Ecocapsule is a smart, self-sustaining micro-home that is entirely powered by solar and wind energy. The vessel is designed to enable residents to explore remote locations with the luxury of their very own micro hotel room.
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Great design isn't just reserved for humans. Whether your animal companion is a cat, dog, fish, or bird, a wide selection of stylish beds, toys, treats, and tech accessories are available. From sculptural bird feeders to colorful dog booties, our picks below will be a delight to both pet and owner.
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-13 16:44
Four pieces of architectural history have reportedly been stolen from Frank Lloyd Wright's Freeman House in Los Angeles, while under the care of the University of Southern California.
The Los Angeles Police department has just released photos of four items of furniture stolen from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samuel Freeman House. Likely worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, the pieces disappeared from a warehouse where the home’s furniture was being stored following an earthquake that damaged the property. According to the LAPD, the theft actually occurred sometime in 2012, but the crime has only recently been reported to them.
A press release from the police department describes the four items of original furniture as two floor lamps designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and a folding chair and tea cart designed by Rudolph Schindler. Schindler was an Austrian-American architect who worked with Wright in L.A. in the 1920s. According to an investigative report published in the Los Angeles Times last month, USC campus police filed the report on Jan 22, 2019, over seven years after the theft occurred.
"The four items of furniture disappeared from a locked room within the storage facility sometime between July 5 to September 17, 2012," says the LAPD. "There were no signs of forced entry. The storage facility is managed by USC's School of Architecture."
Built in 1924, the home is situated on a steep slope in the Hollywood Hills, appearing from street view to be one level, but actually extending two more levels down. The Freemans were active in Los Angeles' artistic and political circles, running their home as an informal salon, adding to its cultural importance.
The home was donated to the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture in 1984, but ten years later the Northridge earthquake caused significant damage to the 12,000 cast concrete blocks that make up the walls of the home. The damage left the building uninhabitable. At that point, the furniture was removed to a storage unit in south L.A.
Richard Wright, president of the Wright auction house in Chicago, told Curbed.com that the stolen pieces could be worth close to $200,000. The lamps he estimated as being worth $50,000 to $70,000 each, the chair $10,000 to $15,000, and the tea cart $20,000 to $30,000.
Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at 213.486.6940 or visit www.lapdonline.org.
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Freeman House photos by Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)
Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-12 22:02
Once locked in a bidding war with the homeowners and now fast friends and neighbors, BLAINE Architects gives a 1953 Eichler in California’s South Bay some much-needed space and an outdoor connection.
Architect Megan Blaine and her husband had their hearts set on buying a charming, 1,449-square-foot Eichler home in California’s South Bay, but another couple’s offer on the circa-1953 abode won the bidding war instead. Across the street, the Blaines found solace in a different Eichler.
"After we moved in, we begrudgingly went over to introduce ourselves, and found out we were not only the same age, we were both expecting our first kids around the same time," remembers Blaine, founder and CEO of the locally-based, husband-and-wife-helmed BLAINE Architects. "They became our good friends, and when the time came for them to have their second baby, they called us to see if we would help them redesign their home to work for a bigger family. It’s always good to have an architect who is already in love with your house."
Smitten with the Jones and Emmons-built Eichler, Blaine, in collaboration with Silicon Valley interior designer Pamela Lin-Tam of Urbanism Designs, spent nearly two years rehabbing it, adding square footage and improving flow by converting the signature Eichler carport into an atrium, playroom, office, and second bathroom. The kitchen was also significantly upgraded.
"Eichlers are beautiful because they’re honest. You see the structure, you see the roof deck, everything is exposed because there are no attics above or crawlspaces below," says Blaine. "So that’s how we approached the design from start to finish: How can we make this building beautiful and honest?"
One way was, per the couple's wishes, by forgoing traditional gray and painting the exterior "international orange," a calming color inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge. Another was sprucing up the kitchen with avocado green and sky blue laminate accents that mix with walnut laminated plywood, back painted glass, and stainless steel.
Cutting a sizable hole in the roof spawned the light-filled atrium, the centerpiece of the now 1,825-square-foot house. Honoring the fixed glass walls original to Eichler homes, Blaine specified an energy-efficient, four-panel folding glass NanaWall system that stacks to the side when open so that while children play, the parents, in full sight of their little ones, cook and entertain in the kitchen.
It's exactly what the social couple—who incorporated another, larger NanaWall folding glass wall system at the back of the kitchen to create an indoor/outdoor dining space—wanted. "Any parent will tell you it’s hard to keep kids in a playroom with guests over. They want to be part of the action. But if you think about a traditional playroom, it’s usually in a boring extra bedroom, or tucked away in a dark basement. Who wants to hang out there?" says Blaine. "Give kids the coolest space in the house, and of course they’re going to want to stay."
Builder/General Contractor: Hanaray Construction / Peter Hanaray
Structural Engineer: KFSE (Kurt Fischer Structural Engineering)
Interior Design: Urbanism Designs/Pamela Lin-Tam
Cabinetry Design/Installation: Kerf Design/Shara Lee
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-12 20:39
A carefully restored post-and-beam with a spectacular indoor/outdoor connection hits the market.
William Krisel left a strong mark on the city of Palm Springs—one that particularly resonates in the iconic subdivision of Twin Palms, the first modern tract neighborhood in town. A collection of about 90 homes, Twin Palms was a shared project of the celebrated midcentury architect and the George and Bob Alexander Construction company.
Chris Menrad, the listing agent for the property at 1042 E. Apache Road and author of William Krisel’s Palm Springs: The Language of Modernism, notes, "The genius of Krisel is that he was able to show the Alexanders (his customer and the builder of Twin Palms) how to offer a product to the buyer that looked like a custom home, but was quasi-assembly line built with almost a modular concept of commonality of floor plan and construction technique." From the street, each home looks unique, but the floor plans are essentially the same. This winning combination was a hit for the Alexander Construction Company, propelling them to construct almost 2,000 additional units which forever changed the look of Palm Springs.
Originally built in 1957, the home features many of the architect’s signature touches. "Krisel's long gable design presents a rugged facade of carefully masoned desert stone," says Menrad.
At the rear of the home, however, Krisel employed a different design narrative, and the home opens up "with delicate panes of glass bracketing the massive stone fireplace." This expansive wall of glass gives the home a true indoor/outdoor connection and floods the living space with natural light, magnificent mountain views, and a rooted sense of place in the California desert.
1042 E. Apache Road is now being listed for $1,195,000 by Chris Menrad of TTK Represents.
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-12 19:58
Swedish furniture giant IKEA partners with London artists to build homes for wildlife out of repurposed furniture.
To mark the recent opening of its new store in Greenwich, London, IKEA is giving back to local wildlife. The company's "Wild Homes for Wildlife" project put local artists and designers to work transforming IKEA products into animal apartments for local birds, bats, and insects. These critter comfort pads will be located across Sutcliffe Park in southeast London, and you can actually visit them by downloading a trail map.
It's nearly impossible to recognize the source materials that went into these largely colorful creations, and while it's a clever marketing stunt, the upcycling project is in line with IKEA's long-term sustainability strategy, launched in 2012. The store is aiming to achieve a BREEAM "Outstanding" accreditation by incorporating a number of green technologies, including solar panels and rainwater harvesting.
London–based artists, architects, and designers—including Hattie Newman, Adam Furman, and Supermundane—used chairs, tables, and kitchen worktops from the reuse and recycle area in the Greenwich store to create livable spaces for bees, birds, bats, and insects.
"IKEA Greenwich is our leading sustainable store and we want to have a positive impact on the local environment," says Helen Aylett, IKEA Greenwich store manager. "By offering a community experience centered on reuse and recycling and supporting local conservation, we want to demonstrate that we’re committed to being a good neighbor for all walks of life in Greenwich and the surrounding area—creepy crawlies included!"
Hattie Newman, an artist and set maker, created a Brazilian-style bee village from an old side table. She found the project to be a really heartwarming one to be part of. "As an artist, I’m passionate about sustainability and reusing materials wherever possible," she says. "I’m excited to see the people of Greenwich engage with the project and hopefully get some inspiration for protecting local wildlife in their own backyard."
South London's winged creatures will surely enjoy their upgraded digs, but we'd love to see what type of homes these designers could conjure up for some of London's larger wildlife—Paddington Bear perhaps? The Wombles of Wimbledon?
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-12 18:08
Built in 1962 as a modern escape for city dwellers, the Woodhouse Lodge in the Catskills is perfect for a weekend upstate.
The Woodhouse Lodge, which was recently renovated by New York–based interior designer Megan Pflug, is a "modern meets rural" lodge in Greenville, New York. Pflug, who studied fine art at RISD and now runs a design firm, relocated from Brooklyn to Greenville to open the lodge. She wanted to make the move upstate, and she found the perfect opportunity with this lodge.
The 10-room hotel is a combination of midcentury modern with a classic, historic feel. Pflug describes her decorating style as mixing modern items with antiques to create a space that feels natural rather than overly decorated.
The first floor of the A-frame lodge is a common space with an open kitchen and lounge area with a fireplace. Pflug considers the kitchen to be the centerpiece of the hotel and she spent much of her time working on modernizing the space.
Pflug decorated the lodge with a variety of vintage pieces. She wanted to honor the midcentury modern style while mixing it up.
You can book The Woodhouse Lodge directly through their website.
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Permalink - Posted on 2019-03-12 17:36
In a protected Oregon forest, a sustainably minded retreat crafted for a pair of empty nesters connects deeply with nature.
Having sent their two grown children off to college, Pedro and Claudia were ready for a change in scenery. Eager to put down new roots in a home that would offer a shorter commute to work and all the comforts of aging in place, the couple purchased a heavily forested 1.2-acre lot in Wildwood, a neighborhood located just minutes from downtown Portland. Next they tapped local firm Giulietti Schouten Architects to design their primarily single-level home.
"The goal was for a modern open plan, with clean lines—but warm, inviting, and bright with an emphasis on outdoor living throughout the year," the architects explain. "They wanted the new home to be a place to bring the family together, even though the kids would be away most of the year, and to be able to entertain large groups while still having the home comfortable for daily life."
Yet the beautiful woods that drew the clients to the site also posed major challenges. Located within a protected forest area, the property faced strict regulations that dictated the building location and footprint. Moreover, the lot to the south had been donated as an environmental and watershed preserve, and came with its own set of rules.
As a result, great care was taken to preserve the existing trees and to funnel the home’s stormwater runoff into a stormwater basin, shared with neighboring properties, which ultimately drains back into the local watershed.
In addition to reduced site impact and responsible stormwater management, the architects also took an environmentally friendly design approach to the home. With numerous insulated windows, 100 percent LED lighting, and a building envelope with insulation levels above and beyond code minimums, the Wildwood House has achieved an Oregon energy performance score of 109.
An abundance of clerestory windows and sliding glass doors flood the long and linear home with natural light during the day—and they're also strategically placed to take full advantage of the lush, forested surroundings. Outdoor terraces extend the living areas out to the landscape and are protected with large overhangs to allow for year-round use, even in the rainy season.
Along with the walls of glass, the interior's warm wood surfaces and clean lines also pull the outdoors in. Open-plan spaces ensure continuous sight lines with the outdoors while providing plenty of space for entertaining.
"The house accommodates a large number of guests for parties and events, while still being intimate and comfortable in its spaces for daily life with modern, clean lines and a warm interior," the architects said, noting that the primary living and sleeping areas are all located on the main level. "The organization of the program is tailored specifically for the family and the way they live."
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Builder/ General Contractor: WA Hughes Construction
Structural Engineer: Madden & Baughman Engineering
Civil Engineer: NW Engineers
Landscape Design Company: Dennis' 7 Dees
Cabinetry Design/ Installation: L & Z Specialties
Windows/Doors: Portland Millwork Inc.