Category: modern

Parachute Market


Well, this weekend is off to a DESIGN filled start.  I’m headed off to downtown LA in a bit to check out Dwell on Design event at the convention center.  Then saturday will be back DTLA taking the family to Parachute Market.

From the people who brought us STOREFRONT LA and A Current Affair –  PARACHUTE MARKET  “is a quarterly design show for artists and designers to present their work in a thematic venue, chosen for its commonality and curatorial integrity. ” This weekend, for their Summer 2013 show, the theme is “Psychedelic Summer”, referencing post-modern design birthed via psychedelic culture. The market features furniture and object design, fine art, sculpture, vintage clothing, vintage furniture, fashion design, music, and the culinary arts, all cradled together under the theme of the season.~standardculture

More information and tickets here.

A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living


A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living is the first major museum retrospective of the Los Angeles-based architect’s work and pays special attention to the unique collaborative nature of his practice at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibition is presented as part of the larger Getty-sponsored initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.

For more information see here and here.

Inn Heaven

Last week I went over to my friends Steve Werndorf and Gisela Marin’s home in the Hollywood Hills to check out their Moving Sale.  I’ve only been to their house a handful of times, but I have to say the 1926 Spanish Hacienda has such a magically quality to it I felt a bit sad knowing that this was most likely the last time I would be there since it was recently purchased by someone else.  As I walked out empty handed,  I felt compelled to snap a few pics shown above. I think you can tell it’s not just the property alone that makes it special, but their unique mix of mid-century furniture, antiques, art, and original photography that spin a “rustic meets modern” homey vibe.

Lucky for you and me,  the same vibe has been created at Inn Paradiso, the property that Giesla and Steve bought a few years ago.   Surrounded by old growth oak trees and wildlife, the Inn is located in Paso Robles, California’s Central Coast, and sits half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Inn Paradiso has earned “Sunset Magazine Editor’s Choice” and a recent mention on T magazine here.

Find more info on Inn Paradiso here.

Coast Modern Film


Coast Modern is an independent documentary by directors Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome. Travelling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the film showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies. Stepping inside the most inspired dwellings on the west coast, we feel how the light and space of a classic Modernist home can work in collaboration with the natural environment. Dion Neutra tells us that the way to live is to have ‘the comfort of being inside, yet you have the feeling of being outside’, and it is this established principle that contemporary Modernist architects are emulating and evolving.

This relaxed journey takes us across three generations of Modernist architecture, all finding beauty in their own times, and all taking us back to the basics of true living – a sense of place, light, and a deep connection to the earth. Interviewed in Coast Modern are some of the most respected names in architecture, including James Steele, Barbara Lamprecht, Ray Kappe, Hernik Bull, Pierluigi Serraino, Michael Folonis, Dion Neutra, Douglas Coupland, John Cava, Barbara Bestor and legendary photographer Julius Shulman. ~coastmodernfilm

Watch the trailer for film here.

~Thanks wallpaper magazine!

dwell on Design 2012


LOS ANGELES, CA (March 13, 2012) – Dwell on Design, the
West Coast’s largest Design Show, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center
June 22-24, 2012. Curated by the editors of Dwell Magazine the three-day celebration brings together the best and brightest products, services, and thought leaders in modern design today for a series of conversations, demonstrations, tours, and much more. In addition to featuring over 350 exhibitors on the show floor, Dwell on Design encourages an ongoing design dialogue, showcasing over 70 presentations on three separate stages. This year, the show goes beyond the urban dwelling to encompass all aspects of the modern lifestyle, seeking out a new definition for modern beyond expectations.

I will be attending on Friday.  If you see me, please be sure to say Hi!

Selexyz Dominicanen Maastricht

Incredible bookstore designed by architecture firm Merkx + Girod right inside a 13th century Dominican cathedral in Maastricht, Holland.  The project, Selexyz Dominicanen Maastricht, incorporates  3 stories of shopping space, a cafe, and eating area all done in a modern aesthetic while maintaining the ancient and religious details of the space.

See more dope pics here.

Siglo Moderno

Check out 1st Dibs “Shop Talk” with Jorge Cruzata.  His showroom Siglo Moderno offers a beautifully curated mix of vintage and modern art, contemporary and custom furniture from his own S + M Collection.  Personally, it is one of my favorites in LA.

You might remember the post I did on Siglo Moderno last year.  You can see it here.

Siglo Moderno is located at 8373 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles.

~image via 1st Dibs

Take A Peak


 1960s – Living with Art 
 This is the living room at “Four Winds” in Palm Beach, Florida, showing the collection of J. Patrick Lannan.  A huge painting by Nicholas Krushenick almost dwarfs the python covered sofa and Italian chairs below it.  Its vidid colors (?) are reflected in the brass around the mosaic top of a coffee table.

 1960s – Art Indoors and Out 
In one of the rooms devoted to the collection of the Lammam Foundation, even the furniture is art.  Two chairs and table by the Mexican sculptor, Pedro Friedeberg

  1960s – The New Look of Swimming Pools 
A delightful surprise is in store for first-time vistors to the DOnald Sheff’s pool at Great Neck, New York – a table top island emerging a few inches above the water level.  Like the pool and surrounding terrace, the island is built of concrete, but faced with mica stone that blends naturally with the encircling greenery and flowers.
1930s – The Coming and Going of Tides of Taste
In this exciting circular setting-combination studio-library-Katherine Brush writes her alluring tales.  California redwood burl with German silver moldings and green leather wainscot welted in black.  Chairs are black satin corded in green, the desk redwood burl with green leather top.  Carpet is green and black.  The architect was Joseph Urban; Irvin L. Scott, associate

1950s – Build the Outdoors Right into Your Kitchen or Bath
Kitchen designed by architect Thorton M. Abell, with Interior by Jane F. Ullman, showing barbecue grill, with revolving baffle, tiled counter, with translucent sliding panel that functions as a pass-through into the dining area.  Glass wall and skylight provide light and view of nature.

I’m giving you a peak into a book published in 1980 that I picked up at the Long Beach Antique Market last weekend.
These are my favorite pages and the captions that went with the photo.
*Attention.  Dinner will now be served in the pool.