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Modern vs. Contemporary

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Fashion + Trends, News + Events + Contests
Modern vs. Contemporary

There is a little debate going on here that I thought I would throw some commentary on: http://2modern.blogs.com/2modern/2007/10/2008-dream-ride.html What is the definition of MODERN vs the definition of CONTEMPORARY? MODERN: from the dictionary: adjective:Characteristic or expressive of recent times or the present; contemporary or up-to-date: a modern lifestyle; a modern — Continue reading

Jackson Pollock revisited

Categories: Art + Graphics, News + Events + Contests
Jackson Pollock revisited

I recently posted about an exhibit for Jackson Pollock at the Guggenheim museum. I thought it would be appropriate to provide some more images of his work and some more about one of the best artists in the past 50 years. Jackson Pollock in his studio. 1950. Courtesy Hans Namuth — Continue reading

Jackson Pollock LAST CALL

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Jackson Pollock LAST CALL

There has been a wonderful exhibit at the Guggenheim this summer and all things must come to an end. This is your last chance to take a look at the Jackson Pollock Exhibit: Paintings on Paper. It ends September 26th. Untitled (Green Silver), ca. 1949 The Guggenheim Museum has long — Continue reading

Modern Iowa?

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Modern Iowa?

Davenport, Iowa…a hotbed for modern lifestyle? …not really. But making strides! With the new Figge Art Museum designed by David Chipperfield, this once sleepy town now has a brilliant architectural gem. David Chipperfield Architects have done projects like the Bryant Park Hotel in NY and Dolce & Gabbana retail stores. — Continue reading

Carl Maston

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Carl Maston

There has been little mention of Carl Maston in the world of Southern California architecture given he was lost in the era of Eames and other heavyweights during his time. But nevertheless, his flair style and innovation was undeniable. He attended USC, served in the Air Force and started his — Continue reading

Bernhardt Design

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Fashion + Trends, Modern Decor + Objects, News + Events + Contests
Bernhardt Design

Want to tap into a seemingly endless pool of some of the best emerging designers in the World? Bernhardt does. They are a large furniture powerhouse that keeps their eyes on the prize and the hand on the pulse through sponsoring design competitions and the top schools in the world. — Continue reading

Richard Meier

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Richard Meier

Following my recent post on the Getty Museum, I wanted to provide a profile of one of the best modern architects of our time: Richard Meier. His accomplishments are nearly impossible to list, but here are a few highlights: The Getty Center in Los Angeles, the High Museum in Atlanta, — Continue reading

Getty Museum

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, News + Events + Contests
Getty Museum

A must-stop while in Southern California is the Getty Museum. The modern architecture of the building itself is reason enough, but they have wonderful collections there as well. I have been there several times, but for some reason I never took the architectural tour. It is daily through March 26th — Continue reading

Modern Fireplace

Categories: Sustainability
Modern Fireplace

There have been a few postings on Modern Fireplaces: Ecosmart Fireplaces Max Blank I was skiing last weekend in Mammoth Mountain. The cabin had this really cool heating stove in the living room. It was cozy, but it fit in the modern style of the cabin so well and looked — Continue reading

Modern Miami Hotels V

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Modern Miami Hotels V

Recap: So far we have covered the hip and chic: Standard MiamiNew Clinton HotelThe Hotel AstorAqua Hotel The final post for hot modern Miami Beach hotels will be (drum roll…): The Sagamore. It is on the beach, in the heart of nightlife, is very luxurious and looks fabu. Rates are — Continue reading

Modern Miami Hotels IV

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Modern Miami Hotels IV

I am not sure how I turned into the Miami Beach travel agent all the sudden, but thank you for those who wanted some more suggestions. The topic has been Modern Hotels in Miami Beach. So far, we have covered: Standard MiamiNew Clinton HotelThe Hotel Astor Another nice find (not — Continue reading

Modern Miami Hotels III

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Modern Miami Hotels III

First it was the Standard Miami. Then it was the New Clinton Hotel. Now what? Well, Miami Beach has no shortage of uber-cool places to eat, relax, drink and er…sleep? Next up is The Hotel Astor This classic building, first designed by T. Hunter Henderson in 1936, as gone under — Continue reading

Modern Miami Hotels II

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Modern Miami Hotels II

The Standard Miami, was…well standard. The next hotel that I thought was really sweet, was the New Clinton Hotel. It’s got the decor, the spa, the pool and beautiful people. Now all you have to do is cough up the $400+ a night. It’s Miami Beach baby, what did you — Continue reading

Modern Miami Hotels

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Modern Miami Hotels

I was just in Miami for 5 days. Not quite the longest trip in the world…but it enough for this trip. I am still recovering. Previously, I had posted about the The Standard in Los Angeles. Well, The Standard is also the standard in Miami Beach, if you like modern. — Continue reading

Santiago Calatrava

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Santiago Calatrava

After the SWECO post, I had to elaborate a bit on the visionary behind the Turning Torso: Santiago Caltrava Santiago Calatrava with his Turning Torso prototype. Santiago Calatrava was born in Valencia, Spain on July 28, 1951. He pursued undergraduate studies at the Architecture School and Arts and Crafts School. — Continue reading

Eames House

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Eames House

A piece of history for architecture & modern enthusiests is available for viewing when in L.A. Whether you are a retro historian or just in the neighborhood, the Eames House a worthwhile visit. I have been there several times (I usually take visitors who have an interest in cultural history), — Continue reading

The Standard : L.A.

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
The Standard : L.A.

The Standard Hotel in Los Angeles…another must stay, or at least drink, hotspot in Los Angeles. The one time corporate headquarters for the Superior Oil Company, this 12 story 1952 building was sitting vacant for 10 years, before Hotelier Andre Balazs tranformed it to the uber-chic hot spot that it — Continue reading

John Entenza

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Art + Graphics
John Entenza

I have been somewhat of a Modern Architecture book fiend of late, so I thought I would share another little gem with you… Arts & Architecture: The Entenza Years. (1998) An anthology of articles published from 1938 to 1962. Works by Craig Ellwood, Charles Eames, George Nakashima, Konrad Wachsmann, etc. — Continue reading

Modern Architecture L.A.

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Modern Architecture L.A.

I am based in L.A., so please don’t think I am biased when I review the Southern California modern lifestyle. It is what I know. I love NY, SF, Seattle, Chicago and smaller urban areas…but frankly, I don’t know much. I do know L.A., and like to share my little — Continue reading

Avalon Beverly Hills

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
Avalon Beverly Hills

Do you want swank baby? How about a mid-century, star-studded love shack? Its’s all here waiting for you at the Avalon Beverly Hills. Poolside cabanas! "Oh Cabana Boy!" Modern Bar and Dining. "Was that Ben and Jen or Jess and Nick"? Mid Century Modern Rooms. Voted one of the best — Continue reading