A film that will take you on a journey through three generations of modern architecture on the West Coast of North America. From LA to Vancouver, a legacy of inspired living by the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture.
From Rudolf Schindler and Richard Neutra's 1920s Hollywood, through to the second wave of post WWII America to today's current modernist renaissance.
This film speaks with the architects and their patrons and asks if Modernism’s time has finally come or did it ever really go away.
From filmmakers Michael Bernard and Gavin Froome. Via Coast Modern's facebook.
Vintage meets contemporary, as pieces by Warren Platner and the Campana Brothers blend seamlessly together in this luxurious St. Germain apartment. Featured on the newest cover of Vogue Living Australia. Via studio annetta.
A vintage Wegner Wishbone and a pair of Carl Auböck dusting brushes. Magic.
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When we asked Victoria Legrand about what she imagines when she listens to music she said: "It's always intense. It’s like moving photographs. When I hear music I see moving photographs. There’s always colour and there’s always some kind of scene but it doesn’t have to make sense." That's basically the premise for this Allen Cordell-directed video for 'Bloom' standout "Lazuli". Insert cosmos-spanning mind journeys, exploding eggs and the smoke monster from Lost and you're halfway there.
Bright flashes of color against an luxurious monochromatic backdrop denote the Berlin home of landscape architect Guido Hager. From an article by photographer Helenio Barbetta:
"There isn't even one indoor plant in Guido Hager's Berlin apartment. We'd foolishly assumed that in private this landscape architect would have a personal hothouse to look after, in which to cultivate Begonia coccinea, Farn trees, or some other rare domestic species. But he says that although he likes trees "I only like them when ther're outside. I don't feel any need to have them inddors." He comes here to stay for a few days each month, to go to the opera or see an exhibition, or just relax and spend time with friends. And also to see his personal collection of paintings and drawings, which continue to inhabit the apartment when he isn't there.
When he's not in Berlin he's probably living in his main house in Zurich (where he does have a conservatory, but that's another story) and where hi and his two partners firm of Hager Partner AG is located, with a staff of forty people who are currently working on more then 70 projects that range from private gardens to urban parks and public commisions, such as the esplanade fot the Etnographic Museum in Geneva and the tree-filled inner courtyard of the new Bundestag building. Hager's work is involved with Nature, but art collecting is a passion he cultivates in his spare time. He began collecting by chance: "Twelve years ago I happened to go into a gallery in Zurich, saw a painting I liked, and bought it. "Now he owns something like three hundred paintings and drawings, a few photographs, but no videos. "A gallery-owner friend of mine has tried to suggest what I should and shouldn't buy, but I won't listen to him. When I'm investing in art I buy, what I like.
Hager has a predilection for artists who are his own contemporaries, people born in the Fifties and Sixties, and for large canvasses. When he was looking for somewhere to live in Berlin, those "details" of his personal taste were a significant influence on his buying decision. "As my art collecting grew bigger" he says "my first apartment was becoming too small, so I started to look for somewhere else. It had to be in Schoneberg because I wanted to stay in the same area, which has a wonderful vegetable and flower market, but not in one of those lofts of which there are so many here. It was much better to go for a solid bourgeois home, organised in a traditional way with clearly separated living and sleeping areas, and stucco decorations adorning the ceilings".
And that was his perfect solution: an apartment at the fourth floor of an historic building, with three large rooms in a main wing and a "rear part" suitable for converting into two bedrooms and a bathroom. The general condition of the place was very poor and all the wiring needed to be replaced, but he was completely captivated by the walls, which offered plenty of hanging space that would be the perfect setting for the bright colours of his paintings.
Now the walls have been repainted white over a special new plaster finish that brings out the colour tones of the canvasses. The ceilings are also white, as a contrast with the black wood he chose for the floors. In the living area, which faces north, the natural daylight is very beautiful, and is assisted by a system of adjustable spotlights in the fairly challenging task of enhancing the works of art. The apartment also contains a few other light fittings: a Serge Mouille lamp on the dining table and some Akari-rice-paper lamps in corners or on bedside tables. And almost nothing else; just a few pieces of furniture all of sober design, such as the Le Corbusier chaise or the Mies chairs.
It took a year of work to bring the apartment to this point, because before the new surface finishes could be applied the spaces themselves had to be redesigned. The existing kotchen was changed into a bedroom with its own independent entrance, and a new kitchen was created by sacrificing one of the other bedrooms, and everything else was perfect just as it was, including the vista to the outside: "when I look out from my litle balcony" says Hager "I can see the local streets and the trees off in the dostance. It's like going back in time, or looking at a landscape painting by Adolph Menzel." That's why Hager prefers his trees to be outside; the inside is for contemporary art."
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Speaking on how context shapes creative content, Rodney Mullen has joined the illustrious ranks of TED presenters, which has included Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, educator Salman Khan, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners. TED's current curator is the British former computer journalist and magazine publisher Chris Anderson.
Rodney Mullen, skater, human Inception token, stopped by the TED-xUSC event in Southern California last month to discuss how communities enrich the individual, skateboarding as a valid mode of expression, and why creative struggles can induce invention (in his case combining flatland with street skating). Then he attempts to explain what a darkslide is to guys who invent health algorithms. LOL. Generous, intelligent and very well articulated.
From an article by Andrew Sayer at Push:
It's crazy that an eccentric skateboarder can now stand amongst these elite minds and not seem out of place in the least. Rodney deserves the praise. "What do skateboarding and innovation have in common? More than you might think. A successful entrepreneur and innovator, Rodney Mullen is widely considered the most influential street skater in history, inventing most of the tricks used today. By the time he was 23, Mullen had already set new milestones for skateboarding winning 35 out of 36 freestyle competitions. He studied engineering at the University of Florida before co-founding World Industries, the largest skate company of the 90's, which was acquired for more than $20m. He continues to skate, innovate, and design some 30 years after he won his first world championship at the age of 11. Mullen spends his spare time thinking about open source communities, hacking the urban terrain, and transforming the mundane into something new. He'll be featured in the upcoming documentary, "The Bones Brigade: An Autobiography."
How does that expression go again? Fall down 7 times, get up 8?
A wonderful short documentary film about Ilmari Tapiovaara, featuring the creation of his iconic Mademoiselle chair, originally produced by Asko, and now produced by Artek.
DVD Length: 12 minutes
Artek Production 2012
Designed in 1956 and inspired by the traditional Windsor Chair, Ilmari Tapiovaara's Mademoiselle Chair became a definitive example of the Finnish Modern Movement. Surprising comfort is achieved through a carved bevelled edge seat with waterfall front edge, a relaxed seating angle, and 9 tall backrest spindles that cradle the sitters back. The tapered and dramatically splayed dowel legs continue the form developed in his Pirkka series from a year before. Original production by Asko, where Tapiovaara served as designer and artistic director in 1938.
An impressive stone sculpture by acclaimed Argentinian artist Magda Frank. Having studied in Paris under the mentorship of Marcel Gimond, Frank was heavily inspired by Pre-Columbian Art, whose influence can be seen in this work.
Signed with inscription to base: Magda. Approximately 15.75" x 5.5" x 4".
From the studio of Montreal artisan Robert Larin, who despite a relatively brief period of operation (1968 to 1977), created some of Canada's finest modernist jewelry of its time. By utilizing a lost wax process to cast pewter, and using oxidation as an artistic overlay, Laurin created some rather remarkable and exquisite pieces. This present work, featuring a multi-layered criss-crossing brutalist relief set on an asymetrical disk, is an exceptional example of his craft.
Signed to verso: Robert Larin. Approximately 3" x 1.5" x .5".
A fine modernist lamp in the style of Gino Sarfatti, featuring an articulating perforated dome shade mounted to a gracefully arching brass post.
Not marked, manufacturer unknown.
Durable and strong yet visually light, Russell Woodard's highly successful Sculptura series features a sturdy wrought iron frame supporting a single flowing sheet of wire mesh, formed to the contours of the human body.
Mounted on a lounge sized base, this is an uncommon variant of the Sculptura high-back armchair with a lower profile and more relaxed seating angle.
A bent and woven rattan stool styled after the Franco Albini's Margherita series, designed for Vittorio Bonacina.
All via Modern Love, with many more great finds to come.