This quote inspires the people at BSB Design to create their low-cost Abōd® housing solution. But is this the low cost housing solution we've been searching for?
While searching the internet for floral arrangement how-to's, I found a site called Ask the Decorator with host Meghan Carter, an online home-improvement and decorating show.
As I was watching the floral arrangement video I noticed an image of the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House in the intro. I did a little search through the archive of videos and found a couple about Frank Lloyd Wright...
In this edition: We sat down with Greg Colando and Chip DeGrace at Flor's office in downtown Elmhurst, Illinois. We talked about their mission and what makes Flor's modular carpet tile system so cool and usable. They were also gracious enough to provide us an Alexander Girard rug for a PrairieMod giveaway!
We want you to write for us and know you guys have great things to share based on all the regular emails we receive from everyone! Join in and help us build the PrairieMod community. Here's the deal...
We are currently looking for reader-submitted content showcasing topics on design, products, people, places, ideas and events that promote a principle-based modern lifestyle. These short features will be 600-1000 words. Features will be considered for inclusion under 6 topics:
Michelle Shinseki, the editor-in-chief of Kaboose.com admits to loving 5 fonts to an obsessive degree. Out of all the thousands of fonts in the world to consider, we're glad she chose PrairieMod's own Usonia as part of her Daily 5. Check out the other fonts on her list by following the link and thanks Michelle! If you'd like a little free font lovin', you can download Usonia here.
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If you haven't seen the Frank Lloyd Wright House Beautiful exhibit yet, you have one last chance. The Nevada Museum of Art will be hosting the exhibit until July 20th.
This exhibition is divided into three themes that represent the methods by which Wright practiced the philosophy of the “house beautiful.” Each section is presented through period and contemporary photographs of Wright interiors to provide context for the original objects on view.
Image copyright Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Our friends at AT Chicago posted about a story on EcoWorldly that lists "17 Reasons Why Bicycles Are the Most Popular Vehicle in the World Today." How fitting, considering our recent PrairieMod Feature titled Commuter Biking - The New Drive to Work.
Here are some reason AT Chicago lists why people choose bikes...
Room & Board has recently shipped their new seasonal mailer (check out a sneak-peek page at left) and there is some great stuff featured in it! From a vacation home in Steamboat Springs, CO to an apartment in Queens to an artists loft in Santa Ana, CA...R&B customers show off their inspirations and style.
Another really cool feature is the PrairieMod Squad talking about American Design Classics. Yep, we were invited to participate and discuss the ideals that have shaped the best American design movements. We had a blast and the people at R&B are truly first rate!
If you're not on the list to receive the mailer, sign-up here or call 800.301.9720.
Image copyright Room & Board
Our friends at Inhabitat recently posted on Chi-town's Eco-Bridge initiative. The plan is for it to act as a breakwater for Monroe Harbor, create additional recreation space for rowing and swimming, add an observation tower for skyline viewing and incorporate some eco-friendly wind turbine features as well. Sounds like a fantastic idea, huh? Hard to believe, but the concept was originally envisioned in the 1909 Burnham Plan for Chicago. Old school is the new school!
Check out the full post here and learn more about why Chicago is quickly becoming the 2nd-To-None City!
Photo courtesy of Inhabitat
Looking for a quick easy way to change the look of a room? Well check out this article from House Calls on iVillage for 9 Ways to Decorate with Pillows. Topics covered:
:: Use pillows as art—Seasonal makeover
:: Mix fabrics like a pro
:: Inexpensive updating
:: Bring the outdoors inside
:: Take the indoors out
:: Keep the peace
:: Dressing up a child's room
:: What's hot now
AILC-Ailanthus in Chocolate $60 by inhabit
Interested in learning how beautiful, functional items were made long ago and are still being made today? Three Sisters Folk Art School is having a festival June 21 from 10am to 2pm in Chillicothe, IL where you can try your hand at weaving, watch baskets being made, see clay transformed into a vase on a potters wheel and much, much more.
CBB still has room for their tour of modernism in Springfield, IL. The trip, July 19-20th, includes a stay at the State Inn. See the list of stops here and be sure to visit to FLW's Dana House and Jens Jensen's Lincoln Memorial Gardens (can't go see modernism without some Prairie School).
Image copyright State Inn
A 7 hour tour with a bunch of Mies van der Rohe nuts sounds brilliant! Sign me up for this extraordinary tour by deluxe motor coach on June 22nd, 2008 at 9:30am. 70 bucks equals a free lunch and comfortable travel to at least 6 Mies designs, not to mention all the facts you'd ever want to know about this master of steel and glass. You'll need a reservation, so hook it up right here.
Image copyright PrairieMod
This coming weekend I'm having a dinner party with family and I was looking for some tips on throwing a great party. So I cruised over to my favorite entertaining blog Hostess with the Mostess. There I found a great article on Modern Entertaining Essentials. Topics covered:
:: Oh-So-Versatile White Dinnerware
:: Basic Glass Barware
:: The Essential Stemware & Beverage Servers
:: Attractive Ice Buckets
:: Wine & Bottle Openers/Tools
:: Drink Tags
:: Beverage Napkins
:: Neutral Serveware and Serving Utensils
:: Kitchen Gadgets
I got some great info and I'm ready for my party!
Image copyright HWTM.com
Here's an interesting weblog post all about Frank Lloyd Wright's lost masterpiece: The Larkin Administration Building. Originally located in Buffalo, New York and designed in 1904, this architectural masterpiece represented a leap forward in design innovation and helped set the conceptual stage for Wright's other Prairie School era masterpiece, Unity Temple. Check out the post and some photos of this lost building by following the link.
Photo courtesy of Bearings
I found an article on About.com giving tips on selecting the perfect shade of paint. There's some good information here, below are some of the topics covered:
:: Supplies Needed to Choose a Paint Color
:: Consider the Mood of Your Room
:: Decide on a Contrast Color
:: How to Match Paint
:: Hang Your Favorite Color Swatches on the Wall
:: Paint the Cardboard Samples
:: Hold Up the Cardboard Samples
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During the entire month of July, the West Lafayette Public Library will be hosting an exhibit of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architectural Art, an exhibit of over 50 colored drawings of Wright’s famous buildings. The exhibit will also include a scale model of the SAMARA home and six Wright designed chairs taken from the John E. Christian Memorial Trust collection.
Did some shopping yesterday with the wifey and hit up some fresh antique shops in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood. I definitely recommend a visit if you're a local.
Patina has a really nice vibe going with their industrial steel carts and primitive harvest tables, mixed with classic Mid-Century chairs. It has a classic, vintage atmosphere that blends country with modern. I was pleasantly surprised with their offering.
Ravenswood Antique Mall has several sweet selections, but one thing that jumped off the shelf at me was a small Heath Ceramics ashtray from the 50's. Even though I don't smoke, I snatched that baby right up!
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Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune Architecture critic, wrote-up a recent blog entry on the very real possibility that the Louis Sullivan designed Peoples Savings Bank (1911) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has probably sustained flood damage. We're still waiting to hear. The one bright spot is that the other Sullivan designed building, St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church, is safe and sound. Read the full post by following the link.
BTW, we're also waiting for confirmation on the fate of a few Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes, including the Miller house. This Usonian appears to be under 3 feet of water at the 3:42 mark in this YouTube video. Hopefully, both buildings can be repaired. Stay tuned.
Graycliff, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed summer estate for Isabelle and Darwin D. Martin has announced that it received a grant to restore the original landscaping that Wright envisioned. This is great news, since the landscaping for a Wright design is almost as important as the home itself. Check out the article by following the link.
Photo copyright the Graycliff Conservancy
One of our readers just got back from Australia and sent some pictures of a winery named Olive Farm, north of Perth that looks very modern. I've been to a number of wineries here in the states and haven't seen one like this. Thank you for sharing Martrese!
Hi. My dad is a philatelist (stamp collector!) and he wanted you to
know that the Charles and Ray Eames entire block of 16 attached stamps
(called a "pane") can be ordered on a specially designed enveloped,
cancelled with a m-c-m design on the first day of issue (June 17,
2008), from the point of issue (Santa Monica, California). I'm
purchasing one and will have it mounted and framed, displayed on my
wall as "art."
Just call the following US Postal Ordering Center:
1800 782-6724 and ask for item # 463062
It will cost $9.22 plus $1.00 handling charge
Well, this isn't a completely new website...but you'll notice some significant changes here at PrairieMod. We've added the navigation bar just below the header, to help you easily get from section to section on our site. We've also added some cool items that weren't here before and these are some of the things you can now do: listen to each new podcast right from this homepage using the podcast player in the right hand column, learn a bit more about the team behind PrairieMod, read what our mission is and what we're all about, plus get a complete rundown of the 10 PrairieMod Principles.
Another big change is the addition of our new Features section. We have already added three feature articles there (Dutch Mid-Century Modern Ceramics, Wright By Design and Commuter Biking), so be sure to check those out right away. Every week there will be something new and more in-depth than our blog posts, which should be very refreshing. You can even sign-up to receive regular feature updates via email if you like!
We'll also be adding some extra treats like a more robust store and a weekly email newsletter focused around Living PrairieMod.....so keep an eye out for those in the very near future.
Just a warning: there still might be a couple of bugs that we have to workout of the system, so please let us know if you find anything unusual or difficult to use. Your feedback is what helps us continue to make PrairieMod a better place to get the information you want.
If you have an questions or comments about the "new" PrairieMod.com, please contact us here.
And thank you for reading PrairieMod!
The PrairieMod Squad
We're back from another whirlwind tour of Midwest Organic Architecture! This weekend, it was central Michigan, specifically Grand Rapids with a very special stop near Kalamazoo. So what was on the itinerary? Some really special things....
Congratulations to Martie in Florida, you've won the beautiful Flor La Fonda de Sol-Mandaria rug giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated! Be sure to check your email next week, as we have a little consolation prize for everyone who entered.
We enjoyed the giveaway so much we're planning on having more, so stayed tuned!
Image copyright Flor
The PrairieMod Squad is hitting the open road again this weekend. After the excitement of last weekend's Wright & Like 2008 Tour, we're looking forward to seeing more great Organic Architecture this weekend in Michigan. We're on our way to attend the 9th Annual Griffin Society Meeting in Grand Rapids. In addition to some interesting lectures, we'll be touring the D.M. Amberg House (designed by Marion Mahony Griffin) and the fantastically restored Frank Lloyd Wright designed Meyer May House.
As part of our road trip weekend, we'll also have a few special treats in store just for PrairieMod readers. So stay tuned for our daily wrap-ups to find out more!
Photo copyright Steelcase Co.
I ran across this blog post discussing nostalgia for the American ranch house and its close association with Frank Lloyd Wright. There seems to be a lot of recent discussion about Wright, ranch houses and their roots (see the summer 2008 issue of Atomic Ranch magazine for more on that subject.) Maybe people in general are thinking back to happier times before McMansions and sub-prime melt downs...
You can read the whole post by following the link.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
PrairieMod reader, Scott Templeton, was kind enough to send us a link to his Picasa Web album. It features some great shots of a few of the houses that the stormy weather caused us to miss during the recent Wright in Wisconsin Wright & Like house tour. Check them out by following the link.
Photo copyright Scott Templeton
Amy Butler, the woman behind Midwest Modern, has a really cool Mid-Century Modern ranch from 1969. The post and beam house was designed by George J. Stegmiller, an architect practicing in Ohio. I stumbled upon this Flickr photoset of Amy's home via Stephen Coles, who also has a nice write up about Amy's house at the Mid-Century Modernist.
Image copyright David Butler
Lloyd Natof knows a thing or two about great design and the beauty of natural wood. He should, considering he's Frank Lloyd Wright's great grandson. Making unique and amazingly beautiful furniture and other wood creations in his Chicago studio, Natof is keeping the family spirit of great design alive and well. Check out this recent article on him and then cruise over to his website to see many of his fantastic creations.
Images copyright Lloyd Natof
Looking to get connected with insiders who know the best places for discovering unique curios? Contact Come Flea With Me, a Chicago based group that helps you explore their favorite haunts and secret hideaways. Sisters Kate Shifrin and Christie Weller will take you on a trip you won't forget.
Check their calendar for upcoming outings this summer and fall.
Image copyright Come Flea With Me
Who knew watching Cartoon Network would mean running into Frank Lloyd Wright? The Venture Bros. is an absolutely hilarious cartoon on Cartoon Networks [adult swim] which spoofs Johnny Quest--only in a slightly off-color style.
Here's an interesting article about getting to know Frank Lloyd Wright's only executed skyscraper design, The Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, a little better--inside and out. Follow the link to read the entire story.
Photo copyright Wayne Curtis
Thank you bltd.com for posting these beautiful pendant lights by David Trubridge! I can imagine the great shadows these cast when lit. I only wish they were a little more affordable, they run from $585 to $3650.
Flax Pendant: Hoop pine plywood, (59" dia. x 13"h) $3650.00,
Buy it here.
Coral Light, Black: Stained hoop pine plywood, (24" dia.) $585.00, Buy it here.
Kina Pendant, Black: Stained hoop pine plywood. (39" dia. x 7"h) $1950.00, Buy it here.
Image copyright David Trubridge
Well, yes and no. Now, before fans of the Little Red House get too worried, the story of a this little Mid-century Modern makeover is not going away. Over the course of this week, you're going to notice some subtle (and not so subtle) changes to PrairieMod.com. We've decided to make things a little more streamlined and add a few cool new features that we'll be revealing a little later this week.
We've had a huge response to our Flor La Fonda de Sol-Mandaria rug give-a-way. Anyone who hasn't email us needs to do so before Friday, June 13th. If you are interested in winning, here's all you have to do:
• Simply send an email to email@example.com and in the subject line put "Girard 3x5 Flor Give-a-way."
• Please provide your name and contact info so we can let you know if you win.
Lots of really great stuff in the issue of Atomic Ranch that showed up at the office this morning. Here's why it's not to be missed:
• Do You Know The Way To San Jose? — A couple takes on their second major Eichler renovation, inadvertently.
• Channeling Dash: The Incredible(s) House — A split-level Denver house informed by Wright
• Ranch Roots: Wright's Usonians — Connecting the architectural dots from FLW to postwar ranches
• Strenger Homes — Austin's mid-century modern Barton Hills
• Open House: Rochester, Minn. — Budget vintage finds connect one family to their past
In this edition: An interview at The Gobbler Restaurant with Denise Hice of Wright in Wisconsin talking about the Wright & Like: Mid-Century Modern event and why they work so hard every year to make it happen. If you haven't already, check out our recap of the tour with photos. A big thank you goes out from The PrairieMod Squad goes out to all the volunteers behind this exciting event!
We're back! We had a fantastic time experiencing Wisconsin's Mid-Century Modern Organic Architecture on the 2008 Wright & Like Tour. Even though we had to dodge a few twisters and deal with copious amounts of rain at the end of the day, the tour Wright In Wisconsin put together was phenomenal! Here's a wrap-up of some of the things we saw...
It was a great day on the Wright & Like tours today and our podcast from the event will be posted tomorrow, so stay tuned.
BTW, we safely made it back to Chicago through the treacherous afternoon/evening thunderstorms that hit Southeast Wisconsin! I don't recall seeing so much rain before in my lifetime. It was seriously crazy. At one point we wished we had one of these duck vehicles.
E. Clarke Arnold House image copyright PrairieMod
The big day is here! As I type this, the PrairieMod Squad is getting ready to head out towards our first house tour on what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting Frank Lloyd Wright events of the season! Wright in Wisconsin's Wright & Like annual house tour is all about Organic Architecture's Mid-Century ideas and designs. Titled The Mid-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Russell Barr Williamson and John Randal McDonald, we'll be looking at several Usonian architectural gems on the tour's agenda over the course of the day (and we may even have a few special extras, just for our PrairieMod readers!)
Stay tuned for our wrap-up and a special PrairieMod podcast interview. Time to hit the road!
Photo courtesy of Wright In Wisconsin
Thanks to How About Orange, I was able to find out what my color personality is. Pittsburgh Paints has a color game on their website that asks you a bunch of questions to help you find out what your color personality is. If you have a hard time picking paint colors for your home try it out, if nothing else it's fun.
About the game:
Every Color has an emotional association, and you are drawn to different colors for various reasons. We have created The Color Sense Game to help you discover your color preferences based on your five senses, your interests and your style. This is a fun process with no right or wrong answers. It is meant to be an entertaining and enlightening game, a quiz that allows you to shed some light on your color personality. Answer with your quickest, strongest instincts and the game will assist you in your pursuit of color-perfect decorating. Your results will lead you to both your primary and secondary Harmony Collection color families, which are most likely to meet your personal tastes and needs.
After playing the game I found out my Collection is White Spaces and my secondary is Al Fresco. What's yours?
Image copyright Pittsburgh Paints