Summer means museum visits! Last week I went to see the George Mann Niedecken exhibit. This week we're going to see "Design in the Age of Darwin" at Northwestern University's Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. Check out this Chicago Tribune article about the exhibit with some sneak-peek images.
Image copyright Mary and Leigh Block Museum
Here's a Todd Oldham Handmade Modern video on youtube that focuses on Charles and Ray Eames. View it here.
Image copyright Todd Oldham
Check out Eric Gjerde's flickr set about "The Grammar of Ornament," by Owen Jones.
Sourced from the University of Wisconsin
In the spirit of equal time, here's a link to a Wednesday Journal article on the "Mysterious 29." This article has some photos as well.
I'm kind of a magazine junky. So I enjoyed Moco Loco's recent review of three design/architecture related mags: ID, Azure and Metropolis. Check it out here.
Photo copyright MoCo Loco
Suburban Flight. It's the new term to describe people moving in large numbers back into cities to avoid the high cost of commuting from the 'burbs. With energy prices continuing to soar, does this mean that the model for suburban living has run its course? Check out this article and let us know what you think.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Tanya and Jim, need help! If you have any leads or tips for them, leave a comment.
We just bought two very cool mid-century chairs and I'm trying to find out more about them. They were made by Stow Davis Furniture of Grand Rapids, MI. One of them still has the original tag. They were part of order number 54823, style no. 113, finish no. 51. We'd love any help folks can give about their origin.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses an installed portion of the once-magnificent second Little House, giving visitors a sense of how grand this home once was. If you can't make it out to New York in person, you can now get a virtual tour of it on the Met's website. Check it out here.
Image copyright the Met
In case you missed them, these were our reader's favorite posts from last week:
Who knew recycling leather could be so much fun? VacaValiente is revolutionizing the idea of recycling scrap leather into new and different product design applications. One of my favorites is their Amigo line of useful and beautiful animal friends. These colorful desk-top buddies will make you smile on a Monday morning. Check out all the products by following the link.
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Canvas totes for grocery shopping have been increasing in popularity and with this interest more choices have become available. I joined in on the fun when I found a nicely designed set of bags at IKEA.
Image copyright Heath Ceramics
David Airey from LogoDesignLove.com has a very cool blog devoted to Logos. One of his posts talks about how many logos he views in a day. In the first 33 minutes of the morning he viewed 33 logos.
Imagine how many logos you view in a day. This is pretty interesting, I'm going to have to see how many logos I see tomorrow morning.
Image copyright David Airey
There are a slue of Frank Lloyd Wright homes on the market, including the Avery Coonley Estate Coach House. Part of the grand Prairie complex that Wright designed at the turn-of-the-last-century, the Coach House has been completely restored, thanks to Dean and Ella Mae Eastman, who own three-quarters of the estate. Check out this article for more info.
Photo copyright Baird & Warner
About a month ago I did a post on a winery in Australia with great architecture. So when I found a post on deputy-dog.com that featured the architecture of wineries from around the world, I had to share it.
Take a look, there's info on where the winery is, who designed it and their website.
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Our very own Eric O'Malley gets you caught up on what's going on during the "PrairieMod-ification" of his Mid-century Modern home. This feature has become a favorite for many PrairieMod readers, so don't miss out!
If you are looking for something to do on Sunday, then check out the Maywood, IL house walk. Two Prairie School homes will be on the tour, which is an extremely affordable $15.00 a ticket. Read this Chicago Sun Times article for more details.
Photo courtesy of the Chicago Sun Times
I'm not much of a coffee drinker, actually I'm allergic to caffeine, but I love the design of the notNeutral Links Black Coffee Set. The design is based off the chain link of a bicycle.
I may not be able to drink coffee but that doesn't mean I can't serve it.
Image copyright notNeutral
Inhabitat has posted some cool installation images from the New York City Museum of Modern Art's exhibit called Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling. The exhibit is supposed to be a look at the history and impact of prefab housing and an exhibition of built works on the grounds of the museum. Check out the post here and go to MoMA's site for more details.
Photos copyright Inhabitat
Lynne Becker's ArchitectureChicago PLUS weblog wrote about the Krause Music Store (Louis Sullivan's last commission) appearing in the July 2008 issue of Architectural Record. The focus of the story is the building's stunning restoration and adaptive reuse. check out Lynne's post here and get your copy of the magazine at newsstands.
Photo copyright Lynne Becker
The July/August 2008 issue of Chicagoland Gardening features a cover article on native plantings for our region. Ironically the story revolves around a landscape rich in native plants and designed specifically for a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home.
This perfectly fits as an answer to Jaime's question yesterday, but if you have any other ideas or tips about how an owner of a Modern Prairie home can create a fitting garden be sure to leave a comment.
Image copyright Chicagoland Gardening
It was an absolutely beautiful day yesterday here in Illinois. I just bought a new camera and needed to get acquainted with it, so I headed over to Anderson Gardens in Rockford, Illinois. It is a fantastic place to take pictures!
It has been awhile since I've been there and was completely unaware they recently opened a new visitors center and restaurant. What a beautiful building! It's very Japanese with Shoji screens, large open spaces, lots of detail and huge George Nelson hanging bubble lamps.
If you Midwest folks are looking for something to do this summer, head over and check out Anderson Gardens. It is a one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in the world.
Image copyright PrairieMod
Just when you thought there was nothing new under the Sun when it came to umbrellas. Check out these interesting and organically inspired parasols (or "parahells" as they are called) by Di Cesare Designs.
Image copyright Di Cesare Designs Inc.
If you're interested in Organic Architecture, traveling through the South and need a place to stop for the night, consider checking into E. Fay Jones' "Stoneflower." Reader Scott T. found out that The Red Apple Inn and Country Club in Herber Springs, Arkansas rents this architecturally significant cottage for overnight guests. Check out the details and some photos by following the link.
Image copyright The Red Apple Inn
Jaime from Minnesota wrote us asking about the best way to use native plantings for his modern prairie home. Let us know if you have any resources or tips for him by leaving a comment.
We own a very contemporary home that takes its cues from the Prairie vernacular. One of the last finishing touches is the garden and we have struggled with this. I had hoped your team or your readers could help point us to some resources for native plantings to consider as we finalize this very important detail to our home. Thank you PrairieMod!
Image copyright Mark Baldwin
We got the new issue of Arts and Crafts Homes and the Revival today and there's lots of great stuff in it. One thing caught my eye right away: Motawi's new Sullivanesque medallion relief tiles. There's nothing on Motawi's website about them yet, but if you're interested, the article provides a number to call.
Image courtesy of Arts & Crafts Homes and the Revival
People have been asking this question for as long as there have been roofs over our heads. Here's an interesting mini-article that discusses this topic and what a certain Mr. Wright has to say on the subject.
House has been busy for three years developing a new typeface that brings the lettering artist's sensibilities back to the modern designer's desktop with their Studio Lettering collection. In a bygone era artists would design advertisements and packaging using hand-drawn lettering.
To celebrate the collection, you can also pick up the accompanying book, a Cast Iron Ampersand or a supercool Ampersand Tee.
Image copyright House Industries
The Lamberson House (1951) located in Oskaloosa, Iowa is currently for sale for $185,000. From the photos, it doesn't look like its falling down or anything--in fact it looks to be in great shape. Sounds too good to be true...maybe there's a zero missing off the end of that sum? Check out the details here.
Photo courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy
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