Living and working in one of these “Brutalist” buildings here in Italy, the “Condominio Zipser” by Marcello d’Olivo (1960-1964) has always been fascinating for us. For many years none of these buildings has been considered interesting or worth saving. Many of them have been destroyed and many of these buildings are abandoned or endangered. When… Read More Really Big. Bold. Brutal.?
Good morning from the desert! After many great lectures and tours here in Palm Springs we would love to share some images with you! More coming soon… Images: Michael Atzenhofer, Architect
During our stay at Doll Vis-à-Vis last week is Salzburg, Austria we found a great book we would like to present today: From the Highlands of Scotland to the breathtaking summits of the Alps and the majestic Rockies, Mountain Modern is a journey to the most stunning homes of our planet. Organized into three sections –… Read More Catch of the Week: Alpine Modern – Contemporary homes in high places
For us here at our studio, the California Mid-Century Modern Style which is admired until today is already impressive and inspiring when thinking of the Case Study Houses, Palm Springs or all the other great structures, furniture and materials out there but the current exhibition at the LACMA even goes a step further and deals… Read More Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985
When it comes to Brutalism, people think that the rough, rough beauty of the buildings would be cold and impersonal, but that’s not true! Often reduced to a minimum, this architecture is characterized by clear lines, great spatial effects and an optimal basis for interior design. A couple of years ago the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and the… Read More Brutalism Today Worldwide – Database, Exhibition and Book
If you are working in the field of architecture and interior design you already know how hard it can be to find new clients, to be creative and to stay up to date with ideas, materials, websites, social media, laws ecc. But maybe there’s something that could help you to optimize your work flows! Intended… Read More Book of the week: A Field Guide – Architect and Entrepreneur
After spending a wonderful and very hot summer with interesting books like THE CREATIVE ARCHITECT or GUIDE TO EASIER LIVING we would like to take a look into the future and discover the relationship between visionary (but abandoned) buildings of the Sixties and Seventies and the future of our living: EUROTOPIANS – Fragments of a different… Read More Straight into the fall with a brand new book: EUROTOPIANS – Fragments of a different future
Another great find if you are still searching for good books this summer is GUIDE TO EASIER LIVING by Mary+Russel Wright Time is a valued commodity in our modern world, and everyone struggles to make the most of each minute. Russel and Mary Wright recognized decades ago that finding time to organize their lives and… Read More GUIDE TO EASIER LIVING – Originally published in 1950, methods and ideas just as relevant today as they were a half-century ago!
Modernism Week in Palm Springs, California is the perfect place for book hunting! Here you can find lesser known or brand new publications in many places and shops around town. One of our latest finds we purchased at the Modernism Week Camp in Downtown this February we would like to present today: The Creative Architect… Read More Catch of the Week: The Creative Architect – Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study
Without any doubt surfing is a way of life. A professional surfer, a beginner or a stand up paddler like me, we all combine the love for water, nature and the elements. Easy, simple and laid back architecture far away from todays standardized housing forms imposed by others – wouldn’t a life dominated by the waves… Read More Catch of the Week: Surf Shacks – A surfer can never leave the sea behind!
Following Tim Ross’s recent success Streets of Your Town on ABC television, Tim will present his new book The Rumpus Room and other stories from the suburbs on Monday, May 22nd 2017 in Sydney. From the beachside holiday house to the backyard pool and the rumpus room, the architecture of the suburbs forms the backdrop to a uniquely… Read More Catch of the Week: The Rumpus Room and other stories from the suburbs – A new book by Tim Ross
When it comes to contemporary Californian architecture Marmol Radziner is one of the best known architecture firms in Los Angeles to mention. A couple of years ago we met Mr. Marmol at a lecture in Palm Springs and wanted to share an interesting discussion with him and Steven Price coming up during this years Modernism Week –… Read More Catch of the Week: Leo Marmol @ Modernism Week
Niklas Maak, writer of the book “Living Complex” we wrote about last year, has published a new book about strange houses and their inhabitants: This is no classic architectural history! Eccentrics, art collectors, film-makers: Their houses tell the most amazing stories. Niklas Maak has written them down – not just for architecture lovers. Suddenly there is a house: a… Read More Atlas of strange buildings and their inhabitants – Atlas der seltsamen Häuser und ihrer Bewohner
At first sight the title “Architecture of Happiness” seems to be a book about architecture dedicated to fun like theme parks or shopping malls (when thinking of what many people consider to be happiness nowadays) – but it isn’t! Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton, a Swiss writer who lives in London, is a dazzling… Read More It’s all about books this summer – Here’s another recommendation! The Architecture of Happiness
Here in Grado/Italy kitesurfing recently became very popular thanks to perfect conditions on sandy ground and winds like “Bora” or “Scirocco” blowing from East or South. Also stand up paddle boarding is gaining popularity and real surfing is possible quite a view days a year when good waves are coming in. So what about an exciting reading matter to start… Read More The Sport of Kings – An exciting book for great summer days
If you want to get more into Modernism in Palm Springs there’s a great new way to do it. The new book about William Krisel and his “Palm Springs” is not just a book with more than 200 pictures and dozens of drawings of his architecture, it’s the first major monograph of Coachalla Valley’s busiest architect… Read More Do you know William Krisel?