Paul Rudolph Umbrella House



Paul Rudolph Umbrella House

Architectural Digest named the Paul Rudolph Umbrella House as "One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid twentieth century".

In 1953, thirty-five year old Paul Rudolph was hired by entrepreneur Philip Hiss to design a 2,000 sqft model home for a new development on Lido Key in Sarasota, Florida. It became an icon of mid-century modernism and the most recognized example of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Rudolph and Hiss used the opportunity to explore modernism in a sub-tropical context, and the home’s unique features are their response. Built before air conditioning, its north and south walls are constructed almost entirely of jalousies which open to allow breezes from the Gulf and Bay to cool the house. The house and pool were originally shaded from the intense Florida sun by a trellis structure, which quickly became known as the Umbrella. The wood structure stood for over 25 years until it was lost to decay and storms in the late 1970s.

The Umbrella House was purchased by noted Museum Planners and Designers Vincent and Julie Ciulla in 2005. The Ciullas have completed the restoration and renovation of the interior, replaced the HVAC, and installed a new roof. The Ciullas have now turned their attention to the exterior, and the Umbrella itself.

The Ciullas are committed to maximizing the educational value of the Umbrella House, and intend to make the home available to appropriate groups. They have recently hosted their first group, architects and historians from around the country on a tour organized locally by Joe King, architect, historian and author of The Florida Houses and nationally by the Society of Architectural Historians.

Credits:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jennrationdesign/
http://www.modmidmod.com/category/florida/

Paul Rudolph Cocoon House






Paul Rudolph Cocoon House

Modern Architecture Rental Home
Sarasota School of Architecture
Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida

The Cocoon House (also known as the Healy Guest House) is available for rent on the resort island of Siesta Keys in Sarasota Florida. Designed by modern architects Paul Rudolph and Ralph Twitchell, the Cocoon / Healy Guest House is a Sarasota School of Architecture Modern Icon, and an "American Treasure of the United States Library of Congress".

The home features 2 bedrooms, one bath and is a waterfront property with a boat dock. Rent is $1250 per month. Owner prefers a 12 month rental period. Property is delivered unfurnished.

Please contact Martie Lieberman at Modern Sarasota for more information regarding this property.

http://www.modernsarasota.com

Smiling Lemon Shark



This smiling Lemon Shark won the 'best picture' award.
It was recently selected from more than 20,000 photos as winner of the Oceans division of the international Nature's Best Photography 2008 Windland Smith Rice Awards.

It captures an extraordinary moment when a big smiling Bahama Lemon Shark gazes into the lens.

Photographed by Bruce Yates who runs a investment management firm.
Mr. Yates will gladly admit that photography is his biggest passion.

The picture is titled 'Cheshire Cat Grin'.



Credits:
http://www.flickr.com

Wood Variety Collection Gift Set



Wood Variety Collection Gift Set

Learn about different types of wood with this very unique gift set. Holz Kollektion (Wood Collection): designed by Jurg Naef and Lignum in 1984 for Naef Toys, Switzerland. Holz Kollektion includes 21 different kinds of wood. Each individual piece shows a Tree silhouette with its respective name in German, French and English. Very useful and educational for architects, designers or to learn kids the names of trees in French or German. Includes beautiful gift box as shown.

Available from:
http://www.nova68.com