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Modern in the Mist

Visionary Views
Patricia Hanson's Stoney Lake Glass House
Ultra Minimal Modern Glass House

The compact glass form of the Stoney Lake Glass House will please even the fussiest naturalist; a Photographer's Studio on Stoney Lake in Ontario Canada sits on a granite plinth at the water's edge; suspending the building, lantern-like, on the site. Continuously bathed in diffused and undiminished natural light, the transparent façade of the north–facing live/work studio becomes the essential element in a photographic apparatus while transforming the site and surrounding vistas into a sublime, ever–changing backdrop. 

Conceived through a contemporary lens of sustainability, program, site and amenity, the innovative, context-driven design transforms the archetypal glass house to enhance the environmental and programmatic performance of the building, creating an architecture of pure iconic resonance.  The interior is a spartan reflection of the minimalist architectural clarity of the Stoney Lake Glass House.  An original Adelta-edition Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair from NOVA68 is suspended in the center of the living space; it's transparent crystal shell further enhances a feeling of spaciousness.  A black leather Hans J. Wegner EJ 100 Ox chair manufacturer by Erik Jørgensen was purchased from Stardust Modern Design. Willy Guhl's iconic modernist Loop Chairs from NOVA68 will be replacing the temporary outdoor chairs.

Get the Look:

"Taking on the classical Canadian weekend boat house, this project refuses the stone and wood palette that 99% of its neighbours thrive on. Transforming the modern glass house, the project instead takes the ephemerality of the mist, the snow, and the water as its interlocutor and uses a palette of “white” to underline qualities of the surrounding landscape. With technical virtuosity, the detailing of the studio is impeccable-- covering the depth of floor slabs, the relationship between glazing and railing, and the evidence of program, essentially “erasing” as much as possible to bring emphasis to the site itself."

"The conceptual clarity of the reinterpretation of the glass house in an open landscape is pushed to the limit of construction technique. Slab, trusses dissolve and become invisible, hidden behind the mullions. The landscape becomes the background for this exercise in contained energy."

Gorillas Modern in the Mist

imme livin' in a box and lovin' it

Dune Modern Outdoor Lounge Chairs

Modern Design dealer NOVA68 is proud to introduce the Red Dot Design Award winning Dune seating system; a modular outdoor furniture collection with a beautiful visually attractive free-flowing organic form. Dune was designed by Austrian designer Rainer Mutsch and is hand crafted & imported from Switzerland. Dune is made from fiber cement, a durable composite which is normally used in the construction industry, and is made from natural materials including cellulose fibers. Dune is perfect for modern landscape gardens, patios, courtyards, pool seating, luxury resorts, boutique hotels, public spaces, private resorts or when used as a museum bench.

Dune visualizes the present material-technical maximum parametres of the fibercement material.The result is a highly stable structure with a load-carrying capacity way over the demanded requirement profile for public spaces. The rainwater flows through a hole in the seating surface to the inside of the loop where it is led directly out of the furniture through the curved bottom surface to dry the furniture as fast as possible. Many prototypes and a lot of research were necessary in order to get the maximum stability out of three-dimensional shaped fiber cement; eventually, the geometry of the chair supports its stability through its controlled expansion and compression of the material which results in a load-capacity of around 1980 lbs (900kg) on the seating surface!

The shape of all the Dune elements allows the user to move the objects freely and to choose an individual seating position according to his or her individual taste. This flexibility guarantees at the one hand maximum comfort for the individual and on the other hand facilitates communication when the elements are arranged in a group. Since Dune has been designed as highly modular and indefinitely expandable system, it fits all spatial situations. Whether used indoors or outdoors, Dune is a sculptural of work of art cleverly disguised as outdoor furniture.

Modern Round Garden Planters

Lago di Lugano Classic Modernist Outdoor Garden Planter

The Lago di Lugano Planters from NOVA68 at the recent Monrovia Garden Show.

Planters come in all shapes and sizes but chances are that you have never seen these beautiful modernist ones before.  That is because after a lengthy out-of production period (40 years to be exact), design store NOVA68 is bringing back one of the most beautiful planters ever made; the Lago di Lugano circular outdoor planter pot from the 1950s.  This fantastic modern planter was named after a long defunct lake side resort on the Italian side of the Lake Lugano (Italian: Lago di Lugano or Ceresio); a glacial lake which is situated on the border between south-east Switzerland and Italy. The lake, named after the city of Lugano, is situated between Lake Como and Lago Maggiore and was a major draw for Jet Setters in the 1950s and 1960s. If you are lucky, you may still spot one of these planters at mid-century lake front estates around the Lake Lugano. The large circular shape of the Lago di Lugano planter makes it perfectly suited for outdoor areas such as contemporary and mid-century modern houses and upscale hotels and resorts. This fantastic modern planter would look amazing at any pool side, garden terrace or even in large loft spaces. It is also a great planter pot for a corporate lobby. The Lago di Lugano planter is handmade and imported from Switzerland. The composition is fiber cement which is a mostly organic material and is 100% recyclable. One of our favorite planters! 

Midcentury Modern Architecture: A. Quincy Jones

San Francisco Bay Area Mid-Century Modern Architecture
Lagoon House by A. Quincy Jones Architecture in Belvedere, Tiburon, San Francisco
A mid-century modern gem from 1962

Architect: A. Quincy Jones
Developer: Joseph Eichler
Remodel by: Gary Hutton
Photos: Matthew Millman

This beautiful midcentury modern house was designed by one of the leading names of modernist architecture: A. Quincy Jones (not to be confused with the composer)! It was constructed by Joseph Eichler; the legendary bay area builder who constructed hundreds, perhaps thousands of mid-century modern houses in California during the 1950s. One of twelve custom houses built by Joseph Eichler, the A. Quincy Jones home had been unsympathetically remodeled in the eighties. The Garry Hutton design team procured original plans from Jones' widow and thoughtfully revived its historic importance. Interior furnishings synonymous with the period complement and showcase a carefully curated art collection. Gary Hutton is one of San Francisco's finest interior designers and he comes highly recommended by NOVA68. The modernist courtyard features the classic Willy Guhl Loop Chair. Its architectural qualities are a perfect match with the clean modernist lines of this gem of a house.   Most of the midcentury modern furniture is available from New York modern design retailer or Stardust Modern Design; a California based purveyor of modern design.

Architect A. Quincy Jones's three-decade career (1945-69) included an 18-year partnership with Frederick E. Emmons that turned out designs for thousands of Eichler homes. During that span, they produced a wide variety of other work throughout Northern- and Southern California, remarkable designs that ranged from small residential projects to university master plans. Their practice was consistent in their implementation of rationalized building systems, sensitive site design, attention to the user, and experimentation with both design and materials. The partnership grew to include commissions for churches, manufacturing plants, university structures, libraries, and commercial buildings of varying size. They made certain that there was always a residential project on the boards, serving as a laboratory for many of the ideas used in other structures. Often taking advantage of industrial prefabricated units to provide affordable yet refined architecture, Jones and Emmons bridged the gap between custom-built and merchant-built homes, producing dynamic, livable housing for the postwar moderate-income family. Their partnership began shortly after the innovative developer, Joseph Eichler, was awarded 'Subdivision of the Year' by the magazine Architectural Forum in December 1950. The same issue featured a 'Builder's House of the Year' designed by A. Quincy Jones. Eichler contacted Jones and invited him to tour a Palo Alto development he had just completed. By the end of his visit, Eichler had proposed to Jones that the Builder of the Year team with the Architect of the Year. A handshake cemented a working relationship, which lasted until Eichler's death in 1974.