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Thursday, September 30th, 2010

A Marcel Breuer House Tour Opportunity!

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Darn it, I always miss all the good Modern events on Cape Cod! On Saturday October 9, The Cape Cod Modern House Trust will be holding a lecture and tour titled “Marcel Breuer: The Bauhaus Diaspora & The Scott House.” C’mon, how can you resist a lecture with “diaspora” in the title? Here is more information from The Cape Cod Modern House Trust’s blog:

Beginning in the summer of 1937, a small group of some of the modern era’s most important designers and thinkers chose the Cape as a place to congregate and eventually build experimental homes for themselves and their friends.

Among them was the seminal architect Marcel Breuer, who settled in Wellfleet and built four modest wood framed summer homes. Clues to another larger Breuer house in the Mid-Cape existed but information on the house had never been published, its location was unknown and it remained unavailable to scholars.

In 2009, in a collaborative effort between the Museum of Modern Art, the Cape Cod Times, and the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, the Scott house was located in an unaltered state with its original furniture and still owned by the Scott family.

This program begins with a lecture that will illustrate the remarkable history of this convergence of 20th century prime movers on the Cape, Breuer’s work in particular, and will be followed by a tour of the Scott house on nearby Scargo Hill.

Lecture & House Tour with Peter McMahon
Saturday, October 9, 1 – 3 pm
Members: $60 Non-members: $75
Limited to 35 people

To register, call 508-385-4477 ext 16 or sign up online at www.ccmoa.org
For more information, call 508-385-4477 ext 25

Image via The Cape Cod Times by Steve Heaslip
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Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Hatch Questions Answered! Green Architecture in Maine

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Two years ago I lamented that I wanted to know more about this neighbor’s house in Maine but didn’t want to bother the people who lived there. Luckily, The Boston Globe Magazine did, so I was able to learn all about it and get some great peeks inside here. I knew that house was special, it even made the cover! I just wonder how the heck The Boston Globe managed to find our tiny little island of Spruce Head.

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photos by James R. Salomon for The Boston Globe

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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

What Every Architecture Studio Should Look Like: Alvar Aalto’s Digs

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Hmmm, Clearly I’m spending a lot of time on Apartment Therapy house tours this week. Basically, I pull up their site and go straight to the House Tours tab on the left. They have their their best tour ever up right now. It’s Alvar Aalto’s studio in Helsinki (it’s now the home of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, the Alvar Aalto Academy and the Alvar Aalto Museum Architectural Heritage). Way to go AT.

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To see the full tour, click here. I highly recommend it!

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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Green Idea of the Week: Coffee Bag Chic

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Sometimes we design bloggers get worn out. We look at so much design all day that it takes a lot to impress us; sometimes nothing seems new. Sometimes I think if I hear “Hollywood Glamour” or “Brooklyn Modern” one more time I might just throw up, and those are two styles I actually like.

Then there are some times when you go on a virtual house tour that gets you really buzzing with excitement again. This was the case when I saw Alysia’s Treehouse by the Lake on Apartment Therapy L.A. Alysia’s decorating philosophy was inspired by The Recycled Home by Sally Bailey. She begged, borrowed, swapped and repurposed. One of the best results was this ottoman she reupholstered with an old coffee bean sack a local roaster gave her.

via Apartment Therapy L.A.

via Apartment Therapy L.A.

See the entire house tour here.

images via Apartment Therapy L.A.

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

House Tours Online: New York Social Diary

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Where do you go for online house tours the most? I tend to browse The Selby for artistic inspiration, Apartment Therapy for the people who are just like you and me, POINTclickHOME for some American magazine style, Living etc. for that Euro flair and W for total fantasy. While it’s really hard to pick a favorite, the one I find myself anticipating new features from the most is New York Social Diary. I am currently dying over Izhar Patkin’s living space, and the interview that goes along with it is superb. Here’s a teaser; I highly recommend you check it out here A.S.A.P.! Here’s a teaser:

These NYSD features always seem to have the greatest outdoor areas as well:

all photos by Jeffrey Hirsch for New York Social Diary

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