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Friday, January 28th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Fridays: A Mod Modular

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kitHAUS K1+K2, Santa Barbara

I couldn’t help but notice the new additions to our Fresh New Spaces Group from kitHAUS.

kitHAUS K1+K2, Santa Barbara

It made me want to know more about this project, like is it prefab? What green technologies were used? What is the rest of the context of the site? So I popped on over to their website, and recognized their smaller shed instantly, I know I’ve been in one a few times at different shows and exhibitions and such. This house is so much bigger – kitHAUS, we want to know more; you teased us by adding this to the flickr group, now come chat with us about how these modules are designed and how you put them together!

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Monday, August 10th, 2009

Q&A with Edgar Blazona of TrueModern

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Edgar Blazona for TrueModernYou may know Edgar Blazona for his TrueModern kids furniture line. Yes, the pieces are loved as evidenced by the photos from our customers showing their cute kids posing next to a TrueModern dresser. And you may have helped Edgar with the naming of his new Edgar Blazona for TrueModern sofa line (congrats, Penny, it appears your ideas were winners!). But, what you may not know is that Edgar Blazona has led quite an extensive and interesting career in the design world. Take a look at where he has been and what he has in store for us soon. Enjoy!

Edgar, you have quite an extensive background…we want to hear all about it! Tell us more about your time as a furniture designer for Pottery Barn, the creation of the ice chaise lounge for the Ice Hotel in Sweden, your Modular Dwellings, etc. Share pictures too!

My time at Pottery Barn was great. I will always be thankful for what they taught me about the furniture manufacturing business. I would not have traded that experience for anything. The only thing that Pottery Barn lacked was clean, modernist design. But I always knew that I could get back to modernism at a later date.

I was given the opportunity to go to Sweden to the Ice Hotel. A good friend of mine was part of the creative staff there. When I arrived there, it was so cold and freezing that the ice would crack if left outside. They set me up in a warehouse with stacks and stacks of ice – 4 ft. by 8 ft. bricks of ice everywhere. I was given a chain saw and a few large chisels and I got to work. It didn’t take long to figure out what I could and could not do with the ice. The hardest part was making it perfectly flat and smooth. Not to mention, it’s not so easy carving a 90 degree angle with a chainsaw in the freezing cold. The piece turned out great. It definitely reminded me of Donald Judd and some of his early cast concrete works. The hotel was nice enough to put it in the lobby, which made my really proud.

When I was at Pottery Barn, I had to create something that was a little more simplistic and true to my roots. I was struggling with the “everyday living” lifestyle. I started creating prefab housing in the beginning before the prefab bubble exploded on the design community. Everyone else was working on full houses trying to get them down to the magic $100 per sq. ft. price point. These were mostly architects working on paper and 3-D renderings. I have always lived by the philosophy of “build it first” and not spend so much time tweaking out the drawings. But building a house as a prototype was quite expensive, so I scaled it down to make it affordable for not only myself but for the community to actually buy and own. I felt like we were trying to fill our Victorian style homes with modernist furniture and there was a real disconnect. I thought that people could create these buildings in their backyards, fill them with cool furniture and have a complete modern look at a reasonable price. This turned out to be harder than I ever imagined to get large prefabricated panels or structures in people’s yards. There are other companies out there today who took it quite a bit further than I ever did. Modern Cabana being one – one I really respect.

What is your workspace/studio like?

TrueModern Office

I design and run the business out of a small prefabricated building (www.modulardwellings.com) which I designed several years ago. It sits in my backyard here in Berkeley, CA. I also have a warehouse Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Lots ‘o Video of the 2008 Dwell NextHouse, Silicon Valley

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So, you are still dwelling (ha!) on the fact that you missed the open house for the 2008 Dwell Home in Mountain View, yeah? Well, dwell no further. Kohler’s snazzy video team created a dozen or so videos featuring all the design elements of the space including discussion from the owners of the home as well as lead designer, Sally Kuchar. There are 13 videos in all (yes, I’ve watched every second of them!) so you can get a solid sense for what the place looked like in March.

While doing so keep an eye out for guest appearances from some of our DP products…a.k.a. 0.00125 seconds of fame for the Blu Dot Animal Sofa, the Fatboy room, a Zid Zid poof, Blu Dot D2 Utility Shelving, Amenity pillows, upper playground pillows, k studio pillows, a STAACH table and chairs, among others…

Here are a few of my favorite flicks:

“How all the cooks in the kitchen created a unified look”…

and…the “unique spaces” feature:

View all of the Kohler videos and check out our Flickr group of still images.

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Dwell NextHouse Flickr Set

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Drew and Matt Assemble a Blu Dot D2 Shelving UnitThe Dwell NextHouse photos are up on Flickr for your perusal. Check out DP products in action!

Curious to see what a Fatboy pile might look like? Or, perhaps you have been thinking about STAACH Cain Collection chairs and stools but you want more insight into how they look in a room. We captured it!

Also photographed: Flensted Mobiles, The Wisest Owl; upper playground Cat with Sun Pillow; Unison Tatami in Ecru bedding; OFFI Martini table; Area Thin Graphite Bedding; zid zid kids Mini Poof, Branch; Blu Dot Small Animal Sofa in Guacamole, Real Good Chair in ivory/white, and D2 Utility Shelving; Gus Design Group Bishop Table; k studio Trees Pillow; InModern Intown End Table; and of course…DP’s Matt and Drew!

View the full Dwell NextHouse photo set on Flickr.

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Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Bay Area Dwell NextHouse Sample Sale!

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Dwell NextHouseAnother incentive for Bay Area folks to go to the Dwell NextHouse in Mountain View this weekend: all DP items on display will be available for purchase at 50% off retail! The chance of a lifetime to 1.) see an awesome prefab home and 2.) go shopping…all at once!

As always, these items go fast so if you see something you love, don’t hesitate.

The full scoop:

1. View all the available items at our online outlet.
2. Unless otherwise noted on our site, the products for purchase are considered “like-new” and were used in the home for staging only. All items are sold “as-is.”
3. All sales are final: No cancellations, returns, or exchanges on outlet purchases.
4. ***All outlet purchases must be picked up on April 6, 2008 between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm at the Dwell NextHouse in Mountain View (515 Mountain View Ave Mountain View, CA). This is the only day/time/location open for pickup. If you are buying something rather large (i.e. the Blu Dot Small Animal Sofa), please make sure you bring an appropriate vehicle and some extra hands to help you collect the piece.

One additional DP request: Please be courteous to Dwell NextHouse neighbors when picking up items (i.e. do not block driveways, leave a mess, cause a raucous, etc.).

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