The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden was a dream 50 years in the making when the conservatory and garden center first opened in 1979. For ten years visitors flocked to the gardens to enjoy the lush foliage and beautiful conservatory dome. Soon after, visitors began to wane and revenues tapered off as the years went by. In 2003, the center almost closed its doors for good when the Des Moines Water Works stepped in and took over, keeping it running another eight years.
Fast forward to 2013, and the City of Des Moines once again steps in, with several million dollars in donated funds to revitalize the once-so-impressive botanical garden into a new, completely renovated garden environment. Now the work is in full swing and the results are already spectacular, as shown in this stunning photography by the New York Times.
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Modernica’s Case Study 22 outdoor line is inspired, as you might have guessed, by the outdoor furniture that was made famous when Julius Shulman photographed Case Study House #22 in 1960. But that’s not the only place you’ll see this line of fine rope-wrapped furniture. The outdoor set was wildly popular throughout the 1950s and ’60s and was featured in photographs of many prominent homes of the time, such as the Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra and the Bailey House by Pierre Koenig.
In the vintage photos below, you can see exactly where we got our inspiration for the Case Study #22 line, and maybe feel inspired to try it out for yourself. Give it a test drive at our Los Angeles Showroom or at a Modernica Dealer near you.
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Modernica was honored to host eVolo Architecture Magazine at our Los Angeles facility for a full factory tour. The eVolo team investigated the manufacturing techniques and historical processes that make our products unique. We were thrilled when the print magazine came out this month with a multi-page feature on our company. Here are a few highlights from the article:
The mind of an architect can be a beautiful thing. World-famous architects have been known to dabble in fine art, furniture design, jewelry crafting, and engineering – often with amazing results. When big name “starchitects” put their minds to landscape design, for instance, the result can be stunning. Take a look at some architect-designed parks below; you can read more about each project on Curbed.com.
Tadao Ando’s Hyakudanen Garden in Awaji, Japan
Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, South Korea
Steven Holl’s Whitney Water Purification Facility and Park in Connecticut
Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park in New York
Antoni Gaudí’s Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain
Toyo Ito’s Grin Grin Park in Fukuoka, Japan
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Love those unexpected summer storms that bring a reprieve to hot days and rumble through the night? If so, we have the perfect color for you – Storm Fiberglass Shell Chairs. This cool shade of gray brings to mind windy summer showers and thick storm clouds that roll in without a warning.
If your interiors are ruled by understated hues and subtle palates, Storm will make the perfect addition. Find the blustery new color at Modernica’s LA Showroom, or check it out in the online store. Get inspired by stormy gray hues on our Storm Pinterest Page.
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