Sarasota Heroes, Part 2: Ralph Twitchell and more


Sarasota Heroes, Part 2: Ralph Twitchell

Although Ralph Twitchell was not native to Florida, he quickly began blazing trails in architecture after me moved there in 1936. It was he who founded the legendary Sarasota School of Architecture and worked with some of the most radical architects of the day to build a new and distinguished style.

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Ralph Twitchell on site during construction of his cantilever roof house on Siesta Key near Sarasota, Florida, 1951. Photo courtesy of Florida Memory.

Together with Paul Rudolph, Ralph Twitchell developed a style that defined an era in Florida architectural history.  Most of his works that still survive today are recognized as historical landmarks. Today we take a look at the work that set Sarasota apart from the rest of the country in the mid-2oth century.

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Revere Quality Institute House, 1948. Photo courtesy of Sarasota History Alive.

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Revere Quality Institute House, 1948. Photo courtesy of Sarasota History Alive.

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Cocoon House, designed with Paul Rudolph, 1951. Photo courtesy of Gator Preservationist.

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Cocoon House, designed with Paul Rudolph, 1951. Photo courtesy of Gator Preservationist.

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Cocoon House, designed with Paul Rudolph, 1951. Photo courtesy of Gator Preservationist.

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Walker Guest House, designed with Paul Rudolph, 1952. Photo by Ezra Stoller.

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Leavengood Residence, 1950. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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Leavengood Residence, 1950. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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Leavengood Residence, 1950. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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Photography Spotlight: Hong Kong by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze

Hong Kong may be the most vertically-inclined city in the world, with over 7 million residents clustered into 426 square miles. No one has ever captured this vertical density quite so well as French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, who took the following images for his new book, Vertical Horizon.

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All photos courtesy of Arch Daily.

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Win a Tabletop Bowl: Check-in Contest Extended!

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Due to its popularity we have decided to run our Check-in Contest for a second week giving you a second chance to win! If you’re in the LA area this week, swing by the Showroom and Check In on Facebook for a chance to win a Tabletop Bowl ceramic planter! Anyone who checks in between now and Monday, November 24th, will be automatically entered to win.

The Modernica Showroom is located at 7366 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Click here to find out more about hours and contact details. Hope to see you there soon! Winner to be announced Tuesday, Nov. 25th.

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Christiania, Utopia or Rebel Hotbed?

Nestled right in the middle of Copenhagen lies Christiania, a “freetown” with its own set of rules, its own currency, and its own eccentric brand of architecture. The officials of Copenhagen tolerate the little city within a city, despite the tendency of residents to completely ignore state regulations and policies.

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Some 1000 people live in Christiania and have created their own little utopia of tiny, hand-built residences, cafes, and private business. There is a dark side however; some businesses openly illegally sell pot, hash, and other soft drugs. It is this complete disregard for federal laws that antagonizes city officials. What do you think, is the freetown of Christiania an idyllic refuge or a hotbed for aspiring rebels?

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All photos courtesy of Christiania.org.

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Inspire Me Monday: Henri Matisse: The Cutouts

Here’s something we wish would come to the West Coast. Henri Matisse: The Cutouts opened at MoMA, New York last month and the reviews are raving.

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“During the last decade of his life Henri Matisse deployed two simple materials—white paper and gouache—to create works of wide-ranging color and complexity. An unorthodox implement, a pair of scissors, was the tool Matisse used to transform paint and paper into a world of plants, animals, figures, and shapes.”  —Museum of Modern Art

If you’re in the New York area, you’ll find the exhibit at MoMA until February 8th, 2015. Find out more here.

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All photos courtesy of MOMA.

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