The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Blooms Anew and more


The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Blooms Anew

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.

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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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Enjoy Summer the Mid-Mod Way with the Case Study #22 Outdoor Line

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.

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Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra, 1946. Photo by Julius Shulman.

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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Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra, 1946. Photo courtesy of Archdaily.

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Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra, 1946. Photo courtesy of Archdaily.

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Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra, 1946. Photo courtesy of Archdaily.

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Zimmerman Residence by Craig Ellwood, 1953. Photo by Julius Shulman

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Dudley Murphy Residence by Griswold Raetze, 1946. Photo by Julius Shulman

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Leeds Residence by Joseph Johnson, 1958. Photo by Julius Shulman

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Case Study House #20 by Richard Neutra, 1948. Photo courtesy of Case Study Houses by Elizabeth Smith

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Case Study House #20 by Richard Neutra, 1948. Photo courtesy of Case Study Houses by Elizabeth Smith

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Case Study House #22 by Pierre Koenig, 1960. Photo by Julius Shulman.

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In the Press: eVolo Visits the Modernica Factory

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:

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“Modernica started out of the passion of Frank and Jay Novak for mid-century design after purchasing 12,000 discarded Eames fiberglass shell chairs from Century Plastics in 1989 after Herman Miller discounted the line – they also purchased all the original equipment in 2010.

What started as a small operation twenty-five years ago has grown into a very successful company that sells more than 30,000 fiberglass chairs per year, among many other mid-century-inspired furniture and lamps. What makes them relevant is their attention to detail in every piece produced. This is possible because their factory operates like a series of European workshops – small teams of five to ten people that specialize in a part of the process. The workshops are distinct families, each with their own schedule, rhythm, and vibe; we refer to them as such because the atmosphere was that of a family reunion.”   – Carlo Aiello, Editor in Chief of eVolo Magazine

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Inspire Me Monday: Outdoor Spaces by Famous Architects

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

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Photo courtesy of Curbed.

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Image courtesy of Amazing Places on Earth.

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Image courtesy of Tofugu.com.

 

Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, South Korea

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Image courtesy of Invest Seoul.

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Image courtesy of Curbed.

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Image courtesy of Invest Seoul.

 

Steven Holl’s Whitney Water Purification Facility and Park in Connecticut

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Image courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

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Image courtesy of Curbed.

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Image courtesy of Top Box Design

 

Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park in New York

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Image courtesy of Curbed

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Image courtesy of Huffington Post

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Image courtesy of Timeout.com

 

Antoni Gaudí’s Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain

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Photo courtesy of Pure Travel

Turn of the Century Park

Photo courtesy of Curbed.

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Photo courtesy of The Free Dictionary

 

Toyo Ito’s Grin Grin Park in Fukuoka, Japan

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Photo courtesy of Mimoa

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Photo courtesy of Archidialog.

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Photo courtesy of Curbed.

 

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52 New Colors in 52 Weeks: Storm Fiberglass Shell Chairs

New Fiberglass Shell Chair Colors

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.

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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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