What a year it’s been! If you’re looking for a way to spend some of that quality time at home, take a few moments to read through our fan favorite blogs from 2020.
Nestled between thick rows of Douglas fir and maple trees, and just steps away from a dribbling creek, you’ll find the Michaels Sisson house, a narrow corrugated steel and wood-paneled cube atop a two-story concrete base. Nearly windowless from the front entrance, the home’s backside reveals massive two-story steel moment frame windows, blurring the lines between shelter and nature without a neighbor in sight. And, by the way, it’s only a 13-minute drive from downtown Seattle.
The exact reasons why the Eames Chair design became such a powerful and lasting design throughout the years are hard to pinpoint. However, as with all fine art, whether it be music, sculpture, painting, or design, there is something within the pieces that resonates with the viewers of the time and it continues to resonate throughout the ages. The Eames Chair has this je ne sais quoi. Now, the design is admired and desired for more than just its artistry, but also for its place in modern design history.
The Seattle-based residential architecture firm shows its appreciation for the environment through immersive Northwest Modern design. Grounded in simplicity and clean lines, and natural materials, the 13-year-old firm blurs the line between home and landscape with indoor-outdoor spaces, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and sweeping rooftop decks.
Modern Masters is a recurring 360Modern digital feature, spotlighting the top Modern architects, designers, and builders in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Seattle-based general contractor Dovetail raises the bar of Modern building through its robust network of in-house makers, a factor that places these custom builders a cut above the rest. Founded in 1991 and bought by Principal Chad Rollins and Managing Principal Scott Edwards in 2010, Dovetail collaborates with some of the Pacific Northwest’s most acclaimed architects and designers to bring Modern residential and commercial visions to life.
In 1962, Seattle developer Hugh Ainslie purchased an empty lot for $4,500, and designed his own Modern home. Now, nearly 60 years later, the home stands tall, boasting a wealth of history and character behind its simple, timeless design. From the chic living room fireplace originally built by a retired Swedish craftsman to the home’s clean wood-paneled façade, 1414 E Lynn Street is undoubtedly fresh at 58 years old.
John Meunier’s first significant building design, the Meunier House provides a look at his unique style. Composed of two intersecting squares, the higher square containing the living, kitchen, and dining areas, and the lower square containing the bedrooms and a study, the home is a demonstration of what Meunier described as “an English Brutalist version of a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house.” However, his home is much more proportional in layout than those of his contemporaries.
This Seattle architecture firm doesn’t compromise environmental consciousness for good design. From refined Douglas fir retreats on Orcas Island to locally sourced stucco oases in the Bahamas, Heliotrope’s homes not only pay homage to their natural surroundings, they also aim to preserve them.
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Thanks for sticking with us in 2020, and a have a happy New Year!