Another year is in the books! We’ve covered everything Modern, from design history to our classic flabbergasters. Here, we’ve compiled the fan favorite blogs from 2021, so check them out!
#1: These PNW Mid-Century Modern Furniture Stores are the Perfect Excuse for a Shopping Trip
From Seattle showrooms to online furniture mavens and Portland consignment digs. When many are using the new year as an opportunity to break out of the rut that was 2020, we’re taking 2021 as an excuse to freshen up our homes with new finds. Happily, the Pacific Northwest is home to an endless supply of mid-century Modern furniture stores, providing an ideal reason to pack up the car and embark on a “furniture roadtrip” to fuel your home shopping aspirations.
#2: Seattle Women Architects Who Helped Shape Modernism
Mid-century Modern design has remained prominent in contemporary life despite three-quarters of a century of additional styles making their way into the architectural vernacular. For most of human history, men have dominated the field of architecture, but as more women architects came onto the scene, a number of them played a role in shaping the mid-century Modern landscape. We’ve rounded up some of the standout female minds whose designs played a hand in shaping mid-century architecture.
#3: Mid-century Architect Gerald Luss’s Home to Stage a Contemporary Design Exhibition
Beginning on May 7, 2021, the Gerald Luss House in Ossining, New York is partnering with contemporary art galleries Blum & Poe of Los Angeles and Mendes Wood DM of New York along with art and design fair Object & Thing to host At The Luss House: Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM and Object & Thing. Until July 24, 2021, the exhibition will feature the works of contemporary artists and designers from both galleries and the Object & Thing fair, spotlighting their recent works.
#4: Frank Lloyd Wright and Norman Foster Mix it Up at the SC Johnson Wax Factory and Headquarters
About 22 miles south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin lies Racine, a city that today, won’t turn every head as far as its local culture is concerned. But in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, the city was a manufacturing hub. A testament to the region’s prominence is the SC Johnson Company wax factory and headquarters, which commissioned none other than Frank Lloyd Wright to design the company’s flagship offices in 1936. Here is a closer look at the two architectural titans whose work ended up in a small Wisconsin city.
#5: History of the Wassily Chair
And to think it all started with a bicycle—here, 360Modern dives into the history behind one of design’s most iconic chairs. At the end of the 19th Century, a seismic change washed over the German steel industry—it was then that steel manufacturer Mannesmann developed a revolutionary new way to produce steel tubing, one that forever augmented its structural reliability. And here is where the story of Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair begins.
#6: Modern Masters: How Architecture Photographer Lara Swimmer Captured Seattle’s Cosmopolitan Rise
From colossal glass towers to Modern waterfront homes, Seattle-based architecture photographer Lara Swimmer has captured her city’s transformation from a sleepy fisherman’s town to an energized metropolis. We caught up with Swimmer to learn about how she got her career off the ground, her thoughts on Seattle’s ascent into a global city, and why the perfect shot is overrated.
#7: Celebrity Modern Homes
It’s fun to sit back and wonder how the rich and famous live their lives. We’ve been doing a little research to see who among them live the Modern way, and we’re happy to share.
#8: April 2021 Modern Market Flabbergasters
In this edition of Flabbergasters, we definitely learned that it’s hard to put a price on LUXURY. These homes are evidently priceless.
Each month, 360Modern rounds up the most jaw-dropping mid-century and contemporary Modern homes on the global real estate market.
Was there a blog that you particularly enjoyed from 2021? Or, do you have a fresh idea for a blog in 2022? We’d love to hear about it! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your ideas.
Thanks for being part of our Modern community, and a have a happy New Year!