architecture as art?

Most of you know that Neutra has been my favorite architect for many years and that I feel the Kaufmann House to be one of his most influential of the period. As I mentioned on the front page of my site, this is not a blog by me. The following is an article that I found so well stated that …

modern home plans

As I’ve mentioned in the past, over the years I have assembled a fairly extensive collection of books pertaining to modernism, modern architecture, modern architects and an assortment on homes in general. In doing so, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in various bookstores in search of these wonderful books. After my usual rummage through the architecture and art …

neutra home tour

A couple of weeks ago I embarked on my annual trip to Los Angeles, and as always, I wanted to include some modern home viewing into my plans. Just before leaving, I learned that a Neutra house had been recently opened to the public which quickly put it on top of my “to view” list. The VDL Research House was …

“green” modern architecture

“Green” seems to be a very popular buzz word in the world of architecture, both for residential properties and commercial buildings. Although a home does not need to be modern to be green, many firms are fast becoming known to specialize in such dwellings. Personally, I really like the idea and would love to see entire neighborhoods of modern green …

glass block in modern design

Recently, I was asked by a good friend of mine about the use of glass block in modern architecture. He had been out walking in our hometown and was describing a house to me that he thought I might recognize due to the glass block that was used in its making. Being a fan of the use of glass block …

good market…bad market?

As a realtor in Minneapolis, I feel fortunate to be affiliated with a great company in Edina Realty. Many agents, myself included, feel that our company takes a very proactive approach to staying ahead of our competitors through information, technology, education, the internet and the company’s efforts in helping the agents become experts in real estate. A good example of …

97 perfect things: style & design

Every year, I anxiously await the arrival of the Style & Design issue from one of my favorite magazines, Men’s Journal. In the issue, they pick 97 perfect things or “objects of desire” ranging from sports cars and motorcycles to hi tech items such as a wireless mouse and a minimalist digital camera. Because many of the items on the …

nothing but “quotes”

Ok, ok, enough already about how long you’ve had to look at the Modern Campers blog. It’s summer here in the midwest which means it’s hard to find time to sit down and write. Afterall, with just three short months of summer, winter is almost upon us. To help with the time constraint I’ve decided to do an entire blog …

modern campers

A few weeks back I was visiting my friend Dave in Wisconsin who lately has been going through this camper phase. He started out with some plain, ordinary looking run of the mill type campers that you pull behind a vehicle or throw on the back of your truck. He then moved up to the huge, brand new kind that …

picasso and architecture?

We are fortunate here in the Twin Cities to have an amazing museum that often highlights modern/abstract artists and their work. Later this month, a landmark exhibition called Picasso and American Art will be on display at the Walker Art Center. In fact, my 7 year old daughter will be attending a week-long series of activities inspired by the exhibition. …