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Today's Google "doodle" depicts colourful elements key to the methods of Montessori education. The fun graphics is in commemoration of the 142nd birthday of Maria Montessori who is of course known for the philosophy of education that she pioneered.
The Montessori approach is based around learning in an environment in which a number of physical objects are situated to stimulate natural instincts and self-directed learning.
The Children's School in Stamford, Connecticut (both images) is located in Stamford, Connecticut. The design of this Montessori School for children aged 2-8 is based around the concept of a "one room schoolhouse", with each space connected to the next as well as to interior connected to the outdoors. The natural environment was also high on the agenda in the school’s construction with the building obtaining a LEED certification.
Never underestimate the impact of a child's surroundings when it comes to their education...
Let's celebrate education today... And modern architecture of course!
Images: Imagine School Design
Andrew Geller, the innovative architect behind many a modernist Hampton beach house, including iconic A-Frame designs, recently passed away. Ever hear of the Bra, the Box Kite, the Cat, the Milk Carton, or the Reclining Picasso? These were all nicknames given to his visually striking and remarkable homes.
He was also the designer of a line of prefabricated cottages sold under the name of Leisurama. Back in the 1950s, you could march into Macy’s in New York and, for a down payment of $490 and monthly payments of $73, get the house and all the modern furniture and furnishings. It was just such a house that se-off the infamous “Kitchen Debate” between Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev over the affluence of American and Soviet consumers.
To celebrate Mr. Geller’s life and work, we’ve assembled a photo gallery of some of his more eye-popping home designs, along with a YouTube video clip from a documentary about the Leisurama houses, and a clip from Geller’s grandson, who is behind the Andrew Geller archive preservation project.
The Levitas House, 1963.
The Pearlroth House (aka "The Bra"), 1959.
The Hunt House, 1959.
The Elkin House, 1966.
Photos from the Andrew Geller website
Click below to view the video on Geller's Leisurama designs.
With winter coming on in full force, we thought you would enjoy a little greenery.
This modern cabin seamlessly blends in with its Northern California forest setting. Upright wood siding echoes the surrounding redwood and pine tree trunks. Planted roofs evoke the forest canopy and help to protect the roof against sun damage.
And we love the way they used cylindrical and modern outdoor lighting to subtly illuminate the entryways and a small seating area.
Photos thanks to Builder Online
A pair of Rudolph M. Schindler houses in the Inglewood suburb of Los Angeles have been remodeled and brought into the 21st century. Schindler, of course, is one of the icons of California Mid-Century Modernism, with well-documented homes such as the Kings Road House in West Hollywood.
These gems are off the beaten path a bit and it's wonderful to see them brought back to life in a way that respects the line and form of the original plans.
Each has a prim two-bedroom, one-bath floor layout, with an open, airy look that makes the modern furniture look right at home.
The house profiled in this LA Times article had changed hands but twice in 70 years and still had the original doors and windows and contemporary lighting fixtures.
What's neat is that both houses sit side by side, right next to each other. In addition to the pair of homes, there is another Schindler house just down the street!
Images: The Los Angeles Times
Pump up your style with the slate gray and vibrant yellow color combination. The gray hue plays it safe, while the bright yellow commands the spotlight. Paired together they balance each other out to create an exciting interior! I love the gray and yellow color scheme in a living room, dining room, or heck just about in any room in the house. Below are a few of my favorite examples of the yellow and gray color combo.
The hot color combo is tied into the living room (above) in a few different ways. I love this example and how it shows you that even with an abundant use of gray and yellow, the space is not overwhelming.
Design powerhouse Kate and Andy Spade can't be wrong! Their yellow and gray designer bedroom was featured on the cover of World of Interiors Magazine.The gray wall treatment is a neutral backdrop to the bright yellow striped headboard.
Don't forgot about the kitchen. HGTV Canada's design team Colin & Justin made a bold statement with the bright yellow cabinetry. It definitely adds a fun, playful element to the kitchen.
Create your own gray and yellow color combo in your home with a few of the products featured above.
Images: Mix and Chic, Daily Decorator, The Lennoxx
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