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  • Andrew Geller, American Architect, Photo Gallery

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    Architect Andrew Geller Photograph

    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 Photo

    The Levitas House, 1963.

    Pearlroth House Photo

    The Pearlroth House (aka "The Bra"), 1959.

     

    Hunt House Photo

    The Hunt House, 1959.

    Elkin House Photo

    The Elkin House, 1966.

    Photos from the Andrew Geller website

    Click below to view the video on Geller's Leisurama designs.

  • Modern Architecture: Tree Houses

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    Modern Architecture

    Do you have a fascination for modern tree houses? We do! So we've rounded up a few of our favorites. This is where we wish we could spend our weekend...

    These tree houses, from around the world, aren't for kids, they're real modern architecture, in trees!

    Sometimes when life gets a little challenging, I think we would all love to escape to deep in the forest and hide in a tree house.

    These tiny homes add a whole new meaning to 'bringing the outdoors in', are we right?!

    Images: Yatzer, Fresh Home, Links & Things, Cush Design Studio, Free Spirit Spheres, Apartment Therapy

  • A Modern Cabin in Northern California

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    Modern Cabin Design and Northern California

    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.

    Modern Cabin Green Roof Photo

    And we love the way they used cylindrical and modern outdoor lighting to subtly illuminate the entryways and a small seating area.

     Exterior and Modern Cabin Design

    Photos thanks to Builder Online

     

  • Schindler Houses in Inglewood - Seeing Double

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     Two Schindler houses in Inglewood

    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.

      Seeing Double and Schindler houses in Inglewood

    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.

     

     Exterior of Schindler house in Inglewood

    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

  • An Innovative New York Apartment Under 500 Square Feet

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    Innovative Design

    If you think living in New York means tight spaces and high rents, you're right. But this innovative apartment takes it to another level. Somehow, the builders were able to fit a kitchen, bathroom, loft bedroom, home office and storage in this 500 sq ft space!

    Modern Loft Living

    The key to this smart design is using vertical space. There is a built-in wooden core that holds the kitchen and bedroom spaces. 

    Modern wall sconces and clean modern furniture help conserve space. The stairs leading up to the loft bedroom contain a storage drawer in each stair. No space was left unused. 

    Micro Living

    This innovative interior design allows the small apartment to function like a much larger space in a very small footprint.

    Images: Toxel

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