Modernica’s Case Study 22 outdoor line is inspired, as you might have guessed, by the outdoor furniture that was made famous when Julius Shulman photographed Case Study House #22 in 1960. But that’s not the only place you’ll see this line of fine rope-wrapped furniture. The outdoor set was wildly popular throughout the 1950s and ’60s and was featured in photographs of many prominent homes of the time, such as the Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra and the Bailey House by Pierre Koenig.
In the vintage photos below, you can see exactly where we got our inspiration for the Case Study #22 line, and maybe feel inspired to try it out for yourself. Give it a test drive at our Los Angeles Showroom or at a Modernica Dealer near you.
Modernica was honored to host eVolo Architecture Magazine at our Los Angeles facility for a full factory tour. The eVolo team investigated the manufacturing techniques and historical processes that make our products unique. We were thrilled when the print magazine came out this month with a multi-page feature on our company. Here are a few highlights from the article:
“Modernica started out of the passion of Frank and Jay Novak for mid-century design after purchasing 12,000 discarded Eames fiberglass shell chairs from Century Plastics in 1989 after Herman Miller discounted the line – they also purchased all the original equipment in 2010.
What started as a small operation twenty-five years ago has grown into a very successful company that sells more than 30,000 fiberglass chairs per year, among many other mid-century-inspired furniture and lamps. What makes them relevant is their attention to detail in every piece produced. This is possible because their factory operates like a series of European workshops – small teams of five to ten people that specialize in a part of the process. The workshops are distinct families, each with their own schedule, rhythm, and vibe; we refer to them as such because the atmosphere was that of a family reunion.” – Carlo Aiello, Editor in Chief of eVolo Magazine
The mind of an architect can be a beautiful thing. World-famous architects have been known to dabble in fine art, furniture design, jewelry crafting, and engineering – often with amazing results. When big name “starchitects” put their minds to landscape design, for instance, the result can be stunning. Take a look at some architect-designed parks below; you can read more about each project on Curbed.com.
Tadao Ando’s Hyakudanen Garden in Awaji, Japan
Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, South Korea
Steven Holl’s Whitney Water Purification Facility and Park in Connecticut
Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park in New York
Antoni Gaudí’s Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain
Toyo Ito’s Grin Grin Park in Fukuoka, Japan