Soft Square has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the garage of owners Svetka and Teliee Popov. Today the retailer of modern and contemporary furniture occupies a 6,000 sq ft showroom, making it the largest furniture store in Sarasota, Florida.
Soft Square works with a variety of manufacturers to create custom modern environments for their clients, striving to build spaces that are functional, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind. See examples below and learn more on their website: www.softsquare.com.
Today we’d like to celebrate the birthday of one of the forefathers of mid-century modern design. Architecture was forever changed when Richard Neutra brought his education in European “International Style” and applied it to Southern California’s desert landscape. As we enjoy these photos of his timeless work, we’d just like to say, “Happy Birthday, Richard Neutra! We’ll never forget you.”
Lovell House – Los Feliz, CA – 1927
Photos courtesy of Wikiarquitectura.
Miller House – Palm Springs, CA – 1937
Kaufmann House – Palm Springs, CA – 1946
Photos by Julius Shulman.
The Singleton House – Bel Air – 1959
Photos courtesy of Angeleno Living.
Pitcairn Home - Bryn Athyn, PA – 1962
Photos courtesy of Inhabitat.
Renovating the work of a mid-century master is every architect’s dream, but sometimes the line between renovation and unnecessary alteration runs thin. When Stephen Shoup of building Lab was faced with the renovation of an Eichler home in San Rafeal CA, he was challenged to restore the home while maintaining its mid-century integrity. This is the result:
According to building Lab, “As can be said of most Eichlers, this was great house to begin with. By means of the subtle rather than the grand, we strove to re-invigorate the modesty, simplicity and clarity of the original design.”
We think they did just that, with the addition of a five-foot-tall slatted fence to define the front courtyard and a large picture window in the dining room. The result was an impressive view from almost every room in the home.
You can read more about the project on Dwell.