In the Press: eVolo Visits the Modernica Factory

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:

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“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

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Inspire Me Monday: Outdoor Spaces by Famous Architects

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

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


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House is one of 11 Most Endangered Structures

Although it’s listed as a historic site by the National Trust For Historic Preservation, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House is in serious danger of ruination. The structure was built in 1954 for George and Clifton Lewis and has stayed in the family ever since. Unfortunately, the couple could not afford to keep the home in perfect condition and it fell into sad disrepair over the years. Recently, the National Trust For Historic Preservation added the home to their list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

Spring House by Frank Lloyd Wright

Now, with the passing of both George and Clifton, there is no one left to restore the unique Tallahassee residence. Without a massive restoration, the only FLW-designed residence in Florida will inevitably fall to ruins. An organization called the Spring House Institute has taken up the cause and is currently working to raise funds for preservation. Maybe you could help! Click here to find out more.

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All photos courtesy of the Spring House Institute.

Inspire Me Monday: Vintage Vacation Homes

Summer is in full swing and we’re dreaming of lakeside getaways and hot summer nights outdoors. Here’s some vintage imagery of mid-century vacation homes to get you inspired for your next summer escape.


The above images were taken from 1967 book Cabins and Vacation Houses.

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Image source: Handmade Houses, 1973, courtesy of Nancy Waite.

Will John Lautner’s Rehabilitation Center be Demolished?

We cringe at the thought of losing even the most obscure designs by modern masters like John Lautner. That’s why we were saddened to hear of the impending demolition of the Crippled Children’s Society Rehabilitation Center, which was designed by Lautner in 1979 and is now called the Paul Weston Work Center.


Recently, new owners submitted a proposal to demolish the place, with plans to replace it with an eldercare facility. The Los Angeles Conservancy was quick to act, testifying at a hearing on May 20th with concerns that the structure still has architectural significance. Now it’s just a waiting game to find out the final decision. Do you think it’s worth saving?

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Photos courtesy of LA Conservancy and the San Fernando Valley Blog.