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Modernica in the Press

The Hundreds

With the Modernica daybed: what is that, for you, to put these images on something that’s a commercial product? There’s an irony to these violent images on a daybed.


That’s why I like it. And the same thing goes for putting images on walls in the street. I don’t think of myself as a “street artist” or somebody that does work in that vein, but I love the idea of doing large paintings that confront people. So furniture is about beauty and form, and my stuff, a lot of the time, I’d be happy if people hated it. That was a goal of mine at first was to make something that was not easy. I don’t want to make shit that’s easy or beautiful or next to your parents’ flowers. So doing a juxtaposition with furniture is cool, because it’s unexpected.” – Cleon Peterson

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House Beautiful

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Home Polish

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“Happily, [Steven and Tata Citron] also inherited some furniture from the previous owners, including a Case Study sofa, coffee table, and chaise from Modernica that still enjoy their place of honor in front of the fireplace.”

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“My good friend and frequent collaborator Cleon Peterson will be releasing two limited edition prints to coincide with his daybed collaboration with Modernica…  Check out the collaboration.”  – Shepard Fairey

 

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Inspire Me Monday: A Whimsical Surrealist Garden Hidden in the Jungles of Mexico

Once upon a time in 1962, a British aristocrat, poet, and lover of all things surreal decided to build a secret garden near the obscure mountain town of Xilitla, Mexico. $5million later he had constructed a sculptural, architectural, and of course, surrealist garden wonderland stretching across 80 acres of Mexican jungle.

At the time, Salvador Dali himself called James “crazier than all the Surrealists together,” but the resulting garden remains breathtaking. Today, the grounds are open to the public and are maintained by Fondo Xilitla.

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Photos and facts courtesy of Curbed.

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Art Watch: The Architecture of William F. Cody

Starting this week, LA’s Architecture and Design Museum is putting on the first comprehensive overview of William F. Cody’s architecture based on primary archival research. It is a tribute to one of the giants of the midcentury modern movement and celebrates Cody’s centennial.

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Cody’s projects were published internationally, and he was widely acknowledged as a forward-thinking, urbane architect who merged luxury with technology to achieve a high-style experimental modernism. A master renderer with an eye for art and interior design, Cody also pushed the boundaries of engineering and space planning. His career ended early when he died at the age of 62, at the prime of his practice. With the recent reassessments of midcentury architecture that embrace a broad understanding of modern design—from dynamic planning to rich interior decoration—Cody’s work is increasingly recognized as a formative contribution to architectural history.

The exhibit is on view at the A+D museum from July 10 – Sept. 25th during the museum’s regular business hours.  Find out more here.

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