Photography Spotlight: Hong Kong by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze

Hong Kong may be the most vertically-inclined city in the world, with over 7 million residents clustered into 426 square miles. No one has ever captured this vertical density quite so well as French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, who took the following images for his new book, Vertical Horizon.

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All photos courtesy of Arch Daily.

Win a Tabletop Bowl: Check-in Contest Extended!


Due to its popularity we have decided to run our Check-in Contest for a second week giving you a second chance to win! If you’re in the LA area this week, swing by the Showroom and Check In on Facebook for a chance to win a Tabletop Bowl ceramic planter! Anyone who checks in between now and Monday, November 24th, will be automatically entered to win.

The Modernica Showroom is located at 7366 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Click here to find out more about hours and contact details. Hope to see you there soon! Winner to be announced Tuesday, Nov. 25th.

Christiania, Utopia or Rebel Hotbed?

Nestled right in the middle of Copenhagen lies Christiania, a “freetown” with its own set of rules, its own currency, and its own eccentric brand of architecture. The officials of Copenhagen tolerate the little city within a city, despite the tendency of residents to completely ignore state regulations and policies.


Some 1000 people live in Christiania and have created their own little utopia of tiny, hand-built residences, cafes, and private business. There is a dark side however; some businesses openly illegally sell pot, hash, and other soft drugs. It is this complete disregard for federal laws that antagonizes city officials. What do you think, is the freetown of Christiania an idyllic refuge or a hotbed for aspiring rebels?

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