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Video: Moby on Modernism

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We had a full house yesterday at The ACE Hotel to see Grammy-nominated musician Moby wax poetic on LA architecture, minimalism, Lautner and much more.  The conversation covered everything from John Pawson to Zaha Hadid, madly unlivable minimalism, and a bit of personal history on how the artist came to be such a fan of architecture.  Dubbed LA architecture’s newest mascot by the LA Weekly, the populist Moby effect is quite clear.  As he said himself, everyone should feel entitled to have a point of view on architecture.  When architecture is made exclusively for architects and academians, it ceases to be relevant.

If you missed the event, the Desert Sun filmed the event.  Watch it here now.

Part 1

Part 2

Photo and video courtesy of the Desert Sun

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Moby on Modernism

Moby press photo_print version- 2011Modernism Week is thrilled to announce that we’ve added a very special panel discussion to the jam-packed schedule.  Don’t miss GRAMMY-nominated musician Moby as he joins the the inimitable Frances Anderton – author, curator, and host of KCRW’s Design and Architecture – for a candid chat about his perspective on wonderfully weird LA architecture, preservation, modernism, and much more.

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Lecture Highlight: Zoltan Pali, FAIA

Zoltan Pali, FAIA, SPF:a

Zoltan Pali is the creative energy and tireless driving force behind the award-winning firm Studio Pali Fekete architects (SPF:a) and each project completed bears his signature.  With such recent high-profile commissions as the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which he will be undertaking with Renzo Piano, SPF:a proves time and time again that Californian modern architecture is alive and well.   In his own words, his design approach is timeless, “I feel I have one foot in the past, one foot in the future and I straddle the present.” Continue reading

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MODERNISMPROJECT PATTERN CHALLENGE WINNER: MIGUEL SANTOS

Photo by @miguelrsantos

Thank you to everyone who participated in our most recent #ModernismProject photo challenge – #wanderlust. It was great to have Jason Hudson look through all of your submissions from a photographer’s point of view. He chose Miguel Santos’ photo of a little diner just off highway 99 in central California (Selma, CA) called Brooks Ranch. What caught Miguel’s eye was that the original structure of the diner and its sign were largely intact. In fact, many small towns along highway 99 have mid-century modern structures that remain beautifully original. Over the years, Miguel has been photographing the architectural details and researching these lesser-known modernist structures during his road trips through the central California region. Even though he now lives in Massachusettes, he’s planning on attending Palm Springs Modernism Week once again this year.

Jason chose Sergio’s photo because, as he put it, “I’m a sucker for signage and big skies.” He was drawn to the photo’s really great exposure and appreciates the patience Miguel exercised to capture the sign at just the right time of day.

Follow Miguel @miguelrsantos on Instagram to see more of his photos.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and especially to our guest judge, Jason Hudson! Please keep playing along and sending in photos from around the globe. Stay tuned for the next challenge which will be announced on November 29th (we’re skipping next week since it’s Thanksgiving!) when we partner with Angela Elias from Casa Sugar of the wildly popular lifestyle and entertainment platform, Popsugar.

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#MODERNISMPROJECT > CHALLENGE NO. 3 > WANDERLUST > SPECIAL GUEST JUDGE JASON HUDSON

Thanks to all those who participated in our last two #ModernismProject challenges. We’ve been getting fantastic submissions, and our judges have been loving them too. As promised, here’s another chance to win tickets to Palm Springs Modernism Week. For those of you who are new around here, the #ModernismProject is our first-ever mobile initiative encouraging the global community of modernism fans to express visually what modernism means to them. This week’s theme is…..#WANDERLUST.

The middle part of the last century marks a time in history when many Americans began to enjoy the luxury of travel. Owning one or two family cars was common, Disneyland was the newest dream family vacation, and Palm Springs emerged as a premier travel and leisure destination in America. We at Palm Springs Modernism Week would like to know what imagery makes you nostalgic for travel during that time period. From vintage suitcases, travel posters, cars and cameras, to Mid-Century Modern beach houses and airstream trailers, the possibilities are endless! Get as creative as you’d like.

Our special guest judge for this challenge is Jason Hudson – a wanderlust himself who loves traveling to his country cottage in Canada, and his condo in Florida. More importantly, he’s a talented Toronto-based commercial photographer, supercharged ‘Grammer (that’s Instagram user) extraordinaire, and our third #ModernismProject guest judge. If you aren’t following him already, you should right here! He has a great eye for shooting interiors and beautifully delicious food.

Twice a month (between now and February), we’ll be issuing a new “challenge” or prompt. Participants are encouraged to submit as many photos as they’d like. An amazing panel of special guest judges will review all the submissions and pick a lucky winner in each category. The winner of this week’s challenge will receive a pair of tickets to the Modernism Week Home Tour on February 17, 2013!

To participate in the #wanderlust challenge

  • follow modernism_week on Instagram
  • be ABSOLUTELY sure to tag your photos #ModernismProject and #wanderlust.
  • More on the rules and regulations here.
  • Contest begins at 12:01am PST on Thursday, November 8th and ends at 11:59pm PST on Monday, November 12th.
  • The winner will be announced November 14th.

Airstream Photo by Matthew Reeves

 

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MODERNISMPROJECT PATTERN CHALLENGE WINNER: SERGIO RIVATILLAN

photo by @earqio

Your participation in the #ModernismProject has been outstanding so thanks to everyone who submitted photos in our second challenge – #pattern. Jaime Derringer of Design Milk poured through hundreds of submissions and chose a detail shot of the lattice wall at Pepsi’s Durango, Mexico offices and distribution center. The winning photo comes from Sergio Rivatilla, a young architect based in Durango, Mexico!

Jaime chose Sergio’s photo because, in her words, “it represents what comes to mind when I think about Palm Springs Modernism – the elaborate, repetitive geometric screens seen on the interiors and exteriors of many of the mid-century homes. But it’s the repetition and perspective of the photo that I liked most – it almost makes you feel like the pattern could continue on forever if the wall didn’t end.”

Follow Sergio @earqio on Instagram to see more of his photos, and stop by his website to see more of his work. We’re excited that he’s confirmed he’ll be making the trip up from Mexico to redeem his prize: a pair of tickets to the Modernism Week Home Tour.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and especially to our guest judge, Jaime of Design Milk! Please keep playing along and sending in photos from around the globe. Stay tuned for the next challenge which will be announced on November 8th when we partner with amazing photographer, super-charged Instagrammer, and of course our special guest judge, Jason Hudson from JasonHudson.com.

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#MODERNISMPROJECT > CHALLENGE NO. 2 > PATTERN > SPECIAL GUEST JUDGE DESIGN MILK

Did you enjoy our first #ModernismProject challenge? I know we did! There were so many beautiful submissions, so thanks again for participating. Here’s your second chance to win tickets to Palm Springs Modernism Week. For those of you who are new around here, the #ModernismProject is our first-ever mobile initiative encouraging the global community of modernism fans to express visually what modernism means to them. This week’s theme is…..#PATTERN.

Cruise your city, and scour your local hangouts for patterns that evoke modernism with bold design, graphic grids, and patterned surfaces. Simple, repetitive, and colorful interior screens, wallpaper, tiles, fabric or graphic design are all great examples.

Our special guest judge for this challenge is none other than the awesome design scavenger – Jaime Derringer, founder of Design Milk. This gal and her team provide you with a daily dose of vitamin D (that’s “D” for design!) An online magazine dedicated to modern design, Design Milk offers what’s new in art, architecture, interior design, furniture and decor, fashion and technology. Always fresh + never sour, Design Milk fills your thirsty cup to the brim with design finds from around the world, so drink up!

Jaime Derringer is founder and editor of modern design blog Design Milk , which has been featured in the Los Angeles TimesTime Out New YorkSan Francisco Chronicle, Singapore Home & Decor magazine, and Real Simple magazine. Design Milk is one of the Google Engineers’ Staff Picks and a Twitter influencer in Art & Design. Additionally, Jaime has been noted as an expert on design trends, speaks on design and design blogging, contributes to a multitude of  design blogs and acts as a consultant. The blog is read by many entertainers, hundreds of retailers, magazine editors, and HGTV hosts and designers. Tweets from @designmilk have been featured in Dwell magazine and on HGTV. Jaime believes that modernism involves clean, simple, timeless yet forward-thinking design – so perhaps you can keep that in mind when photographing your patterns!

Twice a month (between now and February), we’ll be issuing a new “challenge” or prompt. Participants are encouraged to submit as many photos as they’d like. An amazing panel of special guest judges will review all the submissions and pick a lucky winner in each category. The winner of this week’s challenge will receive a pair of tickets to the Modernism Week Home Tour on February 17, 2013!

To participate in the #pattern challenge

  • follow modernism_week on Instagram
  • and be ABSOLUTELY sure to tag your photos #ModernismProject and #pattern.
  • More on the rules and regulations here.
  • Contest begins at 12:01am PST on Thursday, October 25th and ends at 11:59pm PST on Monday, October 29th.
  • The winner will be announced October 31st.

Pattern Photo by YourPalDave

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ModernismProject Architecture Challenge Winner: Yutsai Wang

Salk Institute by Yutsai Wang

The #ModernismProject‘s first photo challenge to capture images of modernist architecture was truly a global competition.  We received over 400 stunning submissions from roving Instagrammers around the world.  From Albania and Israel to Mexico City, Paris, Milan, and Georgia (the state, not the country).  The editorial team at Archilovers painstakingly reviewed each and every entry before coming to a unanimous decision.  The winner of the first #ModernismProject #architecture challenge is Yutsai Wong, a Los Angeles-based architectural photographer.

In the words of the editorial team at Archilovers:

“After some soul-searching and fruitful discussions amongst our editorial office, we have finally come to our decision and we have chosen the “salk institute” by Yutsai as the first winner of the modernism project photo challenge.  We chose the photo because in our opinion it is the one which best embodies the tenets of modernist architecture: adherence to logic, rationality and rhythm. The building’s symmmetrical form which symbolises precision, but also the open spaces symbolising an openness to creation. The function and utility of this building with research into “modern” diseases like AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.   The photographer has managed to capture modernism in his photo which shows the material honesty, the symmetry and openess of Louis Kahn’s architecture.”Read more from Archilovers here.

Follow @Yutsai on Instagram to see more of his work.  Yutsai will receive a pair of tickets to the Modernism Week Home Tour.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and especially to our guest judges, the amazing and insightful editorial team at Archilovers!  Please keep playing along and sending in photos from around the globe!  Stay tuned for the next challenge which will be announced on October 25th with special guest judge Jaime Derringer from Design Milk.

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#ModernismProject > Challenge No. 1 > ARCHITECTURE > Special Guest Judge Archilovers

Palm Springs Modernism Week is thrilled to announce the launch of #ModernismProject, our first-ever mobile initiative to encourage the global community of modernism fans to express visually what modernism means to them.  The theme of our first challenge is…..#ARCHITECTURE.

Go forth and capture images of any built structures that exhibit the tenets of modernism – function and utility, abstract beauty, sculptural form, symbolism, honesty in materials, use of modern materials and technology.  It could be a building, a room, a shack, a facade, an outhouse, a play house, any kind of structure.  We just want to see what modernist architecture means to you, today.

And without any further adieu, please meet our special guest judge for this challenge: Bari, Italy-based Archilovers.  You may recognize their signature hot pink heart.  These folks truly *heart* architecture and they know it inside out and around the globe.  It’s precisely because they have such a diverse perspective that Modernism Week has asked Archilovers to be our special guest for this enormous challenge.  Their entire editorial team will be on hand to review submissions.

Archilovers, architecture, buildings, modern architecture

Archilovers is the first true professional network for architects, designers and lovers of architecture from all over the world. It is an international and totally free platform with boundless space, where you can post projects, get to know designers and architects and create your own professional network. The big news, which makes Archilovers unique, is its use of “product tagging” to indicate objects and not people. For the first time you can tag the materials and furnishing objects used, in the project photos, by retrieving them from the archiproducts.com database.

The editorial office of the network comprises 15 architects, interior designers and journalists with over a decade of experience in the sector, whose job is to report the latest news from the world of architecture and design and to scour the thousands of projects we receive daily from architects and architectural offices all over the world, selecting those which catch the eye with something new and innovative to offer.  With their keen eye for progressive and stunning design, Archilovers is the perfect judge for this first, exciting, and wide-reaching challenge.

So get ready, set, and shoot!

Twice a month (between now and February), we’ll be issuing a new “challenge” or prompt.  Participants are encouraged to submit as many photos as they like.  An amazing panel of special guest judges will review all the submissions and pick a lucky winner in each category.  Those lucky winners will receive tickets to Modernism Week or a print from the MODSHOP.

To participate in the #Architecture challenge, just follow modernism_week on Instagram and be ABSOLUTELY sure to tag your photos #ModernismProject and #architecture.  More on the rules and regulations here.  Contest begins at 12:01am PST on Thursday, October 11th and ends at 11:59pm PST on Monday, October 15th.  The winner will be announced October 17th.

Tell us what you think!

Photo by Eric Hauser

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Foto Find: Sam Sefton

Our next Foto Find hails from the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. Besides being a creative director in the advertising industry, Sam Sefton is also a prolific contributor to iStock photo with over 10,000 downloads.  He also shoots for Air BnB.  When he’s not working on the latest campaign or gathering visual content for iStock, he shoots his travels.  And we found his fresh perspective on Palm Springs to be captivating.  He hasn’t been to Modernism Week yet, but we hope to see him in 2013.

More about Sam Sefton:

What’s your favorite aspect of Palm Springs?

The modern architecture of Palm Springs inspired me to take photographs there, but honestly, I found that I loved everything about the place. It has such a great tradition of style, leisure and fun. There is something very quixotic about Palm Springs. With my Midwestern roots, I found myself romanticizing the idea of Hollywood stars whisking off to this desert oasis for the weekend. Playing golf and tennis. And hanging out in “Desert Modern” hotels and spas. There is something in the air in Palm Springs. A certain atmosphere. It was mostly sunny when I photographed there. But it also rained a bit. Which was great. I tend to go for drama when I shoot and process, even with the simplest of subject matters. The large clouds really made the skies dramatic and heightened the overall look. I often use a flash when there are dark skies in the background. That gives a surreal quality to the light and an odd but rather purposeful contrast. Regarding architecture, the lines, circles and angles of Palm Springs buildings also add to drama. I like the way a modernist building can be cropped to place emphasis on positive and negative spaces. The geometric play makes for extremely interesting compositions. Often, less is more. Just like with modernism. And that’s where the architecture of Palm Springs really comes shining through.
What do you like to shoot and why?
Photography has been a passion of mine ever since I received an unexpected holiday gift from my parents: a Canon AE-1. I like to shoot a variety of subjects. And no pun intended, I really like the focus that’s required of photography. You can get lost in a certain kind of zone where everything else just falls away. I find that very relaxing. To this day, photography is a great creative outlet for me. I work full-time at an advertising agency, which can be a very collaborative process. It takes a lot of people to develop and make a TV commercial. But it only takes one person to take a great photo. So when I am ready to take a break from the collaborative creative effort, photography is my gateway. And because of that, most of my work would probably be considered personal or art. I recently started photographing for Airbnb. Which is great because it is architectural in nature but you still meet some really interesting people along the way. I am waiting for my first really cool modernist interior. Hopefully that will be soon.
What does modernism mean to you? 
To me, modernism is a powerful combination of art, style and design. It embraces simplicity and discipline. Modernism is not afraid of being bold. It is a testament to forward thinking. I live relatively close to the Cranbrook School and campus in suburban Detroit. Cranbrook has a rich tradition of modernism with Charles and Ray Eames and their mid century furniture design. The Cranbrook Art Museum is also very modern in appearance. In addition to places like Cranbrook, the automotive industry in Detroit also adds a kind of cool industrial vibe to the entire art community. Almost everything in this area is touched by cars in some way or another. One of my favorite finds at modernist shows are 1960’s era illustrations of concept cars. And of course, there is modernist influence in certain car designs. I recently bought a Fiat. Part of my attraction to the car was its simple, almost Art Deco design. I photographed the Fiat outside the Cranbrook Art Museum and the contrast of the Fiat’s simple round shapes against the Museum’s stark architecture was very dramatic. Round lines and straight lines. I like finding modernism in the everyday. The Kmart Corporation was based in Michigan (The 1960’s era logo was modern and fantastic.) And although I rarely went to a Kmart store, I did go to their corporate headquarters for their moving sale (when they merged with Sears.) It was cool but a little sad. Modern furniture was everywhere. Chairs. Desks. Lamps. I’m still a proud owner of two orange Steelcase chairs from Kmart’s worldwide headquarters. I can only imagine 1960’s sharp-dressed executives sitting in them as they smiled at rising sales charts.
To see more of Sam’s work, check him out iStock and follow him on Flickr.
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