"If you want an interesting life, start with an interesting home" - Max Strang, Strang Design.
Last Thursday I had the pleasure to sit down, as co-founder of Florida Modernism + Design, with Florida architect Max Strang from Strang Design. Florida Modernism + Design is a side project I work on with Johnny Laderer, we celebrate Floridian architecture and the modernist ideals that influenced and shaped our cityscape. Max was kind enough to join us in a conversation at Soho Beach House on Environmental Architecture and the influential roots of Florida Modernism.
Max is originally from Winter Haven, FL and grew up in a home designed by architect Gene Leedy. To make the historical references short, Gene Leedy is part of an interesting lineage of architecture in Florida which begins with a mix of the Bauhaus's International Style and Frank Lloyd Wright's Organic Architecture merging within the architecture work of the Sarasota School of Architecture and architect Alfred Browning Parker and reemerges in the contemporary architecture of Max Strang. Max is able to continue proudly this lineage and shared with Soho House members his ideas on current issues and influences in building practices from the mid-century.
After our talk we all sat down for dinner to continue our conversation on architecture and that was when Max said this quote here: "If you want an interesting life, start with an interesting home". It resonated more than everything else we had been discussing because it gives architecture this larger and greater purpose. An interesting and unique life, a personally created life of our own is really what many of us are seeking at the end of the day.
In an era where everything is instantly accessable, prefabricated, same day delivery, uniqueness gets lost. Uniqueness takes time, it takes history and exploration. Architecture, design and art should serve our purpose to create the life we want to live. Our surroundings will influence who we are, so maintaining company with insteresting things, spaces and people will inevitably influence who we become. Best practices begin at home.
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