A side project I work on Florida Modernism + Design, how it began and the latest post on the blog on the Lido Beach Casino in Sarasota.
We begin moving out of our parent's home, perhaps. A search for a new abode, a place to call home. Sometimes with roommates, in a different city, with a budget in mind. What we are to find, we have no idea. Best to keep expectations at a low, the energy of adventure is high. The experience of moving might be stressful for some, exciting for others. We all want to feel that sense of security and comfort in a home. The possibilities of how this happens might be endless. Finding a new home whether purchasing or renting becomes a new chapter in our life.
The Empty Apartment is always going back to this initial experience of walking through an empty space and listening to the architecture that is already speaking a monologue. The monologue is the history of the location, the purpose of the building, the architectural details that perhaps have been hidden, removed or destroyed over time. How do we turn these monologues into conversations when we move into the space and make it our home?
The conversation gets rich when we bring in our Grandmother's lounge chair, that dining table gifted from our neighbor who was moving out that fits everyone who comes over, and that wallpaper we fell in love with on a whim but had to go back to the store to buy more as we clearly didn't know how to calculate wallpaper in the first place. The experience of building a home begins with Architecture. Space will dictate the movement and flow of habitual interaction. It is our process to collect the items that will speak about our journey and how we interact with space. The home is only made once we have left our imprint on it.
"Architecture is exposed to life. If its body is sensitive enough, it can assume a quality that bears witness to past life" - architect Peter Zumthor.
While the Olympics are front and center right now, The Empty Apartment is taking a close look at some of the great art and design that has come out of this lush, Amazonian country.
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During the Olympics I have featured (via Facebook) furniture pieces to collect, architecture to drool over, art and design inspired by social issues such as waste and poverty and how avant garde Brazilian’s notion of Modernity was in the mid-century.
It’s a beautiful culture that has integrated European influences and environmental surroundings to create timeless aesthetics. The use of organic materials such as leather, dark woods and bringing the outside vegetation into our interior spaces is a great juxtaposition to the bright colors used in textiles and pigments. The conceptual reuse of materials seems to be quite significant for the Brazilian creative as well.
So where can we find Brazilian Art & Design to collect? Here are some places to look. Start collecting!
Halloween has past and we all know Thanksgiving is just around the corner piled in by Art Basel Miami Beach or Miami Art Week as it’s called these days, leaving no time left for Christmas shopping. Experiences, they say make the best gifts these days. So, I am getting a head start here with a few ideas for weekend trips that can keep on giving great memories and accruing Instagram likes. An IOU for one of these getaways in 2016 is perfect for any art and design loving mind.