Tyler Merkel of mid century Michigan is on a mission to document amazing mid century homes in Grand Rapids Michigan. Tyler sent me a message about one of his recent shoots involving one amazing built it rosewood credenza. Anyone that reads Plastolux or follows me on Facebook or Pinterest knows I have a special place in my heart for rosewood and credenzas. Its like the question was “should we put a credenza here or a room divider?”. The answer, “why not both”. The house is simply amazing, I love thet when the owners bought the house they had never heard the term mid century modern. Make sure to click over and see the rest of the house.
The Zoersel House, a Bauhaus style home that was ready for tear down was saved and meticulously restored. In 2005 interior architect Arjaan De Feyter and his wife bought the house which was in total decay and ready for demolition. They did a fantastic job breathing new life into this steel structure. The house was literally stripped down the steel frame, only to find parts of the frame were compromised as well. Now this beautiful translucent box serves as a work space and a home. Make sure to go read the rest of the story.
I never thought I would be featuring a modern mortuary but there is something simple and minimal about this addition to Asker crematorium and chapel, built in the late nineteen fifties. Part of the appeal to me is the color palette consisting mostly of whites, creams and lighter neutral colors. The structure and interiors almost have a monochromatic feel. There are some very interesting details going on as well.
Yesterday I was visiting one of my favorite mid century sites, esotericsurvey.blogspot.com and there is was, the most organic modern architecture I have seen. The High Desert House (1993) by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg. The house was commissioned by artist Bev Doolittle and her husband Jay. While the house is certainly organic I also see an influence of brutalism as well. The interiors are like nothing I have seen before, so flowing yet raw at the same time. The one element that really stands out to me are the flowing dramatic roof lines, They remind me of armadillo skin. If you are in the market for a really unique house, this can be yours for $3 million.
When I first saw this project by March Studio I didn’t make a correlation between the front of the house and the back. The extreme modern addition on the back of the house is an angular stunner. I love the port holes functioning as light givers into a concrete play area for the kids. The article describes the house as the “Mullet House”, short and business in the front and a long party in the back. As much as I really like juxtaposition this doesn’t work for me, but then again it really isn’t my house. I do appreciate the addition I would just live in that side of the house.
There are a lot of elements that I like about this modern house by Gassner & Zarecky. I like that the lower level is flooded with light thanks to the floor to ceiling glass. I like the modern approach to the “typical” center pitched roof. All of the textures; wood, concrete and glass work so well together. The color scheme provided mostly by wood is accented by black, white and grays, makes for a perfect canvas for furnishings and art.