One of the most important principles in New Century Modern Design is its intrinsic relationship with nature. So, when we run across stories that speak to this symbiotic partnership, our interest is certainly piqued.
Here’s five blogs we found particularly engaging. If you love modern architecture, mid-century modern design, nature, and ingenuity, these are for you. Enjoy!
Vitrocsa USA website
What better way to invite nature into a home than with windows that bring the outdoors indoors. Literally.
These Invisible Window Walls from the Swiss company Vitrocsa, grace homes in over 20 countries. It’s no wonder. They offer the cleanest site lines possible, and cleverly pivot to open fully and immerse you in surrounding nature. Spectacular and beyond!
Drawing from the resources of the natural environment, and the soul of the community, this beautiful Airbnb introduces a new concept that’s worth taking in. It’s an entrepreneurial endeavor designed to revive the local community of Yoshino and help preserve ancient customs.
Local artisans milled the local cedar, and the town craftsmen built the house. It’s maintained by the community and the proceeds all go back to support the town of Yoshino. A wonderful idea, and an inviting showcase of nature.
It’s hard to believe Frank Lloyd Wright was born 150 years ago this month. A visionary in his time, his design principles are just as relevant today.
Architects and designers around the world continue to be influenced by his work and philosophies. He had a tremendous respect for nature. All his buildings were designed to live within the natural environment, and improve it wherever possible.
For Jeff Vioski, founder and designer of the VIOSKI New Century Modern furniture collection, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence flourishes in his use of natural materials, and the harmonious relationship to nature. (link this to the NCM blog when published)
Design Milk asked other current architects and designers to see how Frank Lloyd Wright influences their work. It’s quite inspiring to hear and see how the greatest American architect lives on in spirit and principle.
4. “Ways of Life” Exhibition at the Kulturbahnhof Kassel in Germany. Architects Christoph Hesse and Neeraj Bhatia are co-curating an upcoming exhibition as part of Experimenta Urbana, opening on July 5th.
Nineteen emerging architectural firms each presents a dwelling encompassed in nature. The premise of the show is to explore the delicate balance between the relaxation naturally induced from nature and the demands for productivity from technology.
Each firm had to create within the constraints of limitations on square footage, integration of technology, and a strictly sustainable design. Fascinating.
A bird as an architect? Well, not literally, but the Bowerbird from down under comes pretty close. These clever birds spend months building elaborate abodes to attract a mate.
Interestingly enough, different varieties of bowerbirds chose different colors for embellishment. Typically, the more colorful birds choose more muted tones, while the more neutral colored birds go for the brighter colors in flower petals, leaves and objects to decorate their homes. Competition for female attention is tough for these little birds of seduction. This is truly nature and architecture working together for a cause.
Let us know if you have examples of nature and design working together, or if you’d like to share any comments about these blogs.
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