Saturday, June 16, 2012

In the comments of THIS post, someone asked me:

Can you post a modern home that you like? When I think of modern, this is what I think of. I'd like to see a modern home with more soul, and I trust your judgment.


Sure. I'll add more as I find them, but here's my deal with modern:




It should be rational and lack adornment. Newer cheap "modern" houses that I see going up in Seattle in-fill areas have irrationally placed windows and the design seems to zig and zag without any cohesion. I like some vintage modern homes (I love Palm Springs, for example, and there are a ton of great old homes there, but some are still old shit boxes with weird design.) While buying a Tom Kundig house is out of reach for most of us, I like his designs because the homes look built to last. Concrete and steel. His house "The Brain" is not really a house. It's more like a retreat. But the point is that you look at it and it seems like that building has an intellectual life of its own. The building is an idea. If you're not going to wrap yourself in the comfort of a cozy bungalow... if you're going to go modern, then go modern. Build a house that contributes something to architecture, even in its simplicity.

But honestly, I have no idea what I am talking about. My deal with modern homes is like porn... I know the good shit when I see it (or something like that).








Post links to modern homes you love in comments. And if you can help define what makes a good modern home, let us know.



21 comments:

Vivian said...

I'm reading The Fountainhead right now, and basically everything you said reminded me of it.

Anonymous said...

I also prefer a modern home to also have soul. It still needs warmth like wood, carpet, books. Give me the Schindler/Chase house or the Maison de Verre anyday!

Mid-Century Modern is like a cartoon-y version of these earlier movements.

Emily said...

the modern homes in my area (San francisco Bay) were designed by Eichler and they are all clean lines and lots of light. I wouldn't mind owning one of those. I also was particularly fond of the house in The Incredibles. ;-)

HOBAC said...

"Build a house that contributes something to architecture, even in its simplicity."

I think you know exactly what you are taking about.

Diane said...

Here's a link to a mid-century modern home that I like -- especially love the living room and its long wall of windows -- gallery of pictures here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/updating-a-mid-century-modern-home/2012/02/07/gIQAYZapzQ_gallery.html#photo=1

Anonymous said...

"Mid-Century Modern is like a cartoon-y version of these earlier movements."

No offense, but you are an idiot.

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glass doors and windows!<3

Kristin said...

Decorno, I'm going to be really obnoxious and ask you to cite your sources. Pretty, pretty, please? I don't know much about modern architecture or interior design, but I do recognize a couple of the pictured homes. Yet what are pictures 4 & 5, the two fabulous pictures of a concrete box with a grid of windows in the center and bookcases busting through? Is that the same house pictured on opposite sides? Shitballs, I want a modern home now.

I am obsessed with building a container home for some reason. I wonder how well a container home can exemplify modern awesomeness per your definition.

Diane said...

The first two homes shown above are mid-century modern. For more photos/info of the first home:

http://takesunset.com/2010/08/mid-century-dream-home-in-studio-city/#more-4950

and second home:

http://boomtownblog.com/2011/09/02/charleston-home-featured-in-the-new-york-times/

http://www.thecassinagroup.com/charleston-sc-home-for-sale-on-the-marsh.html

Unknown said...

I can help provide a little more context on images 3 & 4. Those are pictures of "The Brian," and you can find more specific info here: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/pacificnw/2005/0522/cover_nseattle.html

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Diane said...

I'll post just one more link... this house in the Catskills is awesome and incorporates what I think makes a good modern home through the "simple geometry of the structure" and the "indoor/outdoor connection":

http://doyoulovewhereyoulive.com/archives/astounding-modern-glass-house-catskill-mountain-house

Kristin said...

Unknown, thank you!!!

Unknown said...

Happy to help! My husband's god father was the owner/designer of the Brain, so I was able to visit it a few times. He's since sold that property, but it was quite the magical place.

I'm always thrilled to come across photos of it on some of my favorite blogs (like Decorno!) and Pinterest.

Aaron Leitz said...

I photograph a lot of contemporary/modern homes and I think Decorno said it pretty well. Without getting in to the semantic complexities of post/pre/neo modernisms...To me, the modern aesthetic tends to be more "holistic" where the structure itself and the furnishings and fixtures together create form and ornamentation. Whereas in more traditional styles, rooms tend to be boxes filled with individual pieces that are ornaments by themselves (pillows with tassles, wild window treatments etc.)

Modern homes can be cold and stark or warm and ornate. One of my favorite interior designers: Terry Hunziker, is a master of the NW modern interior and his work is a must see.

findingfabulous said...

For me modern design is where the house is made for ease of living and the decor serves the human, not vice versa. Wish I could remember where I got this- but love the warmth and simplicity http://media-cache-ec7.pinterest.com/upload/248823948132316023_mIP2iM0X.jpg

findingfabulous said...

For me modern design is where the house is made for ease of living and the decor serves the human, not vice versa. Wish I could remember where I got this- but love the warmth and simplicity http://media-cache-ec7.pinterest.com/upload/248823948132316023_mIP2iM0X.jpg

Debora said...

I like what you said about mid century modern but can you post an example as I'm new to decorating. Im all about examples lol hope you ddont mind thank you!

Steve Barley said...

I've seen a lot of modern designs here, just check it out.

http://www.jws-interiors.com

Anonymous said...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/9344321/A-modernist-home-in-pictures.html#?frame=2253851

David said...

I like what findingfabulous said about a house being made for ease of living. Thats what makes a house modern to me too, regardless of the finishes or ceiling height.

Easily accessible stairways rather than tight ones. Wide hallways, or no hallways, so that things can easily be moved in and out. Doors that are wide, and open into ample spaces. Walls that partition off space in ways that are useful or serve a purpose. Doors only where necessary, and pocket doors that don't demand floor space whenever possible.

For me its about reason and function first.