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1. Modern masterpiece designed around a major folk art collection. Sorry...weathervanes not included.

This warm and inviting villa is proof that folk art can be right at home in a modern setting. Unfortunately, the stunning Teiger House doesn’t come with the current owner’s enviable collection. Designed by Roto Architects for avid art collector David Teiger, the house is located in lush Bernardsville, New Jersey -- an area favored by the barons of the Gilded Age and home to numerous grand estates. Perched atop 6.4 acres, the L-shaped Teiger House features an abundance of natural elements such as an exterior made of stone, stucco, and ipe wood; Douglas fir post and beams; beechwood built-ins; and Yukon White Indiana limestone floors and counters. Rustic yet refined, the awe-inspiring Teiger House has been...

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Monday, 21 September 2015 16:47

The Top 12 Museums for Modern Design in the U.S.

Modern design takes innumerable forms, making it difficult to define in an absolute way. From a streamlined Electrolux vacuum cleaner from the 1930s to Eero Saarinen's iconic Tulip Chair, all modern design objects explore the space where form and function meet and lessen the gap between art and the everyday. Below is a hand-picked selection of some of the country’s top museums for viewing, exploring, and learning about the fascinating and innovative world of modern design. 

1. The Renwick Gallery
Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
For information call 202.633.7970 or visit

The beautiful and ever-evolving Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., set the tone for design museums in America. The first purpose-built art museum in the country, the institution shifted its focus to...


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The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced today that its Frank Lloyd Wright house, which the Bentonville, Arkansas museum transplanted from New Jersey in 2014, will open to the public on November 11. Since its acquisition by the museum, the home, known as the Bachman-Wilson House, has been disassembled, traveled 1,200 miles, and been reconstructed in the museum’s garden.

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When two of Denmark’s most iconic design figures come together to create a piece of furniture, the results are bound to be spectacular. This important Cuban mahogany cabinet by Kaj Gottlob for AJ Iversen is a stunning example of one such sublime collaboration. Offered by H.M. Luther, New York-based dealers of rare and unique works by the most celebrated designers from Scandinavia and Continental Europe, this highly sophisticated piece was conceived by Gottlob, a leading architect, and crafted by Iversen, an accomplished cabinetmaker. Iversen, along with the many architects and designers he partnered with, including Gottlob, helped pave the way for Danish Modern, an iconic style revered for its...

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His “Normandie” pitcher is one of the prime examples of Art Deco streamlining, sleek as a funnel on that great steamliner and elegant as one of its staterooms. And yet Peter Muller-Munk himself, who designed it in 1935, has passed largely from view.

Now the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh has announced its intention to make us notice him: On Nov. 21, the museum opens “Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk,” the first survey of the designer.

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The Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon opened its main season exhibition, Side By Side: Shaker and Modern Design, to the public on Sunday, June 28. The exhibition, which pairs Shaker works with works by contemporary and modern designers, will be on view during the museum’s hours, 10AM-4PM every Friday-Monday through October 12.

Shaker furniture has been has been widely influential to modern furniture designers. This exhibition examines the idea of modernism and its connection to ideals of utopian social reform through the lens of Shaker and modern furnishings, with works by iconic designers such as Jens Risom, Børge Mogensen, George Nakashima, and Wharton Esherick shown alongside Shaker works from the nineteenth century.

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 Art Southampton, the Hamptons’ premier contemporary and modern art and design fair, is kicking off its fourth edition at a stunning new location. Held at the Nova’s Art Project, a sprawling sculpture park in Bridgehampton, Art Southampton will bring together art and design from the 20th and 21st centuries in a pastoral yet decidedly luxe setting.

Produced by Art Miami LLC, the company behind a number of the country’s top art fairs, including its flagship fair Art Miami, Art Southampton will open with a...

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On June 3, Piasa will offer for sale an important collection of works by Gustave Serrurier-Bovy (1858-1910) that will showcase the influence that his creations have had on 20th-century design.

Serrurier was one of Belgium's leading Art Nouveau designers, working as an architect, designer, and industrialist. His interest in industrial aesthetics make him an important precursor of the Modern Design movement. His most important historical pieces — some of which are for sale at the upcoming auction — are part of the MET collection in New York, in the Musée d’Orsay Art Deco section in Paris, and in the Brussel and Liège Museum in Belgium.

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At the 11th hour, a British heritage organization has renewed a bid to save a major Brutalist building from destruction. Twentieth Century Society filed a report with English Heritage last week arguing for the preservation of Robin Hood Gardens, Dezeen reported. The Alison and Peter Smithson–designed social housing project in East London is slated to be torn down and replaced by a new residential development.

Built in 1972, the prefabricated concrete building is considered one of the prime examples of Brutalist architecture in the UK.

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 17:23

Modern Design Masters: Paul Evans

Few individuals have had as profound an effect on American furniture design as Paul Evans (1931-1987). A leading figure in the midcentury American studio furniture movement, Evans consistently pushed boundaries with his innovative approaches to metalsmithing and furniture-making. His transcendent works, which defied what everyday objects looked like and how they were made, continue to reveal the fascinating crosscurrents between sculpture and design.

Evans began working with metal in the early 1950s -- first at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Craftsmen (SAC) in Rochester, New York, where he studied under the influential American silversmiths and designers John (Jack) Prip and Lawrence Copeland, and later at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

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