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a personal plea from dion neutra to save the kronish house…


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things are not looking good for the kronish house, the largest neutra in beverly hills. not even waiting until the agreed upon extension date next month, the owners have taken the house off the market and have started asbestos abatement (do they even have a permit?). there’s something fishy about this move, it reeks of backdoor deals – are they doing this so that the new owners won’t have blood on their hands? this way, the demolition has already been done and the new owners will be free to build the mc mansion of their dreams on 2 acres of prime beverly hills land. because that’s what beverly hills needs…

time is really ticking on this one. dion neutra is asking EVERYONE to attend the beverly hills city council meeting tomorrow evening (public comments will be heard around 7:15pm, so get there by 7pm). and please, please sign and share this letter addressed to the mayor and city council. it will only take a moment, and it could make all the difference in the world.

we need to unite as an international voice – too often, money trumps historic preservation. absolute worst case scenario, we lose the kronish (and i don’t type that lightly), but we pave the way for historic/cultural preservation to be the norm in beverly hills and not the demolition of irreplaceable treasures of architectural art.

p.s. if you were planning on attending the event on the 24th, it has been CANCELED. that’s why this latest push is so important. it is critical that we spread the word and do all we can in the time remaining.

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saving the kronish house…

The Kronish House in Beverly Hills, California. From Mark Angeles via Unlimited Style and ArchDaily

it’s been a long time since i’ve been to the ol’ blog. work has been pretty hectic and the heat…oh, the heat…triple digits…muggy…don’t get me started!

i saw this on facebook and had to share with all of you who care about architecture and mid century modern design. as some of you may know, many historic homes have already been bulldozed in beverly hills:  john lautner, paul williams, frank lloyd wright…all of ’em, gone.

richard neutra‘s kronish house was slated for demolition, until passionate preservationists rallied to get an extension. the shitty thing is “the soda partners” got the house out of foreclosure for $5.8 million and then put it on the market for $13,995,000 (that’s quite the flip…ugh.). hilton/hyland is listing it as a “sunset contemporary” with no reference to richard neutra (how strange).

the kronish house is a largest neutra (7000 sq ft) in so. cal. and the last one standing in beverly hills (the other two have already fallen victim to the wrecking ball or horrible renovations). from the huffington post:

Richard Neutra once spoke about his seven-thousand square foot collaboration with Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Kronish. He wrote, “Every major project like this takes a good deal of ‘starch’ out of me, my life-strength, but there is always deep satisfaction.”

dion neutra has posted a petition to save the kronish called “networking for neutra” (and is asking us all to spread the word by asking 5 friends to do the same. if i contact 5 people and those people contact 5 people, we would reach 100 million people in a week! if we each donated $1, $5, $10…well, you can do the math!):

you can sign the petition here and please give as much as you can … the goal is to save the house and turn it into a research library of sorts that would be open to the public by appointment.

it’s rare to have this much time to try and save an icon…won’t you do what you can to spread the word?

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when good deeds meet great design…


as you may know, i work at whole foods and i love anthropologie…it could be that i work at whole foods so i can shop at anthropologie (minus the looming major car repair this month)…

so this earth day, i can honestly say, my worlds are colliding! last month, a super chic and lovely lady from the beverly hills anthropologie store came in to ask if she could have our corks. whole foods market collects corks from our customers to return to cork reharvest – an awesome organization who then recycles these 100% natural, renewable, recyclable and biodegradable beauties via the recycling arm of the cork forest conservation alliance. in our store alone, i return, on average, one 4’x2′ box per month…that’s a lot of corks!

anthropologie collected over 2 million corks to create some stunning visual displays…you can see more here on their facebook page.

big earth day cheers to cork reharvest, anthropologie and whole foods market!

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vw unveils new electric concept car…


what do you think of vw’s new microbus concept?

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l.a. bans the bag sale! exclusively @supermarket!

check out our sale! just in time for the holidays!

* while quantities last…sale ends 01.01.11, so hurry!

** and no, we couldn’t figure out how to lower the prices on the website…any smart programmers out there who can help me?

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until we can afford adult sized… modern miniatures…

i’ve been meaning to post the fabulous gift we received from my boyfriend’s mom. she is a true artist when it comes to miniatures and when she came across this little beauty, she had to get it for us! so, here is our miniature mid-century modern starter set! tim is going to build us a lovely modern home now that we have the living and dining room ready to go! i think he will probably build some sculptures and mobiles and paint some mini-canvases for the perfect finishing touches!

maybe he can also work on a mini jere sculpture for above the fireplace (and build the fireplace) and we definitely will need some pottery…such fun!

check out this article from the ny times, called modern design, in miniature is growing. in it, they talk about my new hero, christine ferrara and my new favorite blog, call of the small – which shows you how creative and fantastic and exciting this world of mini-modernism can be!

hello, rock wall and groovy wallpaper!

excuse me, eames lounger, may i take a seat?

have we met before, mr. cabinet and ms. chair?

just pulled up in my mini mini and am ready for cocktails on the rooftop!

this emerson house is a bit too contemporary for me, but is available for preorder on brincadada.com

vitra design museum has ten pages of iconic chairs and sofas like this beauty by le corbusier:

image from design-museum.com

i am so excited to scour call of the small and figure out tons of little projects for us to do!

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extra! extra! read all about it! new wallpaper breathes life into yesterday’s headlines…


it’s been a crazy week and i am pretty behind in my reading, but this post on the LA times home section blog was too good not to share!

on first glance, lori weitzner’s “newsworthy” wallpaper looks like grass cloth…but wait! look closer! it is actually strips of recycled newspaper that have been hand woven on a loom…brilliant! i find it to be texturally inviting, comforting and pretty crafty in an über chic reduce, reuse and recycle kind of a way!

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