Thursday, February 14, 2008

Little Boxes

I've always loved modern architecture, from the sweeping curves of Alvar Aalto to the geometric precision of Frank Lloyd Wright to the utilitarian beauty of Charles and Ray Eames. Then there are contemporary practitioners like Philip Johnson, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown and the mind-blowing (not to mention physics-defying) work of Zaha Hadid.

Though we've always lived in older homes, I've always dreamed of living in a clean, modern space with sweeping lines and walls of glass. So I've been looking longingly at the newest generation of modular homes, like Michelle Kaufman's Glidehouse, that are essentially snap-together modules. And now Design Within Reach (DWR) is featuring the Kithaus, a system based on 9' by 13' modules that can function independently or can be clamped together to make a larger structure.

Kithaus designer Tom Sandonato will demonstrate its eco-friendly simplicity at the DWR Portland studio at 6 pm on April 24 and, since seating is limited, it would behoove you to RSVP ASAP via e-mail. I'll see you there!

Details: Tom Sandonato demonstrates his Kithaus modular system. Mon., April 24, 6-8 pm; free. E-mail for reservations or call 503-220-0200. Design Within Reach, 1200 NW Everett.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

On a related note, you might want to check out this event happening at the Portland Art Museum: http://www.metro-region.org/index.cfm/go/by.web/id/21627

kab said...

Thanks! That link is here if readers have trouble accessing it. Looks like a great event, and definitely worthwhile projects.

I'll try to follow up on the winners in a post!

kab said...

On a related note, Kathleen Nash at DWR has informed me that Michelle Kaufman is going to be speaking at the Home & Garden Show at the Expo Center at 2 pm on Sat. & Sun. (2/23-24).