Breaking Out of the Box

boxArticle from UNC Asheville Magazine | “UNC Asheville, like the city in its name, is known for doing things a little outside the box. Call it an innovation center, a design lab, a fabrication facility or a makerspace, the university will soon have two new spaces to call home and to create new things. These makers resource centers will take students off campus and into their creative careers, and as far as coming out of the box, they may well blow the box away.” ramp2

Read the rest of this interesting article by Melissa Stanz. We at Modern Asheville are excited by these positive developments within our creative community and cheers to Brent Skidmore for stewarding this vision!

Shelburne Woods | OPEN HOUSE

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 7.10.17 AMSunday, Aug 7th | 2 – 4PM – Save this date to stop by and visit with Modern Asheville Real Estate and Mountain Sun Building to learn more about this new mini mod community conveniently positioned between the urban corridor and the river in West Asheville. Nine lots with nine potential eco-friendly modern homes available. To stay tuned on the event go here. To read more on Shelburne Woods go here. See you there. Cheers!

Flea for Y’all | This Sunday the 31st

13165975_495585930629933_6166293807108001181_nHi Folks! It is almost the end of the month which means the Flea for Y’all is this Sunday at the Salvage Station. Yeah! We look forward to getting back to the river with all our friends and their cool vintage, mid-century and industrial treasures. Stop by and talk to us about Shelburne Woods, our new modern mini-development, and all our other cool listings. Go here for more details. Cheers!Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 6.06.23 AM

Mid-Century Modern | Design for Democracy

BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE DISCUSSION | The Mid-Century Modern design aesthetic is as compelling now as it was in the mid 20th century. Find out why and how this style of architecture and design came into being and why it resonates as positively even now. Wednesday, August 3 – 7:30 p.m. @ 69 Broadway {Free for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID / $8 non-members}Print

Moderated by curator, lecturer, and essayist Andrew Glasgow. Participants include: Charlton Bradsher, of Charlton Bradsher Art + Design; Tamara Reid, Textiles Manager at Knoll Textiles; and Troy Winterrowd of Modern Asheville Real Estate.

Sunday Morning Modern

Columbus MainPreserving a Design-Centric Community | I know I have previously written about my small hometown of Columbus Indiana, however, a new article by from the American Institute of Architects caused me to reflect on it more this weekend. Growing up I don’t think I recognized the town’s uniqueness as I was simply trying to be a kid fitting in like any other kid. A recent article regarding Columbus led me to reflect back and I remembered a black and white crayon drawing I created in 3rd grade.Columbus Comp It looks like a typical child’s drawing, but then I thought about it further. The drawing is of a Harry Weese designed church that stood on the hill across from my Edward Larrabe Barnes designed elementary school.Col 03

That drawing was then framed and hung in our county library designed by I.M.Pei next to the Henry Moore sculpture I used to bang my little hands on to create the hollow sound of the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz. The sculpture was centered in a brick plaza across from the North Christian Church designed by Eliel Saarinen. Clearly, my childhood was not so typical and perhaps I was being subtly brainwashed in the community’s design-centric spirit. I truly can’t recall ever thinking about design, but clean architectural lines in austere landscapes definitely feel at home to me.  Col 02

The article by the American Institute of Architects recognizes Columbus as one of the most celebrated concentrations of mid-century architecture in the country. While it gets into details about the future challenges of physical preservation of their buildings it speaks to preserving a community philosophy around good design — The other thing that needs to be preserved is this intangible thing—a community that wants good design. The idea that needs to be preserved is the value of making good things. — which is something many of us feel is important for our own community of Asheville.cdnassets.hw-2

Whether a Columbus type of philosophy can be applied here remains to be seen, but it is worth considering something of our very own beyond the past and for our future. In the meantime you can red the full article here. Enjoy your Sunday. Cheers!

Congrats to Jason Weil

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Tonight was the Matsumoto Design Awards in Raleigh celebrating modernist residential design across the state of North Carolina. Locally, we had four entries. Jason Weil received a People’s Choice Award for his home design at Ceil. Congrats Jason! And congrats to our friends at In-Situ Studio for their own Matsumoto Awards as well. And thanks to George Smart and NC Modernist Houses for hosting the awards for five straight years. Cheers!