Category Archives: Asheville Modernism

Sunday Morning Modern

Modern Architecture Raises Property Values | Check out this nice article by one of our business partners, Real Estate Scorecard, on the value of modern design in real estate. See the full article by our friend Marge Casey here. Cheers!

“Mountain modern architecture is considered one of the most sought-after design trends in Asheville neighborhoods for a multitude of reasons. When folks think of the traditional mountain rustic home they envision a space that radiates shelter, warmth and protection from the harsh elements of high country living.  This classic notion of mountain living has evolved with advances of technology that enable homes to be built more energy-efficient and yet still cozy with new artistic designs that are more appealing to home shoppers today, especially in the austere city of Asheville.”

2017 Matsumoto Award Winners

Congrats to 2 of our local architects { and all the others} on their Jury Prizes in the Matsumoto Award competition last week in Raleigh. Scott Huebner of Brickstack Architects and Duncan McPherson of Samsel Architects won first and third places. Cheers to you! HERE are the full results of the competition. Enjoy!

Vote for Samsel Architecture

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Our friends at Samsel Architects are up for an award again this year.  Their Fontana Lake Residence which was on the modern tour last year has been chosen as a finalist for Fine Homebuilding 2016 Houses Readers’ Choice Award! Voting is open now until February 26 at midnight. Votes are limited to one a day per person but you can vote every day until the contest ends.Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 4.44.43 AM

If the project wins, it will be featured in a two-page spread in Fine Homebuilding Houses issue later this year. Please take some time to vote by clicking here.

Cheers from the Modern Asheville Real Estate team!

Jeremy at the Junction

jeremy compIf you haven’t dined at the Junction lately it is time to stop by. Local artist Jeremy Russell’s work is vibrantly displayed throughout. Jeremy, is both a fine artist and scenic painter having worked in the entertainment industry. His work is conceptual in nature and plays with symbolic imagery dealing with issues such as science, sexuality, psychology, human nature, religions, politics and beyond to the universe. Go check out is work in person and visit his website here. Cheers!

Modernist Furniture Maker | Ben Rosenberg

coffee.table copyKelly and I met with local furniture maker Ben Rosenberg at the Grovewood Gallery on Wednesday afternoon. Ben studied welding and furniture making at Haywood Community College. Ben’s inspiration comes from the great designers and furniture makers from the early modern movement creating furniture with clean lines and subtle curves. Ben says, “These elements reflect my belief that thoughtful design creates uncluttered, functional, and beautiful pieces of furniture.” We agree.Ben Comp

Ben uses locally and sustainably harvested lumber whenever possible that is either air dried or dried in a solar kiln. Not only is this better the environment, but helps retain the woods natural color and also provides him with lumber that is superior to work with.

Ben’s goal is to provide our clientele with beautifully handcrafted, heirloom quality furniture that is built to last lifetimes. For more on Ben visit his website here or stop by the Grovewood Furniture Gallery. Cheers!

Modern Asheville | Pinterest

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 6.55.41 AMHere is a reminder to check out our Pinterest page if you haven’t done so already.  We have boards on various designers in Asheville, along with, modern inspiration from across the globe. Cheers!

VOTE | 2015 NCMH Matsumoto Competition

ncmhlogoHi Folks! North Carolina Modernist Houses has released the entries for this year’s Matsumoto Prize. Locally, there are two homes [shown below]: Katie’s Ridge by Retro Fit Design and Peregrine #6 by Roost. However you decide enjoy browsing the entries shown here and vote!Mats Comp

MA Satellite Tours for 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 6.19.29 AMThe Modern Atlanta home tour and Design is Human Week is coming up incredibly soon. Kelly and I will be attending. Also, this year there will be satellite tours in other cities including Asheville. Brickstack Architects, Samsel Architects and Unity Homes will all have homes on the local tour. We should have more details to pass on soon, however, to reserve tickets for the May 30th and 31st tour go here. See you on the design road. Cheers! Kelly and Troy16129441565_54f3dc0bf6

Modern Asheville | Pinterest

Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 6.30.29 AMHi Folks! If you haven’t checked it out yet, go and enjoy our new Pinterest board. Over 82 boards and 2000 pins on everything from Asheville architects, mid-century homes and modern inspiration.

Cheers!

Modern Mixer | Thank You!

A big thank you to our co-host, Jeff Crawford, for opening his cool home in Mountainbrook last night to so many of our shared friends and the modern community. The Roost remodeled pad looked amazing and everyone enjoyed meeting designer and builder David Way. It was definitely one not to be missed! Mountainbrook

For those of you who didn’t make it or want to see it again enjoy the tour, here, of this modernized, mid-century home. Thanks again and cheers! Kelly and Troy

NCMH’s Matsumoto Prize 2015

Along with rounding up folks to submit their local homes for Modern Atlanta’s sponsored Modern Tour, Kelly and I are helping to solicit modern home owners, designers and builders to submit their home for entry into NC Modernist Houses Matsumoto Prize competition. Kelly and I went to the award ceremony last year where two Asheville homes received prizes. Yeah!Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 12.45.12 PM

To see those homes and the other prize winners from 2014 click here. Kelly and I had a blast and just missed out on winning a cool modern chair. {long story} We did get to accept the prize for Rusafova Markulis Architects entry for their Blue House in 5 Points while they travel the world.Untitled-1

For details on submitting entries click here. Entries will be accepted on and following May 1, 2015. We wanted to get the word out so you can get your information ready. Give us a call if you would like to discuss your home.

Cheers!

Kelly and Troy

Architect Brandon Pass on Asheville Modern Architecture

Brandon-Pass-Architect-Office-folkMy good friends, architect Brandon Pass and his wife Libby, are two of my favorite people to sit and discuss regional craft and design with over beer and wine. Not only are they both talented – they are just good people who are both passionate about their individual craft. I wanted to take a moment and share Brandon’s words on modern architecture here in the mountains. Enjoy!

An Asheville Modern Architecture that merges Modern Sensibilities and Design with the Vernacular Influences of Materiality, Geography & Culture specific to the Western North Carolina Mountains

Throughout my career I’ve maintained a focus to reconcile the ideals and simplicity of Modern Architecture with the vernacular influences of place, materiality and culture to now establish a clear and true Asheville modern architecture. I believe it is not the primary mission of architecture to change the course of culture nor to produce stylistic replicas of times past, but rather to synthesize the social realities and cultural expressions with the physical experiences of site, geography, materials and local skill.06-bar-3

It was emphasized early in my education in at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia that architecture is an expressive art with the capacity to move us emotionally, spiritually and must enhance the context in which it is sited establishing an identity independent of fashionable styles. Utilitarian structures took the place of iconic traditional or modern buildings as objects for contemplation and influence. The result became an effort to synthesize vernacular tradition with a modern language to create architecture firmly rooted in place and time. In contrast, the techno-rationally biased and economy-obsessed buildings that have become familiar everywhere impair our sense of locality and identity and hastens the urgency for an elevated level of quality and craftsmanship through design. The standard of building today has accelerated estrangement and alienation through homogenatiy instead of integrating our worldview and sense of self through expressive regional character and craft.

Strapped with boundless idealism and a sense of purpose I headed to Chicago and then to New York City to hone my skills and development as a designer. Over 16 years, as the scope and budget of projects increased to exponentially when compared with my modest existence, I began to question the absolute dogma of a Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 7.10.51 PMuniversal utopian modernism versus a simplified contextual hand-crafted modern. What were the so-called fruits of my labor? Specifying  rare exotic stone from the depths of China, endangered timbers from South America or synthetic forms devoid of the hand seemed best suited for the glossy pages of popular magazines and less to do with our current collective reality rife with environmental depletion, economic uncertainty, exportation of traditional skill and cultural identity. I asked myself, why must progressive architectural innovation of the highest order remain the privilege of so few? Was I practicing what I had preached? I began to realize that the true challenge of a skilled architect is to do more with less, not excess with more.

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One-to-one in architectural terms typically means to work at full-scale; one inch equals one inch. The underlying philosophy for my practice, this relation has also come to mean having empathy for and relating to my clients. Returning to Appalachia, the region that has continuously influenced my work and core philosophy over the years, seems to complete the circle and fulfill a desire to define a new architectural language specific to our shared time and place. While remaining independent of stylistic replication, commercial influence and remaining true to the ideals of modern architecture I am proud to call Asheville my home and hope to create thoughts, works of art and architecture that encourage the community to think about style, function, and the true purpose of our shared creative and architectural identity; an Asheville modern architecture that celebrates as opposed to replicates and stands firmly and independent.

For more on Brandon’s work visit his website.

Cheers!

Troy