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Sunday Morning Modern

screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-10-04-27-pm1953 Frank Lloyd Wright interview by Mike Wallace | I scoured the internet for something of interest to watch last night. It is not always very fruitful, but this time I found something “fantastic” — at least from my viewpoint. If you’ve never seen this before I’m happy to share this treasure with you today. At a time when I find Mother Nature to be my church, along with, looking for ways to express my sentiments on our nation’s current cultural circumstances Frank Lloyd Wright seems to capture it incredibly succinctly 70 years ago. His belief in individualism and his views on the lack of intellectualism and “mobocracy” hit home today. I won’t say more, but simply encourage you to spend 50 minutes to watch this interview with a true visionary who is, obviously, very comfortable in his own skin. Enjoy the segment here and enjoy this beautiful day. Cheers!

PS. Hope to see you at 111 Carter Cove today.

A Cabin by Architect Jim Olson

I found this brief little article and poetic film with architect Jim Olson on NOWNESS. I felt compelled to share it. Please enjoy by going here. It easily speaks for itself. tumblr_nydrdhwOzd1qd5e3ao2_1280

His home is a monument to the principles that have underpinned his entire architectural career: the idea that buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture, histories and people. His 14-foot by 14-foot treetop house in Longbranch, Washington, is designed to encourage its inhabitants to look outwards and never forget that human beings are a part of the natural world.

Monday’s Modern Asheville Home

Wilson Architect’s Cool Crafted Nest in Kenilworth | This past week we met up with architects Aaron and Calder Wilson to see their latest project nearing completion. The 2700 sqft, 3 bedroom, Kenilworth home was designed for an artistic client relocating to Asheville. The requirements were a simple construction that was clean, low maintenance and designed to have an intimate relationship with the trees on the property. FrontThe exterior of the home remains minimal in expression. A composition of boxes express volumes of living spaces while entries are carved out both transitioning and giving clues to the interior beyond.

Upon entry your eyes are immediately drawn to the towering living room windows that frame nature much like Mondrian would have done. Past that the layered interior unfolds like a stage set.Dunkirk Comp Entry The open master bedroom loft suspends over the clean, modern kitchen supported by rhythmic steel and wood. Further beyond an industrial garage door opens to the exterior bringing nature into the owner’s work space. The simple, yet rich, interior blends three materials: steel, white walls and wood harvested from the property; both maple for cabinets and oak for flooring.

The master suite loft is accessed by floating wood stairs on steel to keep the home open and flowing. Likewise, the modern spa-like master bath is anchored by a bathtub that was required to be floating in the trees for the owner. Dunkirk Master Comp

Bob Callahan of BuiltSmart builders crafted the home with his team. Bob, who builds only one home per year, was a key partner in flushing out details and enhancing the design of the home. The building envelope was framed with 8″ SIPs panels making it super insulated. Bob states the home will have a Hers Score of 55 when completed given the overall efficiency. This means the home will be almost 50% more efficient than others in the US.Wilsons

Overall, the home’s simple appearance masks the sophisticated design thought behind the construction which is one of the cool aspects of modern design. The Wilson’s, who helped steward HGTV’s Urban Oasis into reality, have mindfully molded a light stage for living freely while creating and having a daily conversation with the trees. What else could one ask for from a modern nest in Asheville? Cheers to Calder and Aaron!

Monday’s Modern | The Cabin

23fa15c08a0442ee3199ab6bb9053827Perhaps Monday is not the best day to talk about escaping into nature, but the weekend got me thinking about it. What is more natural given the beautiful environment we live here in Asheville? Today’s modern cabin has lost it’s Lincoln Log look and has evolved in every direction under the tree filtered sun. We’ve long been collecting architectural inspiration at Modern Asheville on our Pinterest page. So, relax and go here and slip quietly into cabin dreamland. Cheers!2c27ae479c6d4eca7bf8305a5e42550e