About Alexander Calzadilla
Alexander Calzadilla is a Cuban male originally from Philadelphia, who has happily called Miami his home since moving here at the age of 15. He attended Southwest Sr. High School and Florida International University, ultimately receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While in college, he began working as a paralegal for the Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Reichenbacher, a position he kept for seven years after graduation. He subsequently worked at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Associates before landing at Costa Nursery. After distinguishing himself with many accomplishments, he was promoted to the position of Director of Specialty Products, which included the orchid, bonsai and lucky bamboo departments. When Alex was first put in charge of the three departments, they ranked near the bottom. By the time he left Costa after seven years, Alex had transformed the floundering departments into unqualified successes, posting record earnings, sales and profitability. In 2008 Alex was named the Costa Employee of the Year. Alex now puts his formidable prowess as a businessman into his newest venture, Avant-Garde Home Furnishings, LLC, serving as Managing Partner.
We offer home furnishings and decor for every area of your home,both inside and out, always striving to bring you the most current design elements being used by today's top designers, at a fraction of their retail cost. Whether you are completely redecorating an area of your home, looking for the perfect accent piece to finish off an existing room, shopping for a unique gift, or simply "window shopping" to get design ideas, Avant-Garde is the place to go for everything modern & contemporary for your home.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
A SUPER COOL PENTHOUSE, A HOUSE IN CADIZ SPAIN AND A VACATION HOME ON LAKE SUPERIOR
TODAY I AM WRITTING ABOUT THREE VERY MODERN HOMES. ONE LOCATED IN A PENTHOUSE SUITE, THE SECOND IN CADIZ SPAIN WHICH IS SPECTACULAR, AND THE THIRD IS ON LAKE SUPERIOR, ONE OF THE 5 GREAT LAKES AND THATS A STUNNING HOME AND MY FAVORITE OUT OF THE THREE..
Enjoy the pics and posting.
As a general rule, we’re not super into blue in an interior space. That’s a bit harsh…we mean, there are lots of ways in which blue can totally make a space rock, but you really need to have a cool hue. This home, the L Residence, totally gets blue right. And they also get details right. It’s a modern loft space with lots of cool interior additions and rooms and cool wood flooring and modern furniture and more. And is that a Magis Chair One we spot? By Min | Day. From architizer:
“Located in an Art Deco hotel recently converted for private condominium use, we designed a penthouse apartment with a roof deck overlooking the center of downtown Omaha. For the L-shaped unit we created a set of nested spaces with a grand room that appears as an exterior within the confines of the dense walls. 15-foot ceilings allowed the construction of a cozy mezzanine along the vertical path to the private roof deck above. Primary wood veneered walls hide bedrooms, house utilitarian areas, service functions and bathrooms.”
We’ve always thought good architecture was just as beautiful as art, but all the photos from this home in Cadiz, Spain are so stunning they could easily be seen in an art gallery! Truly, these shots are of an amazing home that is nestled among coastal nature in a surprising way. Modern, clean lines mix with beautiful, random nature and the coloring of all the architecture is such that it both blends and contrasts with the surroundings.
“The house is situated on the occidental edge of the natural park of the Estrecho, on an abrupt hillside, where the landscape value, its orientation and complicated topography are determining factors. Instead of viewing these factors as potential limits we considered them to be incentives for a better solution for the project, helping reinforce the intrinsic singularity of the emplacement, to which service is set this construction.” Designed by Alfonso Alzugaray Arquitecto.
We’d be much more able to withstand frightful winter weather outside if we lived in a stunning piece of modern architecture like this! It’s hard to tell if the home would be more visible in warmer, more colorful months, but there’s something so slick and camouflaged about how it looks now. Located near, you guessed it, Lake Superior, in Schoeder, Minnesota and designed by Julie Snow Architects.
“The weekend house is reduced to a few essential elements. The main house and a small studio are arranged on a black platform that rests just above the ground. The two black volumes frame the water of Lake Superior as it extends toward the distant horizon.
The presence of the lake is pervasive throughout the house. A long simple white table runs parallel to the lake. A narrow vertical tower encloses the fireplace. A row of cabinets along the north wall conceals the complexities of daily life. The house provides a serene connection to a beautiful, rugged landscape. Concealed by trees in the summer, the black boxes slip into the winter landscape of black and white tree trunks.”
Three really cool homes,
AG HOME GOODS
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Avant-Garde moves in and on to regular business...
Avant-Garde Home Furnishings, finally completely in its home office location.. is moving ahead with plans to open up its Showroom sometime in Mid-March or Early April 2012. Avant-Garde after selling almost 45,000 in December is ready to tackle many of the problems and issues with an opening of any retail location. The only hang-up was Steuben, whose products (90%) shipped fine but approx 10% of them are either still pending, unknown status, or simply no communication from Steuben, a problem hopefully rectified by Monday since a handful of customers are still waiting on orders purchased. This is the reason this company probably went under, customer service was the worst...
Here are some pics from our new office...
Well by next year's retail season hopefully we will have many shoppers in our retail establishment which will be located at the Oasis off Biscayne and 79th Street. We have worked very hard ingesting this building ready for a retail store and now it looks absolutely great (pictures in my next posting for all of you to see) with beautiful gardens, walking mini trails, hammocks to sit in, and water features to simply enjoy..
Check out our Beautiful Courtyard.. and Bamboo Gardens...
Already the home to Avant-Garde, Beauty Alchemy Inc, and Edward Saunders Photography, the building hopes to attract other tenants as well... Stay tuned for more news on The Oasis...
Avant-Garde in its post Christmas sale will lower OUR ALREADY LOWEST PRICES, by 10% all featured collection products with the exception of Steuben, which is no longer available... Check out our huge selection and bargain prices for the following high end collections..
Future Showroom Location: Avant-Garde
LE CREUSET IRON COOKWARE
VIKING PROFESSIONAL APPLIANCES
Come check them out today and I promise no one will be disappointed at our product offerings on these collections that we feature.. We have also simplified our site, added many products, and created descriptions that are very detailed to help our customers understand the products that they wish to buy..
As we sit in our new offices we look forward with anticipation our growth as a company and to find and develop better ways to better serve our customer's needs since they are our top priority..
And always remember.... at Avant-Garde....
You have ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES..
Friday, December 23, 2011
A spectacular Vineyard, a modern home, and very cool bedroom ideas...
Today I am sharing with all of you 2 very modern homes, one a spectacular Vineyard in Portugal and the other an ultra modern beautiful home in Australia. And finally I am sharing some really cool bedroom ideas and designs that I know many of you will like...
Enjoy the pics and post..
Contemporary House Design with Vineyard In Portugal
Here’s the contemporary house design with vineyard in Portugal, this house fresh air, far from noise and comfort for living, interior and exterior for this house is modern and contemporary. the buildings are set in a loose and organic structure. The existing topography is subtly adjusted to accommodate the houses and pools, whilst preserving the agrarian character of the landscape.Each villa sits within an autonomous space, the boundaries of which are either visible(such as low walls) or just implied (rows of olive trees, for example). These informal elements are arranged methodically to a shared central space that slopes across the site. Low walls form the boundaries of this shared space, whilst providing, simultaneously, an element of privacy to the houses. Visitor parking is organized around a group of trees and a water tank, whilst an unpretentious pavilion provides a covered space for public activities.
materials and Furnishings unit consists of a column and beam concrete structure, explicit in the facade,in order to reveal their form and materiality. This structure is filled by plastered masonry in a receding manner, in order to give the facade a level of depth. In addition there will be a subtle variation in the external surfaces of each unit: painting on concrete and rendering on brickwork which are simultaneously different and similar.Wooden doors and windows are installed from the inside of the walls around the house, creating deep recesses perceptible from the exterior and providing a bit of shade. A blind system is built in the outer side of the wall lintel, as an additional shielding from the sun.Recesses (entrances, patios and verandas) have walls and ceilings clad in ceramic tiles, in order to create a different ambiance and to provide cool surfaces.In those spaces doors and windows are installed from the exterior of walls, protected under the covers of such spaces.