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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.

About Avant-Garde

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.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A bunch of things modermn..

A bunch of things modern...

Today I am writting about the pantome color of the year 2014 Dazzling Blue, a few modern items, and Finland design week. Hope all of you enjoy the pics and post....

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Behold, Pantone's Color Of Spring 2014…

Who could forget Tangerine Tango or Honeysuckle? Emerald or Mimosa? Pantone's color of spring 2014 was just announced…and chances are you already own it. Introducing, Dazzling Blue, a peppy shade of cobalt that Pantone's executive director noted was a practical shade women were already likely to own (if you recognize it, Pantone states that it's also the color of Facebook and Citibank's bike-sharing program). Funnily, it's a shade less dazzling than Yves' Klein Blue, which was the hot hue in fall '11. A touch less blinding, we can definitely see this shade covering everything from structured totes to oversized topcoats to patent sandals that'd be just the ticket to elevating our spring outfit game (are you listening, designers?). And with Fashion Week just a day away, we'd be interested to see if Pantone's projections are correct.

The rest of the shades are in the same vein of slightly muted "brights" (we know this sounds like an oxymoron — but see them for yourself for evidence). With a witch's brew of Violet Tulip, Sand, Freesia, Hemlock, Cayenne, and more rounding out the top 10, the 2014 Pantone predictions present a calmer, more soothing palette for next year. See below to read up on the shades! (Racked

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Pantone's color of the year, "Dazzling Blue," 
is basically Facebook's signature color. 

Resin Table, Accessories Included

The London Design Festival, which concluded yesterday, witnessed the debut of a wide range of innovative products, including this resin and wood table by Dutch designer Roel Huisman, which comes equipped with its own table lamp, storage compartment, and glass vase. Writing Table is comprised of a slab of pale green polyester resin, “cast, milled, sanded and polished” to desired effect, and supported by slender ash wood legs, the same material used to craft the attached lamp and sliding storage compartment lid. Huisman calls the table an “object you will enjoy for it’s humble aesthetics and elegant functionality,” and who are we to disagree?


Finlands design week

Finland's Design WeekOur coverage of Helsinki Design Week continues with vignettes from Habitare, the week’s primary exhibition space for furniture, lighting and home products by Finnish manufacturers and designers. We also made an illuminating detour to the glass factor, iittala, which has been in operation for over 100 years. More about that later, but for now, a few more photos to (hopefully) whet your Nordic appetite.
Marimekko display, comprised of new fabric designs and housewares.
Pendant lighting by Innolux
Double Bubble floor lamps by Eero Aarnio
Chair covered in Romo Textiles
The Artek booth at Harbitare
Fabrics by Normann Copenhagen
Plate display at iittala pavilion
Johanna Gullichsen rugs and textiles
Lighitng by Studio Eero Aarnio
Glassware at iittala shop

Hope you enjoyed the pics and post

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Modern trends in homes

Avant-Garde Presents

I would like all of you to share and enjoy all the beautiful modern contemporary homes found below.....

Gorgeous Treetop Dwellings in the Mexican Rainforest

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Alejandro Sánchez García Arquitectos designed the Chipicas Town Houses, four independent single buildings inside a private garden in downtown Valle de Bravo, Mexico.
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The architects have devised a an unpretentious floating lantern design that is timeless and transcendent.
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In a treetop bedroom, glass from ceiling to floor completely exposes the surrounding rainforest.
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The result is a gorgeous place to sleep that appears suspended high up in the rainforest canopy.
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The design is simple and unpretentious, opening a full wall of glass in even the childrens’ bunk rooms overlooking the surrounding jungle.
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Because of the tiny garden setting, an extremely vertical design is devised for each building to protect most of the vegetation.
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The Chipicas Houses were designed with two sides of the façade made of floor to ceiling windows and two sides with a skin made of wooden lattice to gain a sense of privacy.
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The backs of each of the buildings are entirely covered in a wooden rain screen that offsets the textural complexity of the growing wood nearby.
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From the outside, these rain screens seem impenetrable and solid – but from inside, they simply filter the light.
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A completely novel view is created down under the overhangs.
(Because these screens are not connected all the way down.)

Floating Roof Graces Beach House for Coastal New South Wales

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Here’s an Australian beach house from TKD Architects, in the traditions of the best modern beach house vernacular with its extensive glazing.
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Like all the most-loved beach houses, it offers the see-through peek at the ocean through the living room upon arrival.
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Its transparent floating roof suggests suggests a sail on the ocean beyond.
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Steel and glass best weathers a harsh coastal climate.
Muted greys and silvers mimic the natural colours of the beach and coastal vegetation.
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Offering a straight shot to the beach, the house is perfectly sited for multiple summers of fun.

A Sleek and Sophisticated Singapore Shop House Renovation

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A traditional facade of colonial architecture in Singapore masks a surprising twist within.
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The dark warren of former rooms have been scraped out and replaced with a huge elegant space that connects across its center by stairwells, with a master bedroom suite and the children’s two bedrooms above the kitchen and the living room.
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A Koi pond anchors the unusual plan, offering a visual feast for those traversing the stairwells.
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At one extreme of the long narrow site, a kitchen and dining room is behind the Koi pond.

For South Africa’s Hot Climate, the Cool and Elegant House Abo

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This beauty represents a thorough overhaul of a dingy existing structure in hot suburban Limpopo, South Africa.
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Known for their sophistication and bold design, South Africa’s Nico van der Meulen Architects completely transformed the frumpy former brick house.
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The outdated single story brick home, hot and cramped, is now the open and glorious, double height glass House Abo.
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Outside, wooden slats take the brunt of the brutal sun.
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New double height spaces are now pleasantly chilled by wonderful cool stone floors.
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For the climate, on the Tropic of Capricorn, cooling is the main consideration…

Hope you enjoyed the above post and pics... 

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