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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.

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

A few things that caught my eye

 A few things that caught my eye
Today I am writting about a few things that have cauught my attention.. These are all classified as Modern items and minimal in nature. Hope all of you enhjoy them.. They are amazing.... 
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It’s possible to read many things into Home Within Home, the ethereal installation by Korean-born sculptor Do Ho Suh, currently on view at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. But duality, and its accompanying tensions, are clearly a central theme for the Korean-American transplant. Duh, whose preferred medium is translucent silk, has replicated, to jaw-dropping 1:1 scale, two seminal houses from his life: his childhood home in Korea, and the 3-story Providence, Rhode Island townhouse which became his home upon immigrating to the U.S. The installation merges the two houses, with the modestly sized Korean house floating in mid-air, suspended from the ceiling of the mammoth American house which completely encases it. Home Within Home, Duh’s largest sculpture to date, is dreamy and wistful, fleeting and soulful—much like houses and homes, and the lives lived inside them.
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Mediocrity, it’s safe to say, was never to be the destiny of someone with a name like Toogood; still, we should have known that the home of the British designer Faye Toogood would have style to burn. Toogood—whose peripatetic resume includes editorial, industrial, and interior design—defines her aesthetic as “the combination of the unexpected and the theatrical with something tactile or handmade, even painterly.” All of which, happy to say, are abundantly evident in her elegantly refurbished London home. Her particular talent, befitting the eye of someone who studied art history, lies in creating still life compositions, poetic vignettes of carefully curated, seemingly unrelated objects. “I like to combine the precious and the raw,” she says—and here, she does, to splendid effect.
 Black Archetecture
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The color black, with all its ominous implications, is, in fact, tailor-made for 21st Century architecture. While a black-washed Victorian or Tudor morphs into an architectural cliche of foreboding doom, black lends the clean lines and geometric volumes of modern architecture a stark, sophisticated dynamism. This summer house in Tjajkovski, Sweden is one of many examples of contemporary architecture which showcases black as an aesthetic feature—and it’s a personal favorite here at 2Modern. Designed by architectural firm Tham & Videgård, the already striking angles, extreme horizontal profile and external detailing of the glass and wood Archipelago House are rendered only more dramatic by its rich black stain. As an even more dramatic counterpoint, the inside of the Archipelago house is predominantly white—but today being Halloween, it’s only black that has us transfixed.
 Hope all of you enjoyed the pics and post..

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