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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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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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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A bunch of really cool things

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A bunch of really cool things that are different.. Here they are enjoy the pics and post.. They stuck out at me and I felt like sharing.

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The Maison et Objet design fair kicked off in Paris last week, and Kartell unveiled something new for the occasion. In celebration of the 10th birthday of the Italian brand’s wild (and wildly successful) Bourgie Lamp, Kartell invited its team of 14 designers to reinterpret the lamp, a fanciful design by Ferruccio Laviani. It helps, of course, that Kartell’s roster of designers includes names with undeniable star power: Philippe Starck, Piero Lissoni, Patricia Urquiola, and the singerLenny Kravitz. Being exhibited during Maison et Objet at Kartell’s flagship store in Paris, the 14 new Bourgies span a range from completely deconstructed (Urquiola) to head-scratching (Starck). Here, the original Bourgie, above, and a half dozen pretenders.

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A fantastic Housing Project

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A housing project on the Big Island of Hawaiilabeled Lavaflowhas given San Francisco-based architect Craig Steely an ideal backdrop against which to practice his self-described brand of “reductive architecture,” distinguished by few materials and simple, clean forms. With their linear, horizontal profiles, flat roofs, and vast expanses of glass, Lavaflow houses make an obvious nod towards Mid-Century Modern architecture, but Hawaii’s particular climate injects other concerns into the building process.
“Building near the ocean, with the volcano close by and the acid rain that comes from the volcano, adds another whole level of complication.” That level of complication necessitates mitigating solutions: steel framing to combat termite infestation; orienting the houses to maximize the benefits of ocean and wind; and structural elements that leverage Hawaii’s natural resources smartly and sustainably.


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“The fact that every room is located along a spine makes it really easy to activate cross-ventilation and to cool off the entire place,” Steely says. “The idea of aloha really exists. It’s that caring for people, for the land, and for each other…if you really want to understand a culture and a place, build a house there.” Don’t we just wish we could.

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The Luxury Dogbowl

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Traditionally low-cost gingham has gone seriously upscale. Zurich-based brand En Soie has made the provincial pattern one of its signature motifs, applying it to a line of accessories and porcelain tablewareincluding these food bowls, for the over-indulged canine. Hand made, hand painted, and edged in 18k gold, En Soie’s Dog Bowls are unreasonably precious enough to tempt buyers to set their own tables with the checkered beauties. Alas, that doggie bowl shape is a barking giveaway.

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We’d barely finished waxing poetic about Sputnik chandeliers when we spotted this starburst-shaped kaleidoscope by interior designer Kelly Wearstler, who knows a thing or two about luxury goods. Hand-crafted in Los Angeles, and given a lustrous bronze finish, this “jewelery for the home” accent piece is decidedly not for the budget-conscious. But we do appreciate its intricate ornamentation and pitch-perfect holiday glamor.

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