Showing posts with label event. Show all posts
Showing posts with label event. Show all posts

Friday, June 3, 2016

Oklahoma's First Celebration of Mod

Last month the first Oklahoma Modernism Weekend was held at the iconic "Church of Tomorrow" in Oklahoma City. The three-day event attracted a large crowd, who were treated to a swap meet, car show, home tour and vintage fashion show.



Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Okie Mod Weekend

Oklahoma's first celebration of modern architecture and design will be held May 20-22, 2015.

The event will be hosted by the Okie Mod Squad, an Oklahoma City-based group that promotes the appreciation and preservation of Mid-Century Modern design. To drive home that point they have chosen a uniquely identifiable site to host this first-ever event: The First Christian Church of Oklahoma City.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mingle in International Style

Later this month one of my favorite Oklahoma homes will be open for a look-see.

The stunning Jones House was the home of Robert Lawton Jones- a founding principal of the Tulsa-based architectural firm Murray-Jones-Murray. Here in Oklahoma MJM is synonymous with MCM. The firm designed Mid Mod icons such as Saints Peter and Paul Church & School, First Place Tower, Bishop Kelley school and the Tulsa Assembly Center.

About the time Jones penned this sleek example of International Style we had just broken ground on another MJM project: the Tulsa International Airport. It was 1959.

The Jet Age had begun.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tulsa's Modern Dwellings

Life has returned to downtown Tulsa in recent years.

The concrete canyons, once deserted after 5:00 pm not so long ago, are now a mecca for nightlife and loft-loving hipsters. Condos now occupy what was recently an empty lot. Vacant office space is giving way to luxury apartments. And no matter what style the building might be– residential living in Tulsa's central city is a thoroughly modern affair.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Central AIA Tour

Last week I got to spend a day with some of the Oklahoma Mod Squad crew. The occasion was National Architecture Week and the Central AIA Chapter was sponsoring a tour of seven projects in the Oklahoma City area.

I had a great time and saw some inspired commercial spaces, unique homes and promising projects. Everyone agreed and we're looking forward to more pan-turnpike modernism projects in the future!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Modern Happenings

Happy Architecture Week!
National Architecture Week is sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and hopes to highlight notable architecture across the country. Social media is a target of this year's campaign as the AIA encourages tweeters and pinteresters (pinterestazzi?) to use the hashtag #archweek13. There are also events planned all around the country and listed on the AIA website. Ironically you won't find the one event happening here in Oklahoma:

Architectural Tour

Friday, November 30, 2012

Pop-Up Shops Offer Modern Treat

Modnauts venturing to Downtown Tulsa can enjoy a special treat this holiday shopping season.

The Tulsa Deco District Pop-Up Shops have returned for 2012 after a stellar performance last year. They have expanded the offerings- and locations. Most notably for fans of modernism this includes the little white block building on the corner of 7th and Boston.

For years we've been seeing Smith Bros Abstracts in the window. But the building was actually a branch bank designed by Robert Buchner for the Ponca City Savings & Loan. It has been vacant for many years.

This week we got to step inside for the very first time.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Parade of Home

Home tours used to be a window into the future. A glimpse into a fascinating world of tomorrow. 

Today a home tour brings to mind ginormous houses with a lot of floorspace, but not a lot of design. The checklist usually includes an expanse of granite, a media room, lots of dormer windows (even where there are no rooms) and a touch of wood-grained vinyl. Style is typically looking backwards- like a world of yesteryear, but with big screen TVs.

This Saturday you'll have a chance to experience a home tour circa 1955. A glimpse of what the future once looked like to postwar America.

Modern Tulsa is hosting an open house and tour of a model home called the Citation. 

Tulsa's Atomic Ranch
Open House & Tour
June 2, 2012 • 10am-3pm 
Admission: $5 per person
1717 S. Erie • Tulsa, Oklahoma

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tulsa Roof on Display

..along with a really cool house.

Modern Tulsa is hosting another super hip "Mod of the Moment" events this Sunday at the Netherton House. If that name doesn't immediately jog your memory maybe the striking roofline of this fabulous house will:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Modern Desk Designs

Jackie admires one of the 4x8 entries at S. R. Hughes.



The crowd favorite here on Brookside:


And a pretty cool chair too! Both from local designers. Here are some more of the designs that went on the auction block to benefit local charities.
What's your favorite?

Monday, April 9, 2012

Need a Designer Desk?

How's that? "What designer?" you ask.

Well, good question. Let's just say- they might be your neighbor. Or your classmate. And they might be the "next big thing."

Last October the 4x8 competition challenged Tulsans to create a desk from a single piece of plywood. Like a 4-foot by 8-foot piece of plywood, in fact. Thus the name.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Braniff Exhibit in Palm Springs

A colorful Braniff 727Here's a short video we shot in Palm Springs during Modernism Week last year.

One of the highlights in 2011 was a Braniff Airlines exhibit. This intrigued us since Braniff was a "local" airline that started in Oklahoma City, later headquartered in Dallas.

But that didn't interest the crowd in Palm Springs. They were there to see the colorful uniforms and far out paint schemes that Braniff introduced in the Sixties. And a few of those in the crowd came to reminisce.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Save the Date for Dallas Mods

One of our favorite events isn't in Oklahoma, but it is modern.

The White Rock Home Tour is an annual tour showcasing some of Dallas' nicest Mid-Century Modern homes. This area is northeast of downtown Dallas, near White Rock Lake, and features ranch-style and minimalist homes from the Fifties and Sixties. 

Each year the tour highlights 5 or 6 homes, some vintage and some new construction. The weekend also features architectural lectures and exhibits. Proceeds from the event benefit Hexter Elementary, a nearby public school. For 2012 the tour will be held April 21st and 22nd.

So mark your calendars, Okies! We'll round up the wagons and make ourselves a convoy. Breaker, breaker. Headin' down to Big D. 10-4.

More

Friday, December 16, 2011

News Anchor Crashes Parade Float


No injuries reported.

Mechanical Snowman is a Local Favorite

Local modernista may be familiar with Shane Hood, he's quite active with Modern Tulsa, the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture and the Lortondale neighborhood. He also happens to be involved with another really cool non-profit called Fab Lab.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Plywood Challenge

I've been shopping for a new desk.

Then I read about a design competition sponsored by More Branding to design a desk from a single sheet of plywood.

Thus the name: 4 x 8.

It was so much fun they decided to invite others from the Tulsa design community to participate. Fifteen entries were received the first day.  What started out as a simple office project to replace some desks has turned into a full-blown, hard-core, design throwdown. The call for entries has gone out (and reprinted when they ran out) and come January we'll see just how creative T-Town really is. But wait...

There is more.

To top it off a showcase and silent auction will be held March 2012. The proceeds from each desk will benefit the school of each designer's choice! As of yet the location is yet to be determined- but if the pace of entries continue I'm thinking airplane hanger.

So now I'm thinking it's time to design my own desk. Or maybe I'll wait and see what turns up and just buy one at the auction in March. Either way it sounds like a win-win.

Learn more about the 4X8 Design Competition

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Eerie Reminder

Once Upon An Island: Twin Towers Rising

The current exhibit at the Price Tower Arts Center features more than 100 photographs taken during construction of the World Trade Center. The images were taken by Richard Quinney while he was taking a photography class at the International Center for Photography in 1969. Quinney eventually moved to Madison, Wisconsin, packing away the original slides where they remained virtually untouched for the next 30 years.

photo courtesy pricetower.org
In 2002 the collection was donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison. Prints were made and the eventual result was Once Upon on Island: Twin Towers Rising.

The images not only document the building of these landmark structures, but also an important era in American history. Eerily the eventual fate of these buildings hangs heavy over the entire exhibit- which will be on display through September 11, 2011.

Before You Go
Construction of One Williams Center
courtesy of the Beryl Ford Collection
Take a drive through downtown Tulsa on your way to Bartlesville.

At the north end of Boston Avenue you'll find a miniature version of the iconic World Trade Center (if you can call a 52-story building miniature). The silver building's construction and design are remarkably similar to the Twin Towers. What we know today as the BOK Tower was originally One Williams Center- and was originally proposed as four 25-story towers! The similarity is not accidental. Both projects were designed by Minoru Yamasaki & Associates.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thoroughly Modern Fourth

Modern Tulsa is planning a really cool event for the Fourth of July.

The penthouse of the Liberty Club Towers in downtown Tulsa will provide the viewing deck for the annual fireworks display. It will be a hip happening with local barbecue, veggie options, beer and door prizes.

Space is very limited- but food and beverages are provided. Chairs however are not!

The new owner of the space is in the middle of a big renovation. Consider this your sneak peek at one of Tulsa's most exclusive residential spaces- high atop Tulsa. So load up your camp chair and come on down for the coolest place to be this Fourth!

Purchase Tickets Now

Saturday, April 9, 2011

6th Annual Dallas Modern Home Tour

Jackie dons her booties
during last year's White
Rock Home Tour
We attended the White Rock Home Tour last year and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately we can't make it this year. Bummer!

For 2011 the tour features five modern homes, an opening reception at Design Within Reach and meet-and-greets with notable architects. Plus, the proceeds benefit an area school, Hexter Elementary.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the event. For more details and ticket locations visit the website...

6th Annual White Rock Home Tour
April 16-17, 2011

Speaker Reception- April 15


Roadtrip Adventures: Plan a roadtrip and find things to do plus great deals on hotels stays at Expedia!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Goff Exhibit at Price Tower

Hey gang, here's a great idea for anyone who hasn't seen this excellent exhibit yet- drive to Bartlesville! That's right. You've got a month left to see this unique glimpse into the far out world of Bruce Goff.

Jackie and I ran up the turnpike last October to see Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind at the Fred Jones Museum in Norman, OK. The exhibit is currently at the Price Tower Arts Center through April.

The exhibit is dedicated to Goff's designed-but-never-built projects. Visitors are taken on a virtual tour through the magic of fancy computer stuff! Projects never realized come to life through photo-realistic 3D renderings. Even the ill-fated Shin-enkan (lost to arson in 1996) has been reimagined for this show.

A selection of Goff's original drawings are also on display, but it's the 3D animations that kick it up a notch. The video creations, made by Skyline Ink Animation Studios of Oklahoma City, are truly the main event. Watching as the "camera" flies over the moonlit desert towards Goff's never-built Viva Hotel is nothing short of spectacular.

This display certainly deserves to be seen in other cities. The curators who pulled all this together did a great job! But seeing it at the Price Tower, once home to Bruce Goff, is the ultimate venue for this impressive display.

Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind @ Price Tower
through May 1, 2011
www.pricetower.org

Postscript.