Thursday, January 31, 2008

"Progress & Preservation" theme for April 5-6 Modern Phoenix expo/home tour

[Source: Modern Phoenix] -- Join Modern Phoenix for a home tour and expo devoted to helping Phoenicians reshape and riff off the historic Modern lifestyle. Co-hosted by The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the event is devoted exclusively to highlighting postwar achitecture, design, landscape and interiors as they inevitably collide with today's lifestlye and needs. The Progress + Preservation event spotlights the urgent need to practice mid-century modern design preservation while also honoring the independent spirits that create contemporary design in Phoenix. This weekend event will juxtapose local attitudes and approaches toward both Midcentury Modern and Contemporary architecture and design. We'll take the dialogue between past and present to the next level by bringing together a dynamic mix of creative personalities in a variety of stimulating venues.

Saturday April 5, from 11:30 - 4:30, is a free public expo featuring products and services related to modernism and modern contemporary design including: fine art, mid-century modern furniture, real estate, green design, interior design, custom contemporary furniture, design preservation and design education. At 4 the keynote speaker Frank Henry, Adjunct Professor, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin West, presents "The Iconic Age of Modern Phoenix." Click here for a full itinerary and prices for Saturday's seminars.

Sunday April 6, between 2 and 6 p.m., 10 to 15 homes designed by Charles Schreiber for Allied Builders and surrounding neighborhoods will be open for a self-guided park-and-walk tour. These tract ranch homes feature similar floorplans but several modifications over the years. Low-pitched rooflines, covered carports, cheerful porch posts and block fenestration are all qualities Schreiber's Allied Modern Elevations share. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered by phone at 480-994-2787. For more information, click here.