In 1989 The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles held a retrospective of Case Study Houses. The Case Study Houses was a program sponsored by Art and Architecture Magazine around 1945. Eight leading architects were challenged to design new prototype housing using simple, inexpensive materials and techniques to mass produce and affordably house post-war America. The result gave L.A. Architecture international recognition and is still relevant today.
I had studied interior design in college and was working in a small design firm when I attended the exhibit that included two full size, fully furnished replicas of the first and last houses from the series. The thought of indoor and outdoor living co-existing and expanding the living space in a purposeful way was really exciting. The dependency of interior design and architecture on each made this new aesthetic work. The houses were small and environmentally sensitive, lines were clean and elegant, floorpans open and uncluttered, kitchens state of the art. Concrete block, steel, plywood, glass, and aluminum siding were used for construction. Does this sound familiar?
The simplicity and uncluttered spaces spoke to me as it has to many with the resurgence in popularity of mid-century modern design. The idea of a simpler, less cluttered lifestyle is one so many of us strive for. And living in the beautiful environment that we do, who wouldn’t want to bring the outdoors in?
Bachelor of Arts, Art,
California State University, Long Beach
Principal, Elliott Workgroup Architecture, LLC, Park City, UT
Designer, Office Manager, Elliott Workgroup, LLC, Park City, UT
Showroom Representative, Pacific Design Center, Henredon Furniture
Showroom Representative, Pacific Design Center, Robert Allen Textiles
Designer, Varge Christensen Interiors
Utah Association of Realtors Licensee
Sports Broadcaster, KPCW Radio, Park City, UT
Women’s Anthenaeum Club of Park City, Park City, UT
Park City Community Council, Ecker Hill, Treasure Mountain, Park City School District, Park City, UT
Girl Scout Troop Leader