Ten years ago I lived in Santa Monica, California in one of these adorable yellow cottages right off Montana Avenue. It was 13 blocks away from Palisades Park, where steps lead down to the Pacific Ocean. When I think back on this time, two things come to mind. Riding my Black Betty Electra Cruiser (aka, the coolest bike ever) along the beach path and developing a passion for modern design. I purchased my very first modern furniture piece (that wasn't from IKEA) on Beverly Boulevard - a bright orange lounge chair from Modernica. I've held onto and revered it ever since.
While I appreciate the stark, minimal spaces that are often showcased in Dwell Magazine, I like and live with a more eclectic look. I'm obsessed with the homes and studios of creative people, like those documented by photographer Todd Selby. He gives us a peek into the world, and odd, interesting collections, of all kinds of creative types on his website, The Selby Is In Your Place. When I had a chance to tour real-life artist live/work spaces at the Bemis Building in Seattle, I jumped at it.
My favorite studio space was the home of Modern Conscience, a modern furniture workshop that "specializes in expert restorations of mid-century furniture as well as finely crafted new furniture inspired by the same period and a functional aesthetic." Architects and co-owners of Modern Conscience Amanda Hallberg and Brian Hanger have created a beautiful space for living and crafting their Eames restoration projects, as well as their own handmade modern furniture. They will also help you track down that special modern vintage piece you've been obsessing over for years, and recommend great books on modernism if you'd like to learn more.
To visit the Modern Conscience SoDo studio, just set up an appointment or stop by during the spring Bemis Art Show on March 22 and 23. Their doors will be open!