Swiss Vitrocsa is the number one design and engineering house for slim aluminium profile windows. Their technological development and production takes place in Switzerland. Theres nothing I love more then nerding out over smart technology mixed with great design. Unless you are talking about daydreaming the design for the perfect island retirement beach home. Checks all my boxes! Read more about the Turnable Corner Window on the Vitrocsa website HERE

In the early 1900’s, a man by the name of Abbot Kinney dreamed up a grand dream for a plot of swamp land just off Los Angeles’ Pacific Coast. His dream was to transform the land in to a whimsical world of fun and entertainment right by the Pacific Ocean. He would call it “Venice of America” inspired by Venice, Italy.

It was in 1905, Arthur L. Reese came to Venice from New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Reese was an inventor, designer and businessman who built all sorts of businesses for the the city of Venice. His primary job was to decorate the city and design all sorts of masks, floats, gondolas, and color for the town. People called Mr. Reese “The Wizard”.

Arthur was a passionate man who built a friendly business relationship with Abbot Kinney during this time. With his passion brought success, as Mr. Reese became head of the first African-American family to live and work in Venice, California.

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How to Napoleon-proof your home:
convert a Martello tower

Owner and designer Duncan Jackson worked with Piercy Conner Architects

to make this ancient defense tower into a home of the 21st century.

Twelve-foot-thick walls enclose what is now a contemporary home

with light tubes that bring daylighting into the depths of the spaces.

Transforming such a formidable building into a livable home was no easy task.

 

The hard work of these designers was recognized with

Britain’s prestigious RIBA award in 2010

VitA

…weird to see myself painted

Federico Castelluccio

Vita (2006)

Oil on canvas, 72” x 85”

Commissioned by Christine E. Lynn
for the benefit of the Boca Raton Community Hospital