Triangle Modernist Houses Announces “ModShop” Day Trip

Destinations: Design Within Reach, Ikea, and a Modernist house tour

April 24, 2010 (DURHAM, NC) – Triangle Modernist (TMH) has just announced another not-to-be-missed opportunity for modernist homeowners and anyone who loves modern interior design: “ModShop,” a group excursion to Charlotte, NC, to shop at Design Within Reach and Ikea, and to tour an exemplary Modernist house in the Queen City.

On Saturday, May 22, TMH founder George Smart will host 50 shoppers as they leave for Charlotte, arriving at the 3000-square-foot Design Within Reach (DWR) at 10:30. DWR is one of the nation’s premiere retail centers for modern furniture and accessories. Tour-goers will receive a 10 percent off coupon good for that day only on most purchases.

An hour later, the ModShop bus will depart for a tour of the 1970 Mark Bernstein House, designed by California architect Lawrence Allen Bernstein who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin.

The 1970 Bernstein House

The ModShop bus will then make its way to Ikea, the massive 356,000-square-foot store that includes 10,000 exclusively designed home goods, 49 room settings, three model-home interiors, and a 350-seat restaurant. Tour participants will have three hours to shop and lunch in Ikea.

To accommodate shoppers’ finds, TMH will give each person “storage credits” that represent six cubic feet of storage space under the bus. Shoppers can trade, buy or sell their credits to each other. DWR and Ikea also offer delivery services.

Smart points out the “green” feature of the ModShop trip aboard the air-conditioned, restroom- and Internet-equipped bus: “Think of all the carbon emissions we’ll prevent as a group rather than driving to these stores individually and then having furniture delivered.” 

The bus will arrive back in the Triangle by 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for ModShop that are purchased before May 1 are $49.95 per person. (TMH’s ModSquad members receive a five percent discount.) After that date and on the day of the event, tickets are $65. All tickets prior to the day of the trip and more details on ModShop are available at

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit

About Triangle Modernist Houses

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) is a 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 to restoring and growing modernist architecture in the Triangle. The award-winning website, now the largest educational and historical archive for modernist residential design in America, continues to catalog, preserve, and advocate for North Carolina modernism.  TMH also hosts popular modernist house tours several times a year, giving the public access to the Triangle’s most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours raise awareness and help preserve these “works of art” for future generations. Visit the website at TMH also has an active community on Facebook.

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