Trig Modern Announces…

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Architects and designers create cool, modern cat houses for an auction to benefit SAFE Haven For Cats.

Trig Modern design center and showroom in Raleigh announces “The Cat’s Meow,” an auction of modern, professionally designed houses for cats to benefit SAFE Haven for Cats, a non-profit, no-kill shelter in Raleigh dedicated to finding homes for homeless cats and kittens.

The auction will be held Wednesday, May 10th, from 6-8 p.m., during a Cocktail Party in Trig Modern’s showroom in Dock 1053, 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road. Raleigh. The Auction and Party are free and open to the public. Professional auctioneer Ben Ferrell is donating his services.

Ann Marie Baum, Trig Modern’s lead interior designer and a SAFE Haven volunteer, has issued Invitations to architects and designers throughout the Triangle area to create “cool, modern cat houses that people who love cats will be delighted to have in their homes. So we’re encouraging participating designers to think of their contributions as furniture or accessories that will contribute to, rather than detract from, someone’s décor.”

Modern design and quality construction are also imperative, she stressed, “so that the houses will fetch substantial prices. This is a fundraiser after all!”

Baum and Trig Modern’s owner, Bob Drake, were inspired to organize and present “The Cat’s Meow” after seeing the results of a similar event that architects in Los Angeles. “How cool can a cat house be? Just take a look at these,” she said, referencing Los Angeles Architects For Animals fundraiser for a local nonprofit.

“We are so excited about ‘The Cat’s Meow’ auction to help formerly stray cats find their home-sweet-home’ literally,” said Pam Miller, founder and president of SAFE Haven for Cats. “This is a creative, fun, and practical way to help abandoned cats and kittens find the first real home they have ever known. We’re so grateful to Trig Modern for hosting this event.”

Completed cat houses will be delivered to Trig Modern May 4-6 and remain on display in the showroom until the night of the Cocktail Party and Auction. Those interested in bidding may stop in the showroom anytime during business hours (Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to take a close look at the little houses prior to the auction.

Anyone interested in participating in “The Cat’s Meow” – by designing a cathouse, providing in-kind donations, etc. – should contact Ann Marie Baum as soon as possible either by phone at Trig Modern, 919.516.8744 or by emailing her: annmariebaum7@gmail.com.

For more information on Trig Modern, visit www.trigmodern.com.

About Trig Modern:

Founded in December 2012, Trig Modern is owned and operated by furniture and lighting designer Bob Drake. Through its combination of modern and mid-century-inspired furniture, lighting, wall and floor coverings, and accessories, as well as Modern kitchen and bath remodeling services, Trig Modern’s mission is to present a realistic portrait of sensible living and offer an antidote to excess, formality, and convention. For more information visit www.trigmodern.com, call 919.516.8744 and find Trig Modern on Facebook. The showroom is located at 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27604.

About SAFE Haven for Cats:

SAFE Haven’s mission is to ensure the well-being of every cat through adoption, affordable spay/neuter services, community outreach and adherence to no-kill principles. The shelter receives no government funds and relies solely on private donations for 84p percent of its budget. Visit safehavenforcats.org for more information.

 

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Thunderfoot Press Hires Blueplate PR To Promote New Premiere Title, Midland Club

 

thund-press-logoThunderfoot Press, a small publishing house in Orange County, NC, has commissioned Blueplate PR of Raleigh to market and promote its premiere title, Midland Club, a new murder mystery by Mark Spano with particular social relevance.

“November 8, 2016, marked the beginning of a surge in hate crimes in this country, including crimes directed at our LGBT citizens,” said Blueplate PR owner Kim Weiss. “The first time I read Midland Club, which is set in 1958, the relevance jumped off the page at me.

mc-cover_sm“Fear of that heinous type of crime informs how the book’s main character, Rich St. Pierre, responds to the death of a friend – a gay black man. Everyone in the mid-western city believes it was suicide. Rich knows better. I’m deeply honored to work with Thunderfoot Press to promote this gripping and relevant page-turner, which will remind readers of the best in noir filmmaking.”

Blueplate PR is a boutique public relations firm Weiss founded 2004. Since then she has promoted a variety of book genres, including business, fiction, humor, young adult fantasy, and supernatural. An award-winning journalist and former magazine editor, Weiss also ghostwrote and edited The Bridge Builders, a memoir of master landscape architect Richard C. Bell’s life and work. For more information, visit www.blueplatepr.net.

Thunderfoot Press has published five works of fiction and a memoir by author and filmmaker Mark Spano.

Advance/review copies in paperback and digital editions are available by contacting Kim Weiss by phone (919.819.0064) or email: blueplatepr@gmail.com. The book is available for purchase in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

Blueplate PR Announces Special, Limited Time “PR On A Platter” Package for 2017

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Blueplate PRa boutique public relations agency in downtown Raleigh, is launching a new PR package today for architects who have big PR goals (exposure), big PR dreams (lots of exposure), and not-so-big 2017 PR budgets.

What’s included in the “PR On A Platter” package? 
  • Professional press releases, written by a former newspaper and magazine editor, on all the news your firm generates (new projects, completed projects, awards, new hires, etc., etc. You’ll be surprised by how much news you generate!).
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  • Professional pitches to traditional media: newspapers, magazines, television and radio. (The number is limited.)
  • An experienced and committed PR professional who actually knows your industry and delivers results.

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Get a lot for a little.” With our “PR On A Platter” package, we continue to deliver on this promise.
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   *NOTE: This offer expires January 31, 2017, is available only for new clients and requires at least a 6-month commitment, payable on the first of each month.

NEWS & OBSERVER HOME & GARDEN: “The 2016 winners in the annual George Matsumoto Prize modernist house contest”

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Trig Modern’s Ann Marie Baum To Moderate Furniture Makers’ Panel Discussion

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Trig Modern interior designer Ann Marie Baum

“Craft and Furniture Makers for the 21st Century” is part of summer-long exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh.

On Sunday, July 24, from 4-6 p.m., interior designer Ann Marie Baum of Trig Modern design center and showroom in Raleigh will moderate an informal conversation among area furniture makers at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in downtown Raleigh entitled “Craft and Furniture Makers for the 21st Century.”

Free and open to the public, the event is part of CAM’s summer exhibition “20 Years of Horse & Buggy Press,” an award-winning printing shop and book production studio in Durham. The exhibition will run through August 7.

Baum’s conversation will include Al Frega, Scott Howell, Ben Galata, Jessica Ullom from Hawks & Doves, and Anthony Ulinski of Dovetail Woodworks — five of the furniture makers who created custom works for a “living room-esque” space in CAM where the conversation will take place. Each of the five will talk about their work. Dave Wofford of Horse & Buggy Press will briefly discuss books as original artifacts. And Baum will lead a question-and-answer session following the individual presentations.

Originally from Hopewell, Virginia, Ann Marie Baum co-founded Cherry Modern Design in Raleigh in 2004. During her years at Cherry Modern Design, she collaborated with Clearscapes Architecture on the interiors of The Hudson condo building in downtown Raleigh and worked closely with architect Thomas Pheiffer and the NC Museum of Art staff to furnish the museum’s new wing and Iris Cafe. She joined Trig Modern in 2014, where she serves as lead interior designer.

Baum and Trig Modern’s owner, Bob Drake, frequently work with local and regional furniture and casework designers for their interior design projects. They also carry local designers’ work in their showroom.

“It’s going to be a fascinating discussion,” Baum predicted. “I admire the work of each of these artists.”
For more information on this and other events associated with the exhibition “20 Years of Horse & Buggy Press,” go to camraleigh.org/exhibitions/. Even though the event is free, anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Melissa Roth at melissa.roth@camraleigh.org.

For more information on Ann Marie Baum and Trig Modern, visit www.trigmodern.com.

logo_smAbout Trig Modern:

Founded in December 2012, Trig Modern is owned and operated by furniture and lighting designer Bob Drake. Through its combination of modern and mid-century-inspired furniture, lighting, wall and floor coverings, and accessories, as well as Modern kitchen and bath remodeling services, Trig Modern’s mission is to present a realistic portrait of sensible living and offer an antidote to excess, formality, and convention. For more information visit www.trigmodern.com, call 919.516.8744, and find Trig Modern on Facebook. The showroom is located at 1053 East Whitaker Mil Road, Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27604.

Homes Tour: NCMH Presents Eight Modernist Houses April 2nd

The Cherry-Gordon House in Raleigh's HIstoric Oakwood neighborhood is among the houses on NCMH's spring tour.
The Cherry-Gordon House in Raleigh’s HIstoric Oakwood neighborhood is among the houses on NCMH’s spring tour.

Eight exemplary Modernist houses will be open for one day only during North Carolina Modernist Houses’ Modapalooza Mobile Modernist Spring Tour around the Triangle on Saturday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential architecture from the 1940s to today. The annual Modapalooza tour is a full day of visiting new, mid-century, and recently renovated Modernist houses around the Triangle region aboard a luxury shuttle bus. Breakfast, snacks and beverages aboard the bus and a catered lunch are included with a purchased ticket.

The private homes on this year’s tour are…

In Durham:

In Chapel Hill:

  • The 1957 Van Wyk House designed by Jim Webb and renovated by John Lindsey

In Raleigh:

  • The 1973 Kebschull House designed by Harv Kebschull
  • The 2015 Hurt-Manzi House designed by Louis Cherry
  • And the 2014 Cherry-Gordon House, also designed by Louis Cherry — made nationally famous by a neighbor’s attempt to stop it from being built in Raleigh’s Historic Oakwood neighborhood. (For more information on the controversy: http://www.ncmodernist.org/2014oakwood.htm.)

The Modapalooza tour starts and ends in the Sheraton Imperial Hotel off I-40 in Durham. Tickets are $119 per person for the general public and $99 per person for NCMH’s Mod Squad members. NCMH tours tend to sell out quickly, so those interested are encouraged to purchase tickets soon at http://www.ncmodernist.org/palooza16.htm. Proceeds benefit NCMH. For more information on NCMH, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

redchair smAbout NC Modernist Houses:

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org. Find NCMH on FacebookFollow NCMH on Twitter and Instagram.

Oysters & Architecture: Eidolon Designs Hosts February’s “Thirst4Architecture”

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Eidolon Designs in Raleigh will once again host “Thirst4Architecture,” a networking event sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and Emilie Huin of Triangle Modern Homes on Thursday, February 18, from 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public, this month’s T4A event also includes Eidolon’s annual Oyster Roast.

T4A events are opportunities for architects, artists, building managers, contractors, engineers, furniture dealers, realtors, and anyone else interested in Modernist residential design to connect and create strategic alliances in a casual environment. The hosts provide refreshments and other entertainment while introducing T4A participants to their businesses.

Located at 414 Dupont Circle in Raleigh’s historic Boylan Heights neighborhood, Eidolon Designs handcrafts fine furniture, architectural millwork, doors, kitchen, bath, and office components, media integration pieces, and sculpture.

According to owners Ann Cowperthwaite and Mike Parker, who have supported NCMH events for many years, Eidolon team members “are artists and craftsmen, not manufacturers” and the company is “committed to environmental sustainability,” sourcing hardwoods from certified tree farms, sheet woods that are formaldehyde-free, and using only non-toxic finishes.

Those attending the February T4A can tour Eidolon’s workshop and speak with the owners and other Eidolon craftsmen while enjoying the annual oyster roast, soup, and other side dishes. For more information on Eidolon Designs visit eidolondesigns.com.

For more information on NCMH and the locations for future Thirst4Architecture events, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

redchair smAbout NC Modernist Houses:

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations.

 

For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.

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Re-imagining The Neighborhood Grocery: The Raleigh Architecture Co. Completes Standard Foods

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Standard Foods’ restaurant section designed by The Raleigh Architecture Co.

When Standard Foods opened in downtown Raleigh’s Person Street Plaza this fall, owners John Holmes and Scott Crawford finally revealed their vision for an all-locally sourced, farm-to-table grocery store and restaurant, both of which celebrate “the food, farmers, and artisanal production methods of our region,” according to the website.

Stand.Foods1 low_resWithin the Plaza, a redevelopment project that includes Raleigh City Farm, Yellow Dog Bakery, and other locally owned businesses, something else happened. Standard Foods’ physical space revealed The Raleigh Architecture Company’s interpretation of a shopping and dining experience that is at-once modern, urban, and artisanal.

A few months earlier, while the project was still under construction, John Holmes told the Independent Weekly, “We want the design to reflect what we’re trying to do with the food.” With that in mind, he and Crawford turned to Craig Kerins, AIA, and Robby Johnston, AIA, of The Raleigh Architecture Co (RACo), a local firm well known for custom retail designs and quality craftsmanship.

“The challenge,” Kerins said, “was to create a design concept for the StandFoods3 low_resrestaurant and bar that is reinforced by our selection of authentic and natural materials and honest detailing.”

Ted Van Dyke of New City Design served as architect of record for the project with RACo as design architect for the front-of-the-house (areas open to the public) and the exterior.

Standard Foods is a 3000-square-foot grocery store, butcher shop, and 80-seat restaurant. The restaurant side features a 26-seat communal table and a 16-seat bar.

Outside, weathered steel slats trace the upper edge of the one-story, matte-charcoal exterior and provide shading for large windows that frame views of the Raleigh City Farm 20 yards away. Eventually the slats will also support plantings to add more shade and elements of the farm to the façade.

StandFoods4 low_resInside, market and restaurant spaces flow into each other and the matte-charcoal reappears on background walls that enhance natural sapele wood and slate wall panels in the market, and heart pine tables and chairs in the restaurant. Metal refrigeration cases gleam under energy-efficient lighting, and accents of marble and leather add upscale elements to the simple, natural materials.

Part handcrafted, part sophisticated, the total design creates a distinctive identity for Standard Foods. Yet the colors and textures of the food – in the market or served on the tables – are the main attractions.

To ensure a community-oriented shopping experience, the aisles in the grocery store area are tight, reminiscent of an urban bodega. The spacing creates an intimate experience with the products. Benches between aisles encourage shoppers to linger.

“Most of us view grocery shopping as a chore,” observed architect Robby Johnston. “Our goal was to make this grocery store an experience – to give shoppers a feeling that’s fresh and friendly with an immediate perception of value.”

Standard Foods is a joint venture between Holmes, the president of real estate firm Hobby Properties, and Crawford, the former chef of Herons at The Umstead in Cary and twice a James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef in the Southeast. The men call their partnership The Nash Hospitality Group. For more information, go to standard-foods.com.

The Raleigh Architecture Co. is frequently commissioned for urban up-fits in existing buildings in downtown Raleigh. A few of the partners’ completed projects include Arrow Haircuts and NuvoNivo on Hargett Street, Runologie and State of Beer on Hillsborough Street, Trophy Brewing Company on Maywood Avenue and Crank Arm Brewing Company on West Davie Street. For more information, visit www.raleigh-architecture.com.

About The Raleigh Architecture Company:

The Raleigh Architecture Company is an award-winning design-build firm specializing in Modern sustainable architecture and craftsman-quality construction. As licensed architects and general contractors, we consider designing and building to be one integrated process. This streamlined approach empowers the firm to meet clients’ economic expectations and to seamlessly execute high quality details, both small and large. The firm’s office and shop are located under one roof in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District at 502 S. West Street. For more information visit www.raleigh-architecture.com, call 919-831-2995, or email: info@raleigh-architecture.com.

 

North Carolina “Starchitect” Frank Harmon, FAIA, Celebrates Career, Retirement Nov. 19

Frank Harmon, FAIA. (photo by William Morgan)
Frank Harmon, FAIA. (photo by William Morgan)

On Thursday evening, November 19, from 6-8 p.m., multi-award-winning architect, professor, author, and artist Frank Harmon, FAIA, will thank friends, colleagues, and clients for a 50-year career that saw him rise to the top of his profession when he officially announces his retirement during an oyster roast and champagne toast.

Harmon’s retirement party will be held at the thoroughly “green” Modern building he designed and where his office has been located for the past three years: the AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design, 14 East Peace Street, in downtown Raleigh. Free and open to the public, the event is part of North Carolina Modernist Houses‘ “Thirst4Architecture” series. Anyone who wishes to attend should email RSVP@frankharmon.com.

Since founding his firm in 1985, Frank Harmon has received dozens of local, regional, and national design awards and other professional honors, including the 2013 F. Carter Williams Gold Medal, the highest honor the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presents.


 

See AIA NC’s 2013 Gold Medal presentation,which includes a history of Frank Harmon and his work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUclN7GWgZM


 

An AIA Fellow and Professor in Practice at NC State University’s College of Design, Harmon has built his illustrious reputation on designing modern, innovative, sustainable, and regionally appropriate buildings of all types, especially environmental education facilities. As another AIA Fellow, Jeffrey Lee, once wrote of his friend and colleague:

“Across the architectural profession, Frank Harmon, FAIA, is the face of North Carolina architecture. Through his words, his deeds, and the work of his firm, he has brought to a national audience a glimpse of the unique character and architectural culture of his home state [and his work] is an architectural presence so deeply rooted to the influence of place that one can hardly imagine it existing elsewhere.”

When asked why he’s decided to retire now, Harmon grinned. “I don’t think one ever retires. You simply do other things. But one of our goals in life is to be happy, right? I’ve decided to pay attention to that. I realize now that a visit from my daughter, a trip to London to see my son, a simple dinner with friends, or the shape of a flower in my garden gives me more happiness than designing another building.”

Yet he admits he’ll miss his practice:

“Of course this is bittersweet. I’ll miss coming to the office each day to work with bright young people and to work with craftsmen and builders I respect. But they will continue to do new and better things, which I will enjoy. The future of architecture is good in their hands.”

For the past few years, Harmon has acquired a devoted following for his blog “Native Places,” a collection of thoughts and hand-drawn sketches that illustrate the value of looking closely at buildings and places. (Custom Home Magazine features Native Place on its website.) More recently, he began writing a similar monthly piece for Midtown Magazine that he calls “Everyday Places.”

Perhaps both columns were foreshadowing: After a rewarding 50-year career as a practicing architect, Harmon is now ready to express his thoughts and values through those endeavors, rather than design and construction:

“I think that what I want to say in architecture can be done with a pen and watercolor brush,” he said recently. “I don’t need an office to do that.”

For more information on Frank Harmon’s life and work:

“Modern Ruin:” Movie Series Presents Documentary on The World’s Fair Pavilion

PromoPosterFilmmaker Matt Silva will be on hand for Q&A session.

As an addition to its 2015-2016 Architecture Movie Series, North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and series sponsor MoHo Realty present a special screening of the documentary “Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion” on Saturday, November 14, 6:30 p.m., at King’s in downtown Raleigh.

Filmmaker Matt Silva will fly in from New York for a Q&A session after the screening. Dr. Marsha Gordon, Professor of Film Studies at NC State University, will introduce Silva.

“Modern Ruin” tells the story of the New York State Pavilion designed by Pavilion PhotoPhilip Johnson, the highlight of the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, New York. It was saved from the fate of many of the venues in the World’s Fair, but it has only been used sporadically over the past 50 years and is now in ruins. In the 1990s, it was prominently featured in the film “Men in Black.”

In his documentary, Silva illuminates the steps architects and other staunch supporters have taken to protect and re-purpose the Pavilion.

“Silva packs this documentary with people who lived during that time and people who have taken a great interest in the preservation of the pavilion,” wrote Christopher Inoa for Untapped Cities.com after the premiere.

“I hope that the film helps people re-imagine the space and are inspired to dream for what it can be in the future,” Silva says.

Adam Carrington of Carrington Electric is co-hosting the event at King’s, 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh. Beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available for purchase. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10.

To see a trailer of “Modern Ruin,” go to https://vimeo.com/61415780.

For more information on NCMH and the entire MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series, go to http://ncmodernist.org/movies.

redchair smAbout NC Modernist Houses:

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.  Find NCMH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.