Farnsworth House – Inspirational Trek

Farnsworth House

Designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1945
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The Farnsworth House, designed and built in the International Style by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Dr. Edith Farnsworth from 1949-1951, is one of the world’s most widely-recognized and studied structures constructed in the 20th century. As one of the pinnacle works of Mies van der Rohe’s style and philosophy, it remains an international pilgrimage site for thousands of architecture students and professionals annually.

The Farnsworth House is a National Historic Landmark, and is currently held as a Historic Site by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

We only needed to travel 60 miles from our Chicago studio to receive a lesson in modernist minimalist design and architecture.

The Farnsworth House.

One cannot help but be inspired by this floating pristine glass box on a wooded river bank.

The story of estudiotres with Creative Director Michael Newman

The story of estudiotres with Creative Director, Michael Newman.

Always Andersonville Podcast
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Laura Austin and Joelle Scillia of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce interviewed Michael Newman, the Chicago-based principal and creative director of estudiotres, a branding, design, development and marketing firm that he runs nationally with studios here in Chicago as well as a Arizona. Newman has recently been dubbed an “Andersonville Craftsman” by the Chicago Eater for his recent work on Brightwok Kitchen in River North via his interior design firm, Michael John Newman | Design + Build. He has also worked on projects throughout Andersonville and Chicago, including the redesign of our 2018-19 Andersonville Neighborhood Guide.

The Architects Newspaper : Cemitas Puebla Restaurant

Cemitas Puebla Restaurant

The Architects Newspaper
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One of Chicago’s favorite sandwich spots is setting up shop in that mecca of Windy City eateries, the West Loop’s Fulton Market. Cemitas Puebla—the Humboldt Park Mexican restaurant known for its hefty, eponymous sandwich—will keep the menu the same at its new location, but when it comes to design they are trading taquería utilitarianism for a clean white space full of art handcrafted by Michael Newman, creative director of estudiotres.

Newman, who studied sculpture in college, molded 60 Dia de los Muertos skulls from clay for a wall installation that references the unique heritage of Mexico’s Puebla region, specifically the intricately detailed talavera pottery. “Instead of painting these day of the dead skulls with traditional flowers and eyeballs and things like that,” said Newman, “I hand-painted each one in the talavara style.” To further integrate the display into the restaurant’s mutable modern vibe, Newman opted for black and white inkwash over the vibrant colors of typical calaveras. The shape of the installation itself references the skull piles protruding through the walls of Parisian catacombs.

That attention to detail continues throughout. Subtle patterns in the roof panels “guide the viewer’s narrative” from the street into the restaurant, said Newman, and onto a mural with more Puebla references: a street scene, a church, the Volkswagen Beetle, which has been manufactured in the region since 1967.

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Enviro Group Presents Frosty the Snowman 2.0

Enviro Group Presents Frosty the Snowman 2.0

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You know the song: Frosty the Snowman, was a jolly, happy soul, with a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of cucumbers... Cucumbers? Yes. The old lyrics just don't cut it in the age of climate change. Coal is dirty, from the burning, and dangerous, from the mining and carbon dioxide.

So the Natural Resources Defense Council thought it would be good this Christmas and holiday season to replace the two chunks of coal with two slices of sweet cucumber. Vegetarians rejoice.

The image of Frosty 2.0 graces the cover of a card the NRDC sent out to friends in the Midwest this year. The clever cards were designed by estudiotres, for the record.

"Why should Frosty continue shilling for coal?" explains Josh Mogerman, a Chicago spokesman for the NRDC. "We know we have to move away from the dirty stuff, so our snowmen can be green, too."

Some people have mistaken the cucumber slices for kiwi. But this writer guessed correctly, right out of the gate.

Was that magician with the top hat, who let Frosty melt in the greenhouse, actually a coal baron? Just a thought.

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