For the occasion of the newly-blushed book “Midcentury Houses Today” by Monacelli Press, the New Canaan Historical Society organized a tour of three of the town’s most distinctive modernist homes. No better way to spend a glorious autumn Saturday with my
“The Modern tourist,” wrote famed historian Dean MacCannell in his classic analysis of travel and sightseeing, “constantly seeks for authenticity.” And so, we tend to look for authentic hotels and experiences as tourists; to me, when it comes my travels to Miami, where I visit annually for the Art Basel show, I seek for the oceanfront indigenous.
Of all Art Deco hotels on Ocean Drive, South Beach, Miami, the most iconic, prolific, and the one that came to symbolize more than any other the Are Deco Renaissance of Miami, is the Colony, which was designed in 1935. It was when Miami Beach was first created as a tourist destination that these hotels were built and its blue glow has come to shape the memory of many generations of tourists visiting this part of the world.
Spending the weekend in Hempshire, UK, in a small village where houses built in the 1600's are considered "new." Here is a beautiful medieval cottage, built in 1495, just three years after Columbus discovered America. The English oak framing timbers, the layered straw roof, and the center hall structure, surrounded one, substantial fireplace, have become the touchstone of the English house, and the model for the vernacular home in many countries.
Our fabulous weekend in Hempshire, UK.
It was established in 1382, Winchester College, the famed school for boys, and it set a tradition, not only in competitive education, but also in school design that we can see throughout the UK and the US. Not Eton, but Winchester is Egngand's oldest school, existed in its present location since its very beginning, set the longest unbroken history of any school in England. Touring the school with my cousin Adrian Feuchtwanger who is a graduate from Winchester made the experience breathtaking.
On our present visit to Israel, when Gazan rockets keep hitting Tel Aviv, we made a decision to live here as normal as possible and to make this trip an enjoyable experience. So what can be more entertaining and even amusing than watching Zubin Mehta and the Israeli Philharmonic in Die Fledermaus. The operetta was played tonight at the remarkable Mann Auditorium, one of my favorite modernist buildings in the White City.
Vienna of the turn of the 20th century was a cradle of culture, of great intellectual innovations in music, philosophy, economics, the arts, architecture, and design. Freud and philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, writers Arthur Schnitzler and Franz Werfel, musicians Schoenberg and Gustav Mahler, were all at the forefront of their fields and they all lived in Vienna. It was the birthplace of Zionism, and with the founding of the Secession in 1897 and the Wiener Werkstätte in 1903, Vienna was becoming established as one of the leading and most innovative European centers of the arts. What I most like about visiting Vienna is the immense number of buildings by Otto Wagner, the father of modern architecture which are so well-maintained an well-preserved, allowing us to experience Vienna of that magnificent period: the STainhofkirche, his own modernist villa, the Karlsplatz Station, the Majolica House, and his Pavilion Allerhochsten Hofes, just to mane a few.
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