If you’ve been looking for an event where you can hold a cocktail in one hand, mini quiche in another, and listen to some of the best modern designers in Dallas talk about some of the best modern homes — first of all, that’s oddly specific and second of all, The Dallas Architecture Forum’s got you. It’s time for their 365 Modern Living Cocktail Series beginning Tuesday, May 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. Three evenings, three houses, and three opportunities to discreetly wipe the drool from your lower lip.
This year’s theme is “I want that.”
JK. It’s Modern Living Every Day of the Year. And we should all live modernly all year long.
If you’re saying to yourself, “CandysDirt.com, should I attend these evenings?” The short answer is yes and the long answer is heck yes.
P.S. This majestic series sold out last year, so get on it if you love clean design, thoughtful architecture, own cocktail attire, are a bubbly conversationalist, or if you have ears.
Each evening there will be a short presentation from the actual designers of the homes. Which is even more exciting than you’re imagining right now. The creativity and attention to detail that goes into every inch of these homes will inspire you and open your mind to possibilities you never dreamed of. Maybe you’ll apply them to your own home or maybe you’ll just worship at the altar of what’s in front of you, either way, this year’s line-up is a can’t miss.
Bridge Hollow Residence
Tuesday, May 21, 6 to 8 p.m.
The Forum says, “the Bridge Hollow Residence pays homage to both the early Texas modern architecture of David R. Williams, O’Neil Ford and Frank Welch and the classical Texas architecture of John Staub.”
- Designed around the courtyard and majestic Texas sunsets.
- 9,000 square feet of “whoa.”
- Features include a loggia, reflecting pool, subterranean motor court, zero edge pool, custom wood ceilings, leather paneled walls and a stunning library with ORANGE LACQUERED WALLS.
- Again, that’s lacquered. walls.
Architecture: SHM Architects, David Stocker (AIA – Design Architect), Philip Pitzer (Project Architect); Interior Design: Neal Stewart Designs, Neal Stewart (Principal Designer), Ann Reidel (Associate Designer); Landscape Architecture: MESA, Mary Ellen Cowan (ASLA); Contractor: Sebastian Construction Group, John Sebastian
Tuesday, June 4, 6 to 8 p.m.
The Forum says, “Crescent Residence sits on a beautiful wooded site with rolling topography and mature trees and was designed in these trees and topographic features.”
- It’s all about the trees.
- Floor to ceiling windows make the site and the space seamless.
- The water feature out front is beautiful AND functional. It’s like noise-cancelling headphones for the house. (Bye bye city sounds.)
- It’s quiet. It’s secluded. It’s other-city-ly.
- Materials used include bleached white oak paneling, antique limestone, Pennsylvania bluestone, shell stone and weathered zinc on the overhangs.
Architecture: Cunningham Architects, Gary Cunningham (FAIA), Michael Bessner (Assoc. AIA), Tom Dohearty (AIA), Sharon Odom (AIA); Interior Design: Shannon Bowers Design, Shannon Bowers (RID), Marci Thomas (RID); Landscape Architecture: Hocker Design Group, David Hocker (FASLA), Ashlee Lehmann (ASLA); Genteral Contractors: S.H. McCombs Company, Inc., Steve McCombs, Vaughn Shadle and Webster Street, Inc., George Bramblett
Thursday, June 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
The Forum says, “The Wildwood Residence brings the outdoors in as it sits nestled in a heavily forested area of Bluffview.”
- The entryway features an 11’ iridescent chandelier. (Exclamation emoji)
- The bar has EXOTIC IRON RED GRANITE countertops.
- There’s an art glass wall.
- MONOLITHIC is used to describe the rectangular granite block water feature.
- Can we talk about those red countertops again?
Architecture: Bernbaum/Magadini Architects, Patricia Magadini (AIA Design Architect), Bruce Bernbaum (AIA), Dan Typaldos (AIA Project Architects); Interior Design, Rick Rozas, Rick Rozas (Designer); Landscape Architecture, Hocker Design Group, David Hocker (ASLA)
Tickets for 365 Modern Living events are on sale now through the Forum’s website. Prices range from $90 to $110 for individual event passes to series subscriptions for two individuals for $360 and $425 for Forum members and non-members, respectively.