February 01. 2007 10:17PM

Commentary: A new modernist standard at Symphony Showcase

Earlier this evening, I was privileged to get a personal tour of the Florida West Coast Symphony Association's Designer Showcase house -- a new Guy Peterson-designed modern on Westway Drive in Lido Shores. Leading me on the tour was the man who built the house, Rick Carlisle, under the leadership of owner/developer Howard Rooks.

I was impressed with each of the rooms -- and then we ascended the staircase to the third level, where Peterson has created a stunning den/retreat with incredible views of New Pass, southern Longboat Key and the Gulf of Mexico.

I felt butterflies in my stomach.

The Symphony Association and the American Society of Interior Designers take turns outdoing each other with their annual winter designer showhouses -- but this one sets a new standard. It is one of the best things to happen to local modernism since the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota's American Legacy Tour and Symposium in November 2001. Why? Because not only is it a fabulous demonstration of the designer arts, but also it will bring an outstanding example of contemporary modernism to a new audience.

Marsha Fottler calls it "new century modernism," as contrasted with the midcentury modernism of the Sarasota School. With this house as evidence, the new century is off to a good start, indeed.



February 17. 2007

What's modern right now
The Symphony Association’s Designer Showcase expresses the many moods of modernism.


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Using furniture from Box Furniture Boutique and art from Francesco Agresti, this designer brought in the colors of sea and sun for a color scheme that is welcoming and homey, but entirely fresh and modern.

SARASOTA -- What constitutes modern design today? At least a hundred good definitions exist -- and most of them are represented in original rooms at the 32nd Florida West Coast Symphony Association Designer Showcase house in Lido Shores.

Once a hotbed of modernism, Lido Shores is once again the waterfront community where the legacy of the Sarasota School of architecture is alive and enjoying a renaissance of bold construction and sensitive remodeling projects.

But how to furnish and burnish these 21st-century gems? That was the challenge put to about two dozen local design professionals who responded by expertly dressing out a Guy Peterson-designed, 8,300- square-foot glass and steel speculation home being marketed by Rooks-Morris Real Estate for $9,875,000.

A $20 ticket (good for repeat visits) lets you wander through three stories of spaces imaginatively outfitted with modern furniture, contemporary art, practical products and glamorous lighting options.

If you've been waiting for inspiration to "go modern," your time is now, and this house is the place.

Article below from Sarasota Magazine, February Edition

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