Alberto Alfonso, Rene Gonzalez, Chad Oppenheim, and Guy Peterson-The Florida Four-are making a mark for themselves in contemporary architectural circles, infusing modernist traditions with their own flair. Practitioners of modernism in Florida-or, more accurately, tropical modernism-they are producing noteworthy works that display their commitment to distinctive regionalism. This book is the first to showcase their rich and varied repertoires.
Each of the four architects has a unique take on modernism, resulting in four very different aesthetic approaches. From airports, medical facilities, and museums to open-air chapels, waterfront homes, and condominium complexes, their designs are fascinating for both their rootedness in modernist ideals and their dramatically different interpretations of it.
More than 300 vibrant, full-color photographs offer a survey of work by each of the architects. At once a striking visual tour and a thoughtful examination, Four Florida Moderns treats readers to the rich and innovative styles of tropical modernism as conceived by four trailblazing architects.
Saxon Henry has written for a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Interior Design, Robb Report, Traditional Home, Modernism Magazine, Home Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman's Day, Country Home, Latitudes and Coastal Living. She is a frequent contributor to the Home & Design section of The Miami Herald, Sandow Media's Luxe magazines, and the Florida Design publications. Henry is also a contributing editor to Modern Luxury's MIAMI and Manhattan magazines. Her European/Asian credits include Elle Decor (India), Residence Magazine (The Netherlands), Casamica (Italy), Style: Living (Singapore) and Architectural Digest in Austria and Germany. With one book to her credit, Big Home, Big Challenge: Design Solutions for Larger Spaces, a second book, Four Florida Moderns, will be released by W.W. Norton & Co. in December 2009. Henry's ezine, www.DesignCommotion.com, surveys everything dynamic in the field of design. The journalist/author is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.