Plastic Fantastic

I'll be spending the next few days in the 6 year old boy paradise otherwise known as Legoland.  Let's be clear, I'm totally on board.  It's not Disneyland and they have a lazy river. Legos are great because they encourage creativity in design, but if you've ever tried to assist in the construction of a Lego kit meant for anyone over the age of 4 then you know how extremely complicated Lego construction can be.  I liken it to putting together an IKEA dresser. Scandinavians must be much smarter than the rest of us.  For a good laugh, read Michael Chabon's book "Manhood For Amateurs".  He has a chapter dedicated to kits and minifigs. I bring up Lego construction, because right now Dwell has a Lego Modern Home Design competition going on. Through April 15th, you get to vote on your favorite.  Knowing what I do about Legos, I find these absolutely amazing (and the descriptions are too).

Water's Edge Live/Work

21st Century, Case Study House-inspired dwelling. Two stories. Filled with Southern California sunlight from every aspect throughout the day. Open deck for sun worshipping. Double-height entrance hall with clear glass cactus atrium. Half-moon infinity water feature on sun deck provides 24/7 wave sounds.

Suburban House

"My entry is a representative Mid-Century Modern suburban house with flagstone walls, large windows, fireplace, car port and a mix of flat and angled roofs. In some ways it feels descended from the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. The bulk of the model is made from numerous tan, dark tan and light gray 1x2 plates."

Villa Hillcrest

"Perched on a Southern California hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Villa Hillcrest is inspired by the work of Richard Neutra and Joseph Eichler during the mid-century modern architecture movement unique to California, and its climate and lush landscapes. The design for Villa Hillcrest expresses key mid-century modernist modes of living, including the celebration of nature and sunlight with large window…"