If you are a fan of modern furniture design, one would imagine that modern architecture might appeal to you as well…especially modern residential architecture. There is little sweeter than a sleek modern dwelling to house your sleek modern furniture, right?
There are countless tales of the difficulty of finding modern residential architecture; especially in the Midwest. Perhaps that is because home builders build homes to satisfy the tastes of the masses. To them, and their bottom line, it seems pointless to try to appease a niche market.
But is public opinion on preferable styles changing?
On Posh24.com there is a wonderful array of celebrity homes for viewers to ogle. And the first home in the showcase is a fabulous mid-century modern inspired home belonging to Hollywood heartthrob Zac Efron.
At the end of the article is a questionnaire that has received over 2500 participants. “Which home would like to live in?”, the poll asks. An astounding 44% of respondents chose the Efron abode. What was equally alarming is that a distant 2nd, 3rdand 4thplace went to Ellen DeGeneres, Lauren Conrad, and Jennifer Anniston; 9%, 6%, and 5%, respectively. They all live in contemporary style homes.
Now, let’s not go overboard. There is nothing even slightly scientific about this poll. And although it is an internet poll, there is no guarantee that the participants are truly a nationally random sample; they may all be in California where this style is more prevalent.
Quite honestly, most of the respondents were probably teenage girls who want to live in the Zac Efron house WITH Zac Efron!
But a person can certainly dream that we are living in a world where modern style is becoming more appreciated. It is evident that many are working tirelessly to raise awareness and appreciation for the style.
In December 2009, Timothy Rub, Director of Cleveland Museum of Art, addressed the Cleveland Restoration Society. In her RealNEO.us coverage of the address, Evelyn Kiefer stated that “There is a great need in Cleveland for more educated leadership and a more educated population that recognizes value in our architectural history. But sadly so much [of our mid-century modern history] has been lost already. Some of the best preservation opportunities now are in residential architecture.”
Through new home development can we regain some of what was lost? When we look at new homes with contemporary features such as expansive windows, open floor plans and loft-like ceiling expanses, one can’t help but wonder if preferences are moving in that direction.
Perhaps there is hope for more homes of this style in NEO.
Perhaps it is a stretch to believe that this particular internet poll has any significance whatsoever. But one can certainly dream. Right?