chris mottalini

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WAR ON UGLINESS (HAWAIIAN MODERNISM)

Chris Mottalini recently traveled all the way to Hawaii to photograph two vacation cabins famed (but also somewhat under appreciated) Russian/Hawaiian Modernist Vladimir Ossipoff designed for his family in 1946, perched high up in the hills on the island of Oahu.  He based the cabins on classic Japanese tea house design, hence the project's nickname (the Tea House).  This project has basically never before been photographed and there are no surviving drawings or records of any kind (Ossipoff was known to destroy his drawings upon completion).  Now it's just sitting up there, empty, right on the edge of a cliff.  Ossipoff described his work as a "war on ugliness".  This project has been published in Casa Vogue, At Large magazine and Upstate Diary