Trig Modern Celebrates Mid-Century Designers During “Thirst4Architecture”

NC Modernist Houses

Dutch designer Hella Jongerius’ reinterpretation of
Alvar Aalto’s 400 and 401 Armchair for Artek.


April’s NCMH networking event for Modernist design enthusiasts

TRIG Modern, Raleigh’s premiere Modern furniture showroom at 328 West Jones Street, will present “An Evening with Alvar, Adrian, Milo and Vladimir” when the store hosts North Carolina Modernist Houses’ (NCMH’s) “Thirst4Architecture” networking happy hour on Thursday, April 17, from 6-8 p.m.. A celebration of mid-century designers, the event is free and open to the public.

Emilie Huin of Coldwell Banker, a specialist in Modernist real estate throughout the Triangle, is the series sponsor for all 2014-2015 T4A happy hours, which provide opportunities for modern design enthusiasts to mix, mingle, and make strategic connections. The host business provides refreshments and other entertainment while attendees build relationships, create strategic alliances, and make new contacts.

For the April T4A, TRIG Modern’s owner, Bob Drake, will spotlight iconic mid-20th-century modern chairs designed by Finnish architect, sculptor and painter Alvar Aalto; American architect and furniture designer Adrian Pearsall; American furniture designer and 2009 Interior Design Hall of Fame inductee Vladimir Kagan; and North Carolina-based Thayer Coggins’ premiere designer Milo Baughman. Examples of each designer’s chairs will be on display in the showroom.

In keeping with the evening’s Mid-Century theme, Drake’s sister will cater the event, serving up classic 1950s and ‘60s dishes.

“The best thing about hosting a T4A event,” Drake said, “is being surrounded by a bunch of like-minded folks who appreciate Modern design.”

Opened in 2012, TRIG Modern is the only showroom and design service in downtown Raleigh that specializes in modern furniture and lighting in tandem with an eclectic blend of compatible furnishings and accessories, including Mid-20th Century items and a throw pillow collection that Drake designed himself.

“TRIG is a very different kind of showroom,” Drake said. “We combine both new and vintage furniture, kitchen and bath, lighting, original art and objects.”

Drake noted that the store’s new line of modern kitchen systems will also be on display that night. For more information on TRIG Modern, visit

NCMH is an award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design across the state. For the dates and locations of future T4A events, go to

NCMH Now Accepting Applications For Project BauHow 2015-2016


North Carolina high schools that offer drafting classes to 9th and 10th graders are invited to apply for CAD computers.

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) announced today at the Wake County Schools Design Blitz that it is accepting applications from public high schools statewide for its 2015-2016 educational initiative, Project BauHow.

NCMH’s Project BauHow (Bauhaus + Know-how) supports high school education by providing desktop computer-aided design (CAD) computer systems and software to ninth and tenth graders in drafting classes in rural North Carolina.

Drafting classes are imperative for students who are interested in pursuing careers in architecture (among other professions). Yet, as NCMH Director George Smart explains, “Depending on their locations, up to 60 percent of North Carolina high school students are in families without the means to provide a CAD-level computer at home. For students who are interested in careers in architecture, or any kind of professional design, high school drafting classes simply can’t provide enough class time to achieve the proficiency, or portfolios, required for college. This severely limits their career opportunities, especially in rural areas.”

With these donated computer systems, drafting teachers can assign homework and students can practice CAD at home as much as they want.

Click here to view a video about Project BauHow from Douglas Bird High School in Fayetteville, a 2015 Project BauHow school.

Later, with class instruction, students will test their knowledge through an NCMH-sponsored design competition. The winner from each Project BauHow school receives a scholarship to North Carolina State University’s highly regarded summer Design Camp in Raleigh.

Project BauHow schools are selected based on location and need, availability of drafting classes for 9th and 10th grade students, and drafting teacher initiative. The drafting teacher determines which students will receive the CAD systems for home use. Assignments are submitted on USB sticks so students do not need Internet access at home.

The 2015-2016 application forms are available on the NCMH website at Click on “2016 School Application.” The deadline for applying is May 15, but Smart encourages interested high schools to apply as soon as possible.

For more information on Project BauHow, including past recipients, visit