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Meet the 2020 Mod Squad

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad! Click through the gallery to see what "modernism" means to them. Each week we'll be updating with their Instagram Takeovers, so follow along!

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Ashley Ropati, @lonny + @ashleyropati

Originally hailing from New Zealand, Ashley Ropati is Lonny's Home Editor, now based in San Francisco. Passionate about all things design, her role involves profiling beautiful and unique spaces and showcasing the personalities behind them. With experience as a food, entertainment, and beauty editor — she has a penchant for all things lifestyle. Her work has featured across a variety of brands, including Vogue Australia, Design Folio, The Denizen, Beauticate, and Dish Magazine.

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Ashley Ropati, @lonny + @ashleyropati

"Modernism, to me, is an unadulterated confidence with color and comprehension of space — as seen in this bold family home in Portland, Oregon. The ability to break the mold, stray from convention, and layer different textures and textiles in a thoughtful and uncomplicated way. It's the idea that color and clean lines can co-exist with no fuss."

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Ashley Ropati, @lonny + @ashleyropati

"A seamless blend of old and new, that's modernism. Disregarding the traditional rulebook in favor of a fresh, functional aesthetic. Vintage robots and a plaid lounger come together in spectacular style in this restored L.A. bungalow, anchored by a kitchen island and contemporary dining nook, complete with whitewashed floors and oversized abstract art."

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Ashley Ropati, @lonny + @ashleyropati

"Form follows function, first and foremost. True modernism is informed by an ease of living — rendered through contemporary lines and innovative new materials. This beachfront home in Malibu nails the desired brief — channelling modern living in an effortless and understated kind of way."

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Gregory Han, @typefiend + @designmilk

Gregory is a design and and technology writer for Design Milk. A former managing editor at Apartment Therapy, you can find his work at the New York Times’ Wirecutter, Tom’s Guide, Vice Munchies, and Metropolis. His most recent efforts include co-authorship of Poketo’s Creative Spaces, a book dedicated to people, homes and studios to inspire across the United States and beyond. He lives with his wife Emily and their two cats – Eames and Eero – in Mt. Washington, California.

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Gregory Han, @typefiend + @designmilk

"While modernism is often attributed merely an aesthetic value, its inherent optimism is what I find most appealing. Modernism at its best represents a radical departure from today for a utopian belief in tomorrow – one where we can do better. Thus designs erected even decades ago like Arcosanti retain an evocative vitality today even when its facade begins to weather away."

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Gregory Han, @typefiend + @designmilk

"People often ask where I'd like to live one day if I ever decide to leave Los Angeles, and without a beat I'll blurt out "The Sea Ranch!" with the enthusiasm of a lifelong crush. I love the community's idealism sewing architecture informed by the landscape, representing a principled lifestyle where the cohabitation of people and place was considered decades in advance."

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Gregory Han, @typefiend + @designmilk

"John Lautner's design is probably the sexiest residence I've ever walked into. With a pool reflecting the tropical landscape and the home's open angular facade overlooking the Hollywood Hills, the house is unabashedly an exhibitionist. Modernism represents an openness that tradition tends to hide away, whether it be the materials used or the lives lived within."

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Casey Gerber, @tastemadehome + @tastemadetravel

Casey Gerber is a Los Angeles-based content director and interiors stylist. Over the last decade, she has integrated herself into various stages of the creative process. From fashion merchandising and buying, to video production and programming, she draws inspiration from the balancing act between creative intuition and data. Whether she’s coming up with new content ideas or designing a space, she believes wholeheartedly that there’s no bigger payoff than taking a project from start to finish. Currently, Casey is the Director of Content at Tastemade, a global media company for modern consumers that inspires the taste of a generation. As the head of both Tastemade Home and Tastemade Travel, she lives to learn and support an active community of both Home & Design lovers, Explorers & Adventure Seekers. 

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Casey Gerber, @tastemadehome + @tastemadetravel

"As a fan of all things home and travel, there's no question that Palm Springs is a design destination well worth the trek through the desert! #ModernismWeek is a truly special time of year when we come together to appreciate the new and the old, and celebrate the lasting impact that mid century modern design has on our lives. Follow along as we explore historic design gems and translate the principles to today. (Designed by @SCwoodburning for @tastemadehome)"

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Casey Gerber, @tastemadehome + @tastemadetravel

"At @Tastemade, we believe that good taste transcends borders and the best way to learn is to get out and do! This year, we look forward to experiencing all that #ModernismWeek has to offer. From the Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour to the inspiring desert landscape, we're can't wait to highlight everything that makes Palm Springs the oasis that it is! (Designed by @jessweymouth_ for @tastemadehome)"

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Casey Gerber, @tastemadehome + @tastemadetravel

"This patio may be tiny, but it’s still a pretty big mess, if we do say so ourselves. This special episode of @Tastemadehome's #TinyHome is all about making miniature dreams come true through a heavy dose of mid century modern style. Let's just say that 1:12 scale has never looked fresher. Make sure to follow @tastemadehome and @tastemadetravel during #ModernismWeek as we check out #PalmSprings masterpieces!"

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Eve + Leonora Epstein, @hunkerhome

Eve and Leonora Epstein are sisters, writers, and editors at Hunker, an online platform dedicated to highlighting the architecture, design, and stories to inspire the space around you. With experience at Buzzfeed (Leonora) and DailyCandy (Eve), the Epstein sisters have also had their work featured in The Cut, Vanity Fair, Salon, and more. They are co-authors of X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story (Abrams). Their shared loves include cane furnishings, weighted blankets, Clare V., cats, dogs, and their parents.

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Eve + Leonora Epstein, @hunkerhome

"We ❤️ Modernism’s roots in our home state, Cali — especially in PS, where iconic midcentury homes still bask in the desert sun (like the Hidden Frey, pictured here)"

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Eve + Leonora Epstein, @hunkerhome

"We see modernism’s original focus on function, natural harmony & honest materials in many of our current favorites, too, from desert-chic homesteads…"

Meet the 2020 Mod Squad
Eve + Leonora Epstein, @hunkerhome

"…to our own Hunker House in Venice, where we constantly explore what modernism means to us."

The Mod Squad is a group of inspiring (and modernist-loving) creatives, tasked with the mission of capturing Modernism Week through their eyes. 


Each year, we look forward to discovering Modernism Week through the eyes of our Mod Squad. The diverse and dynamic mix of creatives always lend a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the hundreds of events in February, and we’re especially excited to see how they experience all the modernist fun in 2020!

In the lead up to Modernism Week, we’ll be introducing the Mod Squad with a series of Modernism Week Instagram Takeovers, as they share what modernism means to them.

Mod Squad Takeover on January 24:
Shane Reiner-Roth, @everyverything

Shane Reiner-Roth is a writer, curator and photographer. He has lectured on architecture, art, and design at several universities, including Yale University, the University of Manitoba, the University of Iowa, and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK). Reiner-Roth has published writing for publications including Log Journal, Mas Context, Thresholds, and is currently a journalist and critic for The Architect’s Newspaper. He also manages an instagram, @everyverything, that highlights the architecture and design of artificiality and simulation.

Follow Shane at @everyverything, and head to @modernism_week on Instagram to see what modernism means to him. Stay tuned as he and the rest of the #PSModSquad share more from behind the scenes at Modernism Week February 13-23, 2020!

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