Happy Modern Thanksgiving

Courtesy of escapadeblog.com

“Design Within Reach’s holiday calendar seemed the perfect fit for an autumn holiday. Set in Armonk, New York in a beautiful all glass mid-century home designed by architect Arthur Witthoefft that allows the autumn splendour to take over the interior of the home as well.” – escapadeblog.com

Happy (Modern) Thanksgiving





A Modern Rustic Outdoor Feast

Courtesy of Hayneedle.com

“Thanksgiving gets a modern update at Brian Patrick Flynn’s new mountain cabin. Combining elements of rustic wood furnishings with mid-century forms, Brian sets the deck for a cozy and inviting outdoor feast.” – Hayneedle.com









Meet Woofy Beefcake John!

Beefcake John Hollier

Hi John,
What’s your idea of a perfect date?

“Dinner, long conversations to get to know the person, and maybe ice cream after dinner to talk more. I do like to kiss on a first date. It will let me know a lot about that person are if we’re going to be compatible to go on another date.”

What does the term “Bear” mean to you?

“Men who are furry, or rugged or handsome or skinny or ugly – there are so many types of bears. I like genuine men.”

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How would you describe your personal interior design style?

“I tend to be very contemporary in my tastes.”

What kind of music do you listen to?

“I love most music: Country, rap, R&B, jazz but mostly find myself bouncing around to dance music but have no favorite one.”

JHeLR (2)

Location: Atlanta, Ga.

Height: 5’9

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Hazel

Sign: Virgo

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Gym routine: “I’ve worked out for the past 3 years pretty hard trying to change my body every time I lift. My routine is simple. Monday-chest, Tuesday-arms, Wed-legs, Thursday-back Friday-shoulders. I take off Saturday and Sunday unless I miss a day during week. I do one body part a day cause I can solely focus on just that body part trying to do 7 to 8 different exercise and 4 sets of 15 lifting heavier ever set.”

Occupation: “Bartender at Woofs Sports Bar full time and soon to be full time a Barber student starting in the new year.”

Hobbies: “Gym, hiking, anything outdoors – love to travel and the beach is always fun. Photography is a passion I enjoy as well. And my French Bulldog – being a dad to him is great.”

Guilty Pleasure Snack: “LOVE Peanut butter and pancakes.”

JHzzbLR (2)

TV Faves: “I rarely watch TV but when I do I
really enjoy THE VOICE.”

Last good movie you saw: “I hate movies, very A.D.D. here.”

Turn Ons: “Handsome, genuine, authentic men who are attractive more on the inside than outside.”

Turn Offs: “Guys who are arrogant, cunty, rude, or dishonest. I treat everyone with respect, because you don’t know what the other person has been through – why treat them like shit?”

Personal Statement: “I have been sober for 2 1/2 years now I support AA.”

Beefcake John Hollier

Photos by David Dudar: Manshots by Dave

The Sculptural Art of Gene Dodak

Sometimes the sculptor is a work of art himself. Case in point is Artist Gene Dodak from Palm Springs. We invite you to look past Gene’s incredible body to view his body of incredible work. We are fascinated by Gene’s clay “Totems” inspired by nature and aquatic life, as well as his Mid-Century inspired lamps and vessels.

Artist Gene Dodak

Gene at work in his studio.
Gene at work in his studio.

After receiving his BFA in Sculpture, Ceramics and Design from Central Michigan University, Gene worked as a window designer at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco and eventually became the Visual manager for the Palo Alto store. He started his own company, Strong Environments, a landscape and design business in the Bay Area in 1994. Gene moved to Palm Springs with his husband, Art Strong, in 2004, and went back to his first love of working in clay.

Gene at his Palm Springs home surrounded by his eclectic work of lamps and vessels.
Gene at his Palm Springs home surrounded by his eclectic work of lamps and vessels.
Gene at his Palm Springs Studio
Gene at the Silica Studio in Palm Springs Studio

Working with and being influenced by Mid-Century artist Paul Bellardo, Gene’s work has become more varied in the last few years, creating modern lamps, vases, and other sculptures. His current interests are slab, wheel-thrown, altered and hand built sculptures.

Gene's Totem sculptures can be used outdoors as well as in.  These Totems are wired to light up at night for dramatic effect.
Gene’s Totem sculptures can be used outdoors as well as in. These Totems are wired to light up at night for dramatic effect.

It was Gene’s Totem sculptures that caught the attention of the Artists Council Exhibition in Palm Springs. It is an annual juried exhibition shown in the Jorgensen Gallery and Marks Graphics Center during the fall of each year. Gene’s work was part of 47 chosen out of over 400 entries.

The Sculptor as sculpture.
The Sculptor as sculpture.

Artist Gene Dodak

Vessels by Gene Dodak
Vessels by Gene Dodak

Gene’s work is represented by Woodman/Shimko Gallery in Palm Springs. Gene’s work is available for residential and commercial commissions.