Ken Dyck, Lakewood Residence (detail) (2018).
Ken Dyck, Lakewood Residence (detail), 2018

Design for Living: West Coast Modern Homes Revisited

Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 21, 7–9 p.m.

"Does Your House Fit You?" In 1949, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver posed this question in their catalogue for the seminal Design for Living exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, arguably marking the birth of Canada's West Coast Modernist tradition in art and architecture.

Seventy years later, many of these modernist homes have been demolished for redevelopment, and yet many more have been renovated and preserved, reminders of the spirit of invention, experimentation, and enlightenment that characterized their original design.

This exhibition, which is accompanied by a publication of the same name, presents eight case studies that represent a spectrum of modernist homes. Some are by well-known architects and designers and others are by lesser-known builders. All of these homes have been restored, updated and adapted to the needs of contemporary family life, while remaining true to the modernist spirit in which they were originally created.

The catalogue has been generously supported by a grant from the Canada Council.