Connect: June/July 2013

Places to go, things to do and see and people who are leaving their mark on the world of style.

By Melissa Mauzy


Mettnitzer Restaurant, Spittal, Austria
Photography by Christopher Young Meek

Founded in the 12th century by a local noble family, Spittal is a town in western Austria that lies along the Drava River. Spittal, which means "hospital," was named for a hospital founded in 1191 by the counts of Ortenburg to serve the poor and sick. The town received market rights in 1242 and achieved municipal status in 1930. The Mettnitzer Restaurant is built in a 100-year-old home and serves up the finest fare in Spittal.


Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs, Ark.
Photography by Witt Slemmons

Nestled in a woodland setting, Thorncrown Chapel rises 48 feet into the Ozark sky. This magnificent wooden structure contains 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass. It sits atop over 100 tons of native stone and colored flagstone. The chapel's simple design and majestic beauty combine to make it what critics have called "one of the finest religious spaces of modern times."

Since the chapel opened in 1980, over six million people have visited this woodland sanctuary. It has won numerous Architectural awards such as the American Institute of Architecture's Design of the Decade Award for 1981 and the American Institute of Architecture's Design of the Decade Award for the 1980's. Recently, members of the AIA placed Thorncrown Chapel fourth on its list of the top buildings of the twentieth century.


KDR Designer Showrooms Welcomes Milo Baughman Design Classics Road Show
Photography courtesy of Thayer Coggin.

In 1953, a meeting between two gentlemen, Thayer Coggin and Milo Baughman, forever changed the American furniture industry. The result of the meeting was the formation of Thayer Coggin, Inc., the innovator of the mid-century modern furniture era. Baughman’s creative designs are well known throughout history. This year, Thayer Coggin is marking its 60th year of modern furniture with a road show displaying 30 of Milo Baughman’s designs, beginning with the first two chairs that Milo presented in 1953 and ending with his last creation at age 80 in 2003. Take a chronological walk through time and experience Baughman’s famous pieces and design vision.

Phil Miller, director of sales and marketing for Thayer Coggin, will join KDR Designer Showrooms and the Interior Design Center of St. Louis for a special trade industry cocktail reception on Thursday, July 25. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the presentation will be from 6:30– 7:30 p.m. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served before the presentation. Sponsors for the reception include the IIDA and ASID chapters. St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles is also hosting a Road Show open to the public at KDR July 22 through Aug. 2. View the Milo Baughman Classic Designs on display during normal showroom hours; weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.