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Situated in Warren, Michigan, just north of Detroit, the GM Technical Center has served as the heart of General Motor’s engineering research since it was finished in 1956. Built by the great mid-century modernist architect Eero Saarinen, along with his son Eliel, Life magazine hailed it as the “Versailles of Industry” when it was unveiled.
Eero Saarinen’s Bell Labs Holmdel Complex, a majestic glass box appearing mirage-like amid the New Jersey countryside, was one of the architect’s last projects before he died in 1961. Constructed between 1959 and 1962 it represents a remarkably prescient model for the way many modern offices and educational facilities are now being constructed, with their specific emphasis on stimulating collaboration and fostering encounters between different departments.
Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center A landmark airport terminal is not the first place that people are likely to look when looking for mid-century design. The style being mostly associated with furniture for the home. But to really get a flavour of where the the mid-century sits in the broader history of modernist design there are a fair few things to learn from the TWA Flight Center at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The Case Study House #9, was part of John Entenza’s Case Study House Program launched…
Eero Saarinen’s Miller House is located in Columbus, Indiana. The residence was entrusted by the industrialist and architecture benefactor Irwin Miller and his wife Xenia Simons Miller.
Eero Saarinen was Born in Finland in 1910 and moved with his family to America…
Taking the beautiful and natural form of a tulip, Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Chair had more complex issues to deal with on its path into mass production. It was not simply a fact of producing this beautiful shape and colour to imitate nature, but also considering bigger design issues in its construction.
Eero Saarinen is internationally recognized as one of the American modernist designers that most of all contributed to reinvent the domestic and industrial design and spaces. Not only Saarinen was known and appreciated for his architectural works but he had a fundamental role within the furniture designs of the 1940s.
The main characteristic of a genius, in any field, is to think out of the box and do things in ways that they were never done before.
This is particularly true for the interior design when it comes to reinvent objects in use for decades or centuries and make them closer to the contemporary user needs.
(pics via Knoll) Since its launch in 1948, the Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen has…
Since its launch in 1948, the Womb Chair designed by Eero Saarinen has been always in production and definitely is one of the most known pieces of mid century furniture ever.
The shape of the Womb chair is the result of Saarinen’s experiments with organic shell-type seats for furniture design. Saarinen started his experiment with Charles Eames during the ‘Organic Design in Home Furnishings’ competition in 1941 during which they presented the ‘Conversation, Relaxation and Lounging’ trio.
Ryan and his wife are the lucky owners of an apartment in one of this Eichler buildings in San Francisco. Initially attracted by its peculiar facade and minimalist look, Ryan tells us how they got to discover, and love, more about their building and Joseph Eichler’s work.
This Eichler was built on a larger scale than the typical Eichlers we’ve come to know and love.
Built on an H-plan, it is described as a “Super Eichler”.
The Holland/Goudzwaard Residence offers a brilliant example of modest mid-century modern design.
Located in Pasadena, California, it was designed in 1958 by architects Calvin Straub of the firm Buff, Straub & Hensman.
This mid-century home was built by architect Robert C. Metcalf, to serve as his family home.
Built in 1954, it is located on the University of Michigan campus.
Editor of Arts & Architecture Magazine John Entenza, is a very important figure in the history of mid-century modern architecture.
He was instrumental in positioning the magazine as one of the major champions of mid-century home design in the United States.
In addition to many other prestigious roles during his career, Robert Blaich also covered the role of Vice President of Design and Development at Herman Miller for over 20 years.
He certainly understands more than most of us about the beating heart of the furniture businesses.
The Greentree contemporary house, in Amagansett, has one of the most beautiful approaches we’ve seen among modern style homes.
A long line of carefully-cut and spaced stepping stones is flanked on both sides…
Mid-century modern furniture really defines this property.
Located in Salt Lake City, it was designed by Ed Dreier, an architect who made his name in the Utah area.
This house in Palm Springs California is a real period piece. Built in 1957, it showcases the original work of expert interior designer Arthur Elrod, with much of his work still intact and looking as stylish as it did when he first worked his magic.
The Jack House is a beautiful example of Modernist Australian architecture. Built in 1957 by architect Russell Jack as the home for him and his family, the design is clearly very well considered.
The first impression you are likely to get of this house is its tall stature. Built in 1961 by Roger Lee, and located Kensington, California, it is clearly a building that seeks to embrace spaciousness
This newly built house is a lovely marriage of contemporary demands and mid-century style and efficiency. Situated in Cupertino, California, and designed by William Leddy of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, it has consciously modelled itself on the Case Study House program…
Daniel’s passion for mid-century modern houses began the same way it has for many others: gazing transfixed at a photo of the Eames lounge chair. The early encounter has led to Luczak residing in a period mid-century home designed by the architect Bruce Daumann.
Graphic designer Matt his wife Misty, are the proud owners of a mid-century home in South…
Few houses are more appropriately named than the House in Trees Residence. Built by Cuppett Architects, and situated in Austin, Texas, it is a structure that is effortlessly ensconced in its forest environment.
While the surroundings take clear pride of place, something that stands out from the exterior of the structure is the prevalence of clean geometric lines.
Modern Mailbox for MidCenturyHome Mid-century obsessive Rob, is the proprietor, along with his wife, of Modern-Mailbox,…
Le Corbusier’s “La Cité Radieuse” or Radiant City is an undisputed masterpiece of modernist design. Designed way back in 1929, and built between 1947 and 1952, the block featured one of the first instances of the architect’s path-breaking Unité d’Habitation (housing unit), a modernist residential design principle he developed in collaboration with painter-architect Nadir Afonso.
The Silicon House by architects Selgas Cano is deceptively urban. Both surrounded by and covered in trees and plant life, you would be forgiven for thinking it was a stylish country retreat. Yet aerial pictures reveal that the house resides in a (albeit quieter) neighbourhood in the Spanish capital of Madrid. Through several sleights of hand the architects have shown the potential for the home to be a space of complete privacy and calm, even in an avowedly urban setting.
This São Paulo flat looks about as modernist as it gets. Filled with an expertly curated array of modernist furniture pieces and overlooking the Ibriapuera Park (designed by legendary Brazilian modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer and landscape designer Otávio Augusto Teixeira Mendes), it would come as no surprise to see the pictures displayed in a textbook definition of the style.
Completed in 1952, a year before the influential “Design in Scandinavia” exhibition, the Bendit House offers an interesting glimpse of mid-century design.
Not a long time ago we told you about architect Cory Buckner and her commitment to preserving a beautiful Mid-century neighborhood in Los Angeles: Crestwood Hills.
Today we bring you the story of one of the homes in Crestwood Hills, the Schneidman House designed by A. Quincy Jones.
The Charles and Ray Eames Dining Armchair Rod, or Eames DAR for short, was a revolutionary piece of design that changed ideas about furniture during the post World War-II era and beyond. The design came from the brilliant mind of Charles Eames when entering the DAR design in 1948 for a competition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art for low-cost furniture design. This wonderful design won second prize.
In 1948 Charles Eames participated in the International ‘Low-Cost Furniture’ competition organized by the Museum of Modern Arts with the design of La Chaise chair which was inspired by the sculpture ‘Floating figure’ created by the French artist Gaston Lachaise.
The organic design is voluptuous with soft curves giving pleasure to the senses. It is large but in all the right places.
Made a National Historic Landmark in 2006 and included on the top 10 all-time list…
Charles Eames founded his first firm in 1930 after attending the Washington University School of…
6 books about mid-century modern and modernist architecture that everyone should have.
The best place to start researching and learning about the Case Study House Program is…
The combination of geometric or organic forms with upholstered colourful cushions, has something magic that attracts our attention. Within many materials and colors, however, we have a real passion for the wood and blue/turquoise contrast; somehow it always works very well. Today we decided to show you five Mid-century Modern seats with upholstered blue cushions to prove that, doesn’t matter the shape, this combination always works!
When in 2007 the Fisher family decided that was time to renovate their Mid-century Modern cabin, they went for a respectful, low budget and highly space efficient approach.
David collects mid-century designs and is the owner at “Boomerang For Modern“, a vintage store…
Another year passed by and it’s time again to look back and see what you liked the most in 2012 on Mid Century Home.
Today I will start a week of posts dedicated to the best content published this year starting from Mid Century Modern Architecture.
Browsing the internet I noticed how often websites give for granted that you actually know name, specifics,…
The original Swan chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen as part of a project for the Radisson’s Royal Hotel in Copenhagen that also included the Egg chair. Arne Jacobsen’s design consisted of a curved hard plastic seat on a polished aluminium stand.
The aluminium swiveling base was not part of the original design for the Swan chair. It previously had a set of cross-shaped legs made from laminated beech wood.
The Fall started already and soon we will be in the full winter, time to visit nice exhibitions about the mid century modern period!
Below I selected some that I would love to visit and so I hope you too.
In 1941, the New York Museum of Modern Art opened a design competition named: ‘Organic Design in Home Furnishings’. The competition’s main goal was to find new ideas which were aimed at improving the mid-century interiors. Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen together achieved two 1st positions within the furniture category.
The idea behind the so called ‘American Mid Century Modern House’ -with its open floor plan, functional areas and cubic shape- has its origins in the works of Le Corbusier and other European architects later absorbed and regionalized by the masters of American architecture.
Last week I published the first part of The 10 Best Mid Century Modern Chairs and today I will complete the list with other five amazing and iconic mid century modern chairs. Be sure to read the post until the end…there’s a surprise.
The Eero Saarinen Womb Chair.