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Interview With Robert Blaich: The Herman Miller Golden Age

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.

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Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center

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.

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Seamless Modernism in Palm Springs: William F. Cody

The legendary mid-century architect William F. Cody was a difficult man to pigeonhole. There exist few buildings that could really explain his style and many of his larger scale projects were quite eccentric, curved in some instances, in others borderline Googie.

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s SC Johnson Wax Complex and Research Tower

A decade after finishing the SC Johnson Administration building in Racine, Wisconsin, Frank Lloyd Wright started the construction of the Research and Development Tower.
The 1950s building for SC Johnson was the home to many of the company’s most well-known inventions and was in need of lab facilities for their rising research and development department.


A Modern Home in Sao Paulo Features Straight Lines and Mid-century Furniture

Architects designing modern homes are usually forced to optimize space and to use the most of every available square meter. The V4 Home, however, goes in the opposite direction.
The architects, Studio mk27 – Marcio Kogan + Renata Furlanetto, could build a much larger house but they preferred, instead, to maintain the scale between construction and site.

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The Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Architecture Legacy in Detroit: Lafayette Park

After more than fifty years the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Lafayette Park built in Detroit, still is at its best. Michigan’s largest city was once known as the “Paris of the West.” In its prime, Detroit lived up to its European-influenced nickname by having sophisticated urban design and architecture. Today, in the shadows of empty high-rises is an overlooked, inspiring example of urban renewal.

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A Modern Home in Sydney Solves a Privacy Issue in a Beautiful Way

This modern home in Sydney, by Australia-based architectural firm Tzannes Associates, poses itself to get the most out of northern light. The goal of the Woollahra, as the design is uniquely titled, is to benefit as much as possible from limited space typically found in urban environments. Creating a relaxing, modern yet landscape-rich environment with interconnected rooms both indoors and outdoors is the firm’s intent.

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The Mies van der Rohe Crown Hall in Chicago

Forced to leave his native country due to mounting political pressure, and the dwindling prospect of future commissions, Mies emigrated to the United States in 1937, where he was subsequently appointed head of the department of architecture at Chicago’s Armour Institute of Technology and for which he was later called to design a new master plan after Armour Institute and Lewis Institute merged in Chicago to create the Illinois Institute of Technology.


A Modern House in Mexico by TAL Architects: Casa GO

At Mid-Century Home we not only like Mid-century Modern houses designed and built in the nineteenth century, but also modern houses designed today with a Modernist inspiration.
The GO is a modern house with a Modernist vibe designed by TAL architects in 2014, is located on the west of the city of Monterrey, Mexico, on the highest part of a new residential subdivision. The owners of the GO requested a modern house design that made the best of the site’s conditions, primarily its dominant winds and spectacular views, while staying within a limited budget.

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Richard Neutra’s Eagle Rock Park Clubhouse: International Style

Richard Neutra was born in Austria in 1892 and died in Germany in1970; he is most famous as an American Modernist architect and for his contribution to further develop the so called International Style. He emigrated to America in 1923 and became a naturalized citizen in 1926. All his designs are extremely geometric but open. Richard Neutra became one of the world’s most distinguished and sought-after architects.

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A Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian Home, the Zimmerman House

The Frank Lloyd Wright’s Zimmerman House, completed in 1952, is what the architect described as a Usonian Homes.
The term describes his vision for the American landscape, incorporating both architecture and city planning. He built about 60 Usonian Homes in all, and they were intended for middle-income families with modest requirements.


The Winged House by K2LD Architects

Singapore’s light and airy Winged House, designed by K2LD Architects, makes the most of its unusual – and potentially challenging – triangular plot with its innovative and visually arresting shape.
The site is framed by this private family residence’s magnificent wings, or trapeziums, which take their inspiration from traditional Malay architecture, where houses are designed to adapt to the tropical climate,

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A Mid-Century Modern Gem in Sarasota

Andrew Weaving is a successful author specialising in Mid-century Modern architecture and design. He has written several titles on the subject – ‘Modern Retro’, ‘Sarasota Modern’ and ‘Living Retro’ to name a few.


For This Eichler In Granada Hills, Time Stands Still

Randy and his family bought this Eichler in Granada Hills, CA, in 1979 and immediately knew this was the one. “The moment we opened the front door and looked right through the atrium to the garden beyond the enormous floor-to-ceiling windows, we knew this house was a serious contender.”


Decorative Concrete Blocks In Mid-Century Modern Homes

Jason Davidson is a Landscape Architect in Melbourne, Australia, with a passion for Mid-century Modern that started when he and his wife bought their home in Beaumaris, Victoria, that happened to be from 1956.
In the last few years Jason has specialised in landscaping for Mid-century houses, with the help of his blog AustralianModernistLandscapes, that has helped put him in touch with potential clients.


John Lautner, The Wolff Residence

John Lautner was famous for designing vibrant and full of life houses. Many of his buildings were included in famous movies, music videos and fashion photo shootings because of their dramatic flair and beauty.

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Modernist House in Chile by Architect Mathias Klotz

Built in Santiago, Chile, on a site where a 1950s house was, the Viejo House designed by architect Mathias Klotz, has a built area of 700 square meters.
This family house is built entirely out of reinforced concrete and steel beams with a Modernist vibe.


Richard Neutra’s Mariners Medical Arts Center

Richard Neutra was born in Vienna in 1892 and studied architecture at the Technical Univesity of Vienna. He was a known for designing complex interior spaces and rejecting architectural ornaments.
After his military service in WWl, Richard Neutra found employment at the Switzerland architect bureau of Gustav A. Amman , a German expressionist architect who’s work is characterized by streamline interpretation of industrial structures.

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A Three House Effect for TAL Architects’ Casa Tláloc

The Madero Franco house, also known as Casa Tláloc which almost always is associated with mountaintop shrines and life-giving rain in Aztec culture, is most appropriately named for it is situated high upon a sloping mountain plot just south of Monterrey city.
The house is not immediately visible through the dense wooded area but upon climbing the stairs that leads to the main entrance, v

6 Palmer and Krisel Houses in Palm Springs

Architects Palmer and Krisel run one of the most prolific American architecture firms of the mid-century period.

The significantly contributed to create Palm Springs’ fame as mid-century modern architecture dream and destination.

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The Chicago Federal Center by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

We walk through a city just like we walk through nature but we are surrounded by an environment that has been molded to accommodate us. We navigate through streets like in a canyon of artificial stone and look up, feeling dwarfed by the walls being built around us. It’s surprising how little we notice. We live our lives surrounded by a manufactured world, take little interest in how it looks, how it feels.

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Modernist Building and Open-Air Museum: The Chateau La Coste

Located 15 Km north of Aix-en-Provence, the Chateau La Coste, Art Center designed by architect Tadao Ando, is part of a project to convert an existing winery into an outdoor open-air museum including pavilions and sculptures.
Artists from all over the world were invited to explore and contribute to enrich the landscape with their works. They had given the freedom to chose the part of the area that most connected to them and were create something to place permanently there.


Eichler Renovation in Palo Alto by Bellomo Architects

The Joseph Bellomo Architects Inc, is an architectural design bureau that offers design solutions to projects such as mixed use, residential, modular housing, commercial and urban planning which received the 2010 American Institute of Architecture Santa Clara Valley Merrit Award for the restoration work on the Alester Addition in Palo Alto, California.

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Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie by Mies van der Rohe

Like many of his contemporaries, such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe was looking for a new architectural style that could represent modern times just as the Renaissance or Gothic style did for their own eras. He created an influential twentieth-century architectural style with realistic clarity and simplicity.

6 Arne Jacobsen Design Masterpieces

Arne Jacobsen studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen where he acquired a combination of practical and artistic training.
This unique combination enabled Jacobsen to design buildings, interiors and many different types of designs that beautifully balanced form and function.
From 1945 onwards, Jacobsen also designed furniture for mass-production. The Ant (1951) and the Series 7 chairs (1955) were…

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K2LD Architects. A Dream Within A Dream

Completed in Singapore 2002, the Nim Crescent house was designed by the K2LD Architects and displays an open garden to create a clear separation of functions without the conventional use of spacial dividers. The interlocking volumes creates separate activity areas while the outside and inside blur together in unison. The crisp, clean and contemporary lines give the viewer a seamless interplay of living spaces with a matching landscape to create a large open ground plane with no apparent clarity to spatial segregation.

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The Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe

The Barcelona Pavilion was designed in 1928 by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1929 in Barcelona Spain. The building instantly became a masterpiece in van der Rohe’s career, a symbol for the twentieth century Modernism movement and an inspiration for generations of future architects, all over the globe.

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These 5 Poul Kjaerholm’s Chairs Are All About Comfort

The celebrated Danish architect and furniture designer Poul Kjaerholm’s elegant and rational furniture designs, such as the PK22 chair (1956) and the Hammock PK24 chaise Iongue (1965), were conceived within the Modernist idiom, they managed to avoid the alienating hard-edged aesthetic so common to the work of the Modern Movement.

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Poul Kjaerholm

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John Lautner’s Chemosphere. Malin House.

One of the most modern buildings of it’s time, the Chemosphere by architect John Lautner, is praised for it’s unique design and for it’s ingenious solution to the problem of building on a lot with a dramatic angled slope of 45 degrees, making construction nearly impossible. However, for the Chemosphere Lautner took the daunting task and engineered a new method for a home to be built.

Joseph Eichler, The Man Committed to Modernity

Perhaps one of the best examples of a self made man in real-estate development and mid-century modernism is Joseph Eichler. He had a dream, a clear vision and made this dream a reality by going against all odds in creating entire communities around the Bay area and Los Angeles of affordable, sleek architectural designed homes for the middle class Americans

John Lautner’s Goldstein Residence. Los Angeles

John Lautner’s Sheats Goldtstein Residence, is one of the most remarkable Modernist buildings ever designed and sits in Los Angeles, California.
This house is closely related to John Lautner’s career, and it wasn’t a project like any other as it is in construction since 1963. Still today its owner keeps on adding parts, maintaining Lautner’s legacy alive.