The newly built Glencoe Residence, designed by architect Mason Miller, successfully joins the contemporary living needs of the clients with a modernist aesthetic.
Mid-Century Home features contemporary homes and buildings designed by some of the most influential modernist architects of the 20th century and built during the mid-century period: Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, Donald Wexler, Craig Ellwood and John Lautner are few of them.
Every day we curate a selection of the most representative mid-century and contemporary style homes, to inspire and make you dream but also to share the story of their architects and owners.
We choose homes designed by architects who we believe respected the modernist principles of building, influenced their generation and set the bar for the architects to come.
This house is a lovely period piece. Built in 1950, it looks right out of the original Eichler playbook.
And yet, being as its location is Portland, Oregon it couldn’t possibly be.
One typically associates the New York townhouse with an era prior to the explosion of modernist homes in the middle of the 20th century.
The Casa en el Valle is a modern house highly influenced by the Californian mid-century style: it’s a real thing of beauty.
Resting in solitude in the Valley of Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico
Case Study architect Kemper Nomland Jr. designed this house in the early 1950s.
Located in Altadena, California, it still captures the spirit of the Case Study era…
It’s difficult to imagine the ideal mid-century home without a gorgeous pool.
This is probably on account of the fact that many of the places where modernism really took hold in the mid-century period were hot.
Casa Caúcaso is the striking, well-poised family home of architect José Juan Rivera Río. Located in Mexico City, it was made using regionally-sourced concrete, wood, marble, and glass.
This home’s interior design is so fresh that it feels like it could easily have been built in the past few years. It was in fact completed in the 1950s by celebrated Portland-based architect Saul Zaik.
To say that the Casa Boaçava celebrates the right angle would be to state the obvious. Indeed, in this São Paulo-located house, completed in 2011, cubes and cuboids abound in different iterations throughout the structure.
In the Yokouchi Residence, Tokyo-based architects Kidosaki Architects Studio have produced a delightful fusion of traditional Japanese and modernist home architecture.
The Estancia y Ficus modernist house in Costa Rica designed by Cañas Arquitectos, subordinates everything to its surroundings. A small retreat amongst the numerous flora, shrubs, trees and vines (the Ficus of the name), it overlooks the country’s capital city of San Jose below.
Considering the persistent appeal of Robert Eichler’s original homes, it’s no surprise that many have undergone renovations to bring them into the new century.
This original mid-century Eichler house in San Carlos, California, benefits from a host of bright ideas. Following decades in which its reclusive former owner shuttered off the house to the outdoors, its subsequent owners spied a potential gem.
This space-age mid-century house above Coldwater Canyon, Beverly Hills, slowly reveals its charm like a flower in bloom.
Starting with a relatively modest entrance, simple facade, and simple flat roof
The Reforma Casa Olga Baeta is undoubtedly one of the more playful modernist homes we have encountered. It was designed in 1957 by the great Brazilian modernist architect João Batista Vilanova Artigas.
Clear Architects’ recent renovation project of a mid-century house at Ducketts Mead is as neat as you like. Located in Essex, UK, the update was completed by the firm in 2013.
Hawaii has quite a pedigree for modernist architecture. Indeed, this website recently covered Vladimir Ossipoff’s famous Goodsill House, which clearly captured the curious fusion of Japanese and American modernist influences
Over the years many have cast doubt on the merits of modernist architecture. Yet its success is all but confirmed in newly built homes, which frequently feature some of the key elements pioneered by such luminaries as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Richard Neutra, just to name few.
There’s a nice order to this original mid-century house. Built in 1962 by Robert Skinner, and located in a sleepy cul-de-sac in Trousdale Estates, Los Angeles, it seems like everything was geared towards to having the sparsest furnishing possible without feeling too empty.
This new-build in Sacramento represents another thoughtful project by Klopf Architecture, this time in collaboration with Van Gelder Construction. Comprising three bedrooms and 2,633 square feet, it is a house that really reaches out to its surrounding environment.
This aim is most obviously captured by the large open plan living area’s two massive sets of windows on either side of the room.
This house in Mill Valley California could easily be mistaken for one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s. In fact, it was built in 1962 by John Liebermann, an acolyte of Wright’s.
One of the more obvious standout Wrightian features of the house is the circle brickwork patterns and structural elements, particularly reminiscent of something like the Cooke House.
Casa em Aldeia da Serra by SPBR architects is pure minimal. Located in Aldeia da Serra, in Portugal, it looks right out of the Le Corbusier instruction manual.
The entire structure rests on four pillars, which raise the building such that a large space is made available beneath the main structure.
New Canaan, Connecticut is home to a fair few modernist homes. Much of this is down to the efforts of five architects crucial to the mid-century style: Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, Philip Johnson, Eliot Noyes and John Johansen.
Strength is the first word that comes to mind when looking at this mid-century home in Knoxville, Tennessee. Built by Bruce McCarty in 1959, it is no surprises that it remained with its first owner for over 50 years. After all, why would you want to part with such a place?
The flat roof is one of the signal elements of modernist architecture, and one of its principal contributions to architecture in general. The original modernists liked them for their purity of form. But they soon became useful as an additional outdoor space, especially in the heat of Palm Springs and the like.
The Hover House is like a massive minimalist art piece. Newly-built, it is situated in beachside Mt. Martha in Australia. The stripped-down effect that such minimalism conveys offers an extremely straightforward celebration of…
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Coward House is just another house mid-century in Palm Springs. In fact, it is located in Nottinghamshire in the United Kingdom, in what some readers may be familiar with as Robin Hood territory: Sherwood Forest.
This classic Eichler house looks like it was built last year. Renovated by Klopf Architecture, in partnership with Growsgreen Landscape Design, Flegel’s Construction, and the owners themselves, the space is filled with contemporary fixtures and fittings while demonstrating the same ethos of the original mid-century period.
Jones House & Studio #1 blends beautifully into its environment. Built in 1939 by the great mid-century modern architect A. Quincy Jones and his then wife Ruth Schneider as their personal home.
The Paramount Residence is another interesting new-build by Baldridge Architects. This site recently covered the Mohle Drive Residence, also in Austin, Texas, which expertly integrated
A well-designed entrance is a vital element of a beautiful mid-century home, not least because…
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.
A well-designed entrance is a vital element of a beautiful mid-century home, not least because this is the first place where the outdoors comes into contact with the inside of the house
The Boyd Baker House is a lovely example of modernism made with natural materials. Located in Melbourne, Australia, the house was built by the great Australian modernist
The principle quality of the Gefter-Press House resides in its unconcealed celebration of the nature…
Marcel Breuer was an undisputed genius of modernist design. Best remembered for the furniture designs…
Despite its name, modernism is a rather old style now, over a century old in…
It’s quite easy to get preoccupied with the US when celebrating mid-century style homes. So, it’s nice to turn to something elsewhere in the world. In this case to the Lowlands of Western Europe. More specifically, Belgium.
For his design for the Caso Do Patio, architect Leo Romano has balanced features carefully throughout the house to create a wonderful sense of movement and play. Located in Goiania, Brazil, and finished in November 2013, it follows a mid-century design updated with numerous classy modern touches.
Stumbling upon this house designed by John Barthel was incredibly refreshing, not least because of the bright blocks of all the primary and secondary colours that abound throughout the space.
It is often forgotten that mid-century modern design thrived beyond the Unites States.This is no more so apparent than in Australia. The innovations brought forth by such figures as Neutra, Wright and Eichler
The beauty of the Blue Sky prototype house resides as much in its location as the house itself. Situated in the Joshua Tree National Park in south eastern California, with piñon and juniper trees surrounding the structure and a seasonal stream running underneath, it is quite a spectacular environment in which to build a home.
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 house by Richard Dorman is a real peach. Situated in the Sherman Oaks Estates, it was built in 1959, although its condition suggests it could have been built last year.
Taking liberties with an original mid-century home is not often something this site would normally greet with enthusiasm. After all, the initial impetus that created so many great designs at the time is often lost in the pursuit of contemporary design fads.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed a lot of buildings in his 70-year-long career, especially once he gained more recognition with houses like Falling Water (1935) and his own winter home Taliesin West.
Another week, another desert modernist delight from Palm Springs. This time, it’s a house from John Porter Clark, an architect who was active in the area during the real sweet spot of mid-century modern design.
Looking at this house without knowing where it is, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a house built by a Danish modernist. In fact, it is situated in Pasadena, California, and built by Thomas A. Dismukes.
Tim Cuppett Architects’ River Road House is an exercise in simplicity. A modern take on the mid-century style, it is located in Austin, Texas, where the firm itself is based.
The Case Study Program cropped up relatively recently on this website. In a discussion of its influence on a newly built home in Cupertino, California, designed by Wiliam Leddy which channelled the original Case Study House…
Here we showcase three lovely examples of Palm Springs modernist architecture from some of the key proponents of the style: Wexler and Harrison’s 1954 house, William Krisel’s practice built in the 1950s and a house by the eccentric William F Cody.
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…
Richard Neutra’s Clark House is quite a modest affair for the great architect, not as show stopping as the likes of the Lovell Health or Sten-Frenke houses. Of course, being Neutra means it’s still about as good as they come.
This house in the British countryside is a vision of high quality and class. Designed by Robert Harvey of architecture firm Yorke, Harper and Harvey in the 1960s, it was the kind of job Harvey surely would have lapped up.
This dazzling mid-century home is like Neutra’s Singleton Residence with the lights turned up. Located on the outskirts of Los Angeles, it was originally built by architects Conrad Buff, Dennis Straub, and Don Hensman in 1963 for Hollywood costume designer Helen Rose.
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Designed in 1956 by Allyn Morris, the Max Bubeck Residence is a real sight to behold. With a structure that goes in all sorts of directions and a décor that is a riot of different colours, the Los Angeles-located house is nothing if not kooky.
Karen and Bob Coscarelli discovered they were modernists on their first date. Now married, they are the lucky owners of the beautiful Frost House.
The story of how they ended up in such a coveted house has a fair few twists.
Franklin Mountain House, cuts quite a solitary figure at its high position in the Rio Grande river valley, Texas. Designed by Hazelbaker Rush architects Hazelbaker Rush architects in 2015, the house is situated in the Franklins Foothills, on a sheer hillside 800 feet above El Paso.
This house in Beachwood Canyon, LA showcases a smart contemporary renovation of an original mid-century design.
There is nothing that seriously stands out about the property from the exterior.
This striking mid-century house is a beautiful example of tropical modernism, a style which emerged from South Florida in the 1950s. Designed by architect Darrell Fleeger in the early 1960s, it is located in the style’s heartland, Miami.
Close your eyes and imagine the quintessential mid-century modern house setting, chances are it’s a classy evening get together between the owners and their friends, with guests spilling out from the indoors and gathered happily around the pool.
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.
Curves are the first thing that comes to mind when looking at the Lauriston House. Or more specifically, the curves of that remarkable roof. Completed in 2016 and situated in the Kyneton in the Australian state of Victoria, the house was designed by Seeley Architects.
Tim Ross is a brilliant comedian who loves mid-century modern design and Modernist architecture. He loves mid-century so much to come up with a show staging in different Australian homes: “Man About The House”.
In terms of style, the interiors of these mid-century houses are quite different. No surprise given the homes range from an E. Stewart Williams house in the desert climate of Palm Springs, to a Frank Lloyd Wright overlooking the sea…
The Lovell House is one of Richard Neutra’s great contributions to modern architecture. Among the dozen or so American houses he built which have been listed as Historic Cultural Monuments, it is perhaps the most impressive.
Peter Grueneisen’s architectural practice is characterised by a rather hands on and flexible approach to modern architecture.
Such an approach partly arises from the practice architect’s background.
Situated in Littleton, Denver, Colarado, it uses a sparing palette of natural colours to fit the stone walls and tiling. Meanwhile, bolder colours are used sparingly, with a few touches of red throughout: in the lounge chair, the hood of the cooker and the letterbox.
Located in Coconut Grove, Florida, it was built in 1968 by the architect Alfred Browning Parker.
This modernist house was built to surround the palm trees which already stood on the land, it is a veritable symphony in wood.
This mid-century house in Highland Park, Los Angeles, is nothing if not easy on the…
The Naked House is quite an apt name for a house so completely open to the outdoors. That said, it’s not a name you would find a period modernist house being called.
Truly, this is a distinctly contemporary take on the modernist aesthetic. Located in Ko Samui, Thailand, it was designed by architect Marc Gerritsen as his own personal residence.
The kitchen is always one of the central features of a good modernist home. It…
The Hollyhock House is architect Frank Lloyd Wright in full monumental mode. This is perhaps no surprise given it was his first project in Los Angeles. East Hollywood no less.
You can see right through Richard Neutra’s Singleton Residence. Albeit, not from every angle but from several vantage-points the design makes a good claim to being transparent.
The exterior of Harry Seidler’s Gissing House is unashamedly raw. Located in Wahroonga, New South Wales,…
In American Psycho, protagonist Patrick Bateman’s cold personality is mirrored in the interior decoration of…
The Penfield House was built for the painter Louis Penfield. Penfield was a tall man, fortunate for him the architect who built the house in 1955, Frank Lloyd Wright, had his so-called Usonian homes built according to the specific needs of the user.
This original 1963 home is a dreamy modern beachside retreat. Built by Brian Mazlin in 1963 and situated in Pearl Beach, New South Wales, Australia, it has lately undergone a restoration by design studio TFAD
This home perfectly demonstrates Donald Wexler’s sustained impact on the architecture of Palm Springs. Having…
The Leslie House in Palm Springs is a vision of clean white elegance. Originally built…
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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Norman Lykes House is an excellent example of the architect’s technical prowess. Situated in Phoenix, Arizona, it was designed by the architect in 1959 for Norman and Aimee Lykes.
Given its centrality to mid-century modern, it’s perhaps no surprise that we’ve covered a few…
This newly rebuilt cottage is quite the cosy concern. Located in New Haven Connecticut and serving as guest house on the property of retired couple Suzanne and Brooks Kelley, it was the second such building to stand on the site.
As the story goes, after drafting in Lisa Gray and Alan Organschi of the architecture firm Gray Organschi,
For an original Eichler this home looks remarkably new, and remarkably unique. Property of Usha and Mike Kreaden and situated in Sunnyvale, California, it was completed in 1958. It could have just as easily been built last year.
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The Goodsill House is a lovely example of Hawaii’s particular take on mid-century modern architecture. Located in Honolulu, it was built in 1953 by the great champion of Hawaiian Modernism, Vladimir Ossipoff.
The story of the architect is an interesting one. Ossipoff was born in 1907 in Vladivostok, Russia, but due to the upheavals in Russia at the time, his father moved the family to Japan, where the younger Ossipoff spent his youth.
This house, has no shortage of natural space to work with. Located in the Cuyahoga…
Graphic designer Matt his wife Misty, are the proud owners of a mid-century home in South…
What a view this James E Hurley-designed house was built for the Jenkins family in…
Richard Neutra’s Freedman House is a true icon. Built in in 1949 for the screenwriting couple Nancy and Benedict Freedman, it makes for an interesting contrast with the Sten-Frenke House, which the architect had built earlier in the decade for another Hollywood couple.
Mr. Roberts is the owner of one of the most beautiful Mid-century desert houses that we have ever seen: the Edris House designed by architect E. Stewart Williams. Buying it was a dream come true. Read his story.
Previous coverage has described the style of this house as mid-century, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.
Driffield House is nothing if not interesting. Designed by Suzanne Dance and situated in in Arthur’s Seat, Victoria, Australia.
2 Hollow Glen Lane has quite a story behind it. Situated in the woods of…
In the mid-century modernist house, the use of natural materials is paramount. For inspiring a sense of the outdoors in the heart of the home…
This house was designed by architect Jaroslav Joseph Polivka who got his big break after getting in touch with Frank Lloyd Wright about one of his projects.
There are several quite striking features to Ken McLeod’s residence that mark it out as an architect’s personal home. Built in 1954 and situated in Claremont, California, the property is currently being considered as a cultural and historical landmark by the County of Los Angeles.
This house in Atlanta, Georgia, is all about the landscaping and the materials.
Originally designed by Robert Green, it is clearly inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright