After the first tips on how to chose your perfect mid century modern house, today…
A couple of weeks ago I published the first part of the article that Darren…
After Mark and Darren, today I am glad to introduce you to another of the…
Today we will start publishing about a new topic: Mid century modern houses hunting and…
When the Burtons asked Marmol Radziner to design their vacation house in Mendocino County they wanted a very simple project made of replaceable materials.
We all love mid-century design but some of you probably think that mid-century furniture is overpriced.
If you can’t really afford to buy expensive design pieces but like to have good-looking furniture, which is going to stay in vogue for some time, we’re sure that you’ve been to IKEA at least once. The good thing about IKEA is that it deliberately takes its inspiration from the best mid-century modern – usually Scandinavian – design.
The Ej Corona Chair has been designed by the Danish architect Poul Volther in 1961 and symbolizes the change that the Scandinavian mid century modern furniture industry was going to face in the 60s, even though it represented important ideological and manufacturing principles of the previous decade.
Let’s go on with this past year’s rewind. Today is the turn of the Mid Century…
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.
As the last house I showed you few days ago, also today’s apartment is spacious,…
As I wrote already a couple of weeks ago, this month I’m dedicating special posts…
This ancient Belgium manor house near Brussels was built in the early sixteenth century. It has…
The main priority of the architect Richard Dorman for the Briggs Residence project, was to create…
With this post I will start writing about mid century modern from a different prospective. So far I mostly shared with you beautiful houses and interiors designed and furnished back in the 50s and 60s; when mid century modern was not a trend or a style but just contemporary modern.
The lait motif of this New York apartment restored by the architect Michael Haverland is its pre-war origin. The owners wanted to keep the original details as the brass and mechanicals that were restored to their ancient beauty.
Same attention was given to the furnitures, all original post war/mid century modern pieces found on local shops.
Chris Barrett decorated this modern beach with casual sophistication. She drew influence from mid century modern to the surf culture of manhattan beach. As the best mid century modern houses, the open architecture seamlessly integrates the exterior elements with the vibrant color palette of the interior.
The owner of this pad in Buenos Aires -the art director Juan Gatti- spent many years abroad for work, but when decided to come back he wanted a house that reflected his aesthetic, clearly influenced by mid century modern design.
This 1930s apartment is located in Plaza San Martin with big floor to ceiling windows that offer postcard views of classical beauties of the city as the Kavanagh Building, the church of the Holy Sacrament, the port, and the jacaranda trees in Plaza San Martin.
It is true that living in a city like Los Angeles -where mid century modern design and modernist architecture basically were born- helps to make your house the perfect place to live; this is what I thought when I first saw this studio.
The owner, Ricardo, is of course an huge fan of mid century modern design and architecture.
The owner of this apartment on the Upper West Side in New York is a mid century modern art and furniture collector. The interior designers are Jayne and Joan Michaels, two sisters in love with colors.
The Michaels sisters find inspiration for their interiors choices in paintings, yes…if they think of a painting that could work well in the space they are decorating, they keep it in mind to reproduce the colors in the room/s using furniture and art; a very interesting approach.
Reading one of my magazine today I spotted an amazing lamp that looked like had an interesting story. I decided to make some research about it and it turned out to be -unexpectedly- a piece of mid century modern Spanish design!
The lamp is called TMM and is a floor lamp designed by Miguel Mila’ in 1962.
A couple of days ago I received an email with the invitation to attend the opening of a really cool installation of the worldwide famous artist Xavier Veilhan at the Richard Neutra VDL Research House in L.A.
As you might know, I do not live in California and so I can not attend this event, but I wanted to make a post about it anyway as I think it deserves your visit if you live close to L.A.
There are too many elements that remember me of a mid century modern house in this Luke Zuber’s work.
The floor to ceiling glass windows, the patio as heart of the house, the wooden floors and paneled walls, the transparencies and almost no interruptions between different living areas…I could go on for hours…
I recently spotted some amazing pics -once again by Julius Shulman- of the Beverly Hills Hotel and, considering that this year is its 100th birthday…
From the Hotel website:
“The hotel was built in 1912, before there was even a city called Beverly Hills. Hoping to ignite a land rush, developer Burton Green, President of the Rodeo Land and Water Company, bought land once owned by the Mexican government in the foothills of the
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.
These two houses from the early 1900 have been renovated by the architect Patrice Lémeret and interior designers Michel Penneman and Catharina Eklof, the result is this amazing mid century modern decorated Bed&Breakfast hotel in Bruxelles.
I can say very little about this amazing example of mid century modern architecture inspiration.
I already knew that several architects and designers are inspired by mid-century mmodern design but when I saw the pics of the West Dry Creek House designed by Dowling Studios, I seriously believed for a moment to be watching a Richard Neutra house heavily restored!
Even though not part of the mid-century modern period, the Dutch designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld was within the ones that most influenced the aesthetic of the postwar modernism -or mid century modern- period; that is why I decided to dedicate a post to one of his iconic works.
I already posted on Facebook some twentieth century architecture icons photographed by Grant Mudford, and today I spotted these amazing pics about Rudolph Schindler’s works.
Mudford made a great job portraying these Schindler buildings and interiors and I hope you will enjoy them.
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.
After Daan, Guido and Cobus today I want to share with you another amazing house…
We all admire them, desire them, dream about them but what do we really know about the most iconic mid century modern chairs ever?
Today I will start to answer to this question with the first of two posts about 10 of the best chairs ever designed during the mid century period.
How could I love mid-century modern without loving an architect as Mies van Der Rohe? His architecture and design influenced the whole twentieth century, the Neutra Kaufmann House is just an example.
today I want to share some nice pics I spotted on Pinterest about him, follow the buttons below the pics to see more.
After the Collector’s Apartment and the Eclectic Mid-Century Modern Apartment in Amsterdam, today I want to share with you the amazing two floors apartment in Amsterdam of an interior decorator: Cobus Van Aswegen.
The owners of this house in Boston are two collectors of vintage retro and industrial pieces.
What I like the most of this house is the feeling of cosiness it gives. Even though the vintage retro furniture are a mix of different styles -with a mid-century lait motif- the overall effect is is nice ans warm.
pace and art are the keywords for this apartment in San Paolo designed by Felipe Hess.
The owners are a mature couple that needed an open space where welcome friends and show their collection of art without losing the warmth of a house.
Until June 17th at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum in Santa Barbara you can…
After writing about the Antony Chair, today I investigated a bit about another icon of mid-century modern: the Jean Prouve Compass Desk.
Jean Prouve considered himself a constructeur rather than an architect, designer or artist due to his training as blacksmith and the involvement in the manufacturing process of the products he designed.
The couple owning this modern retro loft in Madrid did an amazing job.
The mix of art, mid-century modern furniture and playful objects is remarkable.
If I have to pick a spot, I would definitely go for the stunning dark wooden table with the Charlotte Perriand leather and steel chairs, awesome!
Jean Prouve’ was one of the most important French -and international- designers and architects of the twentieth century.
He started his career as metal worker in Nancy and craftsmanship always had a preeminent role in all his projects.
In 1931 he opened his workshop -the Ateliers Jean Prouve’-
This week I want to suggest you an exhibition that probably deserves a trip to the city where is held: Phoenix.
“In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, studio and architectural campus in Scottsdale, Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum presentsFrank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century.
When I first saw this apartment I realized that it did’t have a mid-century architecture but that it was more a tribute to it.
Reading Tyler’s post, I was confirmed I was right…the house owner -a gallerist- honored the amazing pieces she has, surrounding them with an homage to the mid-century modern interior design and architecture.
This amazing house inspired to the mid-century modern architecture movement was designed by the Craig Steely studio from San Francisco. The house is located on a cliff above the ocean surrounded by lava flow.
The perfect environment for mid-century modern furniture? Los Angeles, a bright mid-century modern house owned by a young couple.
The classical mid-century modern decor elements are all there: big ceiling to floor door windows, flagstone covered walls, a fireplace that’s the real heart of the house and wood panels. The perfect mix indeed…
So far I resisted but now I can’t anymore…I have to share with you all…
So here we are, the end of the year is time to recap and look back to see what we have done and achieved; in the Mid Century Home case a lot has been done 🙂
One of the architects that I wrote more about is undoubtedly Alvar Aalto.
Sounds like a weird title, isn’t it? But it’s true…the mid century architecture somehow influenced Steve Jobs and his choices in business.
I don’t have to tell you who Steve Jobs was, what I probably have to tell you is that he influenced and inspired many of my personal decisions in the last ten years at least and that I was really touched when he died.
Our last short visit to London for the Design Festival was extremely interesting and rich with nice designs and furniture. One of our discoveries was the Rocket Gallery.
Although the current exhibition is about post-war Dutch design, we spotted few contemporary pieces with a clear Mid-century inspiration: we found out to be reissues of Jens Risom’s 50s and 60s designs.
Also this summer I went back to my hometown in Italy for my summer holidays…
Many of the most famous mid century lamps were, at first designed and manufactured in Sweden, Denmark or Finland where they were have been manufactured and sold over the years.
Artificial light was fundamental in the Scandinavian interiors due to the long Nordic winters. It became so important throughout the mid century modern period that it became the main concern of the architects when they had to design a room.
Mid century designer Arne Jacobsen once said: ‘light gives all things their presence’. I absolutely agree with him as the right lighting can have dramatic effects on the interiors.
The floor open plan aids the light to pass through the home. It was one of the main factors that mid century architects considered when building 1950s homes.