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4 Affordable Alternatives To Famous Mid Century Lights

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.

Mid Century Modern Icons: The Ej Corona Chair

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.

Art and Mid Century Modern: The Maharam House in New York

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.

Post War Furnished Pre-War Duplex in NY: Michael Haverland

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 Design: Fisher Street Residence

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.

A Bright and Mid Century Modern Inspired Loft in Buenos Aires

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.

Ricardo’s Mid Century Modern Inspired Studio in LA

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.

A Collector’s Apartment In New York

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.

A Piece of Mid Century Modern Design Born In Spain

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.

An Art Installation You Can not Miss at the VDL Research House

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.

How Mid Century Modern Can be a Modern House?

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…

The Beverly Hills Hotel Photographed by Julius Shulman.

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

The Eames LCW Plywood Chair

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.

Mid Century Modern Architecture Inspired House by Dowling Studios.

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!

The Gerrit Rietveld Hanging Lamp.

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.

The 10 Best Mid Century Modern Chairs. Part 2

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.

The 10 Best Mid Century Modern Chairs. Part 1

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.

Four Amazing Pins About Mies van Der Rohe.

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.

A Vintage Retro House in Boston.

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.

The House of Art: Felipe Hess.

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.

The Jean Prouve Compass Desk.

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.

A Modern Retro Loft in Madrid.

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’: The Antony Chair.

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’-

Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century.

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.

A Tribute to Mid-Century Architecture

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.

House Tour: A Mid-Century Modern Mix in Los Angeles

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…


How The Mid Century Aesthetic Influenced Steve Jobs.

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.

Jens Risom is back!

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.

Mid Century Houses And The Importance of Lighting – Part 2

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 Houses And The Importance of Lighting – Part 1

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.