Southridge is one of the most exclusive and historic estates in Palm Springs, and its development began in the early 1960’s. The site overlooks the stunning Coachella Valley and was the inspiration for the architect John Lautner to design the iconic Bob Hope and Arthur Elrod houses.
Out of all Finn Juhl’s designs, the Pelican Chair was probably the one furthest ahead of its time.
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Established in 2005, Vancouver-based Eternity Modern share a major passion for midcentury modern design. Focusing on first-rate quality and craftsmanship.
This modern residence stands in California’s Greenbrae. After a full renovation by Building Lab architects, the house now indulges in open space as opposed to a previous grim overall feel.
The Theodore Wirth home was conceptualized to stand as a modern ranch in a natural hillside landscape of Minnesota.
The Cheng-Reinganum Residence was completed in 2016 by Swatt | Miers architects for a young family. The modern house architecture ,boasts an incredible view of the rolling hills together with the sight of Mount Diablo beyond the bounds.
This contemporary style home was recently completed by adding a modern pavilion-style extension to an unkempt Victorian bluestone villa in need of rejuvenation.
The Sagebrush Residence by Studio ARD, gets the full Palms Springs midcentury modern treatment.
The Turner Residence may be one of the most discrete contemporary modern homes we’ve ever come across.
On November 2017 was the fourth instalment of the SarasotaMOD Weekend, an annual mid-century modern architecture festival in Sarasota, Florida.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Harry Bertoia had an unique and distinctive approach to design. For him there wasn’t a distinction between sculptures and furniture. As sculptors mould materials to ‘entrap’ the final work of art, so Bertoia moulded his seats to make space and air part of them: creating a floating effect. The Diamond Chair is probably the highest example of this kind of approach to design.
Charles an Ray Eames are considered one of the most influential contributors to pioneering Mid-century design. Their work extended not only in furniture but film, architecture and exhibition design as well.
Charles Eames, at the start of his career, took the early two-dimensional design of molding plywood further than Alvar Aalto’s and created three-dimensional contour molded plywood.
In 1938, a trio of designers in Argentina called the Austral group, presented the BKF chair, originally named Sillon BKF after it’s three creators, namely Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy.
The rigid steel-welded frame is economical due to it’s spare linear structure and is reminiscent of an asteroid trajectory.
Do you want to stand out from conventional chair designs? Are you willing to make a bold statement with furniture that speaks volume and have withstood the test of time? Mid-century furniture design is an exhibition of individual expression of freedom and creativity.
The Zanuso Lady chair was designed by Italian architect and designer Marco Zanuso in 1951, representing a turning point in the realm of upholstered furniture of the early fifties.
The Alvar Aalto 400 Tank armchair sets itself immediately apart from the previous designs of the architect; usually light in weight. However, with the 400, Aalto decided to emphasise mass and the appearance of solidity.
He wanted to make a clear statement about the actual range of physical possibilities that his laminated wooden furniture were capable of dealing with.
The mid-century modern period is also called ‘the atomic age’. Space adventures and technology innovations inspired many well-known designers to create pieces -as the George Nelson Atomic Ball Clock- to celebrate the incredible achievements of the period.
Many of those pieces became icons of mid-century modern design that we still celebrate today.