Mid-Century Modern Culture

03.11.09

The Best of Bond & Bowery

Lounge Chair & Ottoman by Vatne Mobler Dealer Janus Home describes this Norwegian piece as “one of the most comfortable lounge chairs ever produced” and I can’t see a reason...

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04.10.09

Chromeography: Mid-Century Chrome Lettering

There are still a few spots to polish, but I thought readers would appreciate a sneak peek at another project of the Mid-Century Modernist. Chromeography is dedicated to the chrome...

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27.09.09

The Eames House in LIFE Magazine, 1950

The announcement that Google Books now houses in its digital archives over 1,860 issues of LIFE magazine sent me immediately to the search box on a quest for mid-century related articles. The first result was this piece on the Eames House published on September 11, 1950, just five years after Charles and Ray made their indelible mark on American design with their popular furniture.

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04.08.09

Alexander Girard Lettering at The Compound Restaurant

After years of admiring photographs of his work and acquiring books and pillows , I finally got to visit two of his physical masterpieces in the flesh: The Compound Restaurant and the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. Girard deserves a much deeper article than I have time to write, but I'll just start with the fact that he truly mastered multiple disciplines, from lettering to illustration to objects to interiors to exhibition design , all in a signature style that was warm and human and perfectly imperfect.

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12.06.09

Ib Geertsen, 1919–2009

Ib Geertsen is the grand old man of Danish abstraction, but was little known in the UK until he was championed by London's Rocket Gallery in a recent group show with other Danes associated with an abstract movement known as Konkrete. ... He trained as a gardener rather than an artist, but came to prominence as a painter in the 1950s with other Konkrete artists, and pursued with them a distinctive hard-edged, geometric abstract language which arguably pre-dated comparable developments in America.

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06.04.09

“The Incredibles” Mid-Century Ideal

The home of Bob and Helen Parr in “The Incredibles” is one of the finest examples of mid-century modernism in all of animated cinema. Thanks to Pixar’s skilled artists and...

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02.04.09

Mid-Century Modern Furniture Poster by J Provost

“ Mid-Century Modern Furniture Poster ”, recently submitted to our photo group Technical illustrator James Provost is offering his lovely poster of mid-century classics as a print at Imagekind . The first reader to list the names and designers of all the pieces in the poster will win a 16" × 24" print, courtesy of the Mid-Century Modernist.

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25.03.09

Kim Ludy Photography

From the Flickr stream of Kim Ludy , photographer, vintage enthusiast, and Etsy seller .

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17.03.09

Red and Blue Fans by Itho

“ ready ”, recently submitted to our photo group by kaylovesvintage Never seen a fan like this one by Itho , a company that doesn’t seem to make commercial tabletop products anymore. ... See also: Erres Fan

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08.03.09

Krueger, King of Laundromat Seating

“ three seater. ”, recently submitted to our photo group by sfgirlbybay Victoria Smith (AKA SFGirlByBay ) noticed, as I have, that laundromats often have the coolest chairs. It's almost like there was a laundromat renovation fad in the ’60s — each shop updating their seating in the modern style of the day in an effort to keep up with the competition.

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04.03.09

IBM General Products Division, 1961

There is a high school north of Salt Lake City where I grew up that had similar exterior paneling in oranges and yellows. The showy façade could be seen from the highway and we mockingly called it Taco Time High, referencing a local Mexican joint with the same color scheme.

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