Mid-Century Modern Architecture/Interiors


David Webb’s Pitch-perfect Models of Mid-century Homes

From a very young age, LA-based artist David Webb was fascinated by Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater”. After visiting the house over 30 years ago he built a model. In 2010, David sent us photos of his creation, and we were floored. The detail on his 1:90 scale creation is exquisite. Webb went on to create models of other historically significant homes. He gets every detail on point, from the structure itself to the landscaping and period-correct cars resting in the driveways.

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For Sale: Cameron’s House from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

We saw this news over a year ago, but HUH reports that the iconic house from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is still for sale. The 4 bedroom, 5,300 sq. ft....

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Anderson & Coppola Direct “Le Apartomatic” Ad for Stella Artois

Stella Artois consistently produces amusing, cinematic ads and their latest combines two of my loves: wood panels and control panels. Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola co-directed this spot in which the set is the star.

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Julian Weyer’s Tour of Mid-Century Modern Brazil

But I think Scandinavia is generally where most minds travel when they think of modern design — “Danish Modern” and IKEA are now mainstream concepts — and if not Scandinavia, then certainly Germany, Italy, or the America of Eames and Nelson. ...COPAN Building, São Paolo Architect: Oscar Niemeyer, 1951-57 Faculty af Architecture, São Paolo University Architect: Joao Battista Vilanova Artigas, 1962-69 The entire building is simply an airy, naturally ventilated shelter, with few lateral facades, topped by what from the outside appears a massive concrete slab.

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Eames House Photos by George Chen

Speaking of the Eames House, photographer George Chen captured the essence of its Mondrianesque exterior during a visit last week. See the set of photos.

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Konditori Valand, Stockholm

Tiny, resolute German-born cafe owner Magdalena Åström is very much aware of the fact that Konditori Valand, in Stockholm’s “Surbrunnsgatan”, is a national treasure. Her Swedish husband Stellan designed the interior himself in 1954, and absolutely nothing has been changed since then: the dark beautiful “Royal Boards” covering the walls, well used tables and chairs made of teak, a unique black stonefloor imported directly from Italy.

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“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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Room 606 at Jacobsen’s Royal Hotel

“ teal blue & wood ”, recently submitted to our photo group by ooh_food Arne Jacobsen designed the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen and all of the furniture (including the silverware!). ... The chairs pictured here are "Drop" chairs (or Dråben, as Jacobsen would have said in Danish).

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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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Beverly Arts Center, Chicago

“ A sea of seats ”, recently submitted to our photo group by no way 77

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Motel Room Postcards of the 1950s and '60s

Amid some ill-considered carpets and drapes , the motel interiors pictured in Roadsidepictures’ glorious set of postcards do feature a few bright spots. To wit, clockwise from top left: Saarinen-esque table and chairs bring sophistication to an otherwise banal space; a daring color scheme contrasts warm wood paneling with cool blue; a homey, modern sitting area transforms a motel room into a living room; and simple wall-mounted lighting is a tasteful alternative to bulky bedside lamps.

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