Mid-Century Modern Homes


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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Significant Repairs

Owning a home is a significant investment, and maintaining that investment involves regular checks to ensure everything is functioning correctly. Regular inspections for repairs and replacements in areas like plumbing,...

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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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“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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Filip's Flat: A Living Showroom of Design Classics

But there are less expected pieces too, like his extensive collection of Artemide lighting, including a Tizio, Tolomeo, and the avant garde Boalum which coils like a luminescent snake on the floor. The Rosendahl monkey with the prankster's look and the light colored belly has transformed kids' rooms into jungles and sparked dreams of far-away places since 1951 when it was designed by Kay Bojesen.

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1950s California Modern by Julius Shulman

Usually there would be a grey brick fireplace and evidence of robin egg blue palette or chrome and blond furniture around for the fifties. ...That’s what I’m getting at when I say mid-century modernism is “both a historical milestone and a living, breathing ideal, reflected in much of today’s best design and architecture.”

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Appartement de Maxime Clair

I’ve been following Maxime Clair’s Flickr stream for several weeks as gorgeous pieces of European modern design flow by. ... Pictured here (names in French): Chair on left: Fauteuil Diamant, Harry Bertoia, Knoll, 1952 Eames Segmented table et DSX chairs Chair in rear on left: Chaise Anthony, Jean Prouvé, Atelier Jean Prouvé, 1948 - Vitra, 2000 Black pendant: ferruccio laviani, FL/Y Lamp Table lamp: Lampe Nesso, Gruppo Architetti Urbanista Citta Nuova, Artemide, 1965 Sculpture on mantle: Bougeoirs Nagel, Allemagne, Circa 1970

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Richard Powers and the Reflecting Pool

Remember when I said that a reflecting pool is what takes a beautiful home exterior shot to another level of beauty? ... Much of it captures homes with water features, and all of it is wall art worthy.

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Mid-Century Furniture (and Playmate Delores Wells)

Surrounded by the plush blue rug, brick fireplace, and wall unit shelving is Delores Wells , playmate of the month for June 1960 as photographed by Don Bronstein. Please pardon my censorship (thanks to Picnik for the shapes), but I thought it would be hasty to assume all my readers are appreciative of nudity, however tasteful.

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Anna Weiss House, St. Louis

Fellow mid-century modernist Anna Weiss is a newcomer on the blog scene and her site promises to be a daily stop. ...The house has a very open floor plan, so the living room opens to the sitting room which is also the dining area.

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Kitchen Illustrations from the '50s

This stuff comes from the period before modernism matured, but these illustrations from magazines like Better Homes & Gardens and Good Housekeeping at See Saw are too charming to ignore.

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