Mid-Century Modern Art


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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Vintage Ski Posters of Europe

High-end UK dealer Vintage Seekers is offering an expertly curated selection of mid-century posters featuring ski resorts throughout the Alps and other destinations.

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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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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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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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A Trip to Europe, 1963

Discovered last weekend during a family move, an unopened gift from my late father to my brother and me: eight travel posters he and my mother collected during their travels to Switzerland, France, Italy, and Austria in the ’60s. Mom and Dad in the Swiss Alps, Fall 1963

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Ib Geertsen at Rocket Gallery, London

More on those later, but first: Londoners shouldn’t miss the upcoming exhibit at Rocket Gallery: “ Ib Geertsen, mobiles, paintings, screenprints ” from 6 February to 28 March. ... For those not in the know, the Rocket is a contemporary art gallery with a soft spot for classic modern furniture, having shown work by Kjaerholm , Risom , and others .

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Santa LCM

A christmas card sent to Charles & Ray Eames, signed by Siddie and Bob Wirth depicts an LCM as Santa Claus. Part of the deep and rich Eames Collection at the Library of Congress .

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Charade Film Titles and Opening Scene

The titles for the great Carey Grant/Audrey Hepburn caper were designed by Maurice Bender , the man behind the famous James Bond gun barrel openers. Charade is a classic specimen of mid-century modern graphics and animation from the golden age of film titling.

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Eames Ornaments Hand-stitched by Angie Davis

They feature the classics from Eames and a couple Le Corbusier and Nelson pieces as well. They’d also make nice gift tags or geeky jacket patches for your favorite MCM lover.

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Better Homes and Gardens, Sept. 1958

A Jan Balet cover posted by Ward Jenkins , who contributes all manner of fabulous ephemera to the Mid Century Illustrated group on Flickr. Thanks to Twenty Twenty-One for the tip.

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Owl Bank

On eBay for $50, a pottery bank from Sweden. 4½×4½ inches.

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