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July 13, 2018

(Photo by Maynard Parker from House Beautiful Jan 1951) 

After seeing this photo of a beautifully unique house in Mexico posted by Mid Century Architecture historian Pierluigi Serraino,  I was intrigued to read that its exact whereabouts were unknown. It seemed that the home was perhaps lost forever. The only location information linked to it was that it was built near the town of Taxco, which lies about 100 miles South-Southwest of Mexico City.

Built for Sonya Silverstone in 1949...

June 19, 2018

Last week I visited the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in Alabama for the second time - the first being 5 years ago when I was just beginning to develop an interest in modern design. That experience blew my mind and inspired me to pursue a design related career by way of restoring mid century houses and vintage modern furniture. Many other people have had a similar experience at this house including the world famous architect Paul Rudolph who visited at the age of 22. He is quoted as calling the living room shown above 'one...

March 7, 2018

In 1959, a leading modern furniture store in Tampa sought out visionary Sarasota architect Victor Lundy to create a showroom that would make people stop and stare. Nicknamed the round house by many who worked there, the design for Galloway's Furniture showroom was based on Lundy's love for nature and organic forms.

The following 3 rarely seen images are from the December 1959 issue of the Architectural Forum. Thanks to George Smart and the NC Modernist library for these.

Massive laminated beams recall the stems of...

March 5, 2018

While we currently live in a Norman Carver home in Kalamazoo, Michigan, this isn't our first mid-century modern home. From 2014 to 2016, we lived in a 1958 home designed by architect J. Bruce Spencer in Lakeland, Florida. It was the architect's own home and a place that we really loved. It was even featured in Dwell Magazine's Rooms We Love Issue in May 2015. Read on for more about our restoration, vintage photos and photos after the restoration.  

Many of the images below are slideshows so please scroll to see the oth...

February 11, 2018

This one is for all you chair geeks / design nerds out there. (I'm one!) While we were living in Florida in 2015, I picked up a bargain chair ($10) that I nicknamed 'The Batman Chair' as it looked like the seat of the Batmobile.  After identifying it online as a Jerry Johnson Sling Chair I dug a bit deeper and found the design patent, including it in my listing.

199,621 Patented Nov. 24, 1964 United States Patent Office ARMCHAIR Jerry Johnson, Malibu; Calif. Charlton Company Inc., Fitchburg, Mass.

I took some...

January 31, 2018

1. Origin: The Futuro House was designed in 1968 by Finnish designer Matti Suuronen. Its design was originally commissioned to be used as a holiday home or après ski lodge, with its curved dome roof allowing it to easily shed snow.

 (Source: http://www.futurohouse.net/photos.htm )

2. Cost: The Futuro was originally priced at $12,000 USD, which included all the built in furniture and facilities. That's equivalent to about $80,000 in today's money, factoring in inflation.

3. Portability: The Futuro House was ligh...

December 27, 2017

Beginning in May of 2017, we began to restore our flat roof, interior beams and clerestory windows. Watch a slideshow of the process and read all about it.

December 12, 2017

Michigan has more than its fair share of excellent mid century modern architecture - and we love it! South West Michigan is home to not one but TWO Frank Lloyd Wright designed communities, one here in Kalamazoo (Parkwyn Village) and one in nearby Galesburg (The Acres). 

In June 2016, the Eppstein house at the Acres was purchased by Marika Broere and Tony Hillebrandt, a Dutch couple based near Toronto, Canada. A total restoration of the home has been going on for the past 18 months and it is now available to rent through...

December 8, 2017

Imagine an architectural theme park made up of incredible homes designed by George Nelson, Paul Rudolph, Alden Dow and Buckminster Fuller. In 1956, that dream nearly became a reality. Naturally, we were intrigued. Read on to learn more about this project, and stay tuned to see how we bring one of the homes to life.

In 1956 a foundation was set up in Grand Rapids, MI, to plan and build an 'outside museum of houses' showcasing cutting-edge trends in architecture, construction and home goods. Called the 'Homestyle Center', the...

December 8, 2017

Are you looking for mid century modern homes? You're in the right place. This is our weekly round-up of MCM homes that are unique, attractive and waiting for the perfect buyer. The more interest we can generate, the more homes we can save! 

Usonian Home in Poquoson, VA - 946sqft.  ($384,000) 

Designed by FLW apprentice Ling Po in 1968, this is a small architectural gem ideally sited on a lake. Very cohesive ‘Usonian’ design with built in furniture, beautiful structural elements and recessed lighting.

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