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June 7, 2019

Back in March we put together a blog post on a unique house in Arizona by architect Paul Schweikher and his partner Winston Elting. Ever since, I had been longing to visit Schweikher's own home in Schaumburg, Illinois, a north west suburb of Chicago, which has been incredibly well-preserved by the second owners. Fortunately for us, it is now run by the City of Schaumburg as a house museum.

Architect's homes are always a microcosm of ideas at work - some tried and true, some undergoing the testing phase and so...

June 3, 2019

Two weeks ago, we stayed at the newly restored TWA Flight Center and newly constructed TWA Hotel at JFK Airport in NYC for a couple of days. For modern architecture lovers like us it was an absolute treat and if you have the chance, we definitely recommend visiting. Whether you have a night to spend in NYC or you're at JFK with a long layover, this is the place to be. Built in 1959 and expanded in 1962, the structure is possibly the best known testament to when air travel was promoted as an experience - before high-volume,...

July 15, 2018

In 1956, the Woman's Home Companion (WHC) magazine commissioned a house designed by famous modernist architect Paul Rudolph. The September issue included a 20 page spread on the unique design. It covered many features aimed at improving the quality of life for its inhabitants, hence  the name "The House for Family Living'. The article was published to coincide with the completion of a display model home. The WHC promoted the project in local newspapers, inviting the public to view it.

This blog article c...

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...

May 9, 2018

The World of Charles and Ray Eames is a fantastic exhibit that has been traveling the world for years. On May 5th, 2018, it opened to the public for its U.S. premier. Of course, we were there as soon as possible to see it in person. Until September 3rd, 2018, you can catch the designs, artifacts and history of Charles and Ray Eames at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan. 

The exhibition begins with the Eames' experiments in molded plywood with prototypes of their splint design for the U.S...

April 10, 2018

In art, design and architecture, scale and proportion are incredibly important. You're probably already familiar with some of these concepts, such as the Fibonacci Sequence or the Golden Ratio. Architect Le Corbusier embraced this philosophy with his use of the so-called Modulor Man, a fictional man standing at exactly six feet tall. 

Where did six feet come from? Well..the Modulor Man isn't exactly six feet tall, after all. Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, also known as Le Corbusier, was a French designer and architect. So...

March 24, 2018

All About Architect Minoru Yamasaki

The Seattle born and educated Yamasaki moved to Detroit in 1945. By 1949, the young architect had started his own architectural practice in the city. Among other notable buildings, he designed the United States Science Pavilion at the 1962 World Fair in Seattle, WA and the Reynolds Metals Company Headquarters in Southfield, MI. Probably his most famous design, however, was for the ill-fated twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Yamasaki and WSU

Minoru Yamasaki's...

February 4, 2018

We'll never turn down any opportunity to tour an amazing mid-century modern home. When that home also happens to be a Usonian home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright? Well, that's a no brainer: Of course we're going. 

The Laurent House is a unique home for a number of reasons. First, of course, it's a Usonian home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It's also the only home FLW ever designed for a person with a disability. That unique set of requirements influenced some elements of the home, but still embraced the concepts for which...

January 22, 2018

Before we moved to Michigan, we briefly looked at homes in Northern Florida. Jacksonville and the surrounding area has a lot of affordable and interesting mid-century properties, but one in particular immediately caught our eye. The Butterfly House, designed by architect Bob Broward, was one of those truly incredible homes that you're instinctively drawn to. We toured the home in 2015 when it was first on the market, but it ultimately wasn't to be. We followed the sale of the house and were thrilled to learn that it ended...

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