November 29, 2016

Think back to your college days. As you dined on 10-for-$1 packets of instant noodles and drank lukewarm beer because you were old enough now, damn it, there’s a good chance that you were sitting on a chair left behind by the previous tenant. That desk where you passed out after morning classes and studied dutifully? Probably some version of particle board purchased when a rowdy party broke the one your mom bought you Freshman year.

As we mature, so does our sense of style and design. Check out this natural progression of f...

November 3, 2016

If you’re a connoisseur of modern furnishings, and you’re outfitting your home or office with the likes of Eames, Noguchi and Risom, then you might wonder whether it is a better investment to purchase vintage pieces or newly produced pieces. Your options, in many cases, will be between vintage pieces or new furnishings from the likes of Design Within Reach. In our opinion, vintage furniture will always be the better investment. Find out why we’ve come to that conclusion and determine whether new or vintage modern furniture...

October 22, 2016

Selling a home without a realtor can be tricky, particularly if you live in an area saturated with homes for sale. If you have a mid-century home, however, you

October 6, 2016

Perhaps the most widely recognized and iconic items from Charles and Ray Eames is the Eames molded fiberglass side chair, aka “The Shell Chair”. It’s practical, durable and available in a range of colors, which makes it the ideal accent chair or dining chair to use in the home.  

If you want to snag a new version of this chair from Herman Miller, be prepared to pay upwards of $400…and wait up to six weeks for delivery. Those new versions, however, won’t have the history or retro feel of vintage versions.

Here at Trystcraft,...

September 10, 2016

In Part 1 of this series, we explored some of the most iconic and influential mid-century modern furniture designers. Eames, Pearsall, Wegner, Jacobsen and Saarinen are just the tip of the iceberg, however. In the second installment, learn about five more incredible designers that shaped the world of MCM furniture for the better.

6. Jens Risom

The Danish designer Jens Risom is a remarkable example of an artist who can effortlessly fuse American and Scandinavian styles. After moving from Denmark to NYC, Risom worked alongs...

September 10, 2016

Whether you’re restoring an MCM home or you just love collecting amazing pieces, there are a few designer names you’ll come across again and again. These iconic designers have left their mark on the world of furniture, and their products are consistently in demand. Even older pieces tend to be valuable if they can be attributed to one of the five iconic mid-century modern furniture designers.

1. Charles & Ray Eames

They might sound like a duo of brothers, but Charles and Ray Eames were a married couple active in all aspec...

September 10, 2016

For some people, the ultimate dream is to live in a mid-century modern home. I'm totally in that group! There’s something incredible about the clean lines, open-plan living and integrated design that makes them an obvious fit for those who love modern architecture. Finding an MCM home in your area, and in your budget, can be tricky, however. These tips might be just what you need to snag your dream mid-century home. It has worked for us in the past! We were lucky enough to find and purchase an amazing 1958 home in Florida...

September 9, 2016


It’s not hard to find incredible mid-century modern furniture like the iconic Womb Chair or a classic Eames lounger - but you’ll need to be willing to spend a fortune if you’re buying it at full price from a retail store or a high-end seller, like 1st Dibs. If you’re lucky, you can find MCM gems in the wild. Believe it or not, I once snagged a Danish lounge chair that had been sitting on a curb waiting for the trash collection for over two weeks! There are also plenty of options online, and these tips can help you find...

September 9, 2016

You’ve chosen the perfect lot, secured the finances and started planning for your dream home. Congratulations! Once you’re ready to turn those dreams into a reality, you’ll need to decide how to build your custom home. There are plenty of options, but many people feel stuck deciding between an architect and a CAD designer to help create the plans. Take a closer look at the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you decide on the best choice for your property.

Architects: Pricey and Professional

An architect is a wealth of kn...

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