The Kaufmann House: The Reason for Mid-Century Modern Resurgence

by DIY Maven

The Kaufmann House: The Reason for Mid-Century Modern Resurgence

If you've ever wondered why mid-century modern design and architecture has become so popular as of late, it's not because of the success of Mad Men. Well, maybe Jon Hamm's baby blues did have a little to do with it, but if you'd ask an architect, she'd probably say it's because of The Kaufmann House. The 1946 Richard Neutra glass, stone and steel work of art was commissioned by Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr., the same gentleman who commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build Falling Water about 10 years earlier.

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Someday, I Will Own an Authentic Eames Lounge...Until Then, This Will Do Just Fine.

by Chris Gardner

Someday, I Will Own an Authentic Eames Lounge...Until Then, This Will Do Just Fine.

The Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) set by Herman Miller is, to me, not only the most iconic piece of mid-century design, but the most perfect piece of furniture. Ever. And a new one in cherry or walnut start at $3,000, and a 50th anniversary chair in Santos Palisander rosewood starts at about $4,500, with authentic vintage chairs fetching that much or more.

My new-to-me Frank Doerner copy, on the other hand, cost me just over $100. I...

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Make an Alexander Girard 'Heart' Valentine

by DIY Maven

Make an Alexander Girard 'Heart' Valentine

Show the mid-mod lover in your life how much you love them with my Girard-inspired Valentine! Here's what you'll need to make one:

  • black card stock and white card stock (my card is 4.25" x 5.5", when folded)
  • red light-weight card stock or construction paper
  • cutting mat
  • craft knife
  • scissors
  • adhesive of your choice

First,

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Mid-Century Modern Home: Too Perfect or Too Much?

by DIY Maven


Mid-Century Modern Home: Too Perfect or Too Much?

This home in the Hancock Park area of LA has been used for a numerous photography and film shoots. Most recently, it starred as Annette Benning's home in 'Running with Scissors'. The house has five bedrooms, an open floor plan and a pool--complete with a cabana. Sold in 1997 to gossip columnist Janet Charlton, the home was again listed in '07 for just under 3 million. What sets it apart from many homes we've seen is it hasn't been 'seasoned'...

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Mid-Century Modern Blog of the Week: The Vintage Life.

by Chris Gardner

Dave and Rebecca from The Vintage Life started the blog, in their own words, to "share our passion for living the vintage lifestyle. From the home we own and fill with 1950 and 1960s items to our vintage camper and boat, we are proud to be vintage through and through. Join us on our vintage journey, so far it has been a great ride."

Mid-Century Modern Blog of the Week: The Vintage Life.

Over the last few days, they've been featuring a series of vintage postcards they found in an now-closed antique store in Columbus, WI.

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The Tulip Table with a Twist!

by Chris Gardner

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There's a whole heap of Tulip tables copies out there, but this one adds...well, a twist.

"The organic contour of the Twist Stem dining table finished in an alluring yet practical black high gloss and is large enough to seat 6-8 people. The graceful curve of the table’s support is more than just a decorative feature. Beginning with a broad footprint and rising to a fine stem, it provides a firm, stable base with plenty of legroom. So, for a dining table with a twist, try this imaginative and beautifully designed piece of furniture."  

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Plan 59 - Retro Illustration Resource

by Chris Gardner

Plan 59 - Retro Illustration Resource

Plan 59 is an online museum and gift shop of mid-century illustrations and art. Full of vintage advertising images, sales literature, and just plain old retro art, it's the kind of place in which you can get lost for hours. They even have a collection entitled "Decor" where you can resource and get inspiration for your own mid-century spaces.

 

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Download FREE Retro Scrapbook Paper

by DIY Maven

Download FREE Retro Scrapbook Paper

I was at my local craft store the other day looking of retro scrapbook paper. They had one. ONE. A search of the internets, however, uncovered Apple Scrapbook, which has a dozen darling retro scrapbook papers you can download for free. Perfect for virtual scrap-booking, of course, but also great for craft projects.

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From the Curbly Holiday Archives: Mid-Century Modern Ornament for Under $1.00.

by Chris Gardner

Try translating all those MCM tricks you learned from the new Curby MCM e-book into something a little more seasonal. Originally from December 2007:

I came across these charming ceramic ornaments a few weeks ago, and I instantly fell in love with there playful spacey-ness and simple elegance. $35 for the pair isn't prohibitively expensive, but as usual, I reckoned a DIY attempt was worth a shot.

From the Curbly Holiday Archives: Mid-Century Modern Ornament for Under $1.00.

Total cost: $0.73, plus a bit of spray paint.

Mate...

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Mod Paper Snowflake Garland

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Mod Paper Snowflake Garland

There's something about elegantly cut white paper that simply captures the holidays.

So this season, grab your scissors and hang up some comfort and joy with this retro-inspired, mod paper snowflake garland. You could wrap it around your tree, drape across your mantle, or simple let it flow on a wall or from the ceiling. In the spirit of giving, we're offering a free, downloadable and infinitely printable pattern to enable you to keep...

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Alexander Girard Nativity Set.

by Chris Gardner

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The new Curbly "Make It! Mid-Century Modern" publication features a fun how-to to create Alexander Girard-inspired wooden characters. Since it's the holidays, go grab a copy, and then apply the technique to something a little more seasonal, like this Nativity Set by Girard. "It's a new design based on a Girard illustration that hangs in his son’s house and in homage to man who apparently amassed a huge collection of nativities in his later years...The set has 13  solid maple (and non-toxic) pieces, ranging from 1-inch to 7.75-inch tall, along with an 11.75-inch stable and a special reusable storage box."

I know what I'm doing this four-day weekend.

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Make It! Mid-Century Modern Giveaway #1

by DIY Maven

Make It! Mid-Century Modern Giveaway #1

To celebrate the upcoming release of Make It! Mid-Century Modern (a mid-century-modern how-to manual), we’re starting three weeks of fabulous giveaways! This, the first giveaway of the series, is my very own Mondrian Pillow, which is just one of twelve fabulous DIY projects featured in Make It! Mid-Century Modern.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT "Make It! Mid-Century Modern"

created at: 2009/11/16
Inspired by Piet Mondrian’s Composition with Red, Blue, Yellow, the...

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Mid-Century Modern Finds at Urban Outfitters

by Chris Gardner

The fine folks at Atomic Addiction have been doing a little window shopping...web browser window shopping, that is, and they've been peering into UrbanOutfitters.com, the website of the tries-to-be-too-hip-for-its-own-good-but-still-a-great-place-to-get-all-the-cool-stuff-you-see-online brick and mortar store found near university campuses and other metropolitan neighborhoods.

Mid-Century Modern Finds at Urban Outfitters

Among the finds include two 50s-inspired but not kitschy shower...

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