Made of bent walnut plywood. By Holden Designs; around $250..
Good thrifting advice is to go ahead and buy a piece if it stands out from the ordinary. What stood out about this table? The legs. Modern, sleek, solid wood and sturdy. The supports are also solid and can be used again, I'm sure. The table tops are a composite wood covered with formica and a plastic band around the edges. See three more very different looks you can get with this $6.99 Goodwill table.
Barbie turned 50 this week which got me thinking about the endless childhood days I spent 'playing Barbies' with friends, dressing and redressing my curvaceously perfect plastic Barbie and her auburn- haired sidekick, Midge. Then one day it all changed when my bargain shopping mom negotiated a good price on a used, but still intact, Barbie's Mid-Century (Atomic Ranch-like) Dream House, completely furnished with colorful cardboard furniture. See room-by-room photos after the jump.
For my money, there is nothing better than an Eames fiberglass (now plastic) shell chair. Eiffel base, with/without arms... I'd take them all.
But, sometimes, vintage versions have seen better days. So rather than let these stained and worn masterpieces remain untouchable, artists and otherwise creative folk have transformed them into something new. Apartment Therapy has gathered a few:
Being socked in today inspired me to finish my oval ottoman. The VIBRANT plaid was gleaned from a huge vintage pleated skirt. Once the waistband and pleats were removed, there was a piece of fabric measuring 6 yards by 36". Before the transformation, the red striped ottoman had clunky legs and the fabric had been stained.
Forget about ordering a floral arrangement for Thanksgiving. Look around your house, in the pantry, at your bowls to find simple and pretty vessels to fill with fruit, water, river rocks, flowers or even a branch from a leaf-barren tree. This arrangement allows everyone to see across the table while either enjoying the family, or self-righteously analyzing each other. We do a little of both.
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If you're like me, then you're simply insane for the holiday season, and get totally stoked by all that invokes the magic of Christmastide, and are totally okay with embracing it now that Halloween and Election have come to a close.
And if you're like me, things that seem as if they were designed in the late 40s to the early 60s just look fabulous, regardless of the season.
So, if you're like me, you'll dig these retro-styled Christmas cards...
Donnie Deutsch always says "Look at what everyone is doing, and do the opposite." That's what Mr. ModHomeEc got when he asked me to help him with booth decor at a medical techhie trade show he's doing. Once I saw all the dark blues, silvers, tech signs and graphics, I knew his booth would stand out, good or bad, I have yet to hear. The vintage living-room-like setting already attracted many customers, just during set up. Time will tell if...
Why gas up to drive around looking for vintage modern furniture and art when www.lushpad.com is right at your fingertips. I feel like I've just been on a little jaunt downtown to my favorite vintage furniture stores and I never left my well-worn computer chair. Owner Melanie Carlson has brought together a design gallery, auction house and design magazine, all in one. She saw the need for an online secondary market for designer furniture...
A new blog's a-brewing...Modern Furniture Plans. So states their "About" page: "This blog is devoted to finding modern furniture plans. The key is to find designs that appeal, that are easy to build, that don’t break the bank, and that are more unique than anything you can find in any store." So far, there's just a few entries, but its one to throw in ye ole feed reader for when the time is right.
Hi-def is great until it clashes with your mid-century aesthetic. Wilkerson Furniture’s console for a flat screen t.v. will take care of that problem. Not yet in full production, the 44" x 55" console is a limited custom-order item. Via 2Modern.
Even casual fans of modern design know American superstar couple Charles and Ray Eames. Grassroots Modern has compiled a fantastic collection of film clips featuring the Eameses and their brilliant furniture and architectural creations. From the debut of the Eames Lounge on NBC in 1956 to a full collection of interviews, this is fine way to spend an hour...I just did.
Hallelujah! My husband was changing a bulb that was stuck in the socket of this UGLY fixture and he broke it!!! Now I can look for a new fixture. I'm looking for a new fixture or, better yet, a mid-century fixture that gives off enough light. I'm looking for interesting ideas. The table is staying but the chairs will be replaced. I'm still working on what to do with the greenhouse view.
If I had a dog, he would have this leash, and this dog bed.
Made of bent walnut plywood. By Holden Designs; around $250..
You may never get to live in an actual Case Study house, but that doesn't mean you can't look at one every day. "At Modern Birdhouses..., they've released a series inspired by architects of the Case Study Houses Program--specifically J.R. Davidson, Richard Neutra, and Ralph Rapson. They're made of SmartWood oiled teak, with floating aluminum roofs in three signature modern silhouettes, and they ship preassembled, so you don't have to be as gifted...
Snowden Flood knows how much you'd love to own all those classic mid-century furniture pieces like an Eames rocker, Arne Jacobsen swan chair, or a Eerio Saarinen pedestal Tulip chair. And they recognize how much it'd cost to buy each of them. Even those mini-versions from Vitra cost over $100.
So they've offerend a different option: Mid-century fridge magnets. They offer each of the designs mentioned above, plus a 3 legged table that sort looks...
God bless you, MidCentArc. I don't know where you got 'em, but your Mid-Century Houseplan Flickr set is the stuff of dreams and drool. Yes, sir, I will indeed use these for my next Lego Eichler copy, or a gingerbread Neutra.
Or perhaps just as wallpaper...
Heather Smith-Prisco loved these 50's canisters when she found them online, so she decided to use them as inspiration for a makeover of her own set of vintage canisters.
Switched On Set states:
"Never mind some bread and nuts, if you really want to treat the birds in your garden, get them the ultimate in stylish living - scaled replicas of great architectural homes for birds.
That's what German design company Raumhochrosen is now offering. There's a range of homes including 60s gems like the Gunter Wratzfeld's House Watzenegg in Dornbirn (1963) and Rudolf Wäger's Dice House in Götzis (1965) through to more...
These "Fun Glass Vases" from ASDA resemble Otta Brauer's glasswork for Holmegaard in most ways...except their price. Available in yellow, black, and red, these'll getcha Danish-ish for a mere £5.00.