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A Crash Course in Mid-Century Modern Design, and How You Can Get the Look

by Kate Wagner
A Crash Course in Mid-Century Modern Design, and How You Can Get the Look
Drawing of a Suburban House from a 1953 issue of House + Home
Photo from the archives of the author.

Mid-Century Modernism is ubiquitous - from Ikea to West Elm, Architectural Digest to Houzz, the sleek, clean style remains atop interior design charts almost ten years after its resurgence began (often accredited to the onset of Mad Men in 2007). This article provides a crash course in the movement's important figures, as well as some tips on how to get the mid-century look in your home without paying a fortune. 

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Free Download: Icons of Modern Design (PDF booklet and vector art)

by Bruno Bornsztein

Icons of Modern Design Download PDF

It's Modernism month on Curbly, and we're exploring what it means to talk about modern design for the home. This week, we're offering a really cool booklet of twenty-four iconic modern design silhouettes, along with the vector files we used to make them! We chose all our favorite designs by Eames, Nelson, Saarinen, and the best of the mid-century designers. Read on to see how to download the files.

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How To: Make Your Own Mod Eames-Inspired Drinking Glasses!

by Capree K

How To: Make Your Own Mod Eames-Inspired Drinking Glasses!

Two birds, one stone?  Puh-lease!  You can't throw a rock at Mid-Century Modern without hitting at least three Eames pieces.  Maybe more if you're really good.  While their furniture designs are beyond iconic, Ray Eames' textile designs are relatively less-so.  Relatively being the operative word.  While throwing down on a bold Eames Dot fabric for a home decor project is probably not in the budget at $135/yard, that doesn't mean those...

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Five Eames Chairs that Aren't Just for Seating

by Craftmel

 

Five Eames Chairs that Aren't Just for Seating

In my opinion, the most loved and easily recognized and furniture designers of the Mid-Century are Charles and Ray Eames.  Together, they had the Midas touch when it came to home furnishings; if the Eames' designed it, it became a classic. 

If you aren't lucky enough to own an actual Eames Chair of any variety, how about using their images as decor?   

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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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Homes of the (Architectural) Masters

by DIY Maven

frank lloyd wright home and studio oak park msp1 The Personal Homes of Famous Architects: 8 Great Masterworks

'An architect's home is the ultimate self portrait.' Sounds about right, right? I mean, if you were a renowned architect and you had the cash, which I'm guessing you would if you were a renowned architect, and no creative restraint, your residence would be the quintessential outward manifestation of that which is You. That being said, these images of the personal residences

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Make It! Mid-Century Modern Giveaway #3

by DIY Maven

Make It! Mid-Century Modern Giveaway #3

In this, the final and grand-daddiest giveaway of our “Make It! Mid-Century Modern” release party, we’re giving away an Alexandar Girard-inspired ottoman. That’s right – an ottoman! This beauty was hand-made by ModHomeEcTeacher especially for the book, and now you have a chance to own it. She describes it like this:

created at: 2009/11/30

The 24” round ottoman stands 15" high on sturdy shiny chrome legs. Constructed from reclaimed wooden circles and rescued new foam being disposed of by a furniture company, this five button ottoman covers all the bases with mid century style and modern sensibility.

 

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Make It! Mid-Century Modern Giveaway #2

by DIY Maven

Update: Contest is now closed. Stay tuned for contest winner announcement, and a new contest starting this week!

Make It! Mid-Century Modern Giveaway #2

The release of "Make It! Mid-Century Modern" (a mid-century-modern how-to manual), is fast approaching! And here at Curbly, we continue to celebrate its imminent arrival with another fantastic giveaway. This time the prize is everything you need to make Chris’s Atomic Ball Clock and a free download of “Make It! Mid-Century Modern”.

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

created at: 2009/11/23
Chris pays homage to George Nelson with this contribution to “Make It! Mid-Century Modern”, which is just one of twelve MCM how-to projects you’ll find within its pages.

To win the materials needed to make an Atomic Ball Clock and a copy of “Make It! Mid-Century Modern”:

- Leave a comment below saying where and how you would use the clock.

- INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING by including in your comments a link to a tweet or blog post you make telling people about this contest (must link to this page).

Sunday at midnight (CT) — that’s November 29th, 2009 — we’ll gather all the entries, including those in the comments here AND those on your blogs and in your tweets and pick a winner. So go forth and comment, blog and tweet, tweet, TWEET! And, once again, GOOD LUCK!!!!!

Update: Contest is now closed. Stay tuned for contest winner announcement, and a new contest starting this week!

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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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Before and After: $4.99 Goodwill Chair Upholstery Demo

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Before and After: $4.99 Goodwill Chair Upholstery Demo

Remember the stress of doing a demonstration speech in Speech 101? Reupholstering this chair in front of a classroom full of interior design students gave me the opportunity to sweat through this lovely experience one more time. Cutting foam, adding natural cotton batting (very fluffy and clumpy), and upholstering this mod side chair in front of a young, design hungry group made me vow to get better at these demos so I might take this show on the road. See what you think.

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Make A Personalised House Of Cards

by Lilybee

The Eames House Of Cards is a series of interlocking cards depicting what Charles called 'The good stuff',

created on: 11/28/08

first produced in 1952, they're still available today, find them at the Curiosity Shoppe for $35. If you have an MCM lover on you list they're pretty much perfect.

OR you could make some depicting your very own good stuff. There's a tutorial over at Design*Sponge to do just that.

You'll need:

  • 32 images that you love
  • a printer
  • 3 sheets of photo quality ink jet paper

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Eames Rubber Stamps

by Lilybee

Want 12 Eames classics for $13.57? Done.

created on: 10/25/08

The only catch is that they might be a bit, well, 2-dimensional and OK sure, they're only a few inches tall, but really, aside from that they're perfect in every way. This set, available from Amazon includes all the iconic pieces and the various motifs too. If you were, say, intending to make your own wrapping paper this holiday season you could do worse than a MCM theme.

 

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How To Buy and Sell Mid-Century Furniture Online

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 08/13/08

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...

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