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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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Get the Look for Less: Mid-Century Modern

by Alicia Lacy

Get the Look for Less: Mid-Century Modern

It's no secret that we at casa Curbly are big lovers of everything mid-century modern (MCM). The classic, clean lines of this style of furniture make it timeless and easy to blend with different styles. But true MCM pieces can be hard to come by, and even harder to afford. We've rounded up some of our favorite MCM looks for a fraction of the price. And, while nothing beats the quality and durability of a classic MCM piece, these doppelganger...

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Eye Candy: Bubble Chairs

by DIY Maven

bubble chair

In 1968, after he conceived the Ball Chair, Eero Aarnio, a pioneer in using plastics in industrial design, created the Bubble Chair as a reduction of its predicessor. He wanted the chair to be light-filled, and since, as Aarnio maintained, "There is no nice way to make a clear pedestal," it had to hang from the ceiling. Iconic in shape, the space-age design is as fresh today as it was 45 years ago. Original Eero Aarnio Bubble Chairs are still to be had. To find a retailer near you, visit Eero Aarnio. (An original clocks in at around $4,700 whereas a knock off will set you back around $900.)

Okay, that was the 'good for you' educational part of this post. Now, let's get to the dessert, shall we? The photo pictured above looks to be straight out of 1968, white boots and all. Less downtown girl, the suburban-like interior (pictured below) from Twenty First Century Retro is warm and

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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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Crestview Doors: Period-Perfect Front Doors for Mid-Century Modern Homes

by Alicia Lacy

Crestview Doors: Period-Perfect Front Doors for Mid-Century Modern Homes


When David and Christiane Erwin remodeled their 1951 cottage a few years ago, they wanted to restore the home to its original, mid-century modern look and feel. Along the way, they ran into a problem ... they couldn't find a period-appropriate front door. They turned this problem into an amazing thing, a company called Crestview Doors

created at: 07/11/2010

After making a replica of a neighbor's door to fit their own front door frame, the Erwins started building...

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Getting Mid-Century Right

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

colors

Forget about your original Eames chair and Wormley sofa for a minute. If your design goal is authentic mid century modern, you need to start with the available color palettes of the day. Today, we tend to take modern liberties with our interpretation of retro. If you're a mid-century purist, or simply curious about what colors were offered, RetroRenovation has found original advertisements for the modern homeowner of the 1950s, 1960s, and even the 1970's from Motorola, Eichler Homes, Kohler, and St. Charles kitchen cabinets.

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One of the most beautiful homes....ever.

by DIY Maven

Canna Road Residence by Ray Kappe

Okay, great photography doesn't hurt either, but this home located in the Brentwood district of LA is probably one of the most stunning homes I've ever seen. The mid-century residence was 'painstakingly restored to incorporate its original natural elements and evocative form.' It's constructed of wood, concrete and glass...lots and lots and lots of glass. Check it

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Airstream Dreams

by DIY Maven

Airstream Dreams

Nothing says mid-century than that silver bullet travel trailer, the Airstream. MWT and I have a dream to procure a smaller '60's or '70's model and give it the once-over, kind of like what Deb did. But if you don't have the temerity to jump into a house-on-wheels makeover, you can buy a new Airstream International, which architect Chirstopher Deam has infused with contemporary styling that harkens back to the mid-century (see below).

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