Modern Leanings

I grew up in a mid-century post war home in Rockville, MD. The home was designed with formica countertops, stainless steel “porthole”style double ovens, indoor grill top, steel railings, with hairpin-style design, well… you get the picture. I guess, it was from this started my love of all things mid-century and “atomic-age” really, before I even knew what I was looking at!

I am now living in Seattle, with a mid-century ranch style home of my own. I often wonder what it is that draws me to this style of architecture, but then modern has always been my cup of tea. Minimal, smart, clean design. My sister isn’t too fond of this stuff, but our grandfather was into this swanky style in a big way.

The following is a list of some of the things that get my design juices flowing. This isn’t an all-inclusive list, and I will be refining this page as a resource page as I tighten things up around here but check out the following:

  • Atomic Ranch Magazine – This is a quarterly publication that immerses you in Mid-Century modern…it is my bible of inspiration!
  • Bauhaus – We’re talking about the guys that basically created the modernist architectural movement folks. Gropius, van der Rohe…you get the idea.
  • Charles and Ray Eames – Revolutionary design. This dynamic duo created designs that are still in design and considered modern to this day! The work they did with Herman Miller is phenomenal, but they were into architecture and film as well.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright – Some hated his designs upon inception. Now he will never be forgotten. Falling Water and the Guggenheim in New York are several examples.
  • Dwell – A publication that continually introduces ideas that I had not necessarily considered. A great resource for modernist leanings in today’s times.
  • Design Within Reach – They don’t come cheap, but if you are looking for that modern designed icon piece, they will probably have it.
  • Joseph Eichler Homes – If given a choice, I would live in one of these. So much light, but still with privacy and small courtyards and so much more.
  • Danish design – With designers such as Hans J. Wegner and Panton, this style of furnishings is an amazing study in Mid Century Modern. A lot will be recognized as iconic.
  • Broyhill Brasilia – Broyhill isn’t known for much MCM design. Their designs are mostly traditional to transitional. However, the Brasilia line is recognized as MCM. When you discover that this line was first featured at the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 representing the city of Brasilia,and then look at some of the architecture for the fair (such as the Space Needle), you will indeed recognize the relationship to the times.

I could spend a day or two taking you through all of my influences. I will most likely add to the list as time goes on. Above is a vast education in modernism, mid-century design and architecture. I have been a junkie for this stuff, and hope to eventually make a hobby of buying and selling these types of furnishings. Who knows what the future will bring.

One Response to “Modern Leanings”

  1. lisanicolle Says:

    ** Actually, as an aside…I’ve come to love the clean, fresh, zen inspired, spa-like flavor that is modern day clean, yet cozy – rather than crisp lines and minimalistic – (the sister).

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