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A blog dedicated to the The Mid Century Modern era, approximately 1945-1975. Posts will feature real estate (residential and commercial) designs, fashion and furnishings from that era. Couture Academy projects will be highlighted at least once a month if not more. Enjoy! 

Podcast Episode No. 10: How to Pick the Perfect Steinway for Your Mid Century Modern Home

Courtesy: Steinway & Sons

Thinking about adding a piano to your Mid Century Modern living room? Listen to this podcast about the Steinway piano that was actually designed during the Mid Century Modern era (1953) by famed designer Walter Teague who designed for Ford, Polaroid and even had his designs exhibited at the World's Fair in 1939. 

Teague designed the Teague 1111 to commemorate Steinway's 100th anniversary in 1953. Steinway is reproducing the Teague with new technology. Listen to Heidi Chamberlain, a manager for Steinway's Hollywood gallery, share her excitement about this reproduction. 

 

 

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Podcast Episode No.9: How to Pick a Mailbox for Your Mid Century Modern Home

 

 

If there's anything that will make your Mid Century Modern home looked finished, it's a mailbox. Yes, a mailbox. It has the impact that an incredible front door has. A mailbox, especially one that's well-designed and attractive, tells your visitor that you've given a lot of thought to your front entrance. It conveys your pride in your home. It even hints that you'll be sticking around town for a long while because who puts that kind of thought into a box for mail? Certainly not a renter. 

Listen to Rob Baker, founder of Modern Mailbox, share how he came to start his company and how his 1953 home in Boise, Idaho got the prototype. 

 

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Podcast Episode No. 8: Corporate Historian Russ Banham and the Airstream Trailer

 

 

Hear corporate historian Russ Banham share how he researched Wanderlust: Airstream at 75, an annivesary book about the iconic trailer. For his research, he traveled nationwide in an Airstream, meeting other Airstream lovers along the way. 

Banham has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He's also known for his books on Boeing, Ford, Coors and other well-known American brands. 

Listen to this podcast episode to learn more about the Airstream and how landed this incredible project. 

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Podcast Episode 7: Updating an Iconic Chicago Mid Century Modern Hotel, the Essex Inn

Chances you know of the Essex Inn in Chicago even if you're never stepped inside the iconic circa. 1961 Mid Century Modern hotel. The hotel's classic "Essex Inn" red neon sign can be seen from the top of the hotel for miles. You've likely seen it while listening to live jazz at Grant Park, felt the spray of water at nearby Buckingham Fountain or even as you walked along Michigan Avenue with your sweetheart after an amazing meal at any of the famed avenue's restaurants. 

The Essex Inn sign continues to shine but now it's now known as the Essex Hotel. The interior has been completely refurbished, the hotel recently reopened to guests. 

The challenge for The Gettys Group - the hotel's interior design firm - was to update the hotel while retaining the Mid Century Modern vibe the inn/hotel was famous for. 

Listen to The Gettys Group's Chris McDonough and Lindsey Pickle share the design challenges and the joy of creating a unique experience for the hotel's guests. 

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Podcast Episode No. 6: How to Start Modernism Week in Your Town

 

 Alison King, the founder of Modern Phoenix, talks about how Modern Phoenix Week came to life in Arizona. As she tells it, it started when she and her husband were looking for a Mid Century Modern home to buy. They started an online community which morphed into a Facebook group. Their online group led to Modern Phoenix Week. Now others nationally and internationally want to recognize the Mid Century Modern architecture in their cities with their own Modernism Week. 

Listen to King share some tips on how to get started. Get some ideas on how to promote the great Mid Century Modern architectural heritage in your area. 

Share in the comments how you've started a Modernism Day or Week in your town. 

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MidCentury Modern Weekly: San Jose, Calif., Umbrella House, MCM Denver

 

Courtesy: Sarasota Architectural Association

Here's a round-up of MidCentury Modern design inspirations, residential inspiration and more. 

That's it, friends. Have a very MidCentury Modern weekend. 

 

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The MidCentury Modern Show: Podcast Episode 2: Matt Amman, Founder of MidCentury Modern Milwaukee

courtesy: Matt Amman

Friends, my second podcast episode is live on iTunes. Tune in here

Matt Amman, founder of MidCentury Modern Facebook group, talks about how Modernism flourished in Wisconsin - the Milwaukee and Madison area, largely thanks to Frank Lloyd Wright's proteges. 

Amman himself lives in a MidCentury Modern home himself. Hear him share passion for all things Mid Century Modern, how he and neighbors who also own modernist homes, gather regularly over cocktails. The only things missing from their gatherings are "Mad Men" inspired attire. 

He discusses architect Donald Grieb, who designed the Mitchell Park Domes (1955), one of the largest installations of Modernism in Milwaukee, Eero Saarinen's War Memorial Center (1957) among other notable commercial structures in the city. 

Want to learn more about Mid Century Modernism in Milwaukee? Hear Realtor Lori Foulke talk about how to she and her husband a 1950s MCM home in my premiere podcast...

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The MidCentury Modern Show: Episode 1: Realtor Lori Foulke

Courtesy: Lori Foulke

Courtesy: Sara Stathas/Atomic Ranch

Talk about an amazing place for a podcast interview. I got to sit in the light-filled dining room part of Foxpoint, Wisc. Realtor Lori Foulke's 1953 one-level home that she shares with her husband Bill Wood. 

The couple bought the house, designed by University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana alum, architect Howard E. Schroeder. The couple took a 'Reduce, Reuse and Repair' approach to restoring the house to its original appearance. 

What was most helpful was a set of blueprints on the walls on the inside of a front closet. Become a 24/7 member for an exclusive look at blueprints (available soon) to see the details (built-ins and more) on this amazing house. Find the podcast episode on iTunes here. (Released 1/18/19)

 

 

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MidCentury Modern Weekly: North Carolina 1960s beauty, Richard Neutra, Chicago Area Estate Sale

Courtesy: Inside Weather 

  • This 1960s North Carolina residence is such a steal. 
  • Interesting article on whether MidCentury Modern knock-offs on the market now infringe copyrights. 
  • Great Estate sale with lot of MidCentury Modern furnishings this weekend in Glenview, Ill. No typewriters from what I can tell. 
  • Great photo of Richard Neutra house for sale.
  • 1959 Houston home is being advertised as a 'rare opportunity to restore.' It was once part of a local Parade of Homes. Check out that unique slatted screen front. 

That's it have a great MCM week, friends. 

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More Mid Century Modern Homes on the Market: rare 1965 Lake Forest, IL abode with atrium, Mandy Moore's home, Harry Seidler's Legacy

courtesy: Curbed

 Here's your round-up of all homes Mid Century Modern across the ocean and fruited plains:

  • Midwesterners will tell you that they don't get enough sun so it's no surprise that architects try to capture sunshine wherever they can. This 1965 home does just that with this thoughtful atrium, which brings loads of light inside. I can only imagine what the space is like when there's snow falling. Magical. 
  • This 1959 Northridge, Calif. residence is on the market. The place to be if you love palm trees and sunshine everyday. 
  • Not on the market, a the new owner of this Los Angeles Mid Century Modern ranch home respected the wishes of the previous owner to retain as much original detail as possible. 
  • And from Australia, we have a look at Modernist Harry's Seidler's legacy
  • Actress Mandy Moore rescued (with designer help) a Pasadena Mid Century Modern home from a hideous 1990s overhaul. 

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