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!
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.
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.
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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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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Modernism and MidCentury Modern isn't just about houses or even real estate. It's a lifestyle - it touches on just about everything - fashion, design, graphic design, photography and a whole lot more.
Here's your round-up of all homes Mid Century Modern across the ocean and fruited plains:
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The Museum of Science and Industry has celebrated the 50th anniversary of the U.S. putting a man on the moon with a moon room, circa 1968. In keeping with the holiday spirit, it even has a tinsel Christmas tree. But the room won't be around for long, "To The Moon and Back" exhibit ends Jan. 6.
Here are some other interesting Midcentury Modern homes with their own spin on that era's decor. These are on the market:
That's it from the world of all things Mid Century...
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That's it for today's round-up of Mid Century Modern homes in the news. Feel free to send me information about newsworthy Mid Century Modern homes in your area. [email protected].
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The original Mid Century Modern era (approximately1945-1975) is long gone, but this is one era that has legs, according to House Beautiful, beyond Baby Boomer nostalgia. As the original homes get old and more expensive to fix, the demand for new interpretations of the style will grow. (Although the tear-down trend is not fully embraced by Mid Century Modern enthusiasts.)
On that note, here's some news from the Mid Century Modern residential real estate market:
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Mid Century modern homes, built during the hey day of the era (roughly 1945-1975) are always in the news. They're either on the market or getting refurbished. It's especially fun to see ones that were 'remuddled' returned to life.
This 1950s villa in the Netherlands might fall in that latter category. It was not only refurbished but expanded. You don't need to have a designer's big bucks to overhaul a 1948 Los Angeles home and return it to its former glory but it doesn't hurt. This 1978 Dallas residence pushes the edge of modernism but it's a great showcase for art.
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Finally, do you have a Mid Century Moderne home of your own that could use a little press? Perhaps you're thinking of putting it on the market. Or it's been on the market for a while. A story on your home in the local newspaper, magazine or a TV show could help sell your house. I'll brain storm with you for...
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