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!
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.
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.
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.
Courtesy: Adrian Kinney
About a month ago, I had the great pleasure to meet Denver area Realtor and Midcentury Modern expert Adrian Kinney. He was just so passionate about modernism, I just loved his enthusiasm on the topic. In addition to selling Denver area MCM homes, he's organizing a Mid Century Modern week, modeled after the one in Palm Springs.
Speaking of Palm Springs, the Denver area is home to one of the largest collections of Cliff May homes outside of the tony California resort town. Kinney lives in one of them. He's the go-to expert on May in Denver. Tune in to hear this podcast today.
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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.
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...
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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Less you think I'm just about MidCentury Modern homes, you couldn't be more wrong.
Here's your round-up of all homes Mid Century Modern across the ocean and fruited plains:
That's it for now. Enjoy the weekend. Maybe your...
photo/Deb Porter Hayes
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:
Need to pick a seasoned real estate reporter's brain on how to get some press for your Mid Century Modern home? Let me help. ...
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