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There’s were lots of good updates posted at Retro Renovation this week but my favorite post was a detailed look at this mid-century bathroom installation:
– Nanette and Jim’s vintage blue bathroom
An interesting overview of James RW Cornetet new book Facadomy: A Critique on Capitalism and its Assault on Mid-Century Modern Architecture can be found at AZoBuild. The author explains that, “Central to ‘Facadomy’ is Cornetet’s analysis of the economic roots of Mid-Century Modernism, the movement that shaped modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965.”
– New Book Examines How Modern Economic Forces May Affect Tomorrow’s Designs
There was a great interview with author Rob Keil in the San Mateo Daily Journal last week. Keil’s the author of Little Boxes: The Architecture Of A Classic Midcentury Suburb, which details the history of one of the Bay Area’s best known mid-century suburbs located in Daily City. In the interview Keil explains that he’s been working on a documentary about Henry Doelger, a suburban developer who created the colorful “little box” houses that were criticized by some and are now being lovingly restored by appreciative owners. A trailer for the upcoming film Little Boxes: The Legacy of Henry Doelger is posted below.
– Little Boxes: Discovering Doelger
I’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately and I recently needed some emergency kitchen supplies so I visited a few stores looking for the best deals. One of the stores I visited was the local Cost Plus World Market. I’ve been a Cost Plus costumer for decades because they have reasonable prices and they have a great international foods section. But I was surprised to discover that they’re currently selling some nice looking vintage inspired kitchen items in their store. Here are some of of the things that caught my eye.
Metal Kitchen Scale
I love the design and the aqua color matches a lot of vintage kitchen items I already own. I also love the red numbers and it comes with a nifty stainless steel bowl.
Spice Jars with Ceramic Lids
Again, these colors are perfectly matched with many vintage kitchen items I own and the design is really nice. These tiny spice jars are perfect for holding any small items you may own.
Striped Ceramic Rolling Pins
These ceramic rolling pins with red or navy stripes are styled really nicely. They look like they came from grandma’s kitchen.
Mint Scalloped Stoneware Kitchen Canister
When I saw this I immediately thought of vintage Jadeite kitchenware. The canisters are large enough to hold flour, sugar, etc. and a set would look great in a mint green kitchen. They’d also look good in a vintage bathroom holding items like cotton balls, small soaps, etc.
Metal Cake Carrier
I love vintage cake carriers and this one resembles a few I’ve seen.
White 3-Tier Metal Kitchen Cart
Metal kitchen carts seem to be getting popular again. Ikea carries a nice aqua one but I like the handles on this white version. The Cost Plus cart also got a faux antique finish that gives it an aged look.
Like these items but would prefer the originals?
I’ve put together an Etsy Treasury List featuring items that may (or may not) have inspired the designs at Cost Plus World Market.
Herman Miller’s new video series “Why Design” aims to “explore the world through the eyes of our designers, and share something of why we value their point of view.”
– Why Design – Herman Miller
An interview with Heywood-Wakefield furniture manufacturer, Leonard Riforgiato, who is reviving this stylish Mid-Century brand for a new generation.
– Heywood-Wakefield furniture — still made new today in the USA
The Vancouver Heritage Foundation recently hosted it’s 6th annual Mid-Century Modern Tour. At their website you can find photos of the event as well as brochures for all their previous events. The sites well worth a visit if you want to know more about the history of Mid-century design in Canada.
– Vancouver Heritage Foundation Mid-Century Modern Tours
Also worth a read, this article about the tour from the Vancouver Courier.
– Lookie-loos go gaga over Mid-Century Modern homes
Many Eichler neighborhoods are celebrating their 50th & 60th anniversaries this year. Adam Martin’s latest post for the Eichler Network discusses some of the events being planned in the Bay Area to honor Eichler and celebrate the homes he designed.
– Middle-Aged Eichler Neighborhoods Are Ready to Party
Last week was the 36th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death and while I was roaming around online reading various tributes to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll I came across this interesting video tour of Elvis’ incredible Palm Springs Honeymoon Hideaway originally built in 1962. Elvis stayed here with his new bride, Priscilla, in 1967.
For more info about the house visit this link: Elvis Presley’s Honeymoon Home
I recently had the pleasure of attending the Mid-Century Modern design exhibit currently on display at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA. It was organized to showcase the “Post-war, mid-century modern aesthetic elements in Peanuts comic strips” and as a longtime Peanuts fan who grew up watching the various TV specials and spent many hours playing with her stuffed Snoopy toy, I found it incredibly charming as well as informative and fun. If you find yourself in the area, I highly recommend stopping by the museum and checking out the exhibit before it closes in late October. You won’t be disappointed! Here’s a little blurb about the exhibit from the museum’s website:
Many of the Peanuts comic strips of the late 1950s and 1960s exude the mid-century modern aesthetic of the day — the furniture, decorative pieces, and fabrics were hip, cool and up-to-date. In a series of vignettes these elements will be compared with the work of some prominent mid-century designers, including Ray and Charles Eames. Another component of the exhibition examines how the Schulzes incorporated the design aesthetic in their lifestyle through photographs and ephemera.
I took a lot of photos at the exhibit because there was so much eye-candy on display. Some items are from their permanent exhibit and others are specifically associated with the Mid-Century Modern exhibit. Enjoy the eye-candy!
A few examples of Peanuts comics featuring mid-century design.
The photo shows Charles Schulz at home and the drapes in the photo are part of the display. I loved the print and color!
The displays were really wonderful and showcased the work of designers such as Eames, Hans L. Wegner and Noguchi.
I really loved cute Eames chair manufactured by Herman Miller for the Dover Street Market store opening in Tokyo, Japan.
My favorite ongoing display at the museum was this wall mural that Schulz originally painted for his daughter’s bedroom. The wall was carefully removed from the Schulz home and now it can be enjoyed by everyone. The animal details were adorable! I especially love the crazy looking bunny.
Some of the items on display from Charles Schulz’ personal office & his bowling ball, bag & shoes (he was a championship bowler).
Last but not least, here are some of the super cute coasters currently being sold at the gift shop featuring vintage Peanuts illustrations with a mid-century twist. If you can’t attend the exhibit you can still purchase these costers for a limited time at the museum’s website.
If you didn’t make it to Palm Springs for Modernism Week earlier this year, you can still look forward to Mod-Palm Springs. This new event “celebrating a serving of all things Mid-Century Modern carefully blended with retro Tiki culture (the Polynesian kind so prevalent in the 50´s & 60´s)” takes place October 11th through the 13th. For more info & ticket prices visit the following link:
– Mod-Palm Springs
California Tiki enthusiasts can also look forward to the 13th annual Tiki Oasis event taking place in San Diego next week (August 15-18th). This year promises to be a real Hawaiian Hootenanny!
– Tiki Oasis 2013
In the mood for a little eye-candy? Check out at Kristen & Paul’s fabulous “artsy, retro home on a shoestring budget” currently on display at Retro Renovation:
– Mixing old & older
Last but not least, The Mid-Century Menu is one of my favorite blogs featuring the culinary adventures of Ruth & Tom. They’ve recently introduced a new regular feature called Vintage Cocktail Friday that I really enjoy. Throwing a retro-themed party? Just in the mood for a cool refreshing drink? Then pop on over to The Mid-Century Menu!
– Bees’ Knees – Vintage Cocktail Friday
The California Modernist Adam Martin takes us on a “A 1960s Weekend in Lake Tahoe, Today.”
– A 1960s Weekend in Lake Tahoe, Today.
Ikea is planning to reissue a copy of their incredible 1956 Lövet table, which launched their “flat-pack” assemble-it-yourself furniture line. The new table is called the Lövbacken and it’s sure to be a hit again with budget conscious consumers like myself who can appreciate it’s mid-century design and affordable price tag.
– Ikea relaunches table that started the flatpack revolution.
The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney Australia is getting ready to host a comprehensive retrospective featuring the work of designer George Nelson. The Sydney Morning Herald’s got the full scoop.
– Mid-Century Modern Master.
I’m a little late on this but loved the story so had to share this collection of photos featuring actress Betty White.
– Betty White’s Home In The 1950s
This weekend Retro Renovation is highlighting vintage wall clocks and asking readers to contribute photos of their own. I highly recommend checking out all the vintage eye-candy there! I’ve contributed a couple photos of my own wall clocks pictured below.
The Latest issue of the Eichler Network’s CA-Modern Magazine was recently released and it has a great article on Tiki Culture. In conjunction CA Modernist blogger Adam Martin decided to share some of his favorite Tiki Cocktail Recipes. Need a cool tropical drink to enjoy this summer? Check out Adam’s latest post:
– Five Personal Favorite Tiki Cocktail Recipes
The talented photographer & mid-century modern enthusiast Darren Bradley now has a blog and it’s well worth a visit.
– Modernist Architecture
Retro Renovation has the latest news on the brand new retro style appliances from GE. My heart jumped out of my chest when I caught my first glimpse of them. It’s so exciting to see companies like GE embrace their roots and return to the past for design inspiration. And best of all? They’re affordable!
– Introducing GE Artistry™ Series