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MID CENTURY MODERN FAVORITES

STILL HAVE MAD MEN ON MY MIND…I GUESS IT WILL TAKE TIME…

our entryway - THIS PIECE WAS INHERITED FROM MY HUSBAND'S GRANDMOTHER. IT WAS A BIG DEAL TO BE ABLE TO BY NEW FURNITURE AND SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE IN THEIR 50'S WHEN THEY GOT THEIR NEW BEDROOM SET.

our entryway – THIS PIECE WAS INHERITED FROM MY HUSBAND’S GRANDMOTHER. IT WAS A BIG DEAL TO BE ABLE TO BY NEW FURNITURE AND SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE IN THEIR 50’S WHEN THEY GOT THEIR NEW BEDROOM SET IN THE 60’S. I CHERISH THESE PIECES WHICH ARE ALL OVER THE HOUSE. WE BROKE UP THE SET TO SPREAD THE WEALTH!

SINCE MY HEAD IS STILL SWIMMING IN THE 60’S HOW ABUT WE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF
MY
FAVORITE 
MID CENTURY STAPLES
COLORS…..
THIS PAINTING PRETTY MUCH CATCHES THEM ALL…
EARTHY TONES OF BRONZE, RUSTY
ORANGE, AVOCADO GREEN, TEAL AND BLACK.

this easy AREA - Giclee Print - Mid Century Modern Danish Modern Minimalist Cubist Modernist Abstract Eames contains ALL of the colors of the 1960's
this easy AREA – Giclee Print – Mid Century Modern Danish Modern Minimalist Cubist Modernist Abstract Eames contains ALL of the colors of the 1960’s
KITCHEN BEFORE
OUR AVOCADO KITCHEN INSTALLED IN 1967~ITS ALL THERE!
FURNITURE
THE 1906’S SAW THE DIVISION BETWEEN THE FORMAL LIVING ROOM AND THE “FAMILY
ROOM” THUS A WHOLE NEW MORE RELAXED WAY OF LIVING BEGAN…AND THE ROOMS,
USUALLY CENTERED AROUND THE TELEVISION BECAME THE HEART OF THE HOME.
mid century upholstered pieces were slimmer and more streamlined...less about comfy cozy...more about geometrics and boomerang angles....
CHARLES AND HUDSON – Mid century upholstered pieces were slimmer and more streamlined…less about comfy cozy…more about geometrics and boomerang angles….
APARTMENT THERAPY
APARTMENT THERAPY
BOOK CASES
DIGSDIGS
DIGSDIGS
THESE PIECES THAT "DIVIDE" ROOMS ARE SO QUINTESSENTAILLY MIDCENTURY. IT WAS HALFWAY BETWEEN WHEN THE COOKED AND DINED IN SECLUSION...AND WHEN WE TOOK DOWN THE WALL ALTOGETHER.
THESE PIECES THAT “DIVIDE” ROOMS ARE SO QUINTESSENTAILLY MIDCENTURY. IT WAS HALFWAY BETWEEN WHEN COOKING AND DINING TOOK PLACE  IN SECLUSION…AND WHEN WE TOOK DOWN THE WALL ALTOGETHER.
THIS PIECE HAD A MILLION USES!
DIG DIGS – THIS PIECE HAD A MILLION USES!

CREDENZA CREDENZA

I remember being so excited when we got a NEW SIDEBOARD/ credenza that had the STEREO BUILT IN!!!!  But quite often your sound system sat out on a piece of furniture. STEREOS TOOK UP A LOT OF SPACE. The turntable, the amplifier, the tuner and the speakers. Add a lamp and you have a LONG piece of furniture. I LOVE THEM.

THESE days our sound systems fit in the palm of our hand but our TV’s are long and skinny and are perfectly at home atop a long skinny CREDENZA!!!!I could and do have one in every room downstairs!

KENT COFFEY CREDENZA
KENT COFFEY CREDENZA – PERHAPS MY FAVORITE SCORE EVER!
always one for the SURPRISE... I love the drawers INSIDE our cabinet.
always one for the SURPRISE… I love the drawers INSIDE our cabinet.

I LOVE OUR CREDENZA…RECENTLY I FOUND THIS COMPANION PIECE ….ON EBAY…LOCAL SHIPPING ONLY..IN THE BOSTON AREA….I MIGHT MOVE TO BOSTON JUST TO GET THIS PIECE..OR DRIVE AND PICK IT UP!!!!

KENT COFFEY PERSPECTA CHINA CABINET!!!
KENT COFFEY PERSPECTA CHINA CABINET!!!
INTERIORS BY STUDIO M
INTERIORS BY STUDIO M – I LOVE THE LONG SKINNY TAPERED LEGS…SUCH A MID CENTURY TRADEMARK!

 

SFGIRLBYTHEBAY
SFGIRLBYBAY THE LONG CREDENZA IS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO HANG A GREAT HUGE PIECE OF ART!!!

TYPE IN “CREDENZA” AND YOU WILL FIND AS MANY AS THE DAY IS LONG…HAVE FUN!!!!

LAMPS

I KNOW THIS PROBABLY IS NOT TRUE, but I feel like in the 60’s, lamps went from utilitarian to creative pieces of ART and LIGHT…YES, MANY WERE AS UGLY AS SIN…but many are wonderful and ETSY has them in abundance…and Mid Century INSPIRED lamps are EVERYWHERE!

ETSY - TEAK AND CERAMIC LAMP
ETSY – TEAK AND CERAMIC LAMP
Pair of Mid Century Pink and White Speckled Large Lamps by Vintage Wolfy
Pair of Mid Century Pink and White Speckled Large Lamps by Vintage Wolfy
The classic “flower pot” pendant designed by Verner Panton (Photo: DanishDesignStore.com)
The classic “flower pot” pendant designed by Verner Panton (Photo: DanishDesignStore.com)

AND OF COURSE …..EVERYBODY IS NUTS ABOUT THE SPUTNIK CEILING LAMPS!

 Now, it is believed Lightolier was the first to produce such a light, but since 1960, numerous designers and companies have copied the overall design, thus making it well affordable and available today, whether you want a vintage version or a newer one. These lights come in many different sizes and hold many bulbs so a wall dimmer is a good option for this pendant as well. Some of these lights even offer bulb caps that resemble a star or icicle. Prices range from $95 to $450 for newer versions and $75 to $850 for vintage lights, depending on size and condition.
Presumably Lightolier was the first to produce these “Sputnik” lights,  but since 1960, the design has been made by countless designers and manufacturers and can be found in a wide range of prices and sizes.
 The PH5 Pendant Lamp by Poul Henningsen (Photo: DanishDesignStore.com)
The PH5 Pendant Lamp by Poul Henningsen (Photo: DanishDesignStore.com)

ART ART ART ART ART ART ART

I COULD AND SHOULD DO AN ENTIRE WEEK OF POSTS ON THE ART OF MADMEN, BUT SUFFICE TO SAY…THEY HIT THE GOLDMINE!!! MADMEN depicted a level of affluence that could afford some of the best Popular ART in the 60’s and I do believe that ART is IN and I could not be HAPPIER!!!!!

Mark Rothko, "Untitled," 1960 SFMOMA
Mark Rothko, “Untitled,” 1960 SFMOMA

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MID CENTURY INSPIRATIONS AND TRENDS…IF ANY?

DESIGN SPONGE
DESIGN SPONGE
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