Sunday, January 27, 2013

Mid-Century Mood


This house is one of the less-common but still fairly easy to find Mid-Century-style (aka California Modern) homes that are dotted around Sierra Madre.  While Craftsman-style homes are my favorite, Mid-Century Modern is a close second.  Similar to my reaction to Craftsman homes, I find a peacefulness in the mid-century aesthetic.  Yet the two styles seem so different. But are they really so different? According to a Wikipedia article on the subject, there are those that feel that Frank Lloyd Wright's movement of organic architecture combined with Arts and Crafts to create the Mid-Century design movement.  That connection could explain why I get the same reaction from two such at-first-glance very different styles.  The  "futuristic" clean lines of the design of Mid-Century homes and furnishings are easy on the eyes, but I also feel just plain nostalgic when I see this style, as it was popular when I was a kid.  Whatever it is, I'm glad there are a few still around. 


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  1. My favorite is Schindler whom I think was the bridge between FLW and Mies van der Rohe's boxes. And don't you just love decorative cinder block?

    IMHO mid-century design is best suited for hillside development. Low slung with it's colors that embrace the landscape. In fact it seems to have been at one time - that is until greedy developers started buying up the land and plopping those "big box uglies (pick a style) Mediterranean puke, etc onto our hillsides.

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    1. The "bridge" makes sense! I do love cinder block. I think Neutra is my favorite. I hear there is one in Sierra Madre, but after driving up and down the street about a dozen times, I think I've figured out that it is a "back house," and I'll likely never get to see it.

      I'd agree that it's suited for hillside development, for all of your reasons. But, for all of the same reasons, I also love the homes that are sitting in the flat of the desert in Palm Springs. My favorites out there are the Alexander Homes, some of which are also on hillsides. Re: the big-box uglies, I agree with you there, too. Blech.

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    2. I've done the Palm Springs tour several times. My desert friend refers to it as the "terminal envy tour"

      This SM home reminds me of a little Eichler

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    3. Terminal Envy for sure!! My husband and I went to see a Charles Phoenix show there (Do you know of him? If not, look up his website - he's great!), during Modernism Week, and we were sitting next to this woman who purchased and Alexander tract home in the 80's. She said they had no idea it was such a big deal. They just liked it, and restored it, and now they are on the tour. Why doesn't stuff like that happen to MEEEEEEEE?? :)

      It does look like an Eichler. I got curious, and looked it up, just in case, but can't make a connection.

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  2. Looks indeed beautiful. Thank you for this interesting entry. Please have a good new week ahead.

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    1. I think I'm a bit too clutter-y to have one, but I sure do enjoy them.

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  4. I love Wright and Craftsman-style homes, both among my favorite styles...goes without saying I'd love this one!

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    1. I thought you'd love those styles, too!

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