That chrome thing on the ball base is an ashtray. A pretty cool one, too.
I sort of doubt that I could ever keep such shelves full of canned goods so anally neat, but the dining set is pretty nice, isn’t it?
RICHARD K. THOMAS FOR NAMBE 527 TRI CORNER BOWL – USA /9 INCH BOWL
found this at goodwill today for $4.99 and this same bowl is on the nambe website and retails for $150.00 , wow what another great find :0, this is also a design by RICHARD K. THOMAS.
I have several pieces of vintage Nambeware, including the 11″ version of this bowl, all of which I found at various Goodwills, none of which I paid more than five bucks for.
Display hint: Blue Magic metal polish will do wonders for spiffing up these older pieces.
This is one of my all-time favorite accessories, and believe it or not, I’ve never had one.
I need to rectify that one of these days.
The main characteristic of the Scandinavian design is the organic form of furniture and objects, as I already wrote in Alvar Aalto vs Ikea and The first Aalto House, the Greatest Inspiration for Your Mid Century House , Alvar Aalto was one of the first designers to be inspired by the natural organic shapes and to adopt them for his works. The Savoy vase is the most popular example.
Even if the organic forms were not new to the Alvar Aalto stylistic vocabulary, there have been many speculations about the origin of the vase’s shape: the trees, the water, Finland’s lakes. A point that Alvar Aalto never clarified. For sure, the undulate shapes often recurred in Aalto’s works especially within his laminated wooden furniture. The origin of its name, instead, is well known.
It comes form the Savoy Restaurant in Helsinki that Alvar Aalto was furnishing while participating at the glass design competition at the Paris World Fair of 1937 with the -future called- Savoy vase commissioned by the Finnish manufacturer Iittala. Alvar Aalto used many of them to furnish the restaurant -that’s why is called Savoy- and the fact that the vase won first prize in the competition made it even more popular.
Once upon a time I found one of these at my local Goodwill for two bucks. It’s still sitting on a side table in my living room.
If you haven’t noticed, Mid-Century Modern styling is de rigueur over at Apartment Therapy. But here at Unplggd, we don’t always get the opportunity to showcase MCM; it’s not like we could refurb an authentic 1950′s laptop table or anything. But one DIY designer wanted to imagine what computer furniture would look like if it had existed in the 1950s—and he wants your help getting the authenticity just right.
I used to collect 1970s high end electronics – Advent, Dual, Pioneer, Macintosh, Marantz – but the addiction threatened to take over my life, and so I forced myself to stop.
Orange and gold coffee table
Every once in a while you run across stuff like this in jumble stores, estate or garage sales, and you have no idea what its provenance might be.
But you buy it anyway because, well, actually it looks pretty cool.
Like the lamp. The chair? Whatever….
Oh, my lord. Would you look at that wall of electronics?
The rest of the room ain’t bad, either. I love wooden walls.
1960 Ford Thunderbird Convertible in Monte Carlo Red
1960 would be the T-bird’s best sales year to date, a record it would hold until the 1977 model year.
Total production: 92,843
Hardtop: 78,447 ($3,755)
Convertible: 11,860 ($4,222)
Sunroof Hardtop: 2,536 ($3,967)
This would have been perfect to park in the driveway of your brand new MCM home. Or better, mine.
I sure do. Our first TV looked a lot like this one.
Heh. In this day and age, a “stand” designed just to hold your booze, cigs, and table lighter would probably be considered sinful.
I remember those days fondly, though.
Looking for some sweet vintage wares to add a real retro detail or two to your modern home? We’re liking the items available in the Etsy store Cast & Crew. They’ve got a simple catalog of items, from Mid-Century Modern furniture pieces to fox pelts to old technology. Their art direction of their images is also very inspiring. We’ve already spotted a few things we’d like from this store!
Actually, me, too!
I trim the grass when needed with a pair of scissors. It’s the easiest lawn mowing gig I’ve ever had.
The key is to not over-water it. Since there’s no drainage, if you’re too generous, the water will build-up and drown the grass. About once a week, squeeze off a few drops of H2O from a damp cloth. Depending on the depth of your caddy, you may consider putting in a few small pebbles before adding the soil to give the water a place to escape to.
My abode gets tons of natural light so I leave it in place. You may need to keep yours in a window while it’s not adorning your table.
Original MCM table-setting strategies can be hard to come up with. Here’s a good one.
Could this have been Don Draper’s PC? This question was posed by computer designer Jeffrey Stephenson, after he accepted a challenge to build something in the Mid-Century Modern style
A little goofy, maybe, but still cool. Altough I think big, clunky desktop computers are on the way out.
The Modernica Case Study Planter’s simple, clean, cylindrical and are perfect to suit any modern or classic homes.
These are very nice. Modernica’s Case Study line is one of my favorite resources for all things MCM.
Among the many Mid-Century designers working in metal and ceramic home decor are Eva Zeisel (1906- ) and Russell Wright (1904-1976). Zeisel’s Century Collection designed in 1952 was re-released by Crate & Barrel. Fiestaware, by Homer Laughlin, was first introduced in 1936, and extremely popular as a collectible, is also back in production.
I think it’s great that you can get this stuff on reissues. It’s damned near impossible to find complete original sets any longer – but they sure look great on your MCM tables.
The fabulous Quadraflex – Eames designed stereo speakers:
Bet you didn’t know Eames designed hi fi speakers, did you?
Finding good art to hang on the walls of your MCM home is not as easy as it looks. Here is another possibility for you to check out.