mid-century modern

mid-century modern

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Learn how a distinctive mid-century home inspired by the Sarasota School of Architecture is flawlessly restored and improved for fresh, 21st-century perfection.

 

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Paul Keyes, a member of our Garden Design Advisory Board and a landscape architect, writes about how a PBS documentary about Philip Johnson ended up serving as a lifelong inspiration for him in his work. (Above, Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut.)

An outdoor desk chair?  In fact, Charles and Ray Eames’ 1958 aluminums chairs, now so ingrained in office culture, were designed for patios, moving inside only after the seat fabric they tested failed to stand up to weather. With advances in synthetics, Herman Miller is reintroducing the chairs for outside living—and, yes, working. “Mobile technology is changing where and how we work,” says Herman Miller spokesman Mark Schurman.
It's a bonanza month for design films buffs! We have the trailer for Eames: The Architect and The Painter about the husband-and-wife team of Ray and Charles Eames (above). Plus: Women in the Dirtabout seven landscape designers.
Heath Ceramics, the Californian pottery company, teamed up with type foundry House Industries to create two lines of ceramic house numbers, based on the 'Neura' and 'Eames' typefaces. Chic and functional, they can withstand all climates.
Judy Kameon transforms a Beverly Hills midcentury modern glass-and-concrete house's garden into an elegant and comfortable space.
The Miller House, designed by Eero Saarinen, has a landmark Modernist garden designed by Dan Kiley. This month, May 2011, the house and garden are opening to the public for tours for the first time in 50 years, allowing visitors to walk through this triumph of mid-century Modern design.