Mid century. I am very excited about this right now as we are looking for a mid-century modern design house. We went out yesterday with a great agent and all around renaissance women, Lisa Vail, http://lisagrantvail.yourkwagent.com/. We visited some awesome homes. We saw: one house was designed by a famous architect(more on this at another time), a diamond in the rough, and a couple of nifty tricks to turn a misplaced element into a modern design element.
Here is the definition, of mid century modern, from Wiki:
Mid-Century modern is an architectural, interior and product design form that generally describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture, and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965. The term was coined in 1983 by Cara Greenberg for the title of her ground-breaking book, Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s (Random House), celebrating the style which is now recognized by scholars and museums worldwide as a significant design movement.
Mid-century architecture was a further development of Frank Lloyd Wright’s principles of organic architecture combined with many elements reflected in the International and Bauhaus movements. Mid-century modernism, however, was much more organic in form and less formal than the International Style. Scandinavian architects were very influential at this time, with a style characterized by clean simplicity and integration with nature. Like many of Wright’s designs, Mid-Century architecture was frequently employed in residential structures with the goal of bringing modernism into America’s post-war suburbs. This style emphasized creating structures with ample windows and open floor-plans with the intention of opening up interior spaces and bringing the outdoors in. Many Mid-century houses utilized then-groundbreaking post and beam architectural design that eliminated bulky support walls in favor of walls seemingly made of glass. Function was as important as form in Mid-Century designs, with an emphasis placed specifically on targeting the needs of the average American family. Examples of residential Mid-Century modern architecture are frequently referred to as the California Modern style.
I am also looking over a great book this morning: A House for Life: Bringing the Spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright into your Home by John Rattenbury. This book not only contains wonderful pictures but imparts information that a person could use in building, designing, or re-designing a mid-century modern home. Rattenbury was originally a Wright apprentice who eventually became part of Wright’s inner circle. In fact, Rattenbury still resides at Taliesan West. He is one of the few people who personally worked with Wright who are still alive and live on the compound.
Of course be sure to look at last week’s blog picture of Tokyo in front of the Taliesan West sign. Check back soon as we’ll have more pictures of Taliesan and some from our outing.
If you have a term you wish discussed on a Tuesday, leave a blog comment and we’ll certainly consider the term for an upcoming Tuesday Term.