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Growing tired of mid-century modern...

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by akatsuki, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. akatsuki

    akatsuki Senior member

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    I agree that people make a home warm and inviting.

    But, there is a difference in how I feel when I walk into certain homes compared to others. A lot of the mid century modern stuff (among other styles) just feels lifeless.


    Even so, it is better than Bauhaus - the leather and steel thing is almost painful in the austere modern places it is used.
     
  2. Milpool

    Milpool Senior member

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    Even so, it is better than Bauhaus - the leather and steel thing is almost painful in the austere modern places it is used.

    Bauhaus is also pretty darned lifeless. I'm not sure I can say it is better or worse than MCM. . . I'd hate to live in either.
     
  3. mordecai

    mordecai Senior member

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    gotta go eclectic. every style has its own set of problems if done too literally.
     
  4. tiecollector

    tiecollector Senior member

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    Mixing of styles does offer the potential of a most unique setting. I just wonder though if eclectic isn't starting to become a bit of a formula style?

    Yeah, the whole eclectic thing is starting to take off. Most of it ends up looking like a thrift store though.

    Any style can be really nice, but most MCM is just being copied off of apartment therapy house tours. It still look nice though.
     
  5. Pantisocrat

    Pantisocrat Senior member

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    The Bauhaus were early modernists but they still believe in decoration and form. Most of the stuff, esp. consumer products and architecture, that came out of the 50s took Le Corbusier's ideology to the extreme and we now have a lot of designs built for looks rather than emotional and material comfort. God, I hate those greenhouse boxes made of glass and midget height furniture. That said, without MCM, there would not be 21st century blobitecture, which will be looked upon with the same fascination in the 22nd century that most of us see the Weimar Bauhaus today. I think everything has a place and really people who are true electicist would not produce a seemingly electic living space. Good designs would remain good designs, and many people would not recognize its age. Take one of Marcel Breuer's desk chairs and pair it with George Nakashima tables, the result is a very contemporary look despite the historicism of both designs. Like a bespoke shirt, it's about pleasing the person that lives with the settings. The downfall of MCM is that it started as a uniquely Hollywood/Jewish upperclass design landscape which others soon copied without understanding why it worked for the original designers/commisioners. The Eames just made it more accessible to everyone.
     
  6. shoreman1782

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    Looking like a thrift store is not necessarily a problem.

    The issue I have with eclectic--when it's done well it showcases personal quirks and is a good counterpoint to "buy-a-room" furnishing or the arid collectorism of perfect design-era coherence (esp with mid century). Mixing up antiques, vintage, vintage-styled, and other furniture/decor is also more realistic for most people, and it's silly to "aspire" to a home reflecting a lifestyle you don't live.

    But sometimes eclectic is just an excuse to show off how broad your good taste is. And that's dumb.

    This could apply to clothing as well.
     
  7. celery

    celery Senior member

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    mid-century modern when done right is amazing. but i can see where you're coming from.

    if you haven't seen it already, you might get a kick out of this: http://unhappyhipsters.com/

    -Jeff


    Maybe I haven't met any, or at least, real ones, but how are these people hipsters? It seems to me the only person behaving like a hipster is the blog owner writing those lame comments.

    Most of those places are very nice, but they are obviously spotless due to being photographed for a magazine.
     
  8. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Maybe I haven't met any, or at least, real ones, but how are these people hipsters? It seems to me the only person behaving like a hipster is the blog owner writing those lame comments.

    Most of those places are very nice, but they are obviously spotless due to being photographed for a magazine.


    Its a great blog if you ignore the author.

    I think of the designs are a bit extreme, I dont want to own most of them, but there are some gems in there, really not to over the top modern.

    Modern maybe becoming trendy again, and affordable now that places like West Elm are knocking off good design with very poorly made attempts at it.

    one of my friends apartments is very simplistic, minimal but not overly modern. It doesnt have lacquered white everything or any gimmicky design elements.

    I like design elements and lacquered white finishes, but not the extreme in some of those pictures.
     
  9. kaiserkarl

    kaiserkarl Senior member

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    i'm at eclectic with just a few eames/ starck pieces. lots of hand me downs/ items bought from family members that have come into ruin. like a going out of business sale.

    i want to paint everything white and go shabby chic but thats more of a decision based on the fixtures of my place. if i bought a new place though i would love to go english bespoke.

    http://www.soane.co.uk/Shop/Default.aspx
     
  10. designprofessor

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    I'm basking in Empire.....
     
  11. Monaco

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    I think Modern architecture and design/style is cool to look at in dream home magazines and online pictures but definitely not an inviting, warm environment to welcome you home everyday. I myself prefer spanish architecture and warm, interior design with traditional American ques.

    I still don't get modern design, definitely cannot imagine a completely white house with a bunch of white or funky colored furniture with minimalist spacing. I have a friend that has a very nice house in the hills of Laguna Beach, it was styled modern on the inside with a bunch of freaky colors, very very uninviting and cold, I could not, for the life of me, get myself comfortable in that house.
     
  12. johnapril

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    I want a house built with a hose bib in the interior so I can just jet spray the whole thing clean.
     
  13. gamelan

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    MCM done right. a unit in Gregory Ain's 1947 Avenel Housing Coop here in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. and this one is not as nice as the one that sold last year. for the curious, it's 745K in a little less than 1K sq ft. i think it's overpriced for the neighborhood but the previous one sold for $689K IIRC.

    still, what i wouldn't give to live in one of these...

    http://www.redfin.com/CA/Los-Angeles...9/home/7063860

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    previous unit:

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    -Jeff
     
  14. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    Love that place, Jeff. Thanks for posting.
     
  15. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I was in a trend meeting with a major home decor company yesterday. We were looking at research showing victorian and classic british prints tweaked with more modern color and scale. It was mixed with some clean MCM elements but evolving forward into a fresh look.
     
  16. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    MCM done right. a unit in Gregory Ain's 1947 Avenel Housing Coop here in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. and this one is not as nice as the one that sold last year. for the curious, it's 745K in a little less than 1K sq ft. i think it's overpriced for the neighborhood but the previous one sold for $689K IIRC.

    still, what i wouldn't give to live in one of these...

    http://www.redfin.com/CA/Los-Angeles...9/home/7063860


    There are some nice things in the house, but the space itself doesn't do it for me. The previous one is far superior, I think.
     
  17. hypersonic

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    So any interior designers/architects here seeing new trends? Will the whole never-quite-there 80s revival thing in clothes translate over to homes?


    I, for one, think it most certainly will.

    Late '70s and '80s furniture design is totally dominated by the Italians (or designers working in Italy for Italian firms)

    Michael Graves:
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    Gaetano Pesce:
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    Matteo Thun:
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    Ettore Sottsass:
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    Shiro Kuramata:
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    Toshiyuki Kita:
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    Michele de Lucchi:
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    Aldo Rossi:
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    Mario Botta:
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    Robert Venturi:
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