While some midcentury gems merely need a spruce up, others require a complete overhaul. Here are 5 that have gained new life, inside and out. Get inspired checking this mid-century modern houses – lovely combination!
An architectural designer and an artist harnessed the collective power of their design firm to remake a dilapidated mid-century gem into a hillside perch for their family. With a nod to the natural skew of the cliffs nearby, the roof creases inward on the edges, with folds called crickets. The design is twofold: The lower roof utilizes a number of super-integrated gutters and the upper roof collects rainwater.
Dieter Rams’s modular 620 Chair Programme, from the 1960s, takes center stage in the Alford-Young family’s living room. The set is accompanied by Artemide’s classic Tolomeo floor lamp and a Portofino Bergère chair that was designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti. The rolling glass doors running the length of the room are from Fleetwood.
This classic mid-century modern home in Lakewood, Washington, had great “bones” that had been compromised by subsequent remodels. The bathrooms were dated, the hallway was gloomy, and the kitchen was practically non-functional. DeForest Architects updated the 2,400-square-foot home that honors its roots. A bank of cabinets was replaced with a wall of glass, flooding the main hall with natural light and opening it to the courtyard. The vintage number 2 was salvaged from a theater marquee.
In the classic mid-century home, new doors and windows and a simplified palette lend the master bedroom—which retains the lines of the original mid-century modern house—a calm, unfussy elegance.
Eero Saarinen’s legendary Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, opened to the public in May 2011 for the first time. The dining room centers around a custom Saarinen-designed marble-and-terrazzo table ringed by Tulip chairs. Overhead is a Venini chandelier.
Jennifer and Mattias Segerholt’s midcentury house in Portland has a distinctly Eichler-like bent. “We’re trying to pretend this is our little ray of sunshine in the middle of Portland,” says Jennifer, with Mattias and Moa, of the couple’s renovated mid-century abode. The sofa is by Florence Knoll for Knoll.
Seeking a modern shell for their mid-century pieces, a pair of collectors found a relatively untouched Eichler in San Rafael, California—and a built-in excuse to acquire more furniture. For the updated sitting room of the Eichler, the resident wanted a sculptural element that would show up against the dark hue. So he assembled his white Algues set, designed by the Bouroullec brothers for Vitra with pillow by Judy Ross.
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