Modern Style 57 Ideabooks

What it is: Midcentury modern style reappeared on our radar screens more than a decade ago, but the wildly popular show Mad Men has pushed it even farther into the limelight. Just as the name implies, it spanned a period of roughly two and a half decades in the middle of the 20th century, from the mid-1940s...
Making New Memories at a Midcentury Palm Springs Hotel
Since the advent of Modernism Week nine years ago, Palm Springs, California, has become the epicenter for all things midcentury modern. From February 13 to 23, 2014, the city will play host to the latest edition, as more than 40,000...
The Best Design Shopping in Palm Springs
Each February brings Modernism Week to Palm Springs, California, and with it more than 40,000 pilgrims in search of midcentury modern design. Now in its ninth year, Modernism Week has put Palm Springs on the...
Out-of-This-World Decorating: Space Age Style for Today
There was a time, not so long ago, when the sky wasn’t the limit. Inspired by the mid-20th-century space age, designers incorporated whirling starbursts into everything from wall clocks to teacups, while luminous flying saucers and floating...
Milo Baughman: The Cary Grant of Furniture Design
If you’re looking to inject a bit of Hollywood-style glamour into your home, you might want to add a piece or two by Milo Baughman, the hugely popular American designer whose affordable...
Case Study: Turn Your Wall Colors Into Art
When lead designer Chelsie Lee started working on this Brooklyn brownstone, she needed color — lots of it. The homeowners loved traveling, pop art and vibrant color palettes, so Lee combined those themes into a bold technique: color-blocked walls. Using...
In Austin, a Backyard Wall Provides More Than Privacy
We put up walls to divide space, to enclose or drive things away. In this Austin backyard, however, an 8-foot-tall wall brings everything together. An unsightly three-story apartment building behind a family's newly renovated bungalow demanded...
Houzz Tour: An Ingenious Entire-Apartment 'Hack' in Greece
Rather than buy a bunch of furniture for their new rented apartment, Panagiotis Chatzitsakyris and Stelina Tsifti built it — every piece. They loved this open and bright third-floor unit in Greece, but the lack of architectural detail was discouraging....
New Classics: The 9093 Teakettle
In 1985 The Cosby Show was number one in the ratings, the Live Aid concert happened, Back to the Future was the highest-grossing movie, I was sporting a short, asymmetrical New Wave hairdo and Michael Graves became the first American designer...
Modern Icons: Isamu Noguchi's Akari Light Sculptures
Isamu Noguchi was a Japanese American sculptor who used a variety of materials and drew inspiration from a range of works around the world. Trips to Japan influenced the way he looked at lighting, particularly a trip to Gifu, where he admired lanterns...
My Houzz: Rescue Success for a Historical Rotterdam Home
Once barely habitable, this historical Rotterdam, Netherlands, house now boasts a modern interior with its original bones. Architects Fabiana Toni and Rocco Reukema bought it as part...
Houzz Tour: The Case of the Disappearing Clutter in Toronto
Architect Tony Round admits that there's nothing romantic about a home renovation, especially if you're an architect. "I renovated with my wife, who is also an architect — you could say that...
9 Gorgeously Modern Kitchen Fireplaces
Few elements say "dream kitchen" in the way that a fireplace does. They represent the ultimate in comfort and coziness, and satisfy a primal longing to gather around a hearth. When most people think of...
Modern Homes Embrace Mixed Views on Windows
Modern residential architecture may be perceived as glass walls, but most houses of the ilk have smaller windows, rather than full window walls. Which leads to the question, Why one window versus another one? Should a window be tall, wide, narrow, square,...
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