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See the John Storer Residence – the Most Expensive FLW House in the World

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Resembling a modern version of a medieval castle, Frank Lloyd Wright’s John Storer Residence broke records when it sold for $6.8million in February. The 2,967 sq ft home was designed in 1923 and has now become the most expensive FLW design to date.

Constructed of intricately-detailed textile blocks inside and out, the structure is both imposing and interesting. Each surface is ablaze with textures and details, which is what makes the home so unique. See the photos below and give us your opinion – was it worth it?

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All photos courtesy of Los Angeles Times.

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Repost: Curbed Explains Why Mid-Century Modern Drives us Wild

Our favorite design, architecture, and real estate blog Curbed recently published this delightfully informative article about mid-century modernism and we could not help ourselves. This deserves a repost!

“Mid-century modern itself is a difficult term to define. It broadly describes architecture, furniture, and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century (roughly 1933 to 1965, though some would argue the period is specifically limited to 1947 to 1957). The timeframe is a modifier for the larger modernist movement, which has roots in the Industrial Revolution at the end of the 19th century and also in the post-World War I period.

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‘Midcentury Modern: Furniture of the 1950s’ by Cara Greenberg.

Author Cara Greenberg coined the phrase “midcentury modern” as the title for her 1984 book, Midcentury Modern: Furniture of the 1950s. In 1983, Greenberg had written a piece for Metropolitan Home about 1950s furniture, and an editor at Crown urged her to write a book on the topic. As for the phrase “midcentury modern,” Greenberg “just made that up as the book’s title,” she says…  The book was an immediate hit, selling more than 100,000 copies, and once “midcentury modern” entered the lexicon, the phrase was quickly adopted by both the design world and the mainstream.

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Why does midcentury modern continue to be popular, and why have contemporary retailers and manufacturers embraced its clean-lined look so emphatically? Midcentury pieces are simply well-designed objects, with a timeless look, says Sotheby’s Holdeman. “[Midcentury modern designs] sit very well in contemporary homes and interiors—they still feel fresh today, they still feel modern. A lot of those pieces haven’t been bettered. They still stand the test of time.”

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MoMA’s “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” exhibition, which opened in 1941. Photo via Pointed Leaf Press.

Familiarity is also a factor in midcentury’s enduring popularity. Baby boomers who grew up with midcentury designs are certainly part of the market for both the originals and the reproductions. For this generation, the designs are a direct connection to their youth. Generation X can also be blamed for midcentury’s more recent prevalence. In a 1998 article about Gen X’s interest in midcentury design, interior designer Jim Walrod hypothesized that the appeal of the period to “Generation X, even those without knowledge of its origins, is natural because of ”an invisible reference point” young people acquired after years of exposure to the art direction of old movies and television shows, not to mention the teak and stainless-steel contents of their parents’ living rooms.” With “midcentury modern” designs available at retailers like West Elm, the period’s look is also being marketed to millennials.

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Midcentury modern design, as shown in ‘House Beautiful’ issues from 1960.

“It’s largely connected to the contemporary art world—the way in which those two categories complement each other.” A Damien Hirst or a Jeff Koons is going to look more at home with a Prouvé chair than a Louis XIV one, so contemporary art collectors have embraced the period.

The trend toward urban living may also be part of what keeps the midcentury look alive. “The designs were conceived for the smaller post-war home,” says Greenberg, who notes that they were designed to be mobile and lightweight for city residents who moved frequently. “All of that still plays into the way we live today.”

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Read the entire article by Laura Fenton on Curbed.com.

 

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Instagram and Win at Downtown Modernism!

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Do you need a new Case Study Ceramic® Cylinder in your life? We thought so. Winning is easy at Downtown Modernism! While you’re shopping at the big event on May 31st, just post a photo of your favorite product find to Instagram, tag it #DowntownModernism and shout out to @Modernica. That’s all you have to do to enter!

A winner will be selected at random and announced the following week. Find out more about Downtown Modernism below:

Downtown Modernism

  • Date: Sunday, May 31st
  • Time: 8am-2pm
  • Location: 2901 Saco Street Los Angeles, CA 90058
  • Parking: Free, on site
  • Admission: Adults $5, Children 12 and under Free

 

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Outdoor Entertaining in Mid-Century Style

It’s officially summer, and time to take the party outdoors to enjoy long days of heat and sunshine! Today we’d like to take some inspiration for outdoor entertaining from our mid-century predecessors.

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Photo courtesy of Andrew Ledford.

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Photo courtesy of Roger Wilkerson.

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Photo courtesy of Mid-Century Modern Freak.

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Photo courtesy of Mid-Century Home.

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Photo courtesy of Mid-Century Living.

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Photo courtesy of MoMa.

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Photo courtesy of Popular Home, 1957.

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Photo courtesy of Mid-Century Modern Freak.

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Photo courtesy of Mid-Century Modern Freak.

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Photo courtesy of MoMa.

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Photo courtesy of Dwell.

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Photo courtesy of Ava Heart.

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Photo courtesy of Dwell.

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Photo courtesy of @Suburbman on Flickr.

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Photo courtesy of Roger Wilkerson.

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Iconic Los Angeles: Historic Mid-Century Residences

California Modernism was a design and architectural style that forever changed Los Angeles. To this day, many of the most renowned mid-century modern homes in the country are in and around the City of Angels. One of the neighborhoods that received the most attention at the time was called Trousdale Estates, which was Hollywood’s favorite modernist community for years after its launch in 1954.

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Image courtesy of the New York Times.

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A. Quincy Jones designed Model Home for Trousdale Estates, 1954. Photo courtesy of Get the Five.

Trousdale Estates was intended for modern luxury from the moment ground was broken on the first lots. Only the best A-List architects of the time were chosen to build homes in the star-studded subdivision. Starchitects like Richard Dorman, Wallace Neff, Paul R. Williams, Cliff May, and A. Quincy Jones were commissioned to build homes for the likes of Groucho Marx, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin.

Although the famous neighborhood fell out of popularity in the 1970s, it has recently come back into vogue, like all things mid-century modern. Many of the estates are newly-restored and almost as spectacular today as they were in the 1950s.

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Trousdale Estates under construction, 1956. Photo courtesy of the New York Times.

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Irving Shafer’s residence designed by James Dolena in 1957. Photo courtesy of the New York Times.

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Interior view Frank Sinatra’s 1956 home by Paul Williams – now destroyed. Photo courtesy of Trousdale Over the Top.

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Harold W. Levitt designed house in 1958. Photo by Julius Shulman.

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Originally Groucho Marx’s House, designed by Wallace Neff in 1956. Photo courtesy of Get the Five.

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Originally Groucho Marx’s House, designed by Wallace Neff in 1956. Photo courtesy of Get the Five.

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Home designed in 1960 by William Stephenson. Photo courtesy of Curbed.

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Home designed in 1956 by Harold Levitt­ and currently owned by Ellen DeGeneres. Photo courtesy of the New York Times.

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Isabel Trust Residence, designed by W. McAllister in 1957. Photo courtesy of Marmol Radziner.

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Residence originally owned by Elvis Presley and designed by Rex Lotery in 1958. Photo courtesy of Get the Five.

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