Mid-Century Modernism is ubiquitous – from Ikea to West Elm, Architectural Digest to Houzz, the sleek, clean style remains atop interior design charts almost ten years after its resurgence began (often accredited to the onset of Mad Men in 2007). This article provides a crash course in the movement's important figures, furniture and interior design styles. Continue Reading
Got a web designer girlfriend? A graphic designer brother? We’ve rounded up our favorite gifts for the aesthetically inclined… and all for under $25!
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Whether your Eames wire chair has seen better days or you just feel like having some fun with your furniture, this DIY idea offers a clever handmade touch!
Akira Ishikawa is credited with this idea* (
though we can’t find a link–if you can dig one up, please share big thank you to CheesePirate for hunting down the link!) over on ReCraft. What purists may call blasphemous, I call a playful, non-permanent way of mixing things up on the decor front! Continue Reading
Okay my fellow Curblians, today we embark on a month-long how-to extravaganza of the outdoor decor variety! First up is my original design for an Eames-inspired trellis. It’s super easy to make, which means you don’t have to be an experienced carpenter to get fantastic results. So, without further ado….let’s get started!
- 5 – 4′ long 3/4″ wood doweling
- 1′ long 3/16″ doweling
- 1 – 6′ long 1″ x 2″ select pine
- 10 – wooden knobs/dolls heads with a 3/16″ hole at the bottom that are 1-1/4″ in diameter (I found mine at my local craft store)
- saw (hand, miter…whatever you have on hand will do)
- 3/4″ and 3/16″ drill bits
- 20 – 1″ brad nails
- tape measure
- sand paper – 120 grit OR an electric sander
- water-proof glue
- latex primer
- white exterior paint
- weather resistant acrylic gloss in red, pink, black, yellow and navy blue (I used craft acrylic gloss craft paint found at the craft store)
- paint brush(es) etc.
It’s Modernism month on Curbly, and we’re exploring what it means to talk about modern design for the home. This week, we’re offering a really cool booklet of twenty-four iconic modern design silhouettes, along with the vector files we used to make them! We chose all our favorite designs by Eames, Nelson, Saarinen, and the best of the mid-century designers. Read on to see how to download the files.
You can use these however you want; print out the PDF and put it on your coffee table, make a calendar out of it, use them in any number of craft and art projects, or frame them as posters! Continue Reading
Two birds, one stone? Puh-lease! You can’t throw a rock at Mid-Century Modern without hitting at least three Eames pieces. Maybe more if you’re really good. While their furniture designs are beyond iconic, Ray Eames’ textile designs are relatively less-so. Relatively being the operative word. While throwing down on a bold Eames Dot fabric for a home decor project is probably not in the budget at $135/yard, that doesn’t mean those playful dots can’t find a place somewhere in your home. Continue Reading
In my opinion, the most loved and easily recognized and furniture designers of the Mid-Century are Charles and Ray Eames. Together, they had the Midas touch when it came to home furnishings; if the Eames’ designed it, it became a classic.
If you aren’t lucky enough to own an actual Eames Chair of any variety, how about using their images as decor?
You guys, I am so stoked about this gift guide! From art to books to pottery, we’ve rounded up a collection of gift ideas that are sure to delight the Mid-Century Modern enthusiast on your list. Get your clicker fingers ready, because this is going to be awesome.
First up are these gorgeous ampersand cutting boards from House Industries, one of my favorite type foundries (and the folks behind Curbly’s signature font: Neutraface). Solid maple and 1.5 inches thick, these bad boys would definitely make a statement in any modernist’s kitchen. Continue Reading
The Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) set by Herman Miller is, to me, not only the most iconic piece of mid-century design, but the most perfect piece of furniture. Ever. And a new one in cherry or walnut start at $3,000, and a 50th anniversary chair in Santos Palisander rosewood starts at about $4,500, with authentic vintage chairs fetching that much or more.
My new-to-me Frank Doerner copy, on the other hand, cost me just over $100. Continue Reading