What attracted you to MCM design?
Well, I ‘m mid-century in age (51) LOL. Actually, I was lucky enough to be in the Design program at UCLA in the early 80s, and was fortunate to have as professors and mentors, Don Chadwick (noted Herman Miller designer and creator of the Aeron Chair, the Chadwick Chair, Modular Seating) graphic designer John Neuhart (associate of Charles and Ray Eames in Venice, CA), along with noted lighting designer Ron Rezek (Artemide, Modern Fan Co.). While at UCLA, I also worked for Ron Rezek in Culver City.
John Neuhart was actually in the process of closing down and cataloging the work and legacy of the Eames Office in Venice at that time, and was working closely with his wife Marilyn Neuhart, and Ray Eames in that endeavor.
Favorite designers and biggest influences for your style?
By far and away, Charles and Ray Eames, Followed by George Nelson, Richard Neutra, Harry Bertoia, and also a shout out to the builder, Joseph Eichler.
How do you feel about reproductions?
I’m both hot and cold on them. On one level, these products were meant for mass appeal, middle class utility and functionality. And now that they are treated as expensive treasures, well, reproductions offer access to these gems at a lower price point. I guess the most important thing is quality and accuracy, not cheap knock offs.
Furniture wise, what do you think is something you should invest in?
I am still searching for the perfect MCM sofa out there.
Where are your favorite places to shop for home décor?
Craigslist is the best place to source and find deals, but you have to be vigilant. Never underestimate garage sales either.
What are some of your best finds? From where?
My elephant hide-grey RAR rocker, a lucky low bid on eBay a few years ago.
Future goals/ projects?
Well, I’m looking to move now after 7 years here, and buy a small home, so stay tuned!
Do you have any home inspiration recommendations for our readers?
If you are passionate, you can take any space and make it truly yours. I think the best design solutions are eclectic, mixes of many styles and interests that reflect the habitants’ personalities. Don’t became a slave to any style and remember “good design” should fit well, be at home, in a variety of settings, a mid-century piece, a decoration, can fit in fine almost anywhere.
Advice and last words?
Smile, be yourself and have fun with all this. MCM has a light hearted, carefree nature to it, and a bit of whimsy, and those are reminders to be that way too.
Thanks so much to Tom for sharing his home and his wonderful story with us. Both were very beautiful!
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