Archive | March, 2011

Community: Visual Acoustics

24 Mar

Our friend Gretchen is helping put on a showing of Visual Acoustics at the Crocker Art Museum. Stop by and say hello.

From the Facebook event page:

A special screening of the documentary “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman” will be held at the Crocker Art Museum on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM. This film celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, whose photographs brought modern architecture and progressive architects into American mainstream. Director Eric Bricker will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion. Anyone with an inter…est in Modernism, photography, architecture, and design should enjoy this film.

Part of Crocker Art Museum’s Film Frame series during “Thursdays ’til 9”, Visual Acoustics is being presented in collaboration with SacMod — an organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and protecting modern art, architecture and design in the Sacramento region — and AIA Central Valley, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Tickets to the event are $6 for Crocker Art Museum members and $12 for non-members. Admission to the film includes admission to the museum, which will be open until 9:00pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the Crocker Cafe until 8:45 PM. For more information and to order tickets online, go to

Homes, Sweet Homes: Tom Cappelletti

21 Mar

Who was nice enough to show us around: Tom Cappelletti. He is a very awesome professor of design and I’m hoping we can do an update when he settles into his new place.

What they told us about their home: It is beautiful studio apartment with the perfect location. Tom thought it was made in the 1930’s and said that his unit is the only one that still contains the original hardwood floors (which are in excellent condition, by the way).

Where is the home located: Curtis Park, Sacramento, California

When was the home built and when they moved in: Built in 1930’s, moved in February 6th, 2004.

Why they chose this home: Tom had lived in NYC, SF and LA and e couldn’t believe that he could have such a beautiful apartment for such an inexpensive price. After checking out many other apartments, he decided on this one.

Photos by Joe Mountain.


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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!

If you’re interested in having your home featured on the blog, shoot me an e-mail at:

Gettin’ busy on that Craigslist.

20 Mar

$25.00 Cosco stool.

This daybed has some frenchy inspired (dare I say – shabby chic!?) style, but is $100.00 in Willow Glen.

$40.00 coffee table in Aptos. Ikea? Who knows, it’s cheap!

four super 70’s dinette chairs for $150.00 in SF.

$150.00 for the three items in the Bay Area. No brand, no names, just cheap prices, y’knaw mean?

Vintage stereo converted to a bar. $175.00 in San Leandro.

$30.00 unit. Crappy handles need to be replaced but apparently otherwise in good condition. In San Rafael.

$200.00 big ol’ black ottoman in Oakland. Sleeky doodles.

$40.00 each for these side tables in the East Bay.

$175.00 big walnut hutch in Elk Grove.

Streng duplex in Natomas for rent

20 Mar

Alan and I are looking to move to a different neighborhood, and so I’ve been scouring Craigslist with Toni to find a nice little two bedroom. Of course that means lurking the Strengs in Natomas. This one is a two bedroom, one and a half bathroom for $960.00 a month. A little too far for us, but someone could get one spacious delight of a half-housey.

Recreate this room!

18 Mar

I can’t go thrifting as much anymore because of my job, and it’s kinda bumming me out. Not as many Around Town posts anymore, doggs (SADFACE).

So to replace going out and thrifting, I thought I’ll just sift through the internet and find rad apartments filled with Mid Century or cool vintage items, and then find similar items online that you can buy. Is that creepy? YES. But it’s kind of like internet thrifting… maybe.
Anyway, here’s my first go at it!

Here is the room I'll be pulling inspiration and the look from!

Alright so let’s start off with that bootiful yellow chair in the corner.

Look how it’s already set up with that sexy narrow pillow. *Meow. This chair is going for 175.00 in the mission district.


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Tasteful Little Tanker

18 Mar

Okay so “little” may be an exaggeration – perhaps “GINORMOUS.”
This tanker is going for only $60.00 in Stockton. Green top, metal body, and hundreds of pounds of love.

Happy birthday, Rose!

18 Mar

Stereo cabinets, lamps, and chairs – oh my.

17 Mar

$150.00! $150.00! $150.00! Damn girl!

Crazy Howell brand super 70’s lucite table set. Oh it’s fabulous. A painful $900.00 in Chico though.

Simple and cute. $120.00 in West Sacramento.

Rose – were you telling me about this thing? $100.00 in Natomas.

DANG it’s beautiful. If I had the $680.00 laying around, I’d be fighting you all for it. $680.00 OBO in Fair Oaks.

$125.00 Jere wall sculpture in the land of Lincoln.

It’s not vintage, but dang it’s CHEAP and RAD. $20.00 West Elm lamp in Natomas.

Sucker needs to be refinished somethin’ FIERCE and could go for a price drop. But it’s currently $225.00 in Vacaville.

Sacramento and below!

16 Mar

$35.00 in San Francisco. Weird little dude.

Oh dang! Them legs are DANGEROUS! $45.00 in Bernal Heights, SF.

$200.00 Drexel end table. So curvy.. in Fremont.

Alright – so here’s this bookshelf, possibly from the 90’s, but I think it’d be a fantastic room divider. Throw some lamps, books and vases on that bad boy, divide up some big boring spaces. It’s $125.00 in Vacaville.

Craigslist: Zenith record player-175.00

15 Mar

“Selling a vintage 1960’s era Zenith console stereo with AM/FM radio and foldout turntable. In great condition. Everything works!!! Foldout speakers and storage space for your records too! Smoke free home. Asking 175.00 obo.”

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