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Marion Bataille’s ABC Pop-Up Book

28 Jan

This is a very recent book made by French graphic designer, Marion Bataille. The pop up book was published in 2008 through Roaring Book Press. Although it is not from the 1960’s it does resonate the witty playful spirit of Mid-Century Modern creatives.

You can purchase this book on Amazon or Barnes and Nobles. The highest price I seen this book go for was 18.00! That’s not bad at all!!!

Here is an amazing video of Marion using her hand made mock up. Check it out!

Alexander Girard-Le Fonda Del Sol

20 Jan

Alexander Girard was a fabulous designer that we here at Mimomito love. We did a small blurb about his pillow designs being sold by Urban Outfitters, but that’s not all we got for ya!

In 1960 Alexander Girard did this amazing identity system for Le Fonda Del Sol.

Le Fonda Del Sol was a restaurant located in New York’s Time Life building.

Here are some photos of the space!
Girard got the Eames Office to design this fanciful chair for Le Fonda’s Restaurant.

They were so amazing that they soon got mass produced and put in offices everywhere.

Just looking at the interior is making me get a lil’ frustrated with my sad brunch of weepy grapes and three cups of coffee. I’m  oozing envy, guys.
Even the matchbook is bootiful.

Hilarious advertisement that captures Girard’s playful spirit.

Le Fonda ceramics. SIGH.

I wish there were more old timey color photo’s that I could find of this place.
I bet they are amazing!
  Flor-Le Fonda Rug

House Industries Girard Blocks

Sadly, the original Le Fonda restaurant is long gone. Dry your eyes friend, don’t get too worked up just yet.  La Fonda still lives through products like the above that you can purchase online!
Click the links provided for more pictures and information.

Glimpses of the past on Retronaut

4 Jan

I just found the website Retronaut, and it feeds into one of my favorite hobbies: Getting lost in mid-century aesthetics, life, and livin’. They have photo collections organized by decade (0-1800 to 2010s) that feature ads, photographs, personal snapshots, and movie/theater stills of the era. It really gives you a full experience to see these photo collections side by side.There goes my afternoon.

Kitchens of 1950

American restaurants, cafes and diners, 1950s and 1960s

High School Fashions, 1969

Bell Labs, 1960s

mi casa, es su casa

7 Sep

I’m often asked when I’ll have my home featured on the blog and my answer is always, “I’m just not ready”. I realize that’s the lamest excuse, so today I’m going to provide you with a bit of a teaser. :) I’ll eventually have a whole “Homes, Sweet Homes” spread, but today I’m only going to share some amazing photos taken by oh-so-talented Jerome Loves Photography.

I purchased my home on July 17th, 2010. It’s a super cute 1951 tract home that is 833 sq ft. I’m taking my time in the decorating process, but here is what I’ve done so far:

Jerome made it look better than it actually is. But yeah, there’s my house. Let me know if you have any quetions about it. :)

Soak it in.

23 Jul

Trying to conjure up some design inspiration from looking at Eames and Herman Miller ads online for the Mimomito One Year Anniversary Party flyer, coming up in August! Let’s see how far my research gets me, eh?


Mo’ mobiles. For inspiration or consumption.

11 Jul

I’ve got like two pages of mobiles on etsy saved on the computer bug. I thought I’d put all that searching to good use and show some of ya’ll these fancy dangly majigs.

214.00 Get it?! They are peppers!

I imagine having a ceiling full of leaves. MAGICAL.

I just adore things that are all rustic and mystical like this.

This dude is called wise guy. He stands on his own two feet!

Simple and blonde.

16.00 I noticed the other day that I have started a pretty lengthy bird collection in my house. I find that odd because a couple years ago I was completely terrified of birds. Now they are all over the place. Imagine that.

68.00 Coloful mobile is colorful.

55.00 I realize this looks a lot like what it’s intended for. Baby like! Them colors though. MAH. I dig them. This mobile seems like it would be nice thrown in some lonely corner.

130.00 If you check out that post you can see other pictures of this guy moving (I like to think DANCING) about and it looks pretty wonderful. That ball at the bottom gives it some extra class!

Make it sound like “Bow Chicka Wow Wow”

4 May

So, I have this strong love for terrible radio rap. I know, strange, right? Anyway, I keep spotting all of this MCM furniture in many music videos and I’m going to start sharing them with you guys.

I promise I’ll occasionally throw in some good songs, too. ;)

Angela R. put up a Lil Wayne song today on FB and it somehow lead me to watching this music video. I’m not usually the biggest  fan of 70’s style for my own home, but that credenza/ console under the television is quite lovely.

Commemorative structures-WWII

2 May

Some of you may have already seen these really rad sculptures from Yugoslavia Via Crack Two , buuuut just in case you didn’t here is some eye candy to get you through the next hour or so of your Monday shift.

“These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (like Tjentište, Kozara and Kadinjača), or where concentration camps stood (like Jasenovac and Niš). They were designed by different sculptors (Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul, to name a few) and architects (Bogdan Bogdanović, Gradimir Medaković…), conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic.” Via Crack Two

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Inspiration: HGTV’s Rockin’ 50’s Redo

14 Feb

Singer of H2O gets his house redone 50’s style.Very cute!

Rad Coffee Table/Planter!

27 Jan

$375.00 in Sonoma. I’m a fan of throwing plants in the middle of things – atriums in the middle of your house, or plants in the middle of your coffee table. Sure! Imagine the succulent garden you could have living in this sucker. Oh my.

Here’s more eye fodder for the indoor/outdoor lovin’.

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