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Friday nights alright for craigslistin’

29 Jun

Everything is insanely overpriced on Craigslist right now. Sorry, folks. I don’t watch Mad Men, but I’m pretty sure it’s making everything more expensive for us all.

A valet with a dog’s face coming out of it! $20.00 in Citrus Heights.

$2100 Hans Wegner dining table with four chairs. Noice – this is almost a great price to own.

$400.00 big ol’ set in West Sacramento.

Plycraft knock-off browny browner for $400.00 in Lincoln.

$25.00 lil’ lamp in Folsom. Eh, next to a pretty radical clamtastic piece of art, there..

YA LIKE PROJECTS? Well here’s one – $250.00 for this Heywood Wakefield hutch and dining set. $250.00 for the hutch.

$300.00 for the table set with.. only three chairs? Enjoy the hunt and the restore, brah.

Yay, another one of these silly things. This one is $50.00. Watch out for CAPS OVERLOAD.


Paul Evans cubist/brutalist Lane set for $1750.00. This is a pretty sought after set, nice to see all the pieces together. Love the nightstands :D

Ice chippy gray dinette set in Elk Grove for $175.00

Apparently Craigslist is the new New York auction house. $900.00 credenza in Vacaville.

Drexel nightstands, $300.00 in Sacramento. Need a refinish – really? $300?

$800.00 Kopenhaven freedstanding shelving unit in Roseville.

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.

Florence Knoll: “I am not a decorator.”

13 Jan


I’ve started to wonder a little bit about the Knoll company after I realized I can not spell, nor pronounce, Eero Saarinen’s name. After a little research (wiki and Knolls website -WOKA, WOKA!!) I found I didn’t know anything about this dynamic company. Pictured above is Hans Knoll and his wife Florence. Hans started his furniture company under his name in 1938. Whilst this was happening, his future wife Florence was busy studying at Kingsfield, Cranbrook, and the Armour Institute where she received a degree in Architecture. She was a protegee of Eero Saarinen, and worked with big timer Bauhaus gents like Walter Gropius, Marcel Breur, and Wallace K. Harrison.
In an effort to bring in business during the war, Florence proposed to Hans that they work with architects by doing interior design. It was successful and the two married in 1946 and became full partners in the business. In 1955 Hans Knoll died in a car accident leaving Florence the President of the company until 1960. She remained the director of design until 1965. Florence contributed tons to the company by bringing in designers and big name clients. She also designed furniture for the company, helped with many of their textiles, and designed a lot of interiors and showrooms for Knoll.


Florence Knoll is most noted for some of the interiors she worked on when she ran the Knoll Planning Unit.


Photos taken from Burning Settler’s cabin
In 2002 Florence was awarded the National Medal of arts – CUZ SHE HELLA EARNED IT.
Decorativeartstrust.com

If you would like to know more about Florence and the Knoll Planning unit check out the decorative arts trust link provided above and Knoll’s website.

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.

http://www.amazon.com/Eames-Design-John-Neuhart/dp/0810908794

http://www.art-directory.info/design/don-chadwick-1936/index.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Rezek

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: midmodlove@yahoo.com

Around town: Thrift town/Uptown

16 Dec


We wanted to check out all the antique stores that were around this area. Sadly most of them had closed, moved locations, or were not open. Tabler was closed for the day so we kinda just window shopped.
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DO NOT WANT: …Rattan. Just can’t do it, guys.

20 Sep

(Original Post) $325.00 to complete all you Tiki God and Goddesses’ “lounges” and “pads.” I’m sorry, I just cannot like rattan, wicker, or tiki style. It’s the basis for all things kitschy and tacky, in my opinion.

I might have extra reason to hate the “bamboo eye torture,” though. My dad was born and raised in Hawaii and loved putting knick-knacks and schlock that reminded him of “da islands” around our house. A hollowed-out musical gourd sitting next to my embarrassing childhood photos. SHUDDEERR. Of course – no disrespect to my Dad’s heritage and culture, but everyone secretly hates their parent’s decor choices, right? We even had one entire wall in our living room covered in this thin woven grass material. How can you even buy that? The whole wall! Floor to ceiling! It got water damage and the cat used the wicker wall as a scratching post – she’d disappear behind a soji screen and you’d hear her clawing at it until someone would throw a well-guided shoe or household slipper behind the screen and she’d run out of the room. Ugh, it just all brings back so many bad design memories.

Rattan makes me think of Elvis Presley. Who in my mind is – sure – The King, but the King of clutter and bad baste. During the middle of the century’s infatuation with tropical paradises and dreams of sand between their toes, they adopted this terrible idea that their home in an American suburb could echo the far off island flavor. I blame those dreams for this:

YIKES!! AHH!

Ok, so this is better:

Good lines, nice wood – but.. still just too beachy keen for me.

Around Town: Alexander Girard at Urban Outfitters

2 Sep

I forgot about these rad pillows and duvets until now, but while I was out looking for “pretty lady things” to wear to Rose’s wedding, I saw these Alexander Girard designs. Holy pillow-oly.

Girard is an american-born textiles designer who worked for Henry Miller and the Eames brothers. He has also inspired some fantastic fonts!

So head on over to the Arden mall and throw down $38.00 and gets you some.

via wilsonart.com

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