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Author: Lisa Williams

A Space Created in Nature and of Nature

Categories: Architecture + Interiors, Local + Travel
A Space Created in Nature and of Nature

When I think Spa I usually think of cedar wood steam rooms, neutral colors, and stacks of white towels. You can imagine how suprised I was to see this spa-like hotel in Austria. Known as Rogner’s Bad Blumau, this wellness spa and hotel is an architectural fantasy with colorful and — Continue reading

The Work of Leah Giberson

Categories: Art + Graphics
The Work of Leah Giberson

I was intrigued by the small glimpse I saw of her work on a blog. I love how the painting continues over the edge, where she then signs her name. Why not make the art and its frame one?   Pink Dream, $400 Her colors also appeal to me and — Continue reading

Come on, let’s have a Revolution…

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Come on, let’s have a Revolution…

Alabama Chanin uses an old practice; hand sewing, in a new way. Elaborate embroideries and fabric embellishments take already well-designed and fitted garments to a new level in her Revolution collection. Revolution Minis, $10,500 This coat, at a distance, looks exactly like a "salt & pepper" tweed while up close — Continue reading

The Little House That Survived

Categories: News + Events + Contests
The Little House That Survived

2008 This little white farm house has survived being moved across New York City on a trailer and having it’s front wall actually fall off during renovation. 1967 The owners; Ingrid and Sven Bernhard, loved their home so much that when in 1967, the Archdiocese of New York offered them — Continue reading

Valley Ho!

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Valley Ho!

Check out this amazing hotel that was saved from destruction, the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona. Built in  and designed by architect Edward L. Varney, this hotel was the setting of Hollywood actors’ Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner’s 1957 wedding reception. Now revived by Allen + Philp, it is — Continue reading

The Opposite of Stripped-down Style

Categories: Fashion + Trends
The Opposite of Stripped-down Style

My post last week on Dallas-based Braniff International Airways only made me eager to write about their infamous airline hostess uniforms. I mean you have to make note of a uniform advertising campaign that is built around the burlesque art of strip tease and markets posters such as this Air — Continue reading

Airstreams and Airlines

Categories: Art + Graphics
Airstreams and Airlines

I am late in finding out about this DWR-commissioned Airstream trailer. It seems everyone else reported on this in Spring 2007. Well, I just found it and I’m still impressed. It also reminded me to look up some cool images of that trippy airline from the 60s, Braniff International. I — Continue reading

Modern designs with a Retro feel

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Modern designs with a Retro feel

Wool cloche, $40. The first items that caught my eye from the Liza Rietz collection were her wool cloches. Fashioned out of black, gray, green, and navy, smooth and textured wool, these hats had such a Big Depression look to them. Too bad I look so bad in hats. However, — Continue reading

The Saddest Pictures Ever…

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
The Saddest Pictures Ever…

Before A few months ago, I wrote about the Farnsworth House, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s mid-century masterpiece. Unfortunately, on September 14, 2008 tropical storms and the remnants of Hurricane Ike caused the house to flood. After The house, mounted on columns five feet above the ground, is located within — Continue reading

Look. No, Squint!

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Look. No, Squint!

The Selkirk chair Squint furniture company founder Lisa Whatmough is a former artist. Her mix of period furniture like Victorian chaise lounges and comfy stuffed sofas and chairs with contemporary and vintage fabrics is eye-opening and has a cozy feeling. She started out making these as custom pieces, but now they — Continue reading

I wish…

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
I wish…

    To see the Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in person. This unique and beautiful church located in Ronchamp, France was constructed by Le Corbusier in 1955. I always think of it as the "little church with the Dutch hat" (of course, having no idea if the Dutch — Continue reading

Traditional techniques makes modern magic

Categories: Fashion + Trends
Traditional techniques makes modern magic

The Vlisco company in the Netherlands creates West and Central African fabric designs. They specialize in traditional wax prints on 100% cotton that is used to create modern clothing and accessories. The wonderful thing about this fabric is that it is wax printed and dyed on both sides of the — Continue reading

A Uniform for All

Categories: Fashion + Trends
A Uniform for All

The clothing and accessories of Uniform Studio are innovative, crisp, and linear. Some almost have an architectural feel to them that shouldn’t be a surprise as the designer is a trained architect.        Martha McQuade makes clothing for both women and children with many of the female designs — Continue reading

A Sofa from the Jet Set Age

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
A Sofa from the Jet Set Age

Lost City Arts in New York is an excellent source for original mid-century designs, reproductions, and new designs reminiscent of the style. This is one of their custom productions, the Jet Set sofa. This lovely design has been in my inspiration file for years and at $3,800, that is probably — Continue reading

VisuaLingual Stays Local

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
VisuaLingual Stays Local

The Cincinnati-based VisuaLingual studio just completed a series of limited-edition screenprints that utilize bits of vernacular typography found on old commercial signs in their neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine to craft "accidental aphorisms." The company believes strongly in the local atmosphere from the looks of the other products available in their Etsy — Continue reading

Mid-century illustration for the home

Categories: Art + Graphics
Mid-century illustration for the home

I have always been in love with advertising posters from the 50′s and 60′s. I always thought that one day I would luck out and find a picture I liked in a book, take it to a print shop and have it blown up to poster size. Well, I found — Continue reading

Spending quality time with a Hawk

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Spending quality time with a Hawk

What happened to the 1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk? This was a gorgeous car as you can see from these pictures. Great lines, luxury styling, and just a sleek, cool look. To save the financially-troubled company the car was redesigned by Brooks Stevens in only a few months and with — Continue reading

Technology in a retro disguise

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
Technology in a retro disguise

I saw this item and thought it a perfect fit for this blog. This is a perfect combination of modern technology and retro design. Created by Wilkerson Furniture, a maker of mid-century furniture, this 44′ x 55′ inch console for a flat screen television is not in full production. Right — Continue reading

Lustron: The Maintenance-Free Home

Categories: Architecture + Interiors
Lustron: The Maintenance-Free Home

How would you like never having to paint your house again, inside or out? Well, this would be possible if you built your home out of steel or if you possessed one of the many classic Lustron homes still existing around the US.   Created by Carl Strandlund in 1947 — Continue reading

It Matters

Categories: Modern Decor + Objects
It Matters

I just discovered this online store called Matter, a while ago. In fact, I was actually searching for examples of mid-century-designed doll houses or evidence that such things were even being designed. Well, what I found is that the ones out there are quite expensive and constructed more for the — Continue reading