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February 2, 2016
From California to Connecticut, these midcentury interiors still shine through thanks to the careful attention of architects and residents alike.
renovated modern home in Austin interior kitchen

This 1960s home with an unusual awning, designed by Arthur Dallas Stenger, got upgraded with 21st-century conveniences while maintaining its Austin street cred. 

Though the kitchen fits in with its period surroundings, a few tweaks keep it current. “It’s functional in a way that doesn’t feel like the kitchen is in the living room,” says architect Rick Black. He explains, “One of the goals was to make the islands more like furniture than like heavy objects that go all the way to the floor.”

 

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Originally appeared in A Renovated Midcentury Gem in Austin
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Stonefox Residence with cedar ceiling panels

A midcentury house in Bucks County, Pennsylvania—an hour from New York City—was given a necessary update by Stonefox Design for residents Tammy and Robert Sherman.

The renovated home maintains its original layout. To refresh the dated appearance of the space, Stonefox added cedar tongue-and-groove panels to the ceiling and refinished the floors. The living room rug is from Creative Matters, the WL Daybed is from Niedermaier, and the circular coffee table is a Tie and Die model from Holly Hunt.

 

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Originally appeared in Clean Update for a Midcentury House in Pennsylvania
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It's not quite a renovation, but we had to include it: taking cues from the flora, fauna, and rocky cliffs of Big Sur, California, Mickey Muennig's brand of organic architecture doesn't stop with the terrain. For example, the interiors of many of Muennig’s houses emphasize natural building materials such as wood, concrete, and stone. Plant life and nature are intrinsic to the Pfeiffer Ridge House IV.

 

Originally appeared in Coastal Commissions
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Opdhal House Ball Pendant Light

Case Study architect Edward Killingsworth’s masterpiece, the 1957 Opdahl House, fell into ruin, but thanks to a musician with a passion for modernism, it celebrated its 50th anniversary in mint condition.

Its double-height living space looks out to the reflecting pool and entry. A George Nelson Bubble Lamp, Edward Wormley Long John Bench, and Van Keppel Green settee and table were among the home’s original furnishings.

 

Originally appeared in A Closer Look at the Iconic Bubble Lamp
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When Jennifer and Mattias Segerholt decided to move to Portland after five years in Los Angeles, a shared climate-based trepidation shaped their real estate search. Armed with abundant optimism and boundless patience, the couple turned this run-down ranch house into their modern ideal.

“We’re trying to pretend this is our little ray of sunshine in the middle of Portland,” says Jennifer, with Mattias and Moa (right), of the couple’s Eichleresque abode. The sofa is by Florence Knoll for Knoll.

 

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Originally appeared in A Mid-Century Modern Home in Southwest Portland
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modern house connecticut living room

Resuscitating a classic can be time-consuming and pricey, but when it comes to the rehabilitation of neglected masterpieces, one couple found it’s worth every minute and cent. While house-hunting in New Canaan, Connecticut, the pair discovered what Bassam describes as “this very beautiful, simple, International Style house,” perfectly sited on two acres. Designed in 1955 by noted modernist architect Willis N. Mills, the four-bedroom, 4,200-square-foot house featured view-filled expanses of glass and generously scaled spaces, including a double-height living room that cantilevered dramatically outward some 30 feet above the landscape. 

The second-floor bridge that leads to the front door flows from the outside in. “Tractor seat” stools designed by Bassam perch on a floor of pristine white terrazzo.

 

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Originally appeared in Pursuing Perfection
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renovated modern home in Austin interior kitchen

This 1960s home with an unusual awning, designed by Arthur Dallas Stenger, got upgraded with 21st-century conveniences while maintaining its Austin street cred. 

Though the kitchen fits in with its period surroundings, a few tweaks keep it current. “It’s functional in a way that doesn’t feel like the kitchen is in the living room,” says architect Rick Black. He explains, “One of the goals was to make the islands more like furniture than like heavy objects that go all the way to the floor.”

 

Photo by Brent Humphreys.

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