Author Archive: WowHauser

Circular modernism: 1970s Dan Duckham-designed property in Lutz, Florida, USA

We love a circular house, which pretty much sums up the 1970s Dan Duckham-designed property in Lutz, Florida, USA you see here. It’s actually called The Palmer House and dates back to 1971 and according to the architect, follows ‘the development of circular forms into a kind of free-form vocabulary’. Basically, lots of curves. I […]

1960s modernism: Design Planning Associates-designed property in Ingatestone, Essex

Quite a convoluted title, but it this is a 1960s Design Planning Associates-designed modernist property in Ingatestone, Essex. This is one of a group of noted modernist properties on the Tor Bryan estate, the work of Design Planning Associates of London and a house wheel you don’t just buy into a single dwelling – you […]

London Underground Architecture and Design Map by Blue Crow Media

All images: Will Scott for Blue Crow Media Yes, another map by Blue Crow Media. This time it’s the London Underground Architecture and Design Map. It’s likely to be a popular one too. Transport​ ​design historian​ ​and​ ​broadcaster​ ​Mark​ ​Ovenden​ ​has​ ​curated​ ​the​ ​first​ ​in​ ​Blue​ ​Crow​ ​Media’s​ ​new series​ ​of​ ​maps​ ​dedicated​ ​to​ ​the​ […]

1970s modernism: Bob and Tim Organ-designed property in Flax Bourton, Somerset

We saw a similar one earlier in the year. Now another 1970s Bob and Tim Organ-designed property in Flax Bourton, Somerset is on the market. The best thing about that is the research has already been done. Which makes our life a lot easier. This is one of a group of five houses in the […]

1950s-style Agama coat stand back at La Redoute at a reduced price

One of our favourite modern-day midcentury designs is back and even better, the Agama coat stand back at La Redoute is even cheaper. First up, we re just glad to see the Agama back in La Redoute’s home section. It’s a wonderful 1950s-inspired design and something that really could be a vintage find from the […]

Miller’s Mid-Century Modern book returns to the shelves

This was out back in 2012, but has been out of print for some time now, leading to high secondary prices. So good to see Miller’s Mid-Century Modern: Living with Mid-Century Modern Design back on pre-order. It isn’t clear if the content within has been updated by Judith Miller, but as the cover is new, […]

Out now: Modernist London poster book by Sarah Evans

Love the look of modernist facades? You probably want the Modernist London poster book by Sarah Evans for Christmas. Sarah Evans is the architect and designer behind Oscar Francis, using her knowledge and skill to create this poster art book featuring 22 architectural illustrations. From the National Theatre on the Southbank, to Willow Road in […]

Sculptural living: 1960s Jacques Couelle-designed property in Mouans-Sartoux, south-east France

Thanks to Jean-Yves for letting us know about the amazing 1960s Jacques Couelle-designed property in Mouans-Sartoux, south-east France, which is now on the market. A house or a work of art? I’m not sure. But this sculptural property really does have impact both inside and out. It’s one of five ‘landscape’ houses produced by the […]

Grade I-listed modernism: Apartment in the 1930s Berthold Lubetkin-designed Highpoint in London N6

Another chance to live in an apartment in the 1930s Berthold Lubetkin-designed Highpoint in London N6. It’s a chance many of us want too. These apartments rarely hang about on the market long, despite prices constantly rising, even for the more modest examples. Like this one. This is a two-bedroom apartment on the first floor […]

Grade II-listed modernism: 1950s Span apartment in the Parkleys development, Richmond upon Thames, Surrey

A place we have featured before, but this 1950s Span apartment in the Parkleys development, Richmond upon Thames, Surrey is new to the market. It’s actually in Ham and in what’s described as a ‘tranquil’ setting. That’s a bonus, with the building itself being the star of the show. It’s a grade II-listed construction, the […]

Design spotting: Midcentury modern house jewellery by Tiny Scenic

So what do you buy the MCM house obsessive in your life for Christmas? Perhaps some midcentury modern house jewellery by Tiny Scenic. Ok, if finances permit it would be the house itself. But back in the real world, something like this would perhaps more to your (and our) budget. Take your pick from necklaces […]

1960s midcentury modern: Henry Hills-designed property in El Cerriro, California, USA

From the turn of this particular decade comes the 1960s Henry Hills-designed midcentury modern property in El Cerriro, California, USA you see here. Quite something too, although its originality in places is perhaps open to question. Architecturally, I suspect little has changed since 1960. This is a wonderful piece of MCM in an equally wonderful […]

Grade II-listed conversion: Limehouse Wharf apartment in London E14

Not all conversions are equal. This grade II-listed Limehouse Wharf apartment in London E14 is exceptional. We’re very fond of industrial conversions, but only when the work is carried out correctly. Basically, we want to see a lot of the past in its present. Thankfully that’s what we get in this grade II-listed conversion, which […]

Time capsule for sale: 1950s Edward Hawkins-designed midcentury modern property in Littleton, Colorado, USA

In pretty much original condition, this 1950s Edward Hawkins-designed midcentury modern property in Littleton, Colorado, USA is pretty much a step back in time. That’s hardly surprising. The house stayed with the original owner until 2006, after which is was picked up by ‘another MCM lover’ who has ‘meticulously cared for and preserved’ the property. […]

On the market: Alan Bennett’s former grade II-listed Victorian property in London NW1

Now this is rather special. Alan Bennett’s former grade II-listed Victorian property in London NW1 has just gone up for sale. You might know it too. This double fronted Victorian property, located close to both Camden Town and Primrose Hill, is the former home of author Alan Bennett. As you might be aware, the house […]

Out now: Concrete​ ​Tokyo​ ​Map by​ Blue​ ​Crow​ ​Media

It’s map number 11 from Blue Crow Media, this time with the Concrete​ ​Tokyo​ ​Map. Concrete​ ​Tokyo​ ​Map​​ ​is​ ​a​ ​two-sided,​ ​bilingual​ ​guide​ ​to the city’s architecture, including​ ​a​ ​beautiful​ ​map​ ​of​ ​Tokyo, an​ ​introduction​ ​by​ ​Tokyo-based​ ​architecture​ ​by​ ​design​ ​writer​ ​Naomi​ ​Pollock, photographs​ ​by​ ​​Jimmy​ ​Cohrssen plus​ ​details​ ​of​ ​fifty​ ​selected​ ​concrete​ ​buildings. ​Architects​ […]

1960s classics: David Weidman midcentury homeware and ceramics by Magpie

Looking for the finishing touch for your midcentury home? Check out the David Weidman homeware and ceramics by Magpie. These are new designs with a vintage pedigree, based on the hugely collectible artwork of David Weidman and in particular, his 1963 series ‘Family of Birds’. If you want something with a period look in your […]

Midcentury hotel for sale: 1950s Herbert Burns-designed Desert Hills in Palm Springs, California, USA

How do you fancy living and breathing midcentury modern for a job? If you do, check out the 1950s Herbert Burns-designed Desert Hills hotel in Palm Springs, California, USA. Of course, this is in MCM central, aka Palm Springs, with architecture that’s just so of the era. You can imagine the movers and shakers partying […]

Coastal isolation: Lloyd’s Signal Station on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

How do you fancy getting away from it all? If you do, then Lloyd’s Signal Station on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall might be the place for you. As you might have guessed, this is certainly no new build. It was built in 1872 by Fox and Company Shipping Agents as a ‘communication hub’ for passing […]

1960s modernism: John Lautner-designed Tolstoy House in Alta Loma, California, USA

An architect that needs no introduction, with the 1960s John Lautner-designed Tolstoy House in Alta Loma, California, USA thankfully largely unchanged. John Lautner finds are always popular, none more so than the Willard Whyte house in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever. This isn’t quite to that level, but it is rather special. The […]

1930s art deco: Grade II-listed property in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Hot on the heels of this one comes this 1930s grade II-listed art deco property in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. But all is not as it seems. This is a grade II-listed property, one that was designed and built back in 1930 and structurally, is still a very striking piece of period architecture. The house […]

In need of renovation: Tioga 1960s modernist property in Keston, near Bromley, Kent

It doesn’t look good for the Tioga 1960s modernist property in Keston, near Bromley, Kent. Hopefully someone can save it. Thanks to Faye for tipping us off about this one, which dates back to the 1960s and presumably had a ‘name’ architect behind it. Sadly, we can’t find that name. Let us know if you […]

Design Icons wall coverings at Murals Wallpaper

The names Breuer, Aalto and Neutra have appeared on their pages in the past, but not in terms of home decor. That changes with the launch of the Design Icons wall coverings at Murals Wallpaper. It’s a new range of wallpapers inspired by modernism and mid-20th century design. Bold shapes and eye-catching colours create statement […]

Now on pre-order: How to Love Brutalism by John Grindrod (Batsford)

Always nice to see a John Grindrod book on the upcoming list, in this case How to Love Brutalism, which is published by Batsford. This 144-page hardback book is described as a ‘passionate and personal book about the writer’s own love’ for a style of architecture that’s had something of a second coming in the […]

1920s art deco: Three bedroom property in Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex

Thanks to both Nicholas and Claire for flagging up this 1920s art deco property in Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex. In fact, this is Claire’s house, which is always nice as the owner often has a few extra facts to throw in. We now know that the house dates back to 1928 and was a ‘seaside retreat’ […]

Circular living: Nutmeg House eco home in Bridport, Dorset

We can’t resist anything circular, so the Nutmeg House eco home in Bridport, Dorset was always going to feature. Actually, this is an oval house, designed by architect Barnaby Gunning and built by Parsons Building & Construction in 2012 using locally sourced materials and with the intention of blending in with the nature around it. […]

1970s brutalism: Neave Brown-designed duplex apartment on the Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate, London NW8

Another love it or hate it example of 1970s brutalism, courtesy of this Neave Brown-designed duplex apartment on the Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate, London NW8. As you probably know, this Rowley Way apartment was one of several similar places built between 1972 and 1978 to a design by Neave Brown. A significant new room, as […]

1950s midcentury modern: Paul Tay-designed Strum Residence in Long Beach, California, USA

First time on the market for the 1950s Paul Tay-designed Strum Residence in Long Beach, California, USA. Yet despite the house being in the same family for the best part of 60 years, this one looks surprisingly fresh and – dare I say it – almost contemporary. Maybe it’s that Orla Kiely duvet cover. Or […]