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Apartment in Stirling & Gowan’s 1950s Langham House Close in Richmond, London TW10

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Apartment in Stirling & Gowan’s 1950s Langham House Close in Richmond, London TW10

Another of these on the market. But any apartment in Stirling & Gowan’s 1950s Langham House Close in Richmond, London TW10 tends to be popular. You probably know that this development has grade II*-listed status, described by the 20th Century Society as ‘a benchmark against which all other apartment blocks can be measured’. So some […]

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1950s Mies Van Der Rohe property in Detroit, Michigan, USA

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1950s Mies Van Der Rohe property in Detroit, Michigan, USA

We have featured a few of these, but not quite this 1950s Mies Van Der Rohe property in Detroit, Michigan, USA. It’s a slightly different design than previous finds on the much-loved Lafayette Park development, but still very much a part of the 1950s modernist scheme. This place actually dates back to 1959, quite groundbreaking […]

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1950s Richard Neutra-designed Hammerman House in Los Angeles, California

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1950s Richard Neutra-designed Hammerman House in Los Angeles, California

Something very special, with the Richard Neutra-designed Hammerman House in Los Angeles, California now on the market. The house actually dates back to 1954. I know. It really doesn’t give that impression. That’s perhaps because the house has been updated along the way. The agent describes this as ‘impeccably maintained’ and we would guess the […]

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In the sales: Lucienne Day cushions at John Lewis

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In the sales: Lucienne Day cushions at John Lewis

These were popular when we mentioned them some weeks back, so we thought you would like to know that the Lucienne Day cushions at John Lewis are now in the sale. If you missed it first time around, John Lewis has an exclusive on a range of cushions using textile designs from Lucien Day dating […]

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1950s modernism: Erno Goldfinger house in Broadstairs, Kent

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1950s modernism: Erno Goldfinger house in Broadstairs, Kent

We featured one of these in 2013. Now there’s another Erno Goldfinger house in Broadstairs, Kent on the market. As we mentioned back then, these houses were designed by Goldfinger for teachers at the nearby Wellesley House preparatory school around 1952. Modest houses with a modernist slant and still looking pretty contemporary over 60 years […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

1950s modernist living: Mies van der Rohe-designed townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA

We have featured a few of these in the past, but this 1950s Mies van der Rohe-designed modernist townhouse in Detroit, Michigan, USA is perhaps the most original we have seen. Dating back to 1959, this is one of a number of similarly-styled properties designed by the master architect and until a few years ago, […]

New 1950s Lucienne Day-designed cushions land at John Lewis

A first run of these landed back in February. Now a second run of 1950s Lucienne Day-designed cushions has arrived at John Lewis. The new range is a mix of colour variations of the original designs plus some new Lucienne Day designs too. Specifically we are looking at a Lucienne Day Calyx Cushion, with a […]

Time capsule for sale: 1950s Royal McClure-designed Cornelius House in Spokane, Washington, USA

How does a 1950s time capsule grab you? If it does, check out the Royal McClure-designed Cornelius House in Spokane, Washington, USA. Amazingly, this place has had just the one owner for 65 years. Obviously someone had a love for this 1952 build and as such, nothing has really changed. In fact, pretty much nothing […]

1950s modernism: Donald and Helen Olsen House in Berkeley, California, USA

First time on the market for the Donald and Helen Olsen House in Berkeley, California, USA. That’s quite something too considering the house dates back to 1955. It’s actually the architect’s own home too, as well as a property on the National Register of Historic Places. So quite a pedigree. Has it changed? Well, yes […]

1950s midcentury modern: Two-bedroom property in Eugene, Oregon, USA

This is such an amazing design. But frustratingly, we can’t find out who designed this 1950s midcentury modern property in Eugene, Oregon, USA. The agent describes is as a ‘one of a kind’ and confirms it was individually architect designed, but doesn’t give a name. Someone of note or ability for sure. If you know, […]

1950s modernism: Apartment in the Stirling & Gowan-designed Langham House Close, Richmond, Surrey

We did feature one of these last month. But this apartment in the Stirling & Gowan-designed Langham House Close, Richmond, Surrey is a slightly different proposition. The one we featured last time out had been renovated to a very high standards, but a number of original features had been lost in the changeover. This one […]

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum now available as a Lego set

We love the Lego Architecture series. Primarily because it produces things like this Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Lego set. A landmark of 20th century architecture, this cylindrical Frank Lloyd Wright building dates back to 1959 and this set pretty much captures all of the details that made this so famous. So the Guggenheim’s modernist facade […]

Midcentury interior: Andersen sideboard range at Maisons Du Monde

If you have the house and need the furnishings, check out the Andersen sideboard range at Maisons Du Monde. Midcentury modern and the 1950s is screaming out from all of these designs, all of which are similar, but slightly different. Basically, there’s something here for everyone’s storage needs. Sheesham wood and white lacquered doors are […]

1950s modernism: Dean Gustavson-designed property in Holladay, Utah, USA

The ‘glass box’ is always popular. So this 1950s Dean Gustavson-designed modernist property in Holladay, Utah, USA should have plenty of admirers. According to the agent, this one has only been on the market once since it was constructed back in 1957. Inspired by the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, […]

1950s modernism: Stirling & Gowan-designed apartment in Langham House Close, Richmond, Surrey

Love this place. If you do too there is a 1950s Stirling & Gowan-designed apartment in Langham House Close, Richmond, Surrey on the market right now. A nice example too. As you might know, this Ham Common block dates from the late 1950s, with Grade II*-listed status given to the apartments more recently. It has […]

Restored Eichler: 1950s midcentury modern property in San Rafael, California, USA

We love a Joseph Eichler, especially if it looks as sharp as this 1950s midcentury modern Eichler property in San Rafael, California, USA. This one dates to 1958, although many of the finishing touches are far more recent. Saying that, the house here is faithful to the original design, with so many period details still […]

1950s modernism: Henri Calmat-designed property in Seine-et-Marne, Ile-de-France, France

Not too far from Paris, but with plenty of greenery on your doorstep. That’s just two reasons to love this 1950s Henri Calmat-designed property in Seine-et-Marne, Ile-de-France, France. Of course, the architecture is another reason to love this place. It was actually designed by the architect for his own use back in 1952 and subsequently […]

1950s midcentury modern: Four-bedroom property in Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

The location is a real ‘wow’ factor here. But so is this 1950s midcentury modern property in Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA. In fact, it’s a tough call which is the most appealing. Thinking about, we’re going for the house. That house dates back to 1957 and is still a incredibly striking property today. Love the […]

Time capsule for sale: 1950s Bruce McCarty-designed midcentury property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

A dream of a place if you love the style. Not least because this 1950s Bruce McCarty-designed midcentury property in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA is pretty much untouched. This place dates back to 1959, the work of Bruce McCarty for himself and his family. MacCarty was a prominent architect in the area and behind some of […]

1950s modernism: Eric Ambrose-designed Gateway House in Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey

Some of you might recall this being for sale a few years back. If you missed it or missed out, the Eric Ambrose-designed Gateway House in Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey is back on the market. I used the term ‘1950s modernism’ very loosely, as this place looks to have been updated considerably over the decades. In […]

1950s modernism: Marsh, Smith, and Powell-designed Bendel Residence in Pasadena, California, USA

Much to admire with the 1950s Marsh, Smith, and Powell-designed Bendel Residence in Pasadena, California, USA. Some parts pretty much untouched since 1951, others very much of the 21st century. Ultimately this is a modernist gem that has adapted well for the modern era. What do we love about it? Of course, there is the […]

1950s midcentury modern: Four-bedroom property in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Not just a great house, this 1950s midcentury modern property in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA is a great example of how to carry out a renovation too. As you might have guessed, this 1959 build wasn’t always like this. Well, structurally it probably was, but certainly not in terms of the finish. According to the […]

Airbnb find: 1950s Harry Seidler-designed modernist property in Newport, New South Wales, Australia

This is a dream of a place. Even better, you can rent this 1950s Harry Seidler-designed modernist property in Newport, New South Wales, Australia for a break. Harry Seidler was one of the foremost modernist architects in Australia in the 20th century and a man inspired by the people he worked and studied with, most […]

1950s modernism: Robin Boyd-designed Blott House in Chirnside Park, near Melbourne, Australia

Hopefully someone will come along and maintain this 1950s Robin Boyd-designed modernist property in Chirnside Park, near Melbourne, Australia in its current condition. According to The Design Files, Blott House has no heritage protection, despite  one of the best examples of a Boyd house in Melbourne. With that in mind, it is open to pretty […]

Richard Neutra classic: The Schaarman House in Los Angeles, California, USA

Not a great piece of architecture, the Richard Neutra-designed The Schaarman House in Los Angeles, California, USA is also a movie star. The house dates back to 1951, which is a surprise in itself. This place looks as contemporary as anything on the market right now. That’s forward-thinking architecture for you. But 50 years after […]