One day I realized how my house had started to fill up with Scandinavian design, especially my kitchen and dining area. I have a dining room set, china hutch, and ceiling light from Denmark. I collect enamelware from Norway and wooden toys from Denmark. Those wooden toys I collect are sitting on the shelves from Sweden. As my love for Scandinavian design grew, I needed an all-in-one guidebook I can go to when I wanted to learn more about the design and/or designer – “Scandinavian Design” by Charlotte & Peter Fiell proved to be “the one” for me.
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I always include as many as museums possible in my itinerary when I travel. Museum of Arts and Design in New York was one of the few I didn’t have time to visit when I visited New York City a few years back. When I heard about the “Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design” […]
Growing up, I dreamt of building my own house in the country and living like a hermit. I would have a garden and a lot of pet animals. As I got older, I realized that dream was, well… just a dream. When I heard about “Handmade Houses: A Century of Earth-Friendly Home Design,” I thought […]
At the last part of acknowledgement of newly published “Atomic Ranch: Midcentury Interiors” book, the author says “For those ardent Ranchers who’ve been eagerly anticipating this volume, hope it’s all that you expected and more.” I am one of those “ardent Ranchers” and this book is beyond my expectation and much more! I was just […]
Imagine yourself at a bookstore trying to pick a book for a child… You are not there to pick anything in particular… So, among all books you see, which one do you grab? You would pick one with the most visually pleasing cover illustration, right?
This is Henri’s Walk to Paris (Illustrations © 1962, 2012 by […]
Last month I posted a review of a documentary film on Julius Shulman, “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman.” Since then, two books on Julius Shulman were published: Julius Shulman: The Last Decade by Kehrer Verlag and Julius Shulman Los Angeles: The Birth of a Modern Metropolis by Sam Lubell and Douglas Woods (Rizzoli […]
My first encounter with Ricahrd Neutra’s architecture was the Kaufmann House in Palm Springs, California. My husband and I made a day trip to Palm Springs while visiting his grandparents in Long Beach. Only a several hours to spare, the Kaufman House was to me the “must-see” place among all the great things in Palm […]
Have you ever wondered what your favorite mid century modern designers’ personal living spaces look like? I have – I often daydream about visiting these mid century modern designers’ homes and having some tea or being a child of theirs and growing up in it (how cool is that!). I am curious to see how […]
I was very excited when I got an email from Curbly, the DIY Design Community informing there was going to be a new Make It! book. Just by looking at the title, “Make It! Hardware Store Decor,” I knew I would just love this new book – I love hardware stores. This book is the […]
I am a big fan of Curbly, the DIY Design Community. I get a lot of inspiration from their website on DIY projects. I especially love the DIY projects involving repurposing secondhand items, so their second issue of the Curbly Make It! series called “Make-It! Secondhand Chic” was just the perfect book for me. The […]