Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Julius Shulman's Home For Sale

The Hollywood Hills home, listed for $2,495,000, is the only unaltered steel-frame house in Los Angeles from architect Raphael S. Soriano. The 3-bedroom, 3-bath house was declared City Historic-Cultural Landmark Number 325 in August 1987. Although Soriano typically did not include screens for the large glass windows that are a staple in mid-century modern architecture, thinking ideally the homeowner would simply leave the windows open to let fresh air in, Shulman insisted screens be included. The result is a stunning home that in some sections is like a glass box perched on the hillside, surrounded by trees, koi ponds, gardens the photographer referred to as his jungle, and animals, like the birds that would join Shulman and his wife during outdoor breakfasts. Shulman died this summer at the age of 98; he'd lived in this home for almost 60 years.

Chances are this is as close as any of us are likely to get to this beautiful landmark home, so enjoy the virtual tour.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Your invitation to the Grand Opening Party for TINI this Thursday!

This Thursday, October 15th is the Grand Opening Party for the new TINI store! Come check it out, have a cocktail, shop and mingle with friends, family and our amazing customers. We're always open until 7pm, but this Thursday, the party goes from 7pm until 10pm. Please RSVP to

If you haven't been to the store, but can't come on Thursday, stop by some other time. We still have 100% of our inventory online for you to browse on our website, but now you can come to one location to pick everything up, and see everything in person! It is 2200 square feet packed with our unique, sometimes crazy, always entertaining, vintage furniture and accessories.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Mid Century Modern in Kansas City

This home is special. Not only because it was designed by Bruce Goff but because it shows no fear. Oh, and the conversation pit rocks. A little K.C. Mid Century Modern loving in the air.

5305 Cherry St., Kansas City, Missouri 64110 (map)
Designed by Bruce Goff
Built 1967
Listing Agent: Bob Myers

Full listing details

Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner Screening October 29

This film traces the lifelong quest of visionary genius John Lautner to create 'architecture that has no beginning and no end.' See the film October 29.
For ticket information, click here.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Two Mid Century Modern Sales, One Neighborhood

Mid century modern fans, these are for you. Two estate sales within a mile of each other beginning at 9 am on Friday. Worth coming in late for....or starting the weekend early?

Both sales are in the Skokie-Evanston area just off Golf Road. Each runs on Friday and Saturday.

Sale A: 9511 Drake, Evanston. The cat who ate Danish Modern, with lots of lamps and housewares and teak style thrown in. This one goes from 9 am to 3 pm on Friday and Saturday, 10/9 and 10/10.

Sale B: 9700 Kedvale in Skokie. To control traffic at the opening of the sale at 9 am on Friday, there's a sign-up sheet posted on the front door of this location. No worries, this just means that if you want to be one of the first one in, you should put your name on the list ahead of time. I called the sale conductor, who said by 10:30, everyone should be able to go in without waiting.

In addition to the mid century styles at this sale, there are some first edition books signed by the author and for mad scientists, lots of old chemistry and text books. The estate sale at 9700 Kedvale runs Friday from 9 to 2 and Saturday from 9 to 3.

Rent the whole Mid Century Modern Hotel for New Years Eve

Making big plans for New Year's Eve? If you (and your 600 closest friends) are willing to go to Denver, you can take over an entire hotel for the evening. And pay for it on eBay.

The Curtis Hotel, a boutique with a mid-century modern theme and 330 rooms, has started an auction to sell its services for the night of Dec. 31. The winning bidder gets use of all the rooms, as well as the hotel's grand ballroom, live music, champagne, caviar, dinner, breakfast (and, of course, all the staff) to pull off a once-in-a-lifetime party.

It's not unprecedented for a hotelier to rent out an entire property to a single client, but it's a sales tactic more common with smaller hotels. With such a large number of rooms – on a busy night for hotels – the price is likely to be steep; by the beginning of this week, there was already a bid for $50,000 (U.S.), which didn't hit the hotel's minimum price for the auction. But that means the door is still open, and the auction doesn't end until Sunday.

For details, see

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Metropol Art Walk & Launch Party – Oct 8th, 7-11pm

Metropol Launch Party – Save the Date

Thursday, October 8th, 7 – 11pm
6001 Carlton Way
Hollywood, Ca 90028

deasy/penner&partners would like to invite you to join us in celebration of the official Grand Opening of Metropol featuring an evening of art, music, food & beverage presented by Signature Magazine and Tanner & White. The ‘Art Walk’ will host 12 different artists sponsored by A + D Museum.

Metropol by RSA Architects - 41 unique one and two bedroom residences, including 11 penthouses--providing serenity within a vibrant and emerging enclave of Hollywood. Five floor plans demonstrate a defined approach to living areas as combined with the openness of a loft residence with expansive volumes, large windows and generous patios or balconies. The custom interior finishes are an extension of the fa├žade with a concentration of oak flooring, cabinetry and finish carpentry accented by polished chrome, glass and stainless steel.

Please RSVP Space is limited

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Modern Show October 16-17-18, 2009 New York City

70 exhibitors selling the best of 20th century design for stylish 21st century collectors. This show is important but not at all imposing and brings together a young group of dealer/stylemakers who are always on the cutting edge. See it here first and then spot it all over in a year or two. This is one of the first modern shows of NYC’s fall/winter show season and dealers will be bringing their best. Art Deco, Midcentury Modern, Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Scandinavian, French and Italian ---- Furniture and furnishings, art, designer jewelry, lighting, rugs, books, photography, ceramics, glass, posters, silver and more.

NEW LOCATION - 7 W 34th Street
at Fifth Avenue, New York City 11th Floor - Opposite the Empire State Building.
Show Admission: $15 - $20 with a one year subscription to MODERNISM Magazine

Mid-Century Modern home for sale in the Fullerton "Forever House" community

Here is your chance to own a Mid-Century Modern 1955 home in the Fullerton "Forever House" community offering 4 bed/2 bth, 1640 s/f listed at $320K. Contact me if you are interested in viewing it or making an offer 714-814-9949

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Rare finds at this Vintage Flea Market

A flea market "for the sexy, hip and groovy crowd" (Los Angeles Times) The Melrose Trading Post is held every Sunday in the parking lot at Fairfax High School, where 3,000 to 4,000 attendees browse the wares of nearly 200 eclectic vendors. Overseen by Greenway Arts Alliance and run by and for the Fairfax Family and Friends Foundation The Trading Post is widely regarded as the most successful, ongoing fundraising events in the history of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The Melrose Trading Post
Every Sunday 9:00AM to 5:00PM – Rain or Shine
Located in the Parking Lot at Fairfax High School
7850 Melrose Avenue, Los Angels, CA 90036
Admission: $2.00, $1.00 for students and seniors
323.655.7679 ext. 103

I've been and I love it!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Las Vegas History and Mid Century Modern Architecture Events - October 3rd and 5th 2009

SATURDAY, October 3, 2009

VeryVintageVegas is pleased to be one of the sponsors of “Beyond the Mint: The Mid Century Modern Architecture of Walter Zick”. The location is the NEVADA STATE MUSEUM at Lorenzi Park on Washington, west of Rancho.

The bus tour of the Walter Zick buildings that still exist is sold out, and there’s a waiting list to take the place of any no shows.

Alan Hess is the featured panelist. There’s a reception at 11:30am and the panel discussion is at Noon. Again, to Classic Las Vegas for all the details.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Alan Hess, the pre-eminent architectural historian is lecturing on the Mid Century Modern legacy of Paul Willams , and the fascinating topic of “Googie”. This event is at 7 pm, is free to the public, and will be held at the Historic Fifth Street School.

Paul Williams designed the conch shell lobby of the La Concha hotel here in Las Vegas. It was saved from the wrecking ball, and will be the new visitors center at the Neon Museum. It’s as good of an example of Goggie as there is.

Mid-Century Modern Home For Sale - 4 bd / 2.75 bth (Haller Lake) $499,950

Open House: Sunday, October 4th 1:00 – 4:00 PM
2183 N. 122nd Pl, Seattle, WA

Mid-century modern home oozes style, swank and comfort; this home
truly has it all!

4BR/2.5BA Single Family House offered at $499,950
Year Built 1962
Sq Footage 3,180
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2 full, 2 partial
Floors 2
Parking Unspecified
Lot Size 7,280 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month

Stunning custom built mid-century modern home oozes style, swank and comfort; this home truly has it all. Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac just steps away from Haller Lake, you’ll soak in the serenity and peacefulness of the neighborhood, yet the excitement of the city is only a short drive away. This is an urban retreat with vaulted cedar ceilings, over-sized picture windows, two exposed-brick fireplaces and an original 1962 wet bar. Step out onto the large deck and enjoy a sunny private oasis surrounded by bamboo and mature plantings. Lounge in the sheek living room, get cozy in the office/library or get cool and fix yourself a martini at the wet bar. Spacious rooms offer tons of sunlight and the oversized kitchen is perfect for entertaining. An impeccable one of a kind home with an abundance of style. Come see for yourself what a true mid-century modern home is all about!

The Eames House in LIFE Magazine, 1950

Google Books now houses digital archives View "The Eames House in LIFE Magazine 1950"

Moderately priced antique and mid-century modern furnishings

This is now an online store AND a retail store! Stop by and check them out. Their new address is 515 S. Fairfax Ave, in Los Angeles, 90036. Call them at 323-938-9230 with any questions.

Eames Giant House Of Cards

The Eameses designed the House of Cards as a construction toy comprised of 20 large interlocking slotted cards. The images and patterns printed on them are of what Eameses called “good stuff “, chosen to celebrate “familiar and nostalgic objects from the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms.”

The card sets come in 3 sizes, small, medium and large (giant), and at one time came in a number of alternate designs: Computer House of Cards (1970) and Newton House of Cards for the 1974 Nobel Laureates.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Palm Springs Modernism Week 2010

Come to Palm Springs in 2010! Modernism Week in Palm Springs is February 12-21, 2010! I'm there!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Buy and Sell marketplace for Modern Collectors gives you access to an audience of qualified buyers specifically looking for new and used contemporary and mid-century modern furniture and fine art. Choose your pricing option: Wanted items - FREE Items under $250 - FREE Items between $250 and $800 - $8 Items over $800 - $12

Friday, September 25, 2009

San Francisco 20th Century Modernism Show & Sale

San Francisco 20th Century Modernism Show & Sale September 24–September 27, 11:00 AM–6:00 PM Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco, California $15 - includes show catalog and re-entry Featuring 50 national and international exhibitors presenting decorative and fine arts from all design movements of the 20th century.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Fullerton "Wish Building" for lease

One of Fullerton’s truly unique commercial structures, the “Wish” Building is one of the most instantly recognizable buildings in town. Located just one mile East of Historic Downtown Fullerton, the two-story office space features attractive mid-century architecture and signature spiral exterior staircase. Includes 24 hour access, air conditioned, fenced yard, ground level door, handicapped access, individual electric meter, natural gas, outside lighting, front/rear access, restrooms-handicapped, security system-leased, separate free standing building, sprinklers/landscape, and main city street frontage with ideal corner lot visibility. Very close to 57 & 91 Freeways, Cal State Fullerton, Troy High School and various retail and restaurants. Total Available SF 4,984 Two story building. Downstairs alone is sq ft 2,500. Lease price: $1.69 sq foot

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Iconic Mid-Cenutry Era Commerical Building For Sale in Fullerton

Located only 1-mile west of Historic Downtown Fullerton, this authentic mid-century era commercial building framed in glass and steel beam construction is an architectural gem and ideal find for anyone looking for a property with uniquely stylish and distinctive qualities. The corner lot property features great visibility on one of the city's busiest streets. Also close FWY proximity. Former site of Fullerton Glass Company, the improved 2-story building features 2,000 sq. ft of office space, roll up rear door, and large fenced/secured parking lot with 6 stalls. Great opportunity to snatch up one of the city's truly iconic buildings. Perfect for architect, design studio or any other professional/creative services. Total SF: 3,000 SF Office SF: 2,000 SF Sale Price: $650,000 Price/SF: $216.67 Floors: 2 Grade Doors: 1 Sprinkler: No Clear Height: 10'(Min) Power: 200a Parking Spaces: 6 Parking Ratio: 2

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mid Century Door Bell Chime

I found this Mid Century Modern door bell chime at the Orange Circle Antique Mall. It looks cool just sitting on our Vintage McDowell & Craig Credenza.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

La Chaise Lounge

How cool would it be to have this chaise in your home! Bummed it sold but not surprised. Found this cool site online:

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New Modern Architect in Fullerton

Check out this hip modern building in Fullerton owned and designed by Frank Webb Architects.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Julius Shulman dies at 98; celebrated photographer of modernist architecture

Julius Shulman, the iconic mid-century modern architectural photographer, whose work is now displayed at the Fullerton Museum, has passed at 98. Most famous perhaps for his iconic image of Case Study House #22, Los Angeles, 1960. Pierre Koenig, Architect. He is noted as the most important architectural photographer in history. The exhibit, which shows images taken of homes and schools in Fullerton in the 60s ends this Sunday. Check it out if you haven’t done so already or return for a final look.,0,1393680.story

Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Modern Starburst Lariat

My husband surprised me with this awesome Starburst Lariat and I get so many compliments on it! Check out the website, you'll be sure to fall in love with something.

Monday, May 11, 2009

THEN AND NOW:A Driving Tour of Fullerton Mid-Century Modern Buildings Photographed by Julius Shulman

Mid-Century Modern Driving Tour is a driving tour of mid-century modern Fullerton buildings. The driving tour was created by Fullerton Heritage members in conjunction with a new exhibit of Julius Shulman photographs at the Fullerton Museum Center (“Forever Fullerton: Julius Shulman”) running from April 5 to July 19.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Forever Fullerton exhibit featuring the photography of Julius Shulman

My husband and I attended the opening night reception of Fullerton Museum’s new Forever Fullerton exhibit featuring the classic photography of world-renowned mid-century architectural photographer Julius Shulman. This was an especially exciting treat since I've admired his iconic images for years. But what made it even more special was the exhibit was comprised entirely of photos he took here in Fullerton during the 50s and 60s. More specifically of the Forever House tract of mid-century modern homes designed by Eichler design team Jones and Emmons. There were also images of Nicolas Junior High, Golden Hills Elementary and Fern Drive Elementary, which was cool for us since two of our children currently attend this school. The exhibit also featured authentic retro furniture staged in a living room setting. The equally fitting exhibit structure itself was designed by Fullerton’s own Silber Architects, whom were also instrumental in getting the show off the ground. The following reception included a nice buffet dinner and live jazz entertainment. Kudos to Fullerton Museum curator Richard Smith, and everyone else who made the exhibit possible. Whether a fan of mid-century architectural photography or just interested in seeing what homes looked like during the atomic age, do yourself a favor and visit before it closes July 19. You won’t be disappointed.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cool Eames Stamps

To commemorate contributions to the world of art, architecture and furniture design, the US Postal Service has paid tribute to the celebrated work of husband-and-wife design team of Charles and Ray Eames with a series of signature postage stamps. A pane of 16 stamps, features a number of the couple’s iconic mid-20th century design offerings, including their iconic 1946 bent plywood chair, 1950 fiberglass chair and their 1956 lounge chair and ottoman and other Eames classics. You can get the stamps, which were designed by Derry Noyes, the postal service's art director, at post offices, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. Or by visiting

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fullerton Mid-Century Modern Home for Sale

Designed by architect Charles M. Wickett, this unique 1960s home offers various Eichler-like features from its characteristic flat roof line to an entryway atrium and private front scape. The spacious 2033 sq. ft, 5-bedroom home also features an open and airy floor plan with living, dining and master suite all facing the rear patio and yard. Other signature features include a pass-through window from kitchen to dining, and the original mosaic tiled fireplace. Located in desirable Raymond Hills. Please call or email me for more info or if you are interested in viewing this truly distinctive residence. Jen Hallstrom | Realtor Century 21 Discovery 100 W. Valencia Mesa Dr. Fullerton, CA 92835 P.714.814.9949