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A Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified May 21, 2015 01:01 AM
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The Stahl house (also known as Case Study House #22) designed by Pierre Koenig is a Mid-Century modern architectural masterpiece that cantilevers over the city of Los Angeles. Numerous movies have been filmed in the home and it is also a popular background for photo shoots. The Stahl house was part of the Case Study project sponsored by Arts and Architecture magazine in the 50s and 60s. Architects Richard Neutra, Ray and Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen and Pierre Koenig (among others) were tasked with designing homes that would bring modernist architecture to the middle class. You've probably seen this photo of two women lounging in a corner of a room made of floor-to-ceiling glass with the lights of LA twinkling below. Yes? No? Maybe? Well anyway,it was this photo by famed photographer Julius Shulman that made the Stahl house one of the most famous examples of Mid-Century modern architecture. It took Buck Stahl, the owner of the home, several tries to find an architect willing to build on the challenging (that's putting it mildly) hillside lot before he finally found Koenig, and the resulting design is pure genius. The 2,200 square foot, 2 bedroom home is an L-shape that is divided into public and private areas.  The public area is a single open space encased in floor-to-ceiling glass -- open plan living was a hallmark of the Mid-Century modern style of interior design. Naturally this style of  architecture was accompanied by interior design that mimics the streamlined look of its buildings. The acclaimed TV series Mad Men has brought back the popularity of Mid-Century modern lighting and furniture design and now it can be seen everywhere from residential to hospitality to commercial design. Clean lines, gentle organic curves and geometric forms are all characteristics of the style's modern furniture and lighting design. The style made use of traditional materials like wood alongside non-traditional materials like metal, glass, vinyl, and plywood. Here are some great examples of the furniture and lighting styles from the period: 1.  Polished Chrome George Kovacs Arc Floor Lamp 2.  Limelight Modern Green Armchair 3.  Casa Vieja Turbina Ceiling Fan - 60" Oil-Rubbed Bronze 4.  Patron Grasscloth Centennial Modern Natural Sofa 5.  Vanguard Floor Lamp with Glass Tray Table 6. Santi Modern Walnut and Cream Adjustable Barstool 7.  Cleo Modern White Glass 8 1/2-Inch-H Tech Pendant Light 8.  Tendy Pro Stack Walnut 31 1/2-Inch-H Set of 4 Side Chairs 9.  Astrid Contemporary Satin White Oval Dining Table Okay, all this Mid-Century modern talk is making me want to pour myself a cocktail and settle in for a Mad Men marathon -- how about you? Image Sources: Image 1: Homestation Magazine , Image 2:  Nalata/Nalata , Image 3:  archdaily , Image 4:  Comfy Arts , Image 5:  decoist






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