I was born in early 1952. My parents were upper middle-class and had some disposable income that they spent furnishing their home in MCM furniture. This picture was taken in 1954 and is very deceiving. Many have said that I look like I'm 4 in the picture, while I was only a little over 2. That deception is two part. The scale of the Eames shell chairs is quite small, and I was quite tall for my age. I had a head start as I was 24" long at birth. I understand that that's pretty rare.
When my folks split up my mother got the chair. She seemed to move every six months and the chair got lost along the way. I have an original green shell, but no rocker base.
Garmin Is My Pilot.
I'm in a little bit of help sourcing something for my Eames office armchair. I've got an old Eames armchair pictured just like the rocker chair above, but with the 4 office leg configuration. It used to have a soft loos cushion padding, but can't seem to find mine anywhere. Hadn't had any luck finding any place online that offers or even knows about this... anyone here might know?
The Chicago suburb of Lincolnwood has been awash in Mid-Century Modern up until very recently. An anomaly for a suburb that literally boarders the city, Lincolnwood was built for the upper middle-class in the mid-50's through early 70's (most other boarder suburbs are usually Victorian, and were filled up by 1955).
Sadly, many of these structures are actually endangered. The Purple Hotel has lain vacant for a few years, and developers are clamoring to replace it with mixed-use garbage.
A lot of new-money suburbanites are also replacing the original owners of these Mid-Century homes in Lincolnwood, and doing tear-downs, face-brick and all:
The faded blacktop driveway also is another clue the original owner might be occupying this one.
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I like MCM. I just think that if you're doing walls of glass, it should be in a more private and soothing environment. Grass, trees, enough land to provide privacy, view and/or water features.
A tract house on a small lot in the desert with no grass or trees doesn't do anything for me.
One of the great things about MCM is that the houses are generally pretty small. I owned the big house once and swore I'd never do that again.
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All in Lucas Valley
Last edited by RENOG; 12-08-2011 at 03:52 PM.
In a house with that much glass, I want to be able to have sex on the living room sofa and not give my neighbors a show unless they have a good telescope. You need at least an acre and likely more than that to achieve that kind of privacy. ...or your back yard needs to abut conservation land, unbuildable wetlands, or similar green space.
Privacy, its nothing a good set of blinds cant handle and some nice Bamboo across the back of your fence. Keep in mind all these homes are flats, unless someone jump your fence no one will see you get your groove on. Trust me as many as I've been in their are many many ways to secure your privacy in a track of this sort while maintaing your views so its not that serious really.
Chicago has a lot of institutions of higher education in MCM:
University of Illinois at Chicago
Northwestern University (Prentice Hospital)
Loyola University Chicago
Sadly, good ol' Damen hall was torn down in 2010. I had many, many classes here. While some students lamented its "prison-like" simplicity, I loved the top floor lounge with its kitchenette intact from 1968.
Loyola Chicago Mertz hall
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